|LONGVIEW - Longview, a millionaire for three Friday nights this season, died a pauper here Friday night in the spring of its youth.
Dallas Woodrow Wilson girders wrote the last lines to the Lobos' epitaph with a 48 to 6 victory here in Lobo Stadium before the largest crowd of the season.
Wildcats could have called the funeral director at halftime. Coach Cotton Miles, who is known in running the score upon weak ball clubs, had a 28 to 6 lead.
The individual brilliance of brash Leon Seith, 148-pound senior quarterback, from Dallas led the Wildcats to an easy victory. The confident and highly competent six foot field general was the big key. However, he had plenty of support in the backfield from the halfbacks Wayne Dry, 189-pounds, and halfback David Thomas, 197-pounds, and fullback Steve Parrott, 195-pounds. All are seniors.
Then it was end Paul Goodrich on punt returns that truly broke the Lobos down in the early minutes of the contest.
Woodrow Wilson posted its fourth straight win and are ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press weekly grid poll. Early in the week Coach Ty Bain informed his Lobos, the Wildcats "he felt" should be the No. 1 ball club in Texas.
The Wildcats may not have the No. 1 tap by the AP wire service, however, they proved to the Lobos and local fans they are truly one of the powers of Texas.
Their size, speed and quickness were too much for Coach Bain's youthful ball club. Coach Bain's team is composed of Sophomores and juniors. Only two seniors are on the starting unit.
No one will ever know for sure, but it appeared Woodrow Wilson outweighed the Lobos some 30 to 25 pounds per man. The offensive and defensive units for coach Miles are all lettermen from last year's crop that won the Zone championship.
Longview was not supposed to win this game. It must be said the Lobos put up a good battle.
Dallas Samuell and Mesquite didn't even score against the Wildcats this season. Woodrow posted a 14 to 0 win over Mesquite and it was the same score over Samuell. Both these clubs are mighty strong in Dallas. Thomas Jefferson of Dallas fell to the Wildcats 53 to 6.
The Wildcats played a very rough and tough type of game. They were charged with 100 yards in penalties. However, the Lobos had 80 yards to their credit.
The 48 to 6 score was the largest to be posted against a Lobo team in several years and the highest for Coach Bain since he took over as head mentor.
Coach Miles yelled for his reserves with less than three minutes remaining in the contest with the score 41 to 6. He could have used his reserves early in the third period.
Woodrow Wilson jumped on the scoreboard early in the contest. It was end Paul Goodrich, 171-pound senior, that set up the first touchdown for the Wildcats. He took a punt from wingback Cecil Newton on the Dallas 42 yard line and sprinted down field to the 10 yard line before the Lobos could nail him to the turf. Newton had punt the ball from Longview's 12.
Three plays later halfback Wayne Dry took a pitch out from quarterback Seith and plowed over from the five for the six points with 6:59 to go in the first quarter. Dry's kick was good and the 'Cats led, 7 to 0.
Quarterback James Street of Longview had a bad snap from center Chal Barnwell and fumbled the pigskin on the nine yard line of Longview to set up Woodrow's second touchdown.
From the two yarder halfback Dry jumped over the Lobo defensive line into the end zone for a touchdown with 1:26 to go in the first chapter. Dry's kick was good, 14 to 0.
Punt returns got the Lobos into more trouble Friday night. Wingback Cecil Newton booted the ball from the Lobo 25 yard line and end Paul Goodrich took the old pigskin on the 34 of Dallas and sprinted 66 yards down the middle of the field for a touchdown with six seconds left in on the clock in the first chapter. Dry's kick for the extra point was good, 21 to 0.
Newton was forced to punt again in the second period from the Dallas 47 yard line. This time halfback David Thomas took the ball on the 15 and sailed all the way to the goal line for the touchdown with 5:10 on the clock to give Dallas a 27 to 0 lead. Dry's kick again was good.
Quarterback Seith of Dallas fumbled the pigskin on the Dallas 38 yard line and tackle Dusty Pittinger landed on the ball for Longview.
From the 38 yard line of Dallas, quarterback Street went to the air lanes on the first play. He stepped back and sailed the ball downfield into the waiting arms of wingback Cecil Newton who was at the two yard line when the ball landed in his arms. He rushed on a cross the goal line for the only touchdown of the night for the Lobos.
Newton caught the ball with his arms outstretched as two Woodrow defensive backs trying to knock the ball down. Longview voted to go for the two pointer and Street fumbled the pigskin.
Fullback Parrott on a pitch out from Seith scored with 7:27 to go in the third period for Dallas to push the score, 34 to 6. Dry's kick again was good.
Quarterback Seith hit Goodrich for a six harder in the end zone for another Dallas touchdown with 11:51 to go in the fourth period. The try for the extra point failed by Dry as the ball fell short of the uprights.
With 7:$6 left in the game, Longview was stopped at the three yard line of Dallas by a tough, strong defensive wall. Halfback Donnie Reddy scored the final touchdown of the night from the five with 2:17 on the clock. Dry's kick was good 48-6.