LONGVIEW - Good sportsmanship is what every football coach tries to teach his players. "It isn't whether you win or lose, but how you play the game," - so the saying goes.
Well, it's a good thing that Coach Ty Bain teaches his Longview Lobos that winning isn't all that important. For if he didn't, all heck could have broken loose here Friday night in Lobo Stadium.
Everything went wrong for the Lobos against the powerful John Tyler Lions in a District 8-AAAA contest. The Lions won the game, 28 t 0, to give them a 2-2-0 district mark and the Lobos are still looking for their first district win. The Lobos have been defeated four straight.
The only two things the Lobos won Friday night was the outstanding showing by the pretty Longview High School Viewettes and the 97 pieces Marching Lobo Band. The Viewettes received a standing ovation from the crowd of 4,000 for their fine show.
Longview will close out the '65 season Friday night, Nov. 19 at Lufkin. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Lobos gambled way too many times Friday night on fourth down and punter Cecil Newton had one of his worst nights of the season. He punted four times for 107 yards for an average of 26.7. However, he had two blocked. Both gave the Lions touchdown.
John Tyler's Lions scored four touchdowns that came so easy it was like a hawk stealing chickens from the hen house. The Lobos made so many mistakes you would have thought it was the first game of the season.
Longview recovered 13 first downs and the Lions compiled nine. Longview rushed for a net of 113 yards and passed for 64 yards.
Quarterback James Street played his heart out in this game. If it hadn't been for this ace ball player the Lobos could have stayed at home and watched TV. He carried the ball 17 times for 107 yards. However, he lost 40 to give him a net gain of 67 yards.
Fullback Larry Gregg was runner up with 11 carries for 23 yards.
Street attempted 22 passed and completed 10 for 53 yards. Quarterback Steve Judy entered the game in the final quarter to throw two passes and completed one for 11 yards.
John Tyler won the toss of the coin and elected to receive. Keith Parker boots the ball off and the ole pigskin was killed on the Lion 40 yard line. The Lions were forced to punt on fourth down so Eddie Dobbins put his foot into the ball and it rolled to the Lobo seven yard line.
From the seven, quarterback Street plowed to the nine. Then he carried again for no gain. On third down and eight, Street fired a pass into the arms of strongside end Mike Maberry to the 19 for a gain of 10.
Four plays later the Lobos were needing about one yard for a first down on the Lobo 28 yard line. So the Lobos elected to god or the yard. However, the tough defensive line of the Lions held the Lobos to set up the first easy touchdown of the night.
The Lions took over on the 28 yard line and five plays later left halfback John Harrison plowed over the goalie from the one for the six point with 4:10 to go in the first quarter. Jake Wills' kick for the extra point failed.
Tyler's Bob Henderson kicked off to the Lobos and Street took the ball on the three and returned it to the 26. However, the Lions were charged with a 15 yard penalty so the ball was officially placed on the Lobo 41 yard line.
On the 41, the Lobos had more troubles. On the first try fullback Larry Gregg was stopped for no gain. Then Street fumbled the ball and it was recovered by weak side guard Mike McMahon back at the 24 yard line. From the 24 Street hit tailback Rodney Hill at the 41 yard line for a gain of 17. It was fourth down and the Lobos needed 10 yards for a first down. So Mr. Newton went back to punt. About the time he raised his foot to kick, big Bob Henderson rushed the kicked and hit the ball. The ball rolled to the 30 yard line before Henderson picked the all up and sprinted across the goal line for the touchdown with 1:58 left in the first quarter. This time Jake Wills' kick was good and the Lions led 13 to 0.
The Lobos crossed the midfield line with less than three minutes left in the second period for the first time Friday night. The Lobos took over on their own nine yard line after fielding a punt from Tyler. Wingback Ronnie Bagley was the ball carrier that crossed into Tyler land from the Lobo 48 to the Lion 47 for a gain of five yards and a first down.
However, the Lobos didn't stay in Tyler promise land long. Street on the first play passed to tailback Skippy Archer for a loss of three yards. Then Street was snowed for a loss of 15 back to the Lobo 41 yard line. The next play saw Street's pass drop short of the receiver. It was fourth down and the Lobos needed 22 yards for a first down. So Newton was called upon to punt. He recovered a bad snap from center and the ball nearly went three feet above his head. However, he jumped high and took the ball and rushed around left end for a gain of four yards.
The two teams went to the dressing room at halftime with the Lions leading 13 to 0.
Longview took the kickoff at the start of the third chapter with high hopes of scoring. From the Lobo 22, the Lobos started moving the tired pigskin. Fullback Gregg carried to the 28 for a gain of six. Gregg then carried the ball again to the 31. Then he was given the ball and was stopped by a host of Lions for no gain. It was fourth down and the Lobos elected to go for the first down. This time Gregg plowed to the 33. This time the gamble paid off.
From the 33 the Lobos moved to the 42. It was fourth down and needed one for a first down. Again they gambled. It didn't pay off as the Lions stopped Gregg at the 42 for no gain.
The Lions took over and in 11 plays halfback George Hager plowed over from the one yard line for the touchdown with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Jake Wills faked a kick and handed the ball off to quarterback Don Thedford who rushed around the left end for the two point conversion.
Tyler's final touchdown came so easy. Cecil Newton's punt was blocked on the 25 yard line of Longview by David Cooper. The ball was picked up by Cooper and he rushed to the nine before the Lobos could nail him to the cross.
From the nine, the Lions used three plays to score. Halfback Mike Snodgrass went over from the two for the touchdown with 3:32 to go in the game. Jake Wills' kick was good and the Lions had a 28 to 0 victory.