|LONGVIEW - It was quite astonishing. Take these facts and see if you don't agree. Woodrow Wilson made only four first downs in the first half Friday night. The Wildcats gained a total of zero yards passing and only made 65 yards rushing. Woodrow was behind 7-0 at halftime.
Yet...Woodrow Wilson won the ball game, 19-14. Shock? Yes. It was even to the Longview fans who weren't quite sure it happened well after the game was over.
Woodrow Wilson ran viciously and almost at will en route to a 19-14 victory in the third quarter. This game is something to write dear ole cousin in California or New York about.
Coach Cotton miles, who coached at White Oak for a number of years, walked the sidelines very little during the course of the contest. He stood with his hands in his raincoat pockets and chewed tobacco. Mr. Miles will go down in history as one of the greatest high school coaches.
The Wildcats were outplayed all over the field the first and second quarters by a fired up bunch of Lobos. What Coach Miles told his 'Cats in the dressing room at halftime is something else to write home about.
Woodrow Wilson recorded 12 first downs and the Lobos 13. The 'Cats had 167 yards rushing and 70 in the air for a net of 237 yards. The Longview club had a net of 31 yards rushing and 163 in the air for a grand total of 194 yards.
Quarterback Steve Judy of Longview attempted 19 passes and completed 10 and two touchdown passes to end Cecil Newton.
Last year the 'Cats of Big D romped over the Lobos, 48-6. They used manpower and speed.
Friday night's contest played before a crowd of around 6,500 during a light rain falling and on a very soggy field, saw the Lobo defensive unit at its best in the first and second quarters. However, the third quarter the Lobos just couldn't stop the 'Cats in moving the pigskin.
The Lobos in the first half compiled 100 yards passing and 30 yards rushing for a net of 130 yards. Quarterback Judy attempted nine passes and completed five - and had two intercepted. One of his bombs landed into the arms of Newton for a touchdown.
The third quarter saw the Wildcats light the fuss to their offensive fireworks and blew the Lobo bubble to bits.
Ralph Blount kicked off to 'Cats at the start of the third quarter. Defensive halfback Jackie Miller took the football on the 10 and returned to the Lobo 25 before he was nailed to the cross by a shoestring tackle by Cecil Newton. The run back was good for 55 years.
From the 35 of Longview, the 'Cats could do no wrong. Fullback Randy Cooper, 207-pound senior, took he hand off from quarterback Billy Jenkins and dashed tot he 18 yard line for a 17 harder and a first down.
Halfback Jay Owens, who runs the 100 in 9.8 seconds, sailed around the left end into the end zone for the 'Cats first touchdown with 11:07 on the clock in the third quarter. The drive covered 35 yards and two plays. Randy Coper added the extra point and tied the game up at 7-7.
Ralph Wilson kicked off for Woodrow Wilson and David Majors took the ball on the 16 and returned to the Longview 34. Seven plays later quarterback Steve Judy's pass was intercepted by Jackie Miller on Woodrow Wilson's 33-yard line 9:15 left in the third quarter.
To hear the 'Cats tell it, the second touchdown sounded as easy as stealing apples from the corner fruit merchant. Halfback Jay Owens sailed round the right end from Woodrow's 33 to the Longview 46 for a gain of 21 yards before Larry Gregg came through to make the tackle. Fullback David Cooper on the next try carried the ball to the 34 of Longview for a gain of 12 and a first down. On the 34, quarterback Billy Jenkisn went to the air and sailed the bal tino the arms of end Johnny Amend in the left end zone with 8:27 left on the clock in the third quarter. The scoring drive covered 67 yards in three plays. Cooper's kick sailed tot he right of the uprights and the officials ruled no good. However, the Wildcats had the lead 13-7.
Wilson again kicked off to the Lobos and David Majors took the ball on the 11 and returned to the Longview 41 yard line. Four plays later Cecil Newton was called upon to punt the ball on the Wildcats' 32-yard line and returned to the 42 of Woodrow.
With only 6:15 left in the third period, the Wildcats used only three plays to score. The first play saw Cooper stopped for no gain at the 42. On the next try Owens went off left tackle to the 46 for a gain of four. Then the big bomb came. Quartebrack Jenkins hit end John Burkholder for a 26-yard pass to the 28 yard line. The Lobos were charged with a 13 yard penalty and the officials moved the ball to the Lobo 15 yard line.
From the 15, Cooper carried to the 13; Jenkins went of right tackle to the 12; Cooper sailed tot he nine yard line before Ronnie Bagley came through with the tackle; and Owens carried to the five for the first down.
The big play came next when fullback Cooper sailed off right tackle into the end zone for the third touchdown from the five with 2:44 left on the clock. The drive covered 58 yards in eight plays. Cooper's run for the two point conversion failed as he was snowed by a host of Lobos. However, the Wildcats had a 19-7 lead.
Wilson again kicked off for the Wildcats and speedster Joe Miller took the wet pigskin on the Lobo 12 and returned to the 40 yard line.
The Lobos' dedicated offensive unit went to work like bees looking for honey.
On the first play from the 40 of Longview quarterback Judy fired a pass into the arms of Cecil Newton to the 49 of Woodrow for an 11-yard gainer. Newton caught the ball on the left side of the field.
From the 49, Judy again elected to go to the air and Newton caught the ball on the 36 yard line for a gain of 13.
Judy proved he is a great runner and quarterback. On the next play from the 36. Judy took the snap from center Clarence Harper and was moved by a host of 'Cats. However, he ran back and back until he was at the Lobo 40-yard line. He then broke loose from his would-be tacklers and twisted and turned his way to the 28-yard line of Woodrow Wilson for a gain of eight yards. If he had been given the yards from the 40 of Longview, this lad would had been in the money. This was truly one of the best plays of the night by this ace quarterback.
Longview was on the 28 and it was second down and needed two for a first down. So Judy elected to go to the air and again he hit split end Cecil Newton in the right corner of the end zone for the second Lobo touchdown of the night. the pass was good for 28 yards. The drive covered 60 yards in four plays. With only 32 seconds remaining in the third chapter, Keith Parker booted the extra point to make it 19-14.
Longview's first touchdown of the night came in the first quarter with 4:04 left on the clock when Judy passed to Newton in the right end zone. The pass was good for 10 yards and six points. Keith Parker booted the extra point.
The touchdown was set up when Woodrow's John Burkholder was forced to punt on fourth down from his own 24-yard line. Majors took the punt on the 41 and returned to the 45 of Longview.
With 7:41 on the clock, the Lobos started moving the pigskin. Fullback Joe Griffin took the ball to the 49 for a gain of four. Then Majors carried to the 50 for one yard. However, a 15 yard penalty was charged against the Wildcats for a personal four. The ball was officially on the 37 yard line of Woodrow.
From the 37, Judy hit Rodney Hill on a 16 yard bomb to the 23 yard line for a first down.
On the 23, fullback Larry Gregg went to the 30; then Gregg on the next try was pushed back for a loss of six yards. On the next play it was third down and 13 needed for a first. Judy elected to pass and dropped the pass into the are of Hill at the 11 yard line and the pass was good for 15.
On the 11, Hill carried to the 10. Then Judy sailed the pass into Newton's arms for the touchdown that shocked the 'Cats.