|LONGVIEW - It was quite a surprise, even to the Lobo football players.
Their eyes were wide as kicking special Keith Parker booted three field goals here Friday night in Lobo Stadium to give Longview a 9-0 victory over Tyler Lee's Rebels in a District 8-AAAA season opener for both clubs.
Parker, 165-pound senior, booted field goals of 30, 37 and 31 yards and missed two field goals from the 29 yard line eight 8:25 left in the third quarter and the other field goal try was blocked by fullback David Exum of Tyler Lee on the 10 yard line in the early minutes of the fourth quarter.
Parker, who has worked many, many hours, is a dedicated young man with lots of desire and hustle. He has wanted to be the best field goal kicker in the business. Many days this fall Parker has stayed after practice to work not he field goal kicking. The Lobos have a champion in this lad.
The Lobo victory broke a three game jinx with Tyler Lee. Many fans recall last year's 21-20 loss to the Rebels at Rose Stadium in Tyler.
The victory Friday night set the stage for the big contest when the Lobos take on the Mavericks in what could be the district championship game. The Mavericks beat Lufkin Friday night.
The abel offensive machine gained only 127 yards while the Lobos compiled 232 yards. Longview racked up 15 first downs and the Rebels only six. It must be pointed out that the Lobos likely outweighed the Rebels around 15 to 18 pounds per man.
Coach Don Barton, who was a former Lobo halfback in the days of 1947 when the Lobos went to the state's semi-finals, is in a rebuilding program at Lee. Most of his lads that saw action were juniors.
This Lee club on defense held the Lobos five times and that was the big reason for Longview to go the field goal route. The Rebels were small but they were also blockers and tacklers. Let's give credit where it is due.
Punted Cecil Newton had a great night. He punted four times for 146 yards for a 36.5 average. Punter Larry Tunnell, halfback, punted seven times for 231 yards for a 33.0 average.
The Lobos are now 3-2-1 for the season and Lee drops to 2-4-0.
Lee is the fourth ball club the Lobos have held scoreless this year. The Lobos blanked Dallas Adamson, 27-0; played Arlington High to a 0-0 tie; and blanked Houston Smiley, 15-0. Woodrow wilson was the first time to score not he Lobso this year in their 19-14 win. And in the final non-league game, Highland Park's Scots posted a 33-14 victory over Longview.
Tyler Lee's Roy Kirkpatrick kicked off to the Lobos and fancy stepper speedster David Majors took the pigskin on the seven and found a tunnel to the 25 before he was given a shoe string tackle.
From the 25 yard line quarterback Steve Judy started the offensive machine clicking. On the first try Majors dashed through the Rebels to the 34 for a gain of nine and then fullback Larry Gregg carried to the 39 for a firs down.
Majors took the ball to the Lobo 46 and then Judy on a keeper plowed to the 45 of Tyler Lee for a nine yard gain and a first down.
Five plays later, Judy was rushed for a loss of one yard to the 29 on a second down play. Then on the next play, Judy sent a bullet into the arms of end Cecil Newton to the Lee 19 yard line for a gain of 10 yards.
The Rebels gave a yell and stopped the Lobos on the 12 yard line. With fourth down and needing three for a first down, Judy called for Parker to enter the game. From the 20 yard line, Parker booted the first of three field goals. The kick sailed through the uprights and the Lobos led, 3-0, with 5:55 left in the first quarter. Parker's kick was into a very stiff wind of the south end zone. Judy held the pigskin for Judy.
The Lobos took over with 1:19 left in the second quarter after taking a punt that rolled out of bounds on the Lee 44 yard line from the foot of Larry Tunnell.
On the third play, quarterback Judy passed to end John Watson for a gain of nine yards to the 33 yard line for a first down. Judy ht wingback Rodney Hill for a 12 yard gain to the 21. Then wit only nine seconds reading on the clock, Judy voted to allow Parker to try a field goal again. The ball was placed on the 27 yard line and Judy held. The kick was perfect and the Lobos led, 6-0. The field goal covered 37 yards with only three seconds left in the second chapter.
Longview's Chad Barnwell blocked a Larry Tunnell punt in the early minutes of the third quarter and Dusty Pittinger recovered for Longview on the 27 yard line. On fourth down and needing six for a first down, Parker again entered the game. The ball was placed on the 39 yard line and the ball sailed to the left of the cross bars with 8:25 left in the third period.
In the early minutes of the court quarter, Parker had a field goal attempt blocked by David Exum of Tyler Lee and a host of Rebels recovered the ball on the Lee eight yard line. The Lobos had marched from the Longview 16 to the Lee 10 before Judy called for Parker to enter the game and try for a field goal. The giant gainer in the drive was a 52 yard run by Mr. Majors. This lad carried the ball 17 times for 121 yards for a 7.1 average. Majors is another boy on the Lobo team that has the mark of a champion. He gives that second effort.
The final field goal came with 58 seconds left in the contest. The drive started on the Lobo 44 yard line. It was Majors, Judy and Hill that carrie the Lobos to the 14 yard line. It was fourth down and needing 12 for a first when Parker re-entered the game. The ball was placed on the 21 yard line and Parker booted the ball trough the middle of the crossbars like a real pro. This lad is going to make some major university a great kicker. It appeared the Lobos in the drive were going to score a touchdown. However, on second down and needing seven for a first, Judy was snowed for a loss of five yards back o the 14. On the next play (third down) Judy's pass to Hill was over his head. so M.r Judy voted to go the field goal route again.
Tailback Larry Tunnell, who is rated among the best backs in East Texas, carried 11 times for just 44 yards.