|LONGVIEW - Don't let anyone hear you say that Woodrow Wilson of Dallas was the team to beat Longview, because they weren't. Woodrow Wilson's Wildcats found out the 10 to 7 way that Longview's Lobos are going to be hard to stop and it's going to take more than Monday morning quarterbacking to find a way to do it.
A crowd of 8,000-plus on a very colorful September night saw quarterback Steve Judy, 172-pound senior, guide his Lobos to victory. It was the first victory over the Wildcats of coach Cotton Miles in two long years.
1964 was the first year for the Lobos to test the Wildcats of Big D. Longview, under the leadership of James Street (Sophomore quarterback now at the University of Texas) beat the 'Cats 12 to 7.
The 1965 season will never be forgotten by the Lobos. When the dust had cleared in Lobo Stadium, Woodrow Wilson had a 48 to 6 victory on the scoreboard. Then last year the 'Cats came from behind in third quarter to beat Longview, 19 to 14.
The victory here Friday night was no individual work. It was team work by each player on the field and on the sideline. Credit also must be given to the Longview High School student body and the Lobo Booster club.
The Big D fans may have thought it was St. Patrick Day with all the green that was on display by Longview fans. This is the kind of support that helps champion ball clubs.
The Lobos on Friday night, Sept. 15 will play host to Arlington's Colts in an 8 p.m. contest. Tickets to this contest will go on sale Monday morning at the Longview School business office.
Tri-captains Rodney Hill, Steve Judy and Larry Gregg called the flip-of-the-coin in the midfield and won the toss and elected to receive.
John Burkholder of Woodrow Wilson booted the ball off down field and Rodney Hill took the pigskin on the goal line and returned it to the 28 yard line before he was grounded.
On the first play, fullback Gregg was nailed to the green turf for no gain. Then speedster Rodney Hill on a pitchout from quarterback Judy sailed to the left side of the line for a gain of seven to the 35 yard line. Wingback Sid Sistrunk took the ball on the next try and plowed his way to the 43 yard line for a first down.
Hill and Gregg carried the ball to the 7 yard line. Then it was third down and four required for a first. Judy went to the air and hit strong side end Joe Miller on a 27 yard bomb to the 10 yard line.
From the 10, the Lobos were knocking at the touchdown door. Hill sailed off right tackle to the six and again he went around the right end to the five for a gain of one. Judy went to the air and the ball sailed over the receiver's head. On the next play the Lobos were issued a five yard penalty and the ball was moved back to the eight yard line. Coach Tommy Hudspeth voted to go for a field goal. Ralph Blount's kicks as good. However, the Lobos again were charged with a five yard penalty. Blount's first kick was from the 16 yard line. The officials moved the ball back to the 13 yard line. This time the ball was placed at the 21 and Blount booted the ball through the uprights to give the Lobos a 3-0 lead with 7:22 remaining in the first quarter. Blount's held goal was good from 31 yards. The kicks as from a left angle. But Blount didn't care as he has practiced many hours booting the ball this fall.
The Lobos scored their first touchdown of the night in the second quarter. Quarterback Steve Judy sailed the pigskin into the arms of tailback Rodney Hill for a 39 yard pass-run play. Rodney caught the ball on about the 20 yard line and dashed on across the goal line with 2:12 remaining on the clock in the second chapter. Blount's extra point was perfect and the Lobos led, 10-0.
The touchdown was set up when halfback Roy Norman of Woodrow Wilson fumbled the pigskin on the 47 yard line of Longview and Chal Barnwell recovered the ball.
This gave the Lobos that extra amount of fire they needed. Fullback Gregg went up the middle of the Woodrow line like a Sherman tank to the 46 yard line of the Wildcats for a gain of seven. Hill hit the right side to the 44. Then Judy twisted his way to the 39 for a gain of five. With 2:20 reading on the clock, the Lobos called time out.
On the next play Judy elected to go to the air and sailed the ball into Hill's arms. Hill i a great little runner that keeps on giving the second and third effort.
Woodrow Wilson is very famous in returning punts on a team for a touchdown. Well they pulled a big surprise on the Lobos in the fourth periods here Friday night.
Larry Gregg on the Lobo 15 yard line punted the ball down field. However, the Lobos were charged with a five yard penalty and the ball was moved back to the 10. So Gregg was forced to punt the ball again. This time he booted the ball down field and offensive halfback Bobby Campbell took the ball on the Lobo 45 yard line in the middle of the playing stadium.
He turned to his left and went to the left side line where he twisted and turned to miss several would be tacklers. When he missed the last Lobo man near the 10 yard line, he sailed on across the goal line for the touchdown to give the large crowd of Woodrow fans something to cheer about. Ronnie Caddell's extra point was good and the Lobos led was cut to 10-7. With 8:37 left in the contest, the 'Cats were still in the contest.
Big and talented John Burkholder kicked off after the Woodrow Wilson touchdown and the ball bounced on the ground at the 40 yard line. Well the ball went into the arms of Woodrow's Ken Kuesell. This nearly broke the hearts of every Lobo fan in the stadium.
The Lobo defensive unit didn't give up. This is the first game in years for a Lobo team to play so well and never at one minute thought about giving up to Woodrow Wilson. Woodrow made only six yards and on the fourth down play quarterback Raymond Seith fumbled the ball to his left of the play and the ball was recovered by the ace field general for no gain. So the Lobos took over once again.
Defensive halfback Kenny Kimbrough, 158-pound senior, saved the Lobos many times during the night. The Wildcats were knocking at the door at the start of the fourth chapter. The 'Cats were on the Lob six yards when quarterback Ronnie Caddell fumbled the ball and Kimbrough recovered the pigskin to stop the Woodrow drive. This brought the Lobo fans to their feet. Kenny fell on the ball at the Lobo eight yard line.
Caddell sailed around to his left and was hit by a host of Lobos and the ball bounced from his arms. Kenny quickly saw the pigskin and made a dive at the ball. This athlete is one of the toughest girders on the Lobo squad for his size.
Woodrow started their drive on their own 42 yard line after taking over from a punt off the foot of Lobo's Gregg. On fourth down Burkholder punted the ball down field. However, the Lobos were charged with a 15 yard penalty for roughing the kicker. So the ball was moved to the 34 yard line. Ten plays later Caddell fumbled the ball and Kimbrough recovered the ball.