|HOUSTON - Smiley had almost a full house Friday night, but it wasn't good enough to win.
The house was Jones-Cowart Stadium, where a crowd in hot, humid 88-degree weather watched the Longview Lobos bet the B. Smiley Golden Eagles, 27 to 13, in a non-league game.
The victory was the third straight over the Golden Eagles.
Both teams held hands full of aces, but there were also some jokers in the deck.
The Eagles had eight fumbles and lost two and Longview fumbled seven times and lost three.
The Lobos, who are ranked No. 7 in the Lone Star State, posted their third straight victory of the season under the leadership of coach Tommy Hudspeth.
Longview by far played their finest football game of the early season against one the true powers in this city.
Smiley led at halftime, 13-10, but the Lobos had an excellent halftime speech by their master and they came back and won the ball game. As the Lobos left the field several hundred Longview fans formed a victory line to the entrance to the Lobos dressing room.
Longview for two straights weeks had won the toss of the coin. But here Frida night the tri-captains failed to win the toss and were forced to kick off.
Ralph Blount kicked off and Smiley's Davie Asburn took the ball on the 20 and rushed back downfield to the 31 before a host of Lobos nailed him to the soggy turf.
Four plays later Johnnie Gibens of Smiley was forced to punt. Longview's Rodney Hill took the ball on the 15 and returned to the 28 of Longview. The Lobos started moving when Steve Judy passed to end Joe Miller for a 9-yard bomb to the 37 yard line. Judy on a keeper play sailed to the 40 for a first down.
On the next play the Lobos drew a 5-yard penalty. Judy from his own 35 lofted a pass into the arms of wingback Sid Sistrunk for a 47-yard gain. Sid caught the ball on the 45 and the powerful runner literally dragged three would-be tacklers to the 18 before the was grounded.
Four plays later Ralph Blount kicked a 35-yard field goal to put the Lobos on the scoreboard, 3-0, with 7:50 left in the first quarter. the ball was held by Judy on the 25 and the kick by Blount was perfect.
Longview held the Golden Eagles at the 28 yard line on a fourth down play with 11 need for a first with 4:06 left in the first quarter. The Lobos took over on the 28 and on the first play the Houston officials marked off 5 yards against the Lobos and the ball was moved to the 33.
On the next play, Judy, on a keeper, twisted around to the right side of the line and threw giant tacklers hit the ace quarterback and the ball bounced from his arms. The loose pigskin was recovered by Boyce Best at the 25 of Smiley.
Seven plays later tailback Roy Baker plowed over from the one-yard line over the left tackle with only three seconds left in the first quarter to give Smiley their first touchdown. Jerry Smith's extra point try failed and the Eagles had to settle for six points.
As Smiley kicked off again to the Lobos, they led 6-3. Smith kicked off and fullback Larry Gregg fumbled the wet ball but the Lobos recovered at their own 28.
The big play came when Judy loaded the big gun and hit touchdown Rodeny Hill on a 26-yard pass to the 47 of Smiley. On the next play, the Lobos were given a 15-yard penalty and the ball was moved back to the 40-yard line of Longview. Three plays later Judy passed to end Bill Price on a 20-yard pass to the 40 of Smiley.
The pass that saved the Lobos in the touchdown drive as 16-yarder by end Ralph Blount to the 11-yard line of Smiley. Then Judy hit Rodney Hill on a 7-yard pass to the 4-yard line. Then big bad talented fullback Gregg carried the ball into the end zone for the touchdown with 8:07 left in the second quarter. Blount's kick was good and the Lobos had a 10-6 lead.
With 13 seconds left before halftime, fullback Cahrles Hoffart plowed over from the three-yard line to give the Eagles their second touchdown of the night and also a lead of 12-10. Jerry Smith, who is truly a triple threat for the Eagles, added the extra point to make it 13-10.
The touchdown for the Eagles was set up win Longview's Gregg was forced to punt from his own 9-yard line. The ball rolled to the 26 and that is where the Eagles took over. Three plays later Hoffart scored the touchdown.
The second had was all Lobos. Longview took the kickoff and marched down the field. Seven plays later Ralph Blount stopped the entire show to give his golden toe a little more exercise. He booted a 27-yard field goal to tie the game at 13-13 with 9:09 left on the clock in the third quarter.
The go-ahead touchdown came when Judy passed to wingback Sid Sistrunk. This play was something the touchdown boys could have had a field day on re-runs. Sid caught the ball at the right sideline. Three tacklers of Smiley hit him from all different angles and when he crossed the goal line he was nearly bent double, but still had the pigskin in his arms when he crossed the goal line for the touchdown with 5:19 on the clock. The pass from Judy to Sistrunk was good for 15 yards. Blount's kick for the extra point made it 20-13.
The final touchdown of the night was a great run by tailback Rodney Hill. This lad broke loose for a 85-yard gallop to the goal line. Rodney broke lose at the scrimmage line and near the 15-yard line the Eagles just plainly gave up. With 3:46 left in the game, the Lobos called upon Blount to kick another extra point. The kicks was good and the Lobos had a 27-13 victory.