|LONGVIEW - Steve Judy is everything people have been saying about him. In fact, he may be a little bit better.
The Longview quarterback was practically a one-man show here Friday night as he led the Lobos to a 21 to 0 victory over H. Grady Spruce's Apaches of Dallas.
Judy carried the ball nine times for a net of 88 yards; he attempted 16 passes and completed six for 98 yards and he passed for three touchdowns.
But Judy would be he last to say he was a "one-man" team. He received great support from his teammates on offense and defense.
The winless Apaches were not really a bad ball club. Their early first quarter of play was as good as any team the Lobos have faced this year. However, they just couldn't make the big plays when the chips were down. That Longview defense went to work and stopped the large girders from Big D.
The victory pushed the Lobos winning to four. The Apaches are 0-4 for the season. The Apaches next Friday will be at Garland to take on one of the big powers in the Dallas area.
A roaring crowd of 9,000 watched tailback Rodney Hill catch two touchdown bombs that gave the local fans something to talk about until Highland Park comes to town next Friday night.
Longview and Highland Park will be here on Friday night starting at 8 p.m. It had been reported the game would start at 7:30, but coach Tommy Hudspeth said all non-league games this year start at 8 p.m.
The Spruce tri-captains won the toss of the coin and elected to receive. Kicking specialist Ralph Blount kicked off. However, the ball went out of bounds and he had to do the job all over again. The second time Cecil Forman took the pigskin on the 10 and returned to the 30 before a big host of Lobos nailed him to the green turf.
The Apaches really went to war. They looked like a team that had won three straight ball games. The Lobo defense just couldn't stop right halfback Duane Seabolt.
Seabolt had carries of 7, 9, 3, 4, 3 and 4 yards. With 6:37 on the clock in the first quarter the Apaches called timeout on the Lobo 21 yard line. This gave the Lobos a chance to regroup. The next four plays saw the Apaches record only one yard and the ball went over to Longview. The fourth down play was a pass from quarterback Mike Flynn that was knocked down by Chal Barnwell in the end zone.
Longview took over on the 20 and on the first play the Lobos were called off sides. On the second play, Judy was intercepted by defensive halfback Roger Bryant on the 25 and he returned it to the Lobo six yard line.
That great Lobo defense really went to work. On the first play halfback Cecil Forman was pushed back to the 19 yard line for a loss of 13 yard shy a host of Lobos. Then Flynn sailed a pass into the arms of halfback Seabolt to the 13 yard line.
Flynn hit Seabolt again for a three yard pass. On fourth down Seabolt was stopped at the four by nearly all of Longview.
In the first quarter the Lobos did not make a first down and the Apaches made three.
The Lobos stopped the Apaches on the 40 yard line with just seconds remaining in the first period on great tackles by Richard Molpus and Jimmy Parker. It was fourth down and quarterback Gary Julsey was forced to punt. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Lobo 26 yard line.
Tailback Hill, who was 18 years old Friday, sailed around right end to the 30 for a gain of four. Then on the next play Judy took the snap from center David Cox. He turned to his right and went several yards and then cut to his left on some fancy running to the 16 yard line before he was tackled by an Apache. He galloped a total of 54 yards.
From the 16 the Lobo fans were yelling for a touchdown. Tailback Hill slammed into the right guard to the 15. On the next play Judy stepped back and lofted a pass into the arms of end Ralph Blount for the first touchdown of the night. With 10:11 remaining in the second quarter, the Lobos had a 6-0 lead. Blount's kick after was good.
Longview started the third quarter looking like champions. Judy guided the Lobos to the 19 yard line in six plays. But that 19 yard line became mighty tough and rough. In three plays the Lobos didn't make an inch. So on fourth down Blount's "golden toe" was called upon. The ball was placed on the 26 yard line and the kick was good. However, Longview was charged with a penalty of some kind (5 yards). So the ball was moved back by the officials to the 24 yard line. Fullback Larry Gregg was called upon to punt the ball out. The ball rolled out of bounds at the three yard line.
From the three of the Apaches felt the pressure of the Lobos. Quarterback Flynn carried to the five and Seabolt toted the ball to the 10. Then on the next play the Apaches were given a five yard penalty. This time the ball was placed on the six. Flynn went to the air and missed his receiver by a good country mile. On fourth down the Apaches punted the ball out. Rodney Hill took the pigskin on the Dallas 39 and before you could look up he was at the 13.
Hill was elected to carry on the first try and was stopped for no gain. Then on the second try he sailed past the Apaches to the nine. Judy then elected to go to the air and this time he hit Rodney Hill in the left end zone for the touchdown with 4:07 left on the clock in the third period. The pass covered nine yards. Blount's extra point was perfect and the Lobos led, 14-0.
Longview's final touchdown came in the fourth period. The Lobos started on their own 25 yard after Bill Price had taken a punt from the boot of quarterback Gary Hulsey.
From the 25, Judy set sails. On the first play wingback Sid Sisrunk caught a 17 yard bomb from Judy to the 42 of Longview. Sid caught the pass at the 33 and before he was grounded had gained to the 42 with that second effort.
On the next two plays Judy's passes failed. Then Sistrunk was the next ball carrier and slipped on the turf for a loss of four back to the 38. Gregg punted the ball out. However, a 15-yard penalty was charged against the Apaches and the ball was still the Lobos'. From the 47 of Dallas the Lobos couldn't be stopped. Hill on the next two tries carried for 18 yards. Then Judy on a keeper went to the 25. On the next play, Longview was charged with a five yard penalty and the ball was a placed at the 28 yard line. Judy on the next try went to the 17 for a first down.
Judy's first pass to hill failed. Then fullback Ray Wright carried the 13. The play of the night came when Judy hit Rodney Hill on a 13 yard bomb on the left side of the field for a touchdown. With 1:27 on the clock Blount booted the extra point to make it 21-0.
That Lobo offensive line must be given a big pat-on-the-back for a great job. Boys like Ralph Blount, Mike Edler, Dale Sisk, David Cox, Ronnie Bussey, David Walters and Joe Miller.