|LONGVIEW - Tailback Rodney Hill can take a rest now.
In fact, all of his Longview teammates can take a few days rest. They have two whole weeks before they hit the Friday night gridiron again.
Hill, 168-pound senior, scored only one of the touchdowns for the Lobos. However, he carried the ball 22 times of 127 yards for a 5.7 per try to help the Lobos beat the Highland Park Scots of Dallas, 37-22, in a non-league contest.
Quarterback Steve Judy ripped 'em around the flanks, Hill cracked 'em in the middle and Judy also fired passes over 'em in unbelievably fashion before a crowd of 10,000 plus. This was the largest crowd to see a Lobo football game years.
The meeting of these two schools was the second. The Scots last year posted a 33-14 victory in Dallas.
On Friday night, Oct. 13 the Lobos will have an open date. Then on Friday night, Oct. 20 the Lobos will open the District 8-AAAA play with Tyler Lee's Rebels in Rose Stadium.
The victory for the Lobos was number five. The Scots now have a 2-3-0 mark.
Longview has a six game winning streak that dates back to the final game played here against Lufkin Lobo Stadium during the 1966 season.
The victory again must be marked down as another big "team" victory. The offense and defense did an outstanding job.
Coach Tommy Hudspeth's Lobos played as if touchdowns were going out of style in this rough and tough contest and there seemed little the Scots could do.
The Lobo offensive machine totaled 315, and 41 in the air. Highland Park racked up 252, and 70 in the air.
Longview has won over Woodrow Wilson of Dallas, Arlington, Smiley of Houston, Dallas Spruce and now Highland Park. It has been years since a Lobo team has won five straight football games.
The Lobos lost the flip of the coin. Ralph Blount kicked off for the Lobos and tailback Dennis Rushing took the ball on the three and returned to the 24 before he was grounded.
On the 10 play tailback Rushing fumbled the ball on the Lobo five yard and defensive Chal Barnwell of Longview fell on the pigskin to stop the Scots' drive. Rushing had been the big ground gainer in the drive that started on the 24. He had carries of 1, 8 and 46 yards. But that fumble broke the Scots' back.
Quarterback Steve Judy took charge of the Lobos and on the ninth play fullback Larry Gregg kicked the ball out that rolled to the 15 yard line of Highland Park. In the drive Hill had runs of five, 18 and five yards.
So the Scots took over on the 15. Rushing was caught for a loss of one and quarterback Kyle Rote was pushed back for four yards. On fourth down and the Scots needed 14 for a first down, they elected to punt. Rote kicked the ball out. Halfback Bill Price took the ball on the Highland Park 47 and returned to the 35 to set up Longview's touchdown of the night.
On the first play, Judy lofted a pass into arms of strong side end Joe Miller, a 164-pounds senior, at the left side of the field. The talented receiver caught the ball about the five and rushed on into the end zone for the touchdown and the Lobo fans really let out a cheer that could be heard for a country mile. The pass and run was good for 35 yards. Blount's kick was good and the Lobos led 7-0, with 1:29 left in the first quarter.
After the kickoff the Scots took over on the 19 yard line and in four plays had to punt again. Rote was given the job and the ball was caught by a Scot at the 43 of Highland Park.
Nine plays later fullback Larry Gregg plowed over from the three yard line for Longview's second touchdown with 8:25 left in the second quarter. Gregg on the drive was the big gainer with 15 yards. A bad sneak from the center for the extra point turned into a two pointer for the Lobos. Judy was going to hold the ball for the extra point and Blount to kick. The ball just rolled back to Judy. He picked the ball up quickly and turned on the steam to right end zone for the two points taking several Scots with him. The Lobos had a 15-0 lead.
Blount kicked off and quarterback Rote took the ball on the 15 and returned to the 30. Tailback Dennis Rushing carried for five yards and then fullback Larry Loper toted the ball for 12 to the 47. A seven yard pass from Rote to end Johnny Koons put the ball at the 42. Another pass to Koons from Rote carried the ball to the Lobo 30 yard line for another first down. Rushing carried for seven and on the next play around right end Rote was hit by a host of Lobos and injured his left knee with 4:55 left on the clock. He was carried off the field and did not see any more action during the contest.
From the 19 fullback Larry Roper started to go forward but was caught by defensive end Chal Barnwell and carried back to the 23. Rote on the next play sailed around the right end to the 18. Amburgh T. Van entered the game as quarterback. On his first try the Lobos carried him back to the 25 and the big man was Keith Bishop.
Van went to the air. The officials ruled the pass interference against the Lobos and the ball was placed at the Lobo eight yard line. The pass-penalty was good for 17 yards and a first down. This one play was a judgement call by an official.
Three plays later the Lobos were charged with a half-yard penalty to place the ball at the 18-inch line. On third down halfback Rote sailed over for the touchdown with 2:44 reading not he clock. Rote passed to Johnny Koons for the two pointer and the Scots were back in the contest, 15-8.
Linebacker Jimmy Parker recovered a Highland Park fumble on the 18 yard line with 29 seconds left before halftime. Rote was running around the left end when he was hit and the ball bounced from his arms and Parker fell on the pigskin.
From the 18 the well oiled Lobo offense went to work. Hill went off left side of the line to the 11. Then quarterback Judy hit end Ralph Blount in the left end zone for a touchdown bomb that covered 11 yards. Blount was snowed with about six Scots around him when he reached into the sky for the ball. With 14 seconds left on the clock, Blount added the extra point, 22-8.
The Scots came back in the third period and quickly scored their second touchdown. Quarterback Amburgh T. Van hit Kyle Rote on a seven yard bomb with 5:58 left in the quarter. The touchdown was set up on a fumble when quarterback Judy on a tailback draw play to Rodney Hill failed Judy thought Hill had the ball and the old pigskin just fell on the ground and a host of Scots fell on the ball.
From the 33 the Scots went on to score. Rote scored the two point conversion on a run around the left end, 22-16.
Rote kicked off and Rodney Hill took the ball on the seven and returned to the 26. However, the Lobos drew a 15 yard penalty and placed the ball back at the 13 yard line.
On the third play Judy's pass was intercepted by defensive end Koons of Highland Park on the 29.
Longview's great defense went to work and the fans gave them a big round of cheers several times. On fourth down and at the 25, Van's pass went high over the receiver's head and the Lobos took over on the 25. So Judy's pass interception by Koons didn't hurt the Lobos one bit.
From the 25 the Lobo offense set sails to the goal line. Nine plays later Judy on a keeper from the 20 yard line of Highland Park found a little hole and twisted his way to the elect and right and went on into the end zone standing up for the touchdown. With 11:10 remaining on the clock, the Lobos led 28-16. Judy made the two pointer when he went into the right end zone, 30-16.
Highland Park quarterback Van went to the air and his pass was intercepted by Chal Barnwell on the 39 yard line of Scots and returned to the 37 with 10:50 left in the game.
On the first play tailback Hill carried to the 36 and on the second carry the talented little halfback broke away to the seven yard line for a gain of 29 yards.
Then on the third play from the even Hill went into the end zone for the touchdown with 9:56 on the clock. Blount's kick was good and the Lobos had a 37-16 lead.
Blount kicked off and the Scots took over on the 22 yard line. Two 15-yard penalties against the Lobos aided the Scots in their third touchdown of the night. Fullback Larry Loper went in from the three for the touchdown with 5:28 left in the contest. Rote's run for the two pointer was stopped by linebacker Larry Gregg.