TYLER - Unfortunately for the Tyler Scott Bulldogs, the Longview Lobos finally got their offense untracked, galloping to a 47 to 16 victory that could just as easily have been 80 to 16.
All three Lobo quarterbacks Ronald Cibulka, Mike Northcutt, and Ronnie F. Davis looked exceedingly sharp, but it was Cibulka who lit the fire under the Lobos and made the whole thing click.
Lobo reserves were in the game early in the first half with the halftime score running to 26 to 0 for the Pack.
The Lobos kicked off and promptly threw the Bulldogs back five yards in three plays, forcing a punt, which they took on the 50-yard line and after a 15-yard penalty back to their own 35, started goal ward. Cibulka got things started with a 32-yard toss to wingback Bobby Gilchrist on a first and 2-yard play. Tailback Ronald Davis bulled his way for nine yards to aid things, then two plays later, Ronald Cibulka skirted around right end for eight yards and the touchdown. Jim Hill split the uprights and the Lobos were on their way, 7 to 0.
The Lobos' Bill Gibson kicked off for the second time in less than four minutes, with Scott putting the ball in play on the 31-yard line. On the first play quarterback Lester Tilley fumbled the ball and the Lobos grabbed it up on the 31-yard line of the Bulldogs.
Cibulka promptly connected with Gilchrist for 27 yards to the four yard line for a first down and goal. In two carries, tailback Ronald Davis had the touchdown, the last carry being good for three yards up the middle. Hill once again kicked the point after and, with 7:16 left in the initial period, the Lobos were on top 14 to 0.
Late in the opening period, the Pack started goal ward once again, driving to the ten yard line where, with fourth and ten to go, Cibulka connected with wingback Timmy McDermott at the flag on the left side of the field for the touchdown with 11:04 left in the second quarter. The kick failed, but the score stood at 20 to 0.
The next Lobo score came after a host of Lobos swarmed the Bulldog punter at the 12 yard line to take over there. Two plays later, fullback Jim Hill crashed over from the three for the score. The kick was extra points was blocked, but with 5:58 left in the first half, the Lobos led 26 to 0.
The Lobos put the first offensive unit back in the ball game after the second half kickoff and drove 64 yards for their fifth touchdown of the night. The highlight of the drive was a Cibulka to end Jimmy Griffin pass for 31 yards. Ronald Davis got the last two yards of the drive for the touchdown, leaving bodies stewn in his wake, and the Lobos jumped out to a 32 to 0 lead. Hill's toe soon made it 33 to 0 with 6:19 left in the third period.
Mike Northcutt got into the passing act in the third period, connecting with Joe Jordan on a 28-yard touchdown pass play, after the Lobos had come about the ball on a fumble at the Scott 29-yard line. Brad Moore had driven for one yard before the touchdown. With 5:10 left in the third period, Hill upped the score to 40 to 0.
At this point, the Lobo passing game proved a bit dangerous. With the Lobos trying to get out of their territory, quarterback Mike Northcutt attempted a short pass to the left flats, but the receiver turned out to be Tyler Scott's Cecil Williams, who raced 25 yards for the first Bulldog tally. Quarterback Lester Tilley shot the ball to Gary Seastrunk for the point after cutting the Lobo lead to 40 to 8 with 1:05 left in the third period.
After the kickoff, the Lobos couldn't move the ball and attempted to punt out of trouble but the ever present Cecil Williams slashed through to block the punt and guard Emmett Hogg pounced on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown. Tilley once again went to Seastrunk on the point after and the lead had quickly been cut to 40 to 16, with 11:18 left in the game.
At this point, the Lobos decided to make an end to things. They took the ball on the 42 yard line after a fine kickoff runback by Bobby Gilchrist and drove the distance for a touchdown, with the help of a 15-yard penalty.
Wingback Timmy McDermott did the honors for the Lobos by skirting end for 37-yard touchdown run, the longest run from scrimmage the entire night. The kick was once again good and the Pack held an insurmountable 47 to 16 left with 8:42 left in the game.
The Lobos later drove to the Bulldog six yard line but were unable to punch it in, the game ending on an extremely happy not for the Lobos.
It is a pity that so few Lobo fans were there to see their team get untracked at last. However, Lobo Stadium will surely be packed Friday when our Lobos take on the loop leading Texarkana Tigers.