LONGVIEW - Halloween came early in Lobo Stadium here Friday night as a couple of fun-loving groups of boys from Dallas Bishop Lynch and Longview High spent the night dipping into their bags of tricks and coming up with offensive treats for the chilly crowd of around 4,000.
Coach Tommy Hudspeth's Lobos thrilled the local fans with a thriller as the Longview team posted a 24 to 19 victory. It was the kind of victory the Lobos needed over a powerful Dallas ball club.
The Lobos for the second straight week won the flip of the coin prior to the contest. It was the second time this year for the Lobos to win the toss. Maybe luck is now on Longview's side.
The best stories are the happy-ending stories, and that sent many people home talking about the 1969 Lobos. Longview's Jimmy Hill , who was the big hero in last week's 17 to 16 victory over Marshall, put the Lobos ahead in the opening minutes of the first quarter on a 25-yard field goal. This is now Hill's second field goal of the season. Last week it was a 34 harder.
The Lobos will take on Marshall Pemberton here on Saturday night in Lobo Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to this game are on sale at the Longview School Business Administration Building.
The Lobos won the toss of the coin and elected to receive. Cary Tobolka kicked off to the Lobos and JosephRattler took the pigskin on the seven and returned to the 30.
From the 30 the Lobos went to work. Tailback Alton Coley was stopped on the try. However, on second down Coley went off guard to the 36 and then on third down the fancy stepper was stopped for no gain. So punter Bill Gibson went in to punt. The ball sailed down the field and Jack Coneff fumbled the ball at the 22 yard line of Bishop and Longview's Robert Collier recovered the ball.
In seven plays the Lobos were at the nine yard line. So it was fourth down and eight needed for a first. Coach Hudspeth elected to go for the field goal. Walker Bennett centered the ball to Joe Jordan who placed the pigskin on the tee at the 15 and Jimmy Hill kicked the ball through the uprights for the three pointer. With 6:48 left in the first quarter, Longview led, 3-0.
Bill Gibson kicked off to Bishop Lynch and Save Whitfill took the ball at the 21 and returned to the 46.
On the sixth play at the 39 of Longview, the Lobos were charged with pass interference and the ball was placed at the Lobo 28 yard line. Five plays later fullback Jack Coneff went off right tackle from the one for the touchdown with 2:58 left in the first quarter. Tobolka's kick for the extra point failed. So the Bishop Lynch Friars led, 6-3.
Tobolka kicked off to the Lobos and again Rattler took the ball this time at the seven and returned to the 27.
From the 27 the Lobos took over. In 12 plays the Lobos were at the Bishop 23 yard line. However, on the 13th play quarterback Ronnie Davis went to the air and his pass was intercepted by defensive halfback Cary Tobolka in the end zone with 10:20 remaining in the second quarter.
The big gainers in that drive were by Coley on caries of 4, 9 and 6 yards. However, the giant gain was by speedster Mike Northcutt who carried the ball from the 50 to the 34 for a gain of 16 yards. Northcutt carried the ball six times during the game for 55 yards for scored one touchdown.
Bishop Lynch took over at the 20 and on the seventh play at the 28 of Longview right halfback Tom Stock fumbled the ball and Gary Hunter recovered the ball for Longview with 8 minutes left before halftime.
Quarterback Davis took charge once again. From the 28 yard line Rodney Cox carried to the 34 yard line of Longview. Then the bomb went off. Davis took the snap from center and stepped back. He sailed the pigskin into the arms of end Joe Jordan for a 66-yard touchdown pass-run play that nearly shook the west side stadium. Jordan caught the ball about the 25 and went the distance untouched. Jimmy Hill's kick for extra point was good and the Lobos led, 10-6, with 7:19 left in the second quarter.
In the third quarter Gary Hunter saved the Lobos when quarterback Philip Shotland went to the air form the 38 of Bishop and sailed the ball into the air. Hunter took the ball at the 47 and returned to the 44 of Bishop.
The Lobos took over at the 44 of Bishop. However, on fourth don Bill Gibson was forced to punt from the 40.
Bishop took over at the nine yard line. Eight plays later halfback Larry Ratcliffe fumbled the ball at the Longview 21 and was recovered by defensive halfback Steve Cole at the 17.
The Lobos weren't able to move the ball and on fourth down Gibson punted the ball downfield to the 44 of Longview.
in eight plays Bishop's punter Ratcliffe punted the ball from the Lynch 45 yard line and Don Peek called for a fair catch at the 19 with only 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
So again on fourth down Gibson punted for Longview at the 25 and Larry Ratcliffe took the ball around the 34 yard line. But Longview was charged with a 15 yard personal foul and the ball was moved to the Lobo 49 yard line.
In six plays Bishop scored a touchdown with 7:54 reading on the clock in the final period. Fullback Confeff went off left guard from two yards out for the touchdown. Halfback Jack Classee's run for two pointer was stopped by a host of Lobos on the left side of the line. However, Lynch led, 12 to 10. The big gainer in the drive was a 20 yard run by fullback Coneff. It took Bishop only seven plays to go 49 yards.
The Lobos weren't to be out done by the Friars. Tobolka kicked off to the Lobos and Rattler took the ball at the 10 and returned to the 30.
Wingback Mike Northcutt went to the left side of the line to the 35 for a gain of five. Tailback Coley went over left guard to the 37. Fancy stepper Northcutt took a pitch out from quarterback Davis and went to the Bishop 48 for a gain of 15 yards. The stadium fell in on Bishop on the next play. David on a hand off to fullback Rodney Cox went 48 yards up the middle of the Bishop line to the goal line for the touchdown with 6:14 left in the game. Jimmy Hill's kick was good and the Lobos led 17-12. Cox, who carried the ball 16 times for 97 yards during the game, is a powerful runner and one that can carry the mail. The Lobos marched 70 yards in only four plays.
Bill Gibson kicked off to Bishop and their Dallas team took over at the own 39 yard line. On fourth down Ratcliffe punted the ball and the ball took a crazy bounce and when it stopped it was at the Lynch 47 yard line. The punt was good for only three yards.
Longview took over at the 47 of Lynch. On third down the Lobos were given a five yard penalty back to the 45 of the Friars. Then on fourth down and eight needed for a first, Gibson punted the ball down field. The ball finally stopped at the six yard line.
Dallas got into trouble when quarterback Philip Shotland fumbled the ball on fourth down and only inches for a first from the 15. The ball was recovered by Longview.
On third down from the nine wingback Mike Northcutt sailed around the right end for the Lobo touchdown with only 1:54 left in the game. Hill's kick was good and the Lobos led, 24-12.
Gibson kicked off to the Bishop Lynch team and Ratcliffe took the ball at the eight and returned to the 33.
Quarterback Shotland went to the air on the first play and Longview was called for pass interference. The penalty was a 14 harder. This hurt. From the Lynch 47 the Dallas team couldn't be stopped. On the sixth play quarterback Shotaldn passed to Tim Kottwitz in the end zone for the Bishop touchdown with only 49 seconds left in the game. Tolbolka's kick for extra point was good.
However, the final score read, Longview 24-19.