TYLER - Every team needs at least one game in a season where it can, throwing caution to the winds, substitute freely without the fear of losing, and just thoroughly enjoy what's happening.
Well, John Tyler's Lions had one of those nights here Friday night in Rose Stadium before a crowd of around 3,000.
The Lions posted their first win of the 1971 season as they defeated Longview's Lobos, 10 to 7, in a District 14-AAAA contest. It was the kind of game that John Tyler earned. They weren't lucky. They didn't even get many breaks in the contests. The Lions' just put played Longview. That's the truth.
Linebacker Earl Campbell (number 20 for the fans who were in the stands) was all over Longview's quarterback Jeb Blount. When Mr. Campbell wasn't causing trouble, his teammates - Shelton Clark and Donnie Jones were on Mr. Blount. The Lobo quarterback spent most of the night on the ground because of the weak Lobo offensive lineman that failed to block many, many times.
John Tyler is now 1-3-1 for the season and the Lobos are 2-2-1.
Longview put the first six points on the scoreboard. Quarterback Blount hit end Charles Fagan on a 20-yard bomb on a pass-run play for the Longview touchdown with 8:35 left in the second quarter. Mike Mock kicked the extra point to give the Lobos the lead, 7 to 0.
The touchdown was set up when James Williams of Longview field a punt off the foot of Mike Landrum on a fourth and two play from the 15 yard line of John Tyler. Williams took the ball at the Lobo 48 and returned to the 27.
On the first play halfback Calvin Portley went to the left side oft he line for a gain of 11 to the 16. Then fullback James Williams was pushed back to the 20 for a minus four yards. On second down and 14, Blount found Fagan at the right side of the field and the talented received went into the end zone for the touchdown.
Prior to Longview scoring, the Lobos were stopped at the Tyler seven on a fourth down play with one needed for a first. Fullback David Huett was stopped for no gain over left guard with 11:31 left in the second quarter.
Following Longview's touchdown, the Lobos kicked off. Mike Mock footed the ball and Mike Landrum took the pigskin at the 17 and returned it to the 32 of John Tyler.
From the 32, halfback Bruce Green was stopped for no gain. Well, you would have to have been in the stadium to believe what took place on the next play. The ball was placed at the 32 yard line. Center Ronnie Burson went over and was making ready to give the snap off to quarterback Andy Cuca.
However, Longview's defensive unit was standing around. You see, John Tyler lined up near the side lines and Burson centered the ball way, way over to his left to quarterback Cuca. The John Tyler line just moved out with no Lobos in front. Some say this is the old Notre Dame shift offensive play. It caught the Lobos off guard and halfback Bruce Green went all the way down the field for the touchdown. The run covered 68 yards and Green wasn't even touched by a single Lobo. Mike Landrum kicked the extra point, 7 to 7.
With only 14 seconds left in the second quarter, Mike Landrum kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Lions a 10-7 victory. The Lions started the drive on the 29 of Tyler. They marched 71 yards on eight plays and a 17 yard penalty against the Lobos for the field goal.
Quarterback Blount carried the ball 12 times for a minus 66 yards. He completed six of 22 for 58 yards.