|TYLER - Calvin Portley, Longview's Heisman Trophy candidate.
Naw, man, he ain't that good, but the senior Lobo athlete would have received all votes from the Longview fans here Friday night in Rose Stadium for the Heisman if it was award to schoolboy athletes.
Portly and the Longview Lobos defeated Tyler Lee's Raiders, 21 to 7, in a District 14-AAAA contest before a crowd of 10,000on a cool fall evening in this East Texas Rose city.
Portly, who is president of the Longview High student body, was the answer to the pop up toaster for the Lobos. It was wacky, y cracky, the way Portley jitterbugged around a bit and then turned on his speed to return a Lee kickoff 93 yards for a Lobo touchdown with 7:29 left on the clock in the first quarter of action.
What the Lobos did, other than beat the Raiders, before the solicitous eyes of one of the largest crowds in years, was outplayed the Raiders offensively and defensively.
Longview remains undefeated and leading the District 14-AAAA race with a perfect 5-0-0 mark. Lobos are 8-0-0 for the season.
The Lobos will be in Texarkana Friday night to battle the Tigers in another "must win" game if they are to win the District 14-AAAA championship. The Tigers were beaten by Lufkin, 7 to 6, in Grimm Stadium Friday night. It was the third loss in district play for Texarkana, who was the preseason pick to win the championship.
In a wild-eye throbbing thriller the Lobos compiled 14 first downs, and Lee was held to only four. Lee had three by pushing and one by passing. Longview recorded 165 yards rushing and 34 in the air for a total of 199 yards. Lee had 125 yards rushing and 29 passing for 154 yards. Lee completed only one of 10 passes and had one pass picked off Cecil Walton of the Lobos. Longview completed two of two passes by quarterback Walton for 34 yards.
Tailback Chuck Boyd, who is vice president of the Longview student body, was the leading rusher for the Lobos with 74 yards on 18 ties for a 4.1 yards average and he scored one touchdown.
Longview had 51 rushing plays and Lee was held to 30 plays by Longview's tough defensive unit.
Mike Mock turned in another fine job in the putting department. He punted five times for 207 yards for a 41.4 yard average. His longest kick sailed 46 yards. Mock also kicked a 27 yard field goal.
It was a script no movie writer would dare submit, so bizarre were the back-and-forth..up-and-down surprises in the plot.
Tyler Lee added fire to the Lobos when running back Eddie Starks, 185-lumber-legged senior, scored on the Lobos on an 85 yard run from the line of scrimmage with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter of action. Steve Wilhite added the extra and the Reaiders had a 7 to 0 lead. The touchdown was set up when Lobos' Mock punted from the Tyler 44 yard line. The ball rolled out of bounds at the Raider 13 yard line. On the second play a the 15, Mr. Starks took a handoff from quarterback Brad Harvey and went off tackle to the goal line.
The Longview fans were wringing their hands like mothers. However, Clavin Portley quickly charmed the crowd of Lobo fans. Steve Wilhite, 180-pounds, kicked off to the Lobos and Portley took the ball on the Lobo seven yard line, faked to the outside and then sailed to the middle of the field and went 93 yards for a Longview touchdown. Portly apparently mistook the Friday night football game at Rose Stadium for a track meet. The swiftly-stepping tailback ignited the Lobos like a mad herd of Brahmas, and did not slow for the rest of the night. Cecil Walton's run for the two-pointer failed.
When Starks scored the time was 7:39 on the clock. Then when Portley scored the time was 7:29. So, it took only 10 seconds for Portley to go the 93 yards for the touchdown. The Lobo players swarmed about Portley like bees around honey. However, Lee still led in the game, 7 to 6.
Mock kicked off to the Raiders and Eric Whitmill took the ball at the one yard line to the 25 of Tyler Lee with 7:21 left in the first quarter. Longview's defensive unit went to work and on the second play caught quarterback Brad Harvey for a minus five yards. On fourth down and 14 needed for a first, Robert Stringer punted from his own 21 yard line. Chuck Boyd took the ball at the Lobo 36 and returned it to the Lee 44 with 5:33 left in the first quarter of play.
Fullback Larry Harkless, Portley and Walton carried the ball to the 10 yard line in six plays. On fourth and five, Mock elected to go for a field goal. His 27 harder was good and the Lobos led, 9 to 7, with 3:02 left in the first chapter.
There was no scoring in the second and third quarters. However, the Lobos came through with two touchdowns in the fourth chapter.
Longview took over at midfield after Stringer had punted the ball for Tyler Lee from his won 17 yard line. With 9:14 left in the game, the Lobo machine started moving. Tailback Boyd and fullback Harmless carried the ball to the 36 yard line. On third down and seven from the 36, quarterback Walton found end Charles Chumley open and hit the talented receiver with a 30 yard bomb to the Tyler six yard for a first down.
At the six tailback Boyd carried to the three. Then on the next play Boyd plowed over from the three for the Lobo touchdown. Mock's pass for the two-point conversion failed. However, with 6:17 left in the game, the Lobos led 15 to 7. The touchdown drive covered 50 yards in seven plays.
Again Mick Mock kicked off to the Raiders and Eric Whitmill took the ball at the eight and returned to the 15. With 6:11 left the Raiders were stopped again. Four plays later from the eight, Robert Stringer punted the ball. Boyd called for a fair catch at the Tyler 48 yard line.
With 5:15 left in the game, the Lobos of coach Clint Humphreys went to work. Tailback Boyd had carries of 5, 2, 11 and 5 yards in the drive. From the five quarterback Cecil Walton on a keeper scored for the Lobos. Mock's extra point kick failed and with one minute and 40 seconds on the clock the Lobos had built their lead 21 to 7.
Mock again kicked off to the Raiders and this time Tim Alexander took the ball at the 30 and returned to the 36 of Tyler.
Five plays later from the Lobo 39 yard line quarterback Harvey went to the air and his pass was picked off by Cecil Walton at the 22 of Longview. With 17 seconds left in the game the Lobos ran two offensive plays - Boyd for eight yards and Walton for five.
The Lobo defensive unit again must be given a big pat on the back for a fine job. There were many, many timely tackles and blocks recorded. It was a team effort and one they can be proud of.