TYLER - John Tyler's 16 to 0 victory over Longview's Lobos came about as easily as an impacted wisdom tooth. There were complications along the way - most of them caused by tough and rough Longview.
Coach Corky Nelson's Lions put the muscle timber to the Lobos for four good, good quarters. The No. 4 ranked Lobos were not outplayed or outclassed. But the Lobos did not have a tailback like Earl Campbell, 225-pound senior. Campbell is a "super man" and a great athlete.
He carried the ball 24 times for 157 yards and scored John Tyler's first touchdown of the night on a 57 yard run down the right sideline. The scouts in the press box really wanted to sign Campbell to a college scholarship Friday night. But the ace tailback has several more games before he can sign. He can name his college.
The Lobos are now 4-1-0 for the season and 1-1-0 in District 14-AAAA action. The Lions are 5-0-0 and 2-0-0 in loop play. It is going to take a mighty ball cub in this district to beat the Lions. They are great. The Lions make very few mistakes and are a well coached ball club.
Longview was just beaten by a good ball club. The Lobos do not need to hang their heads down. They gave an excellent account of themselves against a mighty ball club. It was a toss up as to who was the favorite in Friday's game. But the Lions took advantage of several of Longview's errors that cost them the game.
Coach Clint Humphreys and his staff worked extra hard this past week to make ready for the Lions. But tailback Campbell was something else. He had 13 yard son 11 carries in the first half. Many of his carries in the first half were for five and six yards.
His twin brothers, Steve and Tim, played on defense and they are great linebackers. They were in the Lobo backfield several times during the course of the game.
In the first half, the Lobos had two first downs and 64 yards rushing. Tyler had four first downs and 138 yards rushing.
Tailback Mike Mock in the first half had 11 carries for 43 yards and fullback Danny Majors had 11 yards on seven carries.
Tyler won the toss and the Lobos kicked off to the Lions. John Tyler took over at their own 27 yard line. On the first play, tailback Earl Campbell fumbled the ball at the Lion 34 and Jackie James recovered for the Lobos with 11:49 on the clock in the first quarter.
This was really the only big break in the game for the Lobos. On the eighth play the Lobos went for a field goal at the 23-yard line. The ball was placed at the 30 and the kick by Mike Mock went to the right of the uprights with 8:51 left on the clock in the first chapter.
In the second quarter, the Lions really went to work. John Tyler took over a their own 31 yard line after fielding a punt from Mike Mock. On the fifth play, at the 43 of the Lions, Earl Campbell took the handoff from quarterback Larry Hartfield and Campbell went to his right. He was tackled by several Lobos. However, he broke away from the Longview defenders and went all the way for the touchdown. The run covered 57 yards. Derek Dillard kicked the extra point and the Lions led, 7 to 0, with 4:55 on the clock in the second period.
John Tyler really broke the Lobos down in the third quarter when linebacker Tim Campbell broke through the offensive line to block a Mike Mock punt at the Lobo 40 yard line. The ball rolled back to the Lobo 16 yard line and was recovered by Campbell.
At the 16, fullback Lynn King was stopped by the Lobos. But Earl Campbell carried the next time and went to the seven for a nine yard gain. Campbell carried to the four and then to the one. Then quarterback Hartfield went over right guard for the touchdown from one yard out with 8:02 on the clock in the third quarter. Derek Dillard's kick for the extra point went to the left of the uprights. However, the Lions led 13-0.
The Lions made a field goal by Derek Dillard next. His kick was good for 27 yards and the Lions led, 16 to 0. The field goal was set up when the Lions recovered a Lobo fumble at the 36 yard line of Longview. Tony Terrell recovered the ball for the Lions.
With nine minutes left in the game, the Lobos took over at the eight yard line. Tailback Mock and fullback Majors carried the ball down to the John Tyler six yard line before the Lobos were stopped by the Lions. John Tyler took over with 2:05 left in them game. Big gainers in the drive were a 26 yard run by Mock, and a 19 yard pass to Majors from quarterback Steve Gaddis.
Longview had 136 yards rushing and 19 yards passing for 155 yards. John Tyler had 195 yards rushing and zero in the passing department. The Lions attempted just one pass.