LUFKIN - Jimmy Whitten, Longview’s bolt of lightning in the backfield, turned what should have been a good football game into a route of the Lufkin Panthers here yesterday afternoon wen he individually led the Lobos to a 29-to-12 victory over the Angelina outfit to administer to the Purple and Gold its worst defeat of the season.
Whitten twice brought the 2,000 spectators to their feet howling when he intercepted passes and ran them back for touchdowns. Once the flashy halfback took in a Lufkin heave behind his own goal and ran it back 101 yards for a touchdown.
He followed this up by chasing one back for 70 yards for a score.
Playing with the services of Nick Wheeler, their great quarterback, the Lobos took right in after the Panthers and kept right on scoring until the last, thanks to this Whitten lad, who stopped the vaunted Lufkin passing attack in a big way.
But Whitten must share honors for the afternoon with E.O. Runnels, a big chap, who paced the Panthers and roved through and around the Longview forward wall almost at will, chalking up over 100 yards during the afternoon from scrimmage. Try as they may the Longview linesmen could not bring down the big Panther without a gain.
Although visibly weakened by the absence of Nick Wheeler, who saw the entire game from the sidelines nursing a badly injured ankle, the Lobos played a great game of football and took advantage of every break. Whitten, however, was the youth who literally outran the Lufkin team on two occasions to register touchdowns.
The powerful running of O.E. Runnels mastered every defense the Lobos had to offer until the third period shortly after the second Lufkin touchdown when R.V. Creed, Longview’s hurt tackle, was rushed into the game with his left hand in splits to halt the Lufkin running attack.
Charles Gordon, guard and acting captain, came through with three good kicks for extra appoints out of four tries.
Longview kicked off to Lufkin who was forced to punt back to the Loboes on their own 41-yard stripe. Right here is where the first Longview march started when Jack Lyon, who played the best game of his career, plunged his way to three consecutive first downs. Rivers then shot a pass over to the goal to Bivins and Longview was away to a fourth conference victory.
Taking the next kickoff, the Panthers staged a 70-yard march for a touchdown that terminated with Runnells plunged over from the four-yard line.
A blocked punt by Earl Harper, Longview end, gave the Loboes another two points where a Lufkin player recovered the leather behind his own goal line. This placed the score at 8-6.
Coming right back the Loboes punted after taking the next kick and Henderson recovered when D. Runnels fumbled as the first period ended. Lyon started whaling away at the line and soon plunged the ball over to give the Loboes a lead of 15 to 6, when Gordon booted the goal.
Later in the second period, Lufkin staged another of numerous marched that carried the oval to the Longview eight-yard ribbon. On fourth down, Runnells elected to pass into a flat zone, Jimmy Whitten reached up, took the ball and was away for a 100-yard dash for a touchdown, the longest run seen on a Longview gridiron in years.
Refusing to give up under the 22-6 score, the visitors opened another drive in the third period for 68 yards, and scored when Kellow took in a pass over the goal line after it had bounced off the hand of a Longview athlete. This placed the score at 22-12.
In the fourth quarter the final touchdown was marked up when Whitten again gathered in a flat zone pass and scampered 70 yards for a touchdown, crossing the goal line laughing at his pursuers.
O.E. Runnells had a capable assistant in his younger brother, D. Runnells, who was a constant threat and alternated with his huskier brother in ripping the Longview line to threads on the brilliant long marches down the field.
When Tyler defeated Athens 12-0 yesterday, it left what chances the Loboes have of gaining titular recognition should they defeat Athens here net Thursday up to H.L. Foster, Longview school superintendent. Mr. Foster was ill at his home last night and could not be reached to ascertain a meeting of the district 10 executive committee and place Longview's claim before the body.
Coach Woodman will hold a workout for the Loboes this morning at 9:30 a.m.
The entire Longview football squad will be guest of the Kelly Memorial Methodist church Sunday night.