LUFKIN - Abe Martins' Lufkin Panthers kept the ball a-rolling here Friday afternoon and took the Longview Lobos by a whacking score of 33-0, and right alongside the district pennant the Lufkin boys have pasted the bi-district title.
Hesitating a while in the first quarter of the ball game, the Lufkin team shaped out of it and consistently pounded the Lobos by land and air. The margin of weight of the Longview eleven didn't help much against the Panthers' aerial attacks. Frank (Jitter) McKinney, sparkplug quarterback, and captain Morrell Hicks, guard, stood out on the Lufkin side. Jeffress and Crowley, Longview ace backs, had little chance to play more than defensive ball.
Early in the second quarter, Lufkin started a march from their own 20. A 35-yard pass from McKinney to Leg Taylor clicked for the first touchdown. An encore came in the same period when the same two-some sponsored a 38-yard pass to climax a 50-yard drive.
The third quarter saw the Panther ground forces negotiate a 75-yard march. McKinney starred, stacking up most of the gains himself, and then going over to score from the Longview six.
The fourth counter came in the fourth period. Taking a kick that was touched by a Lobo before it hit the ground, thus giving them another 15 yards, the Panthers moved in three plays. McKinney lugged it over again.
Little Waddy Westmoreland got into the game for the last few minutes of play and took McKay's pass over for the last score. McKay staged a nice prelude to the final scoring, leading the pack in a 65-yard offensive down to the Lobo 12, where he dispatched the scoring pass. Weickersheimer kicked three points in five tries.
McKinney, all-state candidate, shone brightest all the way through the contest - his passes were long and good; his running was up to par, and he sparked the team with indisputable accuracy. His aids were with the tide. Les Taylor's pass-bagging was spectacular. McKay played consistently well, as did Thompson. Hicks and Boiles, at guard, and Bill Burnett at end stood out on defense. Thompson made himself a nuisance in the Longview passing channels and intercepted two of their best. Jeffress and Crowley sparked Longview's best activity.
Quick Lufkin offensives kept Jeffres' passing ineffective. Lufkin defense was exceptionally good considering that their line was outweigh eight pounds to the man. Many of Longview's best plays were broken up by sheer maneuvering rather than strength, and gave the Lobos a net loss of seven yards on groundwork. Lufkin reserves saw action, too, as Martin, with customary consideration, sent many of them in toward the final minutes of the tilt.
The victory gave the Lufkin-Longview bidistrict contests a matched score, both winning two out of four games. This is the second time that Lufkin has made it to the quarterfinals. Lufkin officials will go to Ennis at 1 PM Saturday to make plans for the quarterfinal game with Breckenridge. Lufkin still remains united and undefeated.
In defeat though, the Wolves looked great. At the half-time, Morris Frank, former Lufkin scribe now in Houston, remarked, "Boys, that's the best club I ever saw 14 points behind."
Harry Warren played his best game to date and one job he did was top for the year. On a punt return, after Robert Corlwey had started J.T. Jeffress off with a beautiful block on a Panther end, Warren charged up just as three Panthers were about to lay violent hands on Little Jeff. Warren caught 'em all lined up with a perfectly executed block took all of them.
Sanford, Coats, Grigg, Abney and Raney all looked good in the line too, but the Panthers were too tough. Jeffress, Crowley, Dunaway, Nelson (he got two men with a block on the play Warren scored his triple) and Blackeley all did good jobs.