PARIS - The Longview Lobos combined the quick kicking talents of Joltin’ Jimmy Pakenham with some sensational broken field running by halfback Don Barton to chalk up their third consecutive victory of the 1947 season by a 13-0 score before 5,000 fans at the Paris Junior College Stadium Friday night.
Longview passed up a scoring opportunity in the first quarter when Rex “Sling-Shot” Stuckey’s pass intended for Buddy Terry was dropped by the brilliant end after he had juggled it on his finger tips just two yards short of the goal line. Terry was in the clear, and could have scored easily, but he was just a little over-anxious and dropped the leather. Highlight of the first 12 minutes of play was Pakenham’s quick kick which traveled from the Lobo 40 to the Paris two yard line where it dropped dead.
Jolting’ Jim set the stage for the first Lobo six pointer when he got off the second of his sensational quick kicks midway through the second quarter. The 185-pound Lobo fullback booted on first down from his own 38 yard line and the ball died on the Paris three yard stripe.
Bobby Jack Floyd immediately booted from his own goal line and Barton returned it 20 yards to the ‘Cat 25. After Pakenham bulled his way forward five yards, the Green and White were penalized 15 yards for clipping. At this point, Stuckey faded back and tossed a long aerial to Gene McClain, substitute end, which McClain gathered in on the three yard line. The play recovered 33 yards. Pakenham carried down to the one yard stripe in two tries then Stuckey lost three on a fake pass.
On fourth down, the “Sling-Shot” pitched a strike to Amy Rogers in the end zone for the first Longview six pointer. Rex’s kick as wide of the mark and Longview led 6-0 at the half.
The third quarter was marred by Longview fumbles and erratic passes from center, Don Menasco, who handled a wet pigskin against Port Arthur without error, had difficult on several occasions getting the ball into the backfield. In one particular instance, a bad pass from center gave Paris their only really serious scoring opportunity of the ball game. The ball rolled down to the Lobo 15 yard line where Paris recovered, but Pakenahm broke up the rally by intercepting Floyd’s pass and running the ball out of danger.
Longview’s fourth quarter tally came after Ed Coach, fleet footed Lobo end, raced 35 yards on an end around end play. He was stopped by the Paris safety man on the Wildcat 28 yard line. Barton’s fumble cost Longview 20 yards, but Stuckey picked up 22 when he hit Barton with an aerial bomb on the enemy 26. Pakenham jolted his way to the 24, then Barton took the ball on a neatly executed double reverse, sliced through right tackle and danced his way through the middle of the Paris secondary to score standing up.
It was the most outstanding run of the ball game and climaxed the Lobos bid for a second touchdown. Fox Cashell’s attempt for the extra point sailed squarely down the middle and Longview went into a 13-0 lead which was never threatened.
Fumbles ate up most of the yardage Longview was able to chalk up on the ground. In the statistical department, Stuckey’s passing stood out noticeably. The Lobo forward wall continued to sparkle on defense, but failed to show up too well on the offense. Pakenham’s quick kicks once more were greatly responsible for Longview’s success.
Algee Callahan and Bobby Angling were especially outstanding in the Longview line. Captain Jim Fuller suffered a bruised shoulder, but other than that, the Green and White came through in good physical condition.
Longview plays host to Greenville next Friday night.