PARIS - The ancient football adage - "you can't score if you don't have possession of the ball" - was borne out once more Friday night as the Paris Wildcats handed Maco Stewart's Lobos their first defeat of the 1949 campaign began 3,000 fans. The score was 13-6.
After both teams had scored first quarter touchdowns. Paris took almost complete control in the third quarter then allowed the Longview crew to handle the ball on only two downs during the final period while they were adding their winning touchdown. Chief reason behind the Lamar county team's ability to hang onto the pigskin was 185 pound fullback Sammy Morrow, who racked up first downs with monotonous regularity during the last two quarters. On one occasion, Morrow carried the ball ten times in succession - bringing the leather 39 yards to within a foot of the Lobo goal line. At this time, he crossed up the Longview defenders by sending little J.E. Christian into the middle of the line for the touchdown.
The Green Wave rolled to a first quarter score less than five minutes after the opening kickoff. Morrow fumbled on his own 28 and wingman Billy Shaw recovered for Longview. Johnny Linney went back to pass, spotted Tommy Rae in the clear five yards away and nailed the speedy halfback with a bullet toss. Rae picked up beautiful blocking down the sidelines and went all the way to score. Sonny Jones' try for the point was wide.
A bad break cost the Lobos six points shortly before the end of the same period. After Morrow had booted out of bounds on the Lobo 37, Longview drew a 15 yard penalty for clipping. Wit the ball on their own 22, the Green Wave tried a bit of questionable trickery, calling for a quick kick on first down. The ball went back to Jones who seemed to hesitate momentarily before attempting to boot the ball. Meanwhile, Ray Berry Jr., Paris left end, came in fast to block the punt. The ball rolled back to the Longview one yard stripe and Berry recovered. Morrow went over on first down and after Joe White miss the try for the conversion, the score was tied at 6-6.
The Gregg county visitors muffed a beautiful opportunity to take the lead midway through the second quarter following a march which carried from the Paris 31 to within eight yards of the Wildcat goal line. Three successive pass completions by the sharp-shooting Linney brought the ball down to the Paris 16. Sonny Jones hit the middle for eight yards tot eh two tries. The Lobos decide to switch to passing tactic at this point, and the decision cost them a score.
Linney's pass intended for Rae was batted down, then Johnny found Jud McRee in the clear on fourth down. He pitched a strike to the lanky wingman, but the officials ruled that Jud was out of the end zone when he nabbed the ball. Consequently, Paris took over on their own eight and marched to midfield before they were forced to kick. It was the Lobos last serious threat of the night, and from that point on it was all Paris and Mr. Morrow.
The winners commenced their winning touchdown drive at the tail end of the third quarter. After recovering a Linney fumble on the Longview 38, Morrow carried ten times in a row. The battering ram fullback ripped the Lobo line to shreds in carrying to the Green and White goal line. Then Christian sneaked over for the score. This time White converted and Paris went out in front by seven points. Longview took White's kickoff and returned 20 yards to their 35. They worked three plays from scrimmage and wound up a yard short of a first down. Linney booted and that was to be the last time the Green Wave handled the ball in that particular football game. At the gun, the Wildcats were piecing together a 65 yard uninterrupted march which died on the Lobo 25 when time ran out.