Coaching sure beats being superintendent

I get excited thinking about the days I was coaching. I coached football 12 years’five at Rochelle, four at Junction and three at Robert Lee. The most fun I had was coaching junior high at Rochelle. The kids would do and believe everything I told them. Some of the odd or funny things happened when I was coaching high school. We were playing Evant and at the half they had us down 20-0. One of my substitutes asked me just before halftime, “Coach, what is the name of the team we are playing'” And at the half one of my fans was a little too full of beer and was betting that Rochelle would win. I don’t know how, but we won, 24-20. In 1965 I was coaching at Junction and our last game was with Sonora, a team that went on and won the state title. Sonora had not been scored on all season, and in the opening kickoff they kicked to us. They were so well coached that I told my team to set up a quick wall. They went to the wall, and I told the runner to run offside of the wall. A freshman, he did, and he scored. We onside kicked and recovered, threw a pass and scored. End of first quarter it was, Junction 14, Sonora, 0. End of game though was, Junction 14, Sonora, 44. Jerry Hopkins was Sonora’s coach. They only had five or six plays and knew what to do against our defense. If I were coaching again, I would do the same thing. Usually when you change your offense on Monday, you will lose on Friday. As far as meals for the team, pre-game or after is usually not enjoyed by the players because if you win, they are too excited to eat and if you lose, they are not hungry. I learned a lot from my brother-in-law, Jerrell Rice. He told his team before a game to eat whatever they were accustomed to eating. If they liked chili, hot dogs or whatever, go ahead and eat it. Talk about getting your ego busted’one time Junction was playing Del Rio San Felipe and and at halftime after a loud and exciting talk to the players, I asked, “Does anyone have a question'” One of my bench warmers said, “Yes, Coach, where is the dance going to be after the game'” H While at Robert Lee in 1966, our last game of the season was against Abilene Woodson, an all-black school that was to consolidated with Abilene the next year. They were big and fast, but not too good. We had them 20-0 at half. I started the second team in the third quarter. Their coach came over and was really mad. He said “I don’t want to play your second team.” So the first team went back on the field and we won, 52-6. H There’s a lot of fun in coaching, much more than being school superintendent, which isn’t much fun at all. I guess I survived coaching by getting the kids to put me on their shoulders after the game, even if we lost. Someone would say, “Why are they doing that'” And the folks would answer, “He isn’t much of a coach, but the kids sure like him.”

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