Dogs pluck Ducks, advance to state quarterfinals

December 1-5, 1959 With a 30-8 ‘Duck dinner’ under their belts, the Brady Bulldogs moved into the State AA quarterfinals this week. Equalling the advance made by Brady’s 1958 team, they’ll meet Jasper in Temple at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Jasper won a quarterfinals spot Saturday night in Huntsville by walloping Bellville, 41-6’a score big enough to cause uneasiness in Brady. In Taylor Friday the Bulldogs avenged a 13-0 loss to the Ducks in another regional game back in 1938. This time the Doggies pretty well dominated the proceedings, although they could never relax. They didn’t quite have the fire and flawless perfection they had shown the week before against Belton, but the competition was stiffer, however. The scrappy, stubborn Ducks made a game of it. They had the desire and adequate talent but lacked the Bulldogs’ calm football savvy. It was an unofficial test between two fine fullbacks, both wearing number ’44.’ Brady’s Billy Ross Cavin and Taylor’s Buddie Ford, being boomed for all-state honors. The Ducks obviously had heard of Cavin and kept two and three men on him. Early in the game the Ducks threw Cavin for a flip, and he looked hurt. It was a grim few moments for Brady fans because the Dogs’ No. 2 fullback, Bobby Barsch, was out also with a bad knee. But Cavin got up, shook it off, and went on to roll up 111 yards in 24 carries, a good night’s work. The Bulldogs did a better job of bottling up Ford, limiting him with the ball. His longest gain of the night was 8 yards. Only once before this season had Ford been held to less than 138 yards. Trying to stop the Dogs’ running game, the Ducks threw eight men up on the line with three in the secondary up close’and the Bulldogs took to the air. More than anything it was the Brady passes that sank the Ducks. QB Charles Reynolds completed 5 of 9 for 140 yards, two of them for touchdowns. And while the Bulldogs were enjoying a successful night in the airways they also wrecked the vaunted passing average of Taylor’s QB Billy Davis. He had a 70 percent completion record at 7:30 p.m. Friday, but at 10 p.m. he had completed only one of six for four yards against the Dogs. With Ducks’ eyes glued on Cavin, they forgot about Brady halfback Donald Sessom, and Sessom had one of his better nights: 110 yards in 12 carries. Brady Guard Scott Appleton, quick and powerful, gave the Ducks misery. In fact, the Taylor forward wall was no match for the Brady line: Charles Hanson, Orville Wright, Frankie Tomlinson, Curtis Gleaton, Kenneth Bode and Bill Archer. Brady allowed the ducks only two first downs in the first half. In the third period, the Ducks made two drives, once to the Brady 17 and again to the 2. Otherwise Taylor never got beyond the Bulldogs’ 45. * * * News from Melvin Mrs. Clara Haywood returned home recently from an 11-day trip visiting with relatives and friends in Austin, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Pearsall and Zapata. While in Zapata she crossed the Falcon Dam and went on a sight-seeing trip in Mexico. From there she went to Passadena to visit her son, Lynn Haywood and family and also had her semi-annual check-up at the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. She says that she received a good report from her doctor there. Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Stewart expect their sons, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Stewart and children, also Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Stewart, all of San Angelo, next week for a visit. * * * Society Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Knutson of Placid, who will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday, Dec. 6, were honored last week with an open house. Hosts for the affair were their children. * * * Damage to bridge remains mystery Who tore up the bridge’ Police Chief Dorman Gibbs and Sheriff Luke Vogel would like to know’if nothing more than to find out how a vehicle could cause so much damage to the bridge and still keep moving. A 20-foot section of concrete-and-steel guard rail in the middle of the West Commerce Street bridge was torn out sometime Monday night, but no report was made to the police. Apparently a truck had pulled too far to the right and ripped out the guard rail, laying it back on the pedestrian walkway which parallels the bridge. Just a little more and the truck would have ended up’or down’in the creek. The bridge is destined to be torn down and replaced within the next few weeks anyway. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Visit at Knickerbocker Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Burrell Flanagin and Mrs. R.L. Chesser spent Thanksgiving Day visiting Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Precise, and Sue, and Mrs. J.W. Precise in Knickerbocker. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Jones and Children of Christoval. FACT’TIP The first root beer in America was manufactured by Charles Elmer Hires in Philadelphia, in 1866.

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