Football team of ’61 had very successful year

With the 2001 football season underway with two-a-day practices, I think back on the team of 40 years ago, 1961. Willie Myers and I were lucky to be coaching such a fine group of young men at Rochelle High School. With eight seniors, one junior (the only boy in his class’Waylon Cowan) and 14 sophomores and freshmen, we had a fine team, and a good year. The seniors were Jimmy Moseley, Kirby Huffman, Lynn Banks, John McDonald, Doran Lemke, Jon Underwood, Ray Doyal and Ronald Penn. The sophomores and freshmen were John Banks, Steve Neal, Bobby Keesee, Tommy Penn, Larry Smith, Bill Hagler, Gene Garner, Freddy Roberts, Van Waddill, Larry Adams, Mike Moseley, Donnie Killgore, Larry Lee and Joe Johanson. Our first game was with Evant. We won, 23-0. The next contest was the only game we lost all year, to Lometa, 12-8. I always felt that I lost that game by not having our defensive backs cover in a rotation. They completed a pass that won the game. Next we beat Cherokee, 42-12, then May, 42-21. Blanket was next, and we won, 20-13. It was rough game. Coach J.W. Switzer had the two tough Edgar boys playing for him. We downed Menard, 20-16; Richland Springs, 31-6; Melvin, 42-6; tied Eden, 22-22; and in the last game in the sleet and snow, we beat Bangs, 22-6. After that game, we met Eden’s coach Jack Browning, and flipped a coin. We lost the flip and the game. Eden went on as far as Class B schools could go in those days. They beat Bronte for the regional championship. We had six team members to make the San Angelo Standard-Times All West Texas team: Ray Doyal, Lynn Banks, John McDonald, Kirby Huffman, Jimmy Moseley and Ronald Penn. The majority of those guys on the team had a successful school year and a very successful life. Five of them graduated from Texas A&M and three of them have doctor’s degrees.

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