I always look forward to football season

As the 2003 football practice opens this week, I always look forward to the season. The first Rochelle Hornet football game that I remember seeing was in 1937. Rochelle was playing Rockwood in Richard Moseley’s pasture were games were played until about 1938. The senior boys that year were William McNatt, Don Billy Wigginton, James Johanson, Clyde Teague, Donnie and Dannie Price, Ed Dennis, Harry Jeffers, Bill Crew, Bill Davenport, Virgil Morgan, Marvin Farris, Carl Deans, Ernest Clary, Leo Kilmer, Richard Bratton, Marcus Yates, Vernon Stewart, Sellman Henderson and W.C. Dunn. The most exciting Hornet game that I recall was in 1941 when Rochelle lost a close game (21-13) to the Lampasas Badgers. At halftime it was tied, 13-13. Jerrell Rice and Ralph Neal each had a touchdown. The most exciting game I ever played in was in 1947 when we beat Eden, 20-19. One of the best games I ever coached was in 1961 when we beat Menard, 22-18. The 11 starters that season were Doran Lemke, QB; John McDonald, Ray Doyal and Bobby Keesee, running backs; Kirby Huffman, center; Lynn Banks and Jimm Moseley, ends; Ronnie Penn, Tommy Penn, Waylon Cowan and Jon Underwood, interior linemen. The first six-man game I ever saw was when Lohn played, I think, Forsan in Brady in about 1955. Ed Whiteley was coaching at Lohn. They had a boy named Jerry Holland who was good as well as the Doyal boys. The highest scoring team in McCulloch County had to be the Melvin Bulldogs. I watched them beat Mason, 77-6, one night in the early 1950s. Melvin beat us my senior year (1947), 13-12. We had already defeated Eden. Eden beat Melvin, 26-6. A three-way tie ensued and Melvin won the coin flip. The stars for Melvin were Wallace Fikes and Booger Martin. I am hoping for Lohn, Rochelle and Brady to all have good games. Lohn may be a sleeper to be in the playoffs.

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