I’ve always enjoyed a good football game

The Texas-Arkansas game two weeks ago reminded me of the first major football game I ever saw. That was in 1947. Our coach at Rochelle, Roy Gregory, took us on a school bus to Austin to see UT and Arkansas play. We took a sack lunch, and I had a couple of dollars to spend. The tickets were free, courtesy of UT. Knothole tickets they were then called. It was in the end zone. I ate my lunch on the bus before we got to Austin. At the game I had two dollars, but a hot dog and Coke was $2.50. I finally borrowed 50′. I ate so much at the game that I couldn’t sleep when we got home. The next time I went to Austin was in 1949. Tom Landry, coach of the Dallas Cowboys for many years, was playing for the Longhorns. I also always liked to watch the Tarleton and Schreiner game when they played in Brady each year. I saw Odessa High School play Thomas Jefferson High of San Antonio for the state footall championship. Byron Townsend was Odessa’s best player and Kyle Rote was Jefferson’s best player. In high school we went to all of the Howard Payne football games if they played in Brownwood. I knew most of the HPC players’Jack Browning, Jerrell Rice, Bill Scoggins, who later coached a year in Sonora and won state. Scoggins then coached at Baylor for a long time. Another Brady boy, Wade Turner, was coaching at Baylor at that time. I think I only saw one game in Brownwood when Daniel Baker was still playing football. I always enjoyed a good football game. My grandson is a student at Texas U. and his sister is a student at Texas Tech. I have to watch who I cheer for. I lost a lot of interest in Texas A&M when they fired R.C. Slocum.

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