Chapters 23 Through Chapter 27 – The Gus Snodgrass Story And Track State Championship – Long Version

 

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

The Incredible Gus Snodgrass Story!

The Incredible 1962 Brownwood Lions Track State Championship Story!

With all of the Great Moments that I Experienced in my High School Career, there was One Moment that I will Never Forget! I was not a Super-Star Basketball Player in High School, but I had worked really hard to Perfect my Jump-Shot and my Tough Defense, as a Senior, and I was a Starter on the Varsity for Coach Murray. I had Missed Two Friday Night Games as  I took Official Football Visits to Texas A&M and Baylor.

I had just got back from a Weekend Visit with Baylor and I went to Basketball Practice on Monday, after missing the Friday Night Game. Then, on Tuesday, I did not get to Start The Game. I was concerned, but I was a Team-Player and I Came-Off of the bench and Scored 10-Points and so I did not think too much about the situation.

The Next Day on Wednesday, just before Basketball Practice was to begin, I was Called-Into Coach Murray’s Office. When I got to Coach Murray’s Office, to my Astonishment, there were Three Future Hall of Champion Coaches sitting there, including Coach Wood, Coach Snodgrass, and Coach Murray and they were all three waiting for me. “What’s going on?” I asked all three Head Coaches collectively.

“We want you to “Turn-In” your Basketball Stuff and get to our First Track Practice at 4:00 Today,” said Coach Murray and Seconded by Coach Snodgrass and Coach Wood.

“You are our only Two-Year Letterman and Returning Member of both Relay Teams and you can help this Track Team to win the Regional Championship and maybe get enough people to the State Meet and win the State Championship, but you need to be at our First Track Practice Today,” said Coach Snodgrass.

“Coach, I really like Basketball and I have really worked hard to get to where I am today in Basketball. Do you think that I could do both?”

Max. we think that you are too Valuable to our Track Team to only give half of your effort and I think that you can lead us to a Great Season,” said Coach Snodgrass!

“You have worked hard and you have improved as much or more than any of our players, but we probably can get by without you, and you will be such a tremendous asset to the Track Team,” said Coach Murray.

Maxer! We just really feel that you are are so much more valuable to our Track Team than our Basketball Team,” said Coach Wood.

“OK, Coach! I will turn-in all of my Basketball stuff today and I will be at the 4:00 Track practice,” as I collectively told all three Brownwood Head Coaches.

When I got to Track Practice at 4:00, all of the other Track Guys were waiting for me to arrive for Track practice from basketball. It had been raining all day, so we were really not going to Practice, but I was there to give my Pep-Talk and so I did. Everyone was Sitting on the top of some Sideline Seats and we were in the Middle of Old Lion Stadium.

I did not disappoint them as I gave my Speech! I drew a line in the Mud and Grass, in the middle of Lion Stadium and I told all of them:

“I am going to do everything that I can do, to help win the Track State Championship and Everyone that wants to try to help me To Win the State Championship, please Cross this Line.”

“Every single Track-Star in Lion Stadium Crossed The Line and about Four Months later, we went on to win the 3A Track State Championship.”

I was the “Curve-Runner” Second Leg Man, on the 1962 400-Meter Relay Team that won the 3A State Championship Relay with an Incredible 42.2 Clocking and a New Brownwood School Record and It was also the #5 400-Meter High School Relay Team in the Country. I also Anchored the Mile Relay Team with another Brownwood High School Record of 3:21.1.

Brownwood District 4-3A Track Meet With
Individual
And Team Scoring!

(The Top Two In Each District Event Qualifies For Regional Track Meet)

The Key in winning a Track State Championship is to get as many plays for the Next Qualifying Track Meet. In the District Track Meet, the Top Two Players in each event will Qualify for the Regional Track Meet and then in the Region Track Meet, again the Top Two in each Event will Qualify for the State Track Meet. Also, each player who Scores a Point in the District Track Meet is a Track Letterman and gets a Track Letterman Jacket.

DISTRICT 4-3A TRACK MEET

DISTRICT TEAM TOTALS: 1. Brownwood – 167 1/3 Points; 2. Vernon – 104 Points; 3. Graham – 57 Points; 4. Breckenridge – 56 Points; 5. Mineral Wells – 53 Points; 6. Weatherford – 18 1/2 Points; and 7. Wichita Falls Rider – 12 1/3.

440 Yard Relay: 1. Vernon; 2. Brownwood; (Ronnie Jones, Ben Elledge, Jeff Smith, and Jerry McCullough); 3. Mineral Wells; 4. Breckenridge; 5. Graham. Time: 42.8

880 Yard Run: 1. Ronnie Davis, Brownwood; 2. Ray Oakman, Weatherford; 3. Jim Hughey, Mineral Wells; 4. Tommy Hunter, Wichita Falls Rider. Time: 2:00.6

120 High Hurdles: 1. Ben Elledge, Brownwood; 2. Willie Henderson, Graham; 3. Bob Simmons, Brownwood; 4. Gordon Nees, Graham; 5. James Crow, Brownwood. Time: 1:15.6

100 Yard Dash: 1. Ted Harris, Brownwood; 2. Jim Bob Coody, Breckenridge; 3. Larry Castleberry, Vernon; 4. Earl  Davis, Vernon; 5. Jerry McCullough, Brownwood. Time: 10.3

440 Yard Dash: 1. Tommy Keene, Vernon; 2. Max Emfinger, Brownwood; 3. Curtis Knight, Mineral Wells; 4. Eddie Larner, Brownwood; 5. Bill Webb, Graham. Time: 48.7 (New District Record)

High Jump: 1. Joe Graff, Vernon; 2. Tommy Keene, Vernon; 3. (Tie) Phillip Fenton, Brownwood; Joe Wolforth, Graham; and Roger McQuary, Mineral Wells.

Pole Vaught: 1. (Tie) Gene German, Brownwood and Charles Coffey, Brownwood; 3. (Tie) Cy Barcus, Breckenridge and Jimmy Freeland, Brownwood; 5. Denzel Ingram, Wichita Falls Rider. Height: 10-6.

180 Yard Low Hurdles: 1. Ben Elledge, Brownwood; 2. James Crow, Brownwood; 3. Bob Simmons, Brownwood; 4. George Mees, Graham; 5. James Henderson, Graham. Time: 20.1

220 Yard Dash: 1. Ronnie Jones, Brownwood; 2. John Belew, Vernon; 3. Bill Wiggins, Breckenridge; 4. Jerry McCullough, Brownwood; 5. Ishmael Benavides, Brownwood. Time: 23.0

Discus: 1. Doug Young, Brownwood; 2. Ben Elledge, Brownwood; 3. Joe Ball, Graham; 4. Leonard Talbert, Breckenridge; 5. Jack Connally, Brownwood. Distance: 134-9

Shot Put: 1. Leonard Talbert, Breckenridge; 2. Doug Young, Brownwood; 3. Joe Graft, Vernon; 4. Larry Ditto, Breckenridge; 5. Mike Lochner, Graham, Distance: 52-9 1/2

Long Jump: 1. Joe Graft, Vernon; 2. Curtis Knight, Mineral Wells, 3. Jim Brock, Mineral Wells, 4. Jerry Brock, Mineral Wells; 5. Tommy Keene, Vernon; 6. (Tie) Willie White, Brownwood and James Bunnell, Brownwood. Distance: 20-1 1/2

Mile Run: 1. Dale Ruth, Weatherford; 2. David Marchant, Graham; 3. Grayson Wetzel, Brownwood; 4. Bennie Lawrence, Graham; 5. Jim Clayton, Vernon. Time: 4:46.8

Mile Relay: 1 Brownwood (James Crow, Ronnie Jones, Jeff Smith, and Max Emfinger); 2. Vernon, 3. Mineral Wells, 4. Breckenridge, 5. Graham. Time: 3:25.4 (Ties District Record Set by Brownwood in 1961).

Brownwood Lions Lettermen and District Point Totals

Ben Elledge – 32 Points; Ronnie Jones – 19 Points; Doug Young – 18 Points; Max Emfinger – 13 Points; James Crow – 11 Points; Jerry McCullough – 10 Points; Ronnie Davis – 10 Points; Ted Harris – 10 Points; Jeff Smith – 9 Points; Bob Simmons – 6 Points; Grayson Wetzel – 6 Points; Charles Coffey – 5 Points; Gene German – 5 Points; Eddie Larner – 4 Points; Phillip Fenton – 3 Points; Ishmael Benavides – 2 Points; Jack Connally – 2 Points; James Bunnell – 1 Point; Willie White – 1 Point; and Manager – Ronnie Early.

Ben Elledge captured High-Point Man in the District 4-3A Track Meet as he scored an Incredible 32-Points. The Lion workhorse won the Low Hurdles, High Hurdles, finished second in the Discus, and ran the Second Leg on the Second Place 440 Relay Team. The hobbling Ted Harris was still able to win the 100-Yard Dash; while Ronnie Jones won the 220-Yard Dash and Ronnie Davis won the 880-Yard Run.

In the Field Events, Doug Young won the Discus and Finished Second in the Shot Putt; while Gene German and Charles Coffey tied for the Pole Vaught Championship. The Lions Qualified for an Incredible 11 Events, including both Relays for the Region Track Meet.

A SPECIAL NOTE: Tommy Keene, of Vernon and who later Signed with The University of Texas Track Team, Scored 29-Points, to Finish #2 in Total Points Scored, behind Ben Elledge, who Scored 32-Points.

This was an Incredible Team Effort for Coach Gus Snodgrass and his 1962 District Championship Track Team. Twenty Brownwood Lions scored a Single Point or more and became a 1962 Track Letterman.

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Region Track Meet With Individual And Team Scoring

(Top Two In Each Event Qualified For State Meet) 

REGION TEAM TOTALS: 1. – Brownwood – 88 Points; 2. Vernon – 47 Points; 3. Corsicana – 41 Points; 4. Greenville – 38 1/2 Points; 5. Richardson – 37 Points.

440 Yard Relay: 1. Brownwood (Ronnie Jones, Ben Elledge, Jeff Smith, and Jerry McCullough); 2. Vernon; 3. Richardson; 4. Corsicana; 5. Cleburne; 6. Waco LaVega. Time: 43.3

880 Yard Run: 1. (Tie) Ronnie Davis, Brownwood and Pete Grabe, Richardson; 3. John Bailey, Paris; 4. Wade Blackford, Corsicana; 5. Miles Bramblett, Sulphur Springs; 6. Don Rogers, Mesquite. Time: 1:59.3

Shot Put: 1. Harold Magers, Gainesville; 2. Leonard Talbert, Breckenridge; 3. Wayne Bell, Waco University; 4. Doug Young, Brownwood; 5. Charles Walker, Mesquite; 6. Lester Rivera, Killeen. Distance: 60-3 3/4 (New Record. Old Record of Robert Young, Brownwood, 59-11 3/4, in 1960)

Discus Throw: 1. Harold Majors, Gainesville; 2. Buddy Stidham, Hurst Bell; 3. Doug Young, Brownwood; 4. B.W. Sellers, Mesquite; 5. Lester Riveria; 6. Gary Hainey, Sulpher Springs. Distance: 170-8 (New Record: Old Record of Ray Ragland of Killeen , 169-4 in 1961)

Pole Vaught: 1. (Tie) Garvin Claunch, Gainesville; Zane Abbott, Waco University; and James Surber, Killeen; 4. Sherwood McKiney, Bowie; 5. Charles Coffey, Brownwood; 6. (Tie) Gene German, Brownwood and D.D. Ward, Corsicana. Height: 11-6

220 Yard Dash: 1. Ronnie Jones, Brownwood; 2. Jay Upton, Corsicana; 3. J.C. Gilman, Ennis; 4. John Belew, Vernon; 5. Max Miller, Richland; 6. Tom Kennedy, Corsicana. Time: 21.6

100 Yard Dash: Jay Upton, Corsicana; 2. Darrell Roddy, Paris; 3. Ted Harris, Brownwood; 4. Steve Adams, Carrollton; 5. James King, Mount Pleasant; 6. Johnny White, Stephenville. Time: 9.7

440 Yard Dash: 1. Tommy Keene, Vernon; 2. Max Emfinger, Brownwood; 3. Rodney Wallace, Sulpher Springs; 4. James Voss, Greenville; 5. Bill Stephens, Richardson; 6. Melvin Blair, Belton. Time: 48.5 (New Record: Old Record of 49.5 in 1961)

180 Yard Low Hurdles: 1. Steve Samson, Greenville; 2. Phil Clagg, Greenville; 3. Butch Miller, Cleburne; 4. Mike Pittman, Belton; 5. James Crow, Brownwood. Time: 10.8

Mile Relay: 1. Brownwood (James Crow, Ronnie Jones, Jeff Smith, and Max Emfinger); 2. Killeen; 3. Vernon; 4. Greenville; 5. Cleburne; 6. Belton. Time: 3:22.2 (New Region and Brownwood Record: Old Record of 3:24.2 set by Graham in 1960)

Brownwood Individual Scoring: Ronnie Jones – 20 Points; Max Emfinger – 13 Points; Jeff Smith – 10 Points; Doug Young – 10 Points; Ronnie Davis – 9 Points; James Crow – 7 Points; Ted Harris – 6 Points; Jerry McCullough – 5 Points; Ben Elledge – 5 Points; Charles Coffey – 2 Points; and Gene German – 1 Point.

Brownwood Point Total: 88 Points.

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

“THE UNIVERSE” HAD PLANS FOR BROWNWOOD LIONS TRACK TEAM!

Although our 1962 Track Team was Very Successful all Season, “The Universe” had planned for this Brownwood State Championship for a long time and although we Broke a lot of School Records, there were some Really Strange Things Happened that happened in Austin, Texas on May 5th at the Texas State Track Meet.

Future Hall of Honor Doug Young, our Super Weight-Man did not Qualify for State in the Shot Put or Discus, but “We Received another Miracle From The Universe” as one of the Qualifiers, Buddy Stidham of Hurst Bell, in the Discus got hurt and Young was able to take his place at the State Meet and he was Sensational as he Threw the Discus 153-5 Feet and Finished Fourth, giving The Lions Four Points.

Then, our Super-Star Half-Miler and one of my Best Friends, Ronnie Davis, Ran a Career-Best 1:56.8 and Finished in Third Place, and with Six Points, but he was Disqualified for Cutting in Front of a Runner on the Gun Lap and they took the Six Points Away from us.

Our Sprint-Relay Team went to Austin with the #3 Timing and Our Mile Relay Team went to Austin with the best Mile Relay Timing and Going into the Last Event, the Lions were Trailing Robstown by 38-28 and they Needed at least a Third Place Finish in that Last Event, The Mile Relay. A Third-Place Finish for the Lions would give the Lions a 40-38 State Championship.

Junior James Crow and Senior Ronnie Jones ran Tremendous First and Second Legs, and then Sophomore Jeff Smith ran another Incredible Third Leg and Handed The Baton to me with a Slight Lead for my Anchor Leg. As we Rounded The Final Curve, San Antonio Lee, Lamesa, Del Rio, and I were All Four Bunched Really Close Together and it was going to be a Real Challenge for me to get First, but I knew that I Had to get at Least a Third-Place Finish to Win the State Championship.

As the Four of Us were about 10-Yards from the Finish Line, all Four Anchormen were Really Close Together and the the San Antonio Lee and Lamesa Anchors Looked like they were about a Yard Ahead of the Del Rio Guy and me. Then at the Finish Line, I Lunged-Forward and I Finished in Third Place, beating the Del Rio Team by One-Tenth of a Second for the 3A State Championship. Just as we Crossed the Finish Line, I Immediately ran over to the Judges and asked if we Finished Third and they said YES.

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Brownwood Lions Track State Champs!
“Lord! We
Give You All The Glory!”

The 1962 Brownwood Track State Championship was as Huge and as Shocking as our 1960 Football State Championship. It also was one of the Biggest State Championships in the History of Texas Track Championships. The Reason that it was so Huge was because of the Final Point Totals. We worked Very Hard, Set Very High Goals, and we had the “Universal Laws” working for us, but the biggest “Things” that helped us were The Universal Laws” because there were not any Really Super Teams at the 1962 State Meet.

EXAMPLE: When Jerry McCullough and Jeff Smith were Seniors in 1964, they went to the 1964 State Meet with a Much-More Talented Brownwood Track Team and they Scored over 100-Points in the State Meet, but they did not win the State Championship. The 1962 Brownwood Track State Champinship was “A Gift” from our Lord, in Heaven.

STATE MEET TEAM SCORING: Brownwood – 40; Robstown – 38; Lamesa – 32; Vernon – 26; San Antonio Lee – 26; Silsbee – 20; Gainesville – 20; Del Rio – 20; Wharton – 18; Henderson – 18; Channelview – 17; and Kingsville – 15.

440 Relay: 1. Brownwood (Ronnie Jones, Max Emfinger, Jeff Smith, and Jerry McCullough); 2. Vernon, 3. Levelland, 4. Kingsville, Palestine, and San Antonio Lee. Time: 42.2 – Brownwood School Record.

440 Yard Dash: 1. Tommy Keene, Vernon; 2. Gale Harrison, Robstown; 3. Charles Lowe, La Marque; 4. Ed Beck, San Antonio Lee; 5. Max Emfinger, Brownwood; and 6. Ken Northcutt, Colorado City. Time: 48.2

220 Yard Dash: 1. Martin James, Alvin; 2. Wayne Brandt, Wharton; 3. Scotty Middlebrook, Alvin; 4. Jay Upton, Corsicana; 5. Ronnie Jones, Brownwood; 6. Phil Everett, Kerrville. Time: 21.7

Discus Throw: 1. William Black, Silsbee; 2. Harold Magers, Gainesville; 3. Sammy Oats, Bay City; 4. Doug Young, Brownwood; 5. Kenneth Golden, Odessa Ector; 6. Jesus Yanes, San Benito. Distance: 160-3 3/4

Mile Relay: 1. San Antonio Lee, (3:20.2); 2. Lamesa, (3:20.4); 3. Brownwood (James Crow, Ronnie Jones, Jeff Smith, and Max Emfinger), (3:21.1); 4. Del Rio, (3:21.2); La Marque; 6. Bay City. Time: 3:20.2 – Brownwood School Record, 3:21.1

My “Thank-You Lord” Prayer! 

Lord! I Thank You so much for Helping us to Win the 1962 Texas Track State championship. We Certainly did not Win it the Way that we thought that we would. Coach Gus and I thought that since Senior Ted Harris, who was our Fastest Returning Sprinter and one of my Best Friends, Eddie Daniel, who was our Second Fastest Quarter-Miler; that they would be Two of our Most Important Parts of our Success in Trying to Win The State Championship, but they both had Injured Hamstrings all Season.” Harris came-back and Won the District 100-Yard Dash, but got Third in the Regional.

“We did not know that Our Lord and “The Universe” had Other Plans in Sending-Us  the Two Young, Super Sophomores, Super Sprinter Jerry McCullough and Super Quarter-Miler Jeff Smith. We also did not know that “The Universe” was Sending Us another Miracle in Senior Sprinter Ronnie Jones, who had NEVER Run Track before! Lord, we know that you Sent us Ronnie Jones by the Universe” and we Thank You, Lord!

BROWNWOOD SCORING: Max Emfinger and Ronnie Jones – 10-Points; Jeff Smith – 8-Points; Jerry McCullough – 5-Points; Doug Young – 4-Points; James Crow – 3-Points = 40-Points

SPECIAL NOTE: Two very Important Super-Star Players on this 1962 State Championship Track Team, but Did Not Score a Point at the State Track Meet included Half-Miler Ronnie Davis, who Ran a Career-Best 1:56.8 and Finished in Third Place, at the State Meet, for Six Points, but was Disqualified for Cutting in Front of a Runner on the Gun Lap and they took the Six Points Away from us.

And also, Sprinter Ben Elledge should be given Special Mention, on this State Championship, because for half of the Season, when I had an injured hamstring, he ran my Second Leg on the Sprint Relay Team. Elledge is another huge surprise. He worked very hard and improved his Speed tremendously over the course of the season.

SIDEBAR I: During Track Season, I had Seventh Period, World History and Coach Snodgrass was my Teacher. Every day, near the end of the Class, Coach Gus would give me the Workout Schedule for the day, for the Sprinters and Quarter-Milers. Then, when we got warmed-up, he would Start the Workout. Some days, the Quarter-Milers would Run Three Quarter-Miles and other days, they would run a 500.

SIDEBAR II: I also ran the Second-Leg on the Sprint Relay, because I was a Really Good “Curve-Runner” in Running into the Curve. I figured-out that when Running into the Curve, if you ran on the Inside-Line of the Lane, you were going to be running less yards than the guy that was running in the Middle of the Lane.

On the Sprint Relay, Running the Second “Curve-Runner” Leg, although I was not always the fastest, I would Always be able to Make-Up Two or Three Staggers. One day Coach Gus said: “You are the Greatest “Curve-Runner” that I have ever Coached.”

Also, Lord! Thank You for Helping us with Junior James Crow, who Virtually Came-Out of Nowhere to become one of Our Best Quarter-Milers. Coach Gus and I knew that it would Take a Few Miracles for us to win the 1962 Track State Championship, but Lord, we did Expect a Miracle ever since my Pep-Talk on the First Day of Practice.

“Above All Lord! We Give You All The Glory! Amen!”

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

My Biggest Blessing in High School!

One of the Biggest and Most Incredible Blessing that I have ever had in my entire lifetime of Unbelievable Blessings was when Coach Gordon Wood was “Turned-Down” by San Angelo Central for the Head Coaching Job and Consequently became the New Brownwood High School Head Football Coach, in the Spring of 1960, in time to “Put-In” the New Gordon Wood Wing-T Offense with the 1-4 Cutback and 2-8 Cutback being the Most Valuable and Most Important Play.

Randy Allen, left, and Gordon Wood in 1987.Brownwood Coaches Randy Allen and Coach Gordon Wood in 1987.

Everyone who has ever played for Coach Wood, knows that those Two Plays are the Tailback Running Right and Left with Seven Blockers Leading the Way and I was the Tailback in 1960 and 1961. As a Sophomore, I Rushed for 177-Yards and so if you Subtract the 177-Yards from my 2,424 Career Total Rushing Yards, Basically, the Total Rushing Yards with the 1-4 Cutback and 2-8 Cutback gave the Brownwood Lions 2,247-Yards Rushing in the 1960 and 1961 Campaigns.

Coach Wood set a State and National Record with an Unbelievable Record of 396-91-15 in 43 Seasons as a Head Coach in Texas High School Football with an Incredible 80% Winning Record. Over those 502 Games, Coach Wood Coached at Eight High Schools and Won an “Eye-Popping” Eleven Texas State Championships, with Nine Football State Championships.

His First State Championship was the 1948 Seminole Track State Championship and his Second was the 1954 Stamford Golf State Championship. He then Won the 1955 and 1956 Stamford State Football Championships.  He Won Seven State Championships in 1960, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1978, and 1981. Coach Wood also Won or Shared 25 District Championships.

When Coach Wood Retired, his Original Record had him with a 405-88-12 Record and with an 81% Win/Loss Percentage. Coach Wood was also the First Football Coach on the Planet To Win 400 Games, but some Very Politically and Liberal Wood-Haters went back and Found that he was given some Victories for some Forfeits in 2001 and they took the Victories away from him.

 

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Chapter 23 – The Incredible Gus Snodgrass 1962 Track State Championship. By Super Scout Max Emfinger – Short Version

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

The Incredible Gus Snodgrass And

1962 Brownwood Lions Track State Championship Story!

 

 

 

 

 

With all of The Great Moments that I Experienced in my High School Career, there was One Special Moment that I will Never Forget! I was not a Super-Star Basketball Player in High School, but I had worked really hard to Perfect my Jump-Shot and my Tough Defense, as a Senior, and I was a Starter on the Varsity for Coach Pete Murray. I had Missed Two Friday Night Games as  I took Official Football Visits to Texas A&M and Baylor.

I had just got back from a Weekend Visit with Baylor and I went to Basketball Practice on Monday, after missing the Friday Night Game. Then, on Tuesday, I did not get to Start The Game. I was concerned, but I was a Team-Player and I Came-Off of the bench and Scored 10-Points and so I did not think too much about the situation.

The Next Day on Wednesday, just before Basketball Practice was to begin, I was Called-Into Coach Pete Murray’s Office. When I got to Coach Murray’s Office, to my Astonishment, there were Four Future “Gordon Wood Hall of Champion Coaches” sitting there, including Coach Gordon Wood, Coach Gus Snodgrass, Coach Morris Southall, and Coach Pete Murray and All Four Coaches were waiting for me“What’s going on?” I asked All Four Coaches and Good Friends Collectively.

“We want you to Turn-In Your Basketball Stuff” and get to our First Track Practice at 4:00 Today,” said Coach Murray and Seconded by Coach Snodgrass, Coach Wood, and Coach Southall.

“You are our only Two-Year Letterman and Returning Member of both Relay Teams and you can Lead this Track Team to win The Regional Championship and maybe get enough people to The State Track Meet and Give us a Chance To-Win The State Championship, but you need to be at our First Track Practice Today,” said Coach Snodgrass.

“Coach, I really like Basketball and I have really worked hard to get to where I am today in Basketball. Do you think that I could do both?”

Max. we think that you are “Too Valuable To Our Track Team” to only give half of your effort and I think that you can lead us to A Great Track Season,” said Coach Snodgrass!

“You have worked hard and you have improved as much or more than any of our other players, but we probably can get by without you, and you will be such a “Tremendous Asset To the Track Team,” said Coach Murray.

Maxer! We just really feel that you are so Much More Valuable to our Track Team than our Basketball Team,” said Coach Wood.

“OK, Coacher! I will turn-in all of my Basketball stuff today and I will be at the 4:00 First Track Practice,” as I collectively told All Four Brownwood “Gordon Wood Hall of Champion” Coaches.

When I got to Track Practice at 4:00; all of the other Track Guys were already waiting for me to arrive for Track Practice from basketball. It had been Raining All Day, so we were really not going to Practice, but I was there to give My Pep-Talk and so I did. Everyone was Sitting on the top of  Three Sideline Seats and we were in The Middle of Old Lion Stadium.

I did not Disappoint them as I gave my Pep-Talk Speech! I drew a line in the Mud and Grass, in The Middle of Old Lion Stadium and I told all of them:

“I am going to do everything that I can do, to help Us To Win The Texas Track State Championship and Everyone that wants to try to help me To Win The State Championship, Please Cross Over This Line.”

“Every Single Track-Star, and Even Some Sophomores that we did not even know yet, but all of Them in Old Brownwood Lion Stadium Crossed The Line and about Four Months later, We Won The 3A Track State Championship.”

I was “The Curve-Runner” Second Leg Man, on The 1962 400-Meter Sprint Relay Team that won The 3A State Championship Relay with an Incredible 42.2 Clocking and a New Brownwood High School Record and It Ranked as The #5, 400-Meter High School Relay Clocking in the Country. I also Anchored The Mile Relay Team With another New Brownwood High School School Record with a 3:21.1 Clocking.

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

“THE UNIVERSE” HAD PLANS FOR BROWNWOOD LIONS TRACK TEAM!

Although our 1962 Track Team was Very Successful all Season, “The Universe” had Already Had Made Plans for this Brownwood High School Track State Championship for a long time and although we Broke a lot of School Records, there were some Really Strange Things That Happened in Austin, Texas on May 5th at the Texas State Track Meet.

Future Gordon Wood Hall of Champions” Doug Young, our Super Weight-Man did not Qualify for The State Meet in the Shot Putt or Discus, but “We Received Another Miracle From The Universe” as one of the Qualifiers, Buddy Stidham of Hurst Bell, in the Discus got hurt and Could Not Compete and Doug Young was able to Take-Over his Place at the State Meet and he was Sensational as he Threw The Discus 153-5 Feet and Finished Fourth, giving The Brownwood Lions Four Points, that They Needed To Win.

Then, our Super-Star Half-Miler and one of my Best Friends, Ronnie Davis, Ran a Career-Best of 1:56.8 and Finished In Third Place, with Six Points, but He Was Disqualified for Cutting in Front of a Runner on the Gun Lap and They Took the Six Points Away from Us.

Our Sprint-Relay Team went to The State Meet in Austin with the #3 Timing and Our Mile Relay Team went to Austin with the best Mile Relay Timing, but Going into the Last Event, The Strange Things” were Happening as The Sprint Relay Team Won First Place, but The Brownwood Lions were Still Trailing Robstown by a 38-28 Margin and they Needed at least a Third Place Finish in that Last Event, The Mile Relay, To Give The Brownwood Lions a 40-38 State Championship.

Junior James Crow and Senior Ronnie Jones ran Tremendous First and Second Legs, and then Sophomore Jeff Smith ran another Incredible Third Leg and Handed The Baton-Off to me with a Slight Lead for my Anchor Leg. As we Rounded The Final Curve, San Antonio Lee, Lamesa, Del Rio, and I were All Four Bunched Really Close Together and it was going to be a Real Challenge for me to get First, but I knew that I Had to get at Least a Third-Place Finish to Win The 1962 Texas State Track Championship.

As All Four of Us were about 10-Yards from the Finish Line, All Four Anchormen were Really Close Together and the San Antonio Lee and Lamesa Anchors Looked like they were about a Yard Ahead of The Del Rio Guy and me. Then at the Finish Line, I Lunged-Forward and Finished in Third Place, Beating The Del Rio Anchorman by One-Tenth of a Second for The 3A State Track Championship. Just as we Crossed the Finish Line, I Immediately ran over to the Judges and asked if we Finished Third and they said YES.

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Brownwood Lions Track State Champs!
“Lord! We
Give You All The Glory!”

The 1962 Brownwood Track State Championship was Just as Huge and as Shocking as our 1960 Texas Football State Championship. It also was one of The Biggest State Championships in the History of Texas Track Championships.

The Reason that it was so Huge was because of the Final Point Totals. We worked Very Hard All Season, Set Very High Goals, and we had “The Universal Laws” working for us, but the biggest “Things” that helped us were “The Universal Laws” because there were not any Really Super Track Teams at The 1962 State Track Meet.

EXAMPLE: When Our Two Super-Star SophomoresJerry McCullough and Jeff Smith were Seniors in 1964, they went to The 1964 State Meet with a Much-More Talented Brownwood High School Track Team and they Scored over 100-Points in The 1964 State Meet, but they did not win The State Championship. The 1962 Brownwood Track State Championship Team was “A Gift” from Our Lord, in Heaven.

My “Thank-You Lord” Prayer! 

Lord! I Thank You so much for Helping us To Win the 1962 Texas Track State championship. We Certainly did not Win it the Way that we thought that we would.”

Coach Gus and I thought that Senior Ted Harris and one of my Best Friends, Senior Eddie Daniel, our Second Fastest Quarter-Milerwould be Two of our Most Important Parts of our Success in Trying to Win The State Championship, but they both had Injured Hamstrings all Season.”Harris came-back and Won the District 100-Yard Dash, but got Third in The Regionals.”

“We did not know that Our Lord and “The Universe” had Other Plans in Sending-Us  the Two Young, Super Sophomores, Super Sprinter Jerry McCullough and Super Quarter-Miler Jeff Smith. We also did not know that“The Universe” was Sending Us another Miracle” in Senior Sprinter Ronnie Jones, who had NEVER Run Track before!”

Lord, we know that you Sent us Ronnie Jones by “The Universe” and we Thank You, Lord!”

BROWNWOOD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCORING: Max Emfinger and Ronnie Jones10-Points; Jeff Smith8-Points; Jerry McCullough5-Points; Doug Young4-Points; James Crow 3-Points = 40-POINTS

SPECIAL NOTE: Two very Important Super-Star Players on this 1962 State Championship Track Team, but Did Not Score a Point at The 1960 State Track Meet included Half-Miler Ronnie Davis, who Ran a Career-Best 1:56.8 and Finished in Third Place, at The State Meet, for Six Points, but was Disqualified  for Cutting in Front of a Runner on the Gun Lap and they took The Six Points Away from us.

And also, Sprinter Ben Elledge should be given Special Mention, on this State Championship Track Team, because for half of the Season, when I had an injured hamstring, he ran my Second Leg on the Sprint Relay Team. Elledge is another Huge “Universe” Surprise, because He Worked Very Hard and Improved his Track Speed Tremendously over the course of the season.

THE DISTRICT 4-3A TRACK MEET

DISTRICT TEAM TOTALS: 1. Brownwood167 1/3 Points; 2. Vernon – 104 Points; 3. Graham – 57 Points; 4. Breckenridge – 56 Points; 5. Mineral Wells – 53 Points; 6. Weatherford – 18 1/2 Points; and 7. Wichita Falls Rider – 12 1/3 Points.

Ben Elledge Captured High-Point Man in The District 4-3A Track Meet as he scored an Incredible 32-Points. The Brownwood Lion Workhorse and “Gordon Wood Hall of Champion” Won The Low Hurdles and The High Hurdles, finished second in The Discus, and ran The Second Leg on the Second Place 440 Sprint Relay Team.

The hobbling Ted Harris was still able to win The 100-Yard Dash; while Ronnie Jones Won The 220-Yard Dash and Ronnie Davis won The 880-Yard Run and I Won Second Place in The 440-Yard Dash.

In the Field Events, Doug Young won The Discus and Finished Second in The Shot Putt; while Gene German and Charles Coffey tied for The Pole Vaught Championship. The Brownwood Lions Qualified for an Incredible 11 Events, including Both Relays For The Region Track Meet.

Region Track Meet With Individual And Team Scoring

(Top Two In Each Event Qualified For State Meet) 

REGION TEAM TOTALS: 1. – Brownwood – 88 Points; 2. Vernon – 47 Points; 3. Corsicana – 41 Points; 4. Greenville – 38 1/2 Points; 5. Richardson – 37 Points.

440 Yard Relay: 1. Brownwood (Ronnie Jones, Ben Elledge, Jeff Smith, and Jerry McCullough); 2. Vernon; 3. Richardson; 4. Corsicana; 5. Cleburne; 6. Waco LaVega. Time: 43.3

880 Yard Run: 1. (Tie) Ronnie Davis, Brownwood and Pete Grabe, Richardson; 3. John Bailey, Paris; 4. Wade Blackford, Corsicana; 5. Miles Bramblett, Sulphur Springs; 6. Don Rogers, Mesquite. Time: 1:59.3

Shot Put: 1. Harold Magers, Gainesville; 2. Leonard Talbert, Breckenridge; 3. Wayne Bell, Waco University; 4. Doug Young, Brownwood; 5. Charles Walker, Mesquite; 6. Lester Rivera, Killeen. Distance: 60-3 3/4 (New Record. Old Record of Robert Young, Brownwood, 59-11 3/4, in 1960)

Discus Throw: 1. Harold Majors, Gainesville; 2. Buddy Stidham, Hurst Bell; 3. Doug Young, Brownwood; 4. B.W. Sellers, Mesquite; 5. Lester Riveria; 6. Gary Hainey, Sulpher Springs. Distance: 170-8 (New Record: Old Record of Ray Ragland of Killeen , 169-4 in 1961)

Pole Vaught: 1. (Tie) Garvin Claunch, Gainesville; Zane Abbott, Waco University; and James Surber, Killeen; 4. Sherwood McKiney, Bowie; 5. Charles Coffey, Brownwood; 6. (Tie) Gene German, Brownwood and D.D. Ward, Corsicana. Height: 11-6

220 Yard Dash: 1. Ronnie Jones, Brownwood; 2. Jay Upton, Corsicana; 3. J.C. Gilman, Ennis; 4. John Belew, Vernon; 5. Max Miller, Richland; 6. Tom Kennedy, Corsicana. Time: 21.6

100 Yard Dash: Jay Upton, Corsicana; 2. Darrell Roddy, Paris; 3. Ted Harris, Brownwood; 4. Steve Adams, Carrollton; 5. James King, Mount Pleasant; 6. Johnny White, Stephenville. Time: 9.7

440 Yard Dash: 1. Tommy Keene, Vernon; 2. Max Emfinger, Brownwood; 3. Rodney Wallace, Sulpher Springs; 4. James Voss, Greenville; 5. Bill Stephens, Richardson; 6. Melvin Blair, Belton. Time: 48.5 (New Record: Old Record of 49.5 in 1961)

180 Yard Low Hurdles: 1. Steve Samson, Greenville; 2. Phil Clagg, Greenville; 3. Butch Miller, Cleburne; 4. Mike Pittman, Belton; 5. James Crow, Brownwood. Time: 10.8

Mile Relay: 1. Brownwood (James Crow, Ronnie Jones, Jeff Smith, and Max Emfinger); 2. Killeen; 3. Vernon; 4. Greenville; 5. Cleburne; 6. Belton. Time: 3:22.2 (New Region and Brownwood Record: Old Record of 3:24.2 set by Graham in 1960)

Brownwood Regional Track Meet Individual Scoring

Ronnie Jones – 20 Points; Max Emfinger – 13 Points; Jeff Smith – 10 Points; Doug Young – 10 Points; Ronnie Davis – 9 Points; James Crow – 7 Points; Ted Harris – 6 Points; Jerry McCullough – 5 Points; Ben Elledge – 5 Points; Charles Coffey – 2 Points; and Gene German – 1 Point.

SIDEBAR I: During Track Season, I had Seventh Period, World History and Coach Snodgrass was my Teacher. Every day, near the end of the Class, Coach Gus would give me the Workout Schedule for the day, for the Sprinters and Quarter-Milers. Then, when we got warmed-up, he would Start the Workout. Some days, the Quarter-Milers would Run Three Quarter-Miles and other days, they would run a 500.

SIDEBAR II: I also ran the Second-Leg on The Sprint Relay, because I was a Really Great “Curve-Runner” in Running into the Curve. I figured-out that when Running into the Curve, if you ran on the Inside-Line of the Lane, you were going to be running less yards than the guy that was running in the Middle of the Lane.

On The Sprint Relay, Running the Second “Curve-Runner” Leg, although I was not always the fastest, I would Always be able to Make-Up Two or Three Staggers. One dayCoach Gus said: “You are the Greatest “Curve-Runner” that I have ever Coached.”

Also, Lord! Thank You for Helping us with Junior James Crow, who Virtually Came-Out of Nowhere to become One of Our Best Quarter-Milers. Coach Gus and I knew that it would Take Few Miracles” for us to win The 1962 Track State Championship, but Lord, we Did Not Expect So Many Miracles ever since my Pep-Talk on the First Day of Practice.

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2018 College Football Week #3 MVP

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2018 College Football MVP’s Of Week #3!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

OFFENSE

Freshman Alan Bowman carries Texas Tech past UH in slugfest

  1. Texas Tech Freshman Quarterback Alan Bowman (#10) Completed 43 of 59 Passes for an Incredible 605-Yards and Five Touchdowns in a 63-49 Victory over Houston. Bowman also Broke The Freshman Big-12 Passing Record.
  2. Washington State Senior Quarterback Gardner Minshew Completed 45 of 57 Passes for 470-yards and Two Touchdowns in a 59-24 Victory over Eastern Washington.
  3. Texas Tech Wide Receiver Antoine Westly Caught 13 Passes for 261-Yards and Three Touchdowns in The 63-49 Victory over Houston.
  4. Oklahoma Quarterback Kyler Murray Completed 21 of 29 Passes for 348-Yards and Three touchdowns and Rushed for 77-Yards on 15 Carries, giving him 425-Yards of Total Offense and Three Touchdowns in a 37-27 Victory over Iowa State.
  5. Virginia Senior Wide Receiver Olamide Zaccheaus Caught 9 Passes For a Virginia School-Record 247-Yards and Two Touchdowns in a 45-31 win Over  Ohio. It also was The Most Receiving Yards by an FBS player this season and ties for The 10th Best Single-Game Receiving Total in ACC History as He Broke The Record of 241-Yards by Ken Shelton in 1974. Zaccheaus had Unbelievable Scoring Catches of 86-Yards and 77-Yards.
  6. Oklahoma Junior Slot Receiver Marquise Brown Caught 9 Passes for 191-Yards and a Touchdown in The 37-27 Sooners Victory over Iowa State.
  7. Boston College Sophomore Running Back A.J. Dillon Rushed for 185-Yards and One Touchdown in the Victory over Atlantic Coast Conference Foe Wake Forest. What was Amazing for Dillon was that He Reached 100-Yards by Halftime for The Second Consecutive Game, and Now Has 2,021-Yards Career Rushing Yardage. Dillon became the 19th player in Boston College School History to rush for 2,000-Yards and Ranks 17th on The All-Time Rushing List for Boston College.

DEFENSE

  1. Boston College Senior Defensive End Wyatt Ray (#11) Set a Single-Game Boston College School Record with Four Quarterback Sacks as Boston College Beat Wake Forest in a 41-34 victory at Wake Forest and he Won The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week Award. Ray also Recorded Eight Tackles and had One Quarterback Hurry as Boston College Improved Their Record to 3-0, their best start to a Season since 2007 and Ray Now Leads the Nation with a 1.67 Sacks Average Per Game.
  2. Ohio State Junior Defensive Tackle Dre’Mont Jones Recorded 6 Tackles including 4 Solo Tackles, a Quarterback Sack, and he Returned an Interception 28-Yards for a Touchdown in a Huge 40-28 Victory over #15 TCU. The Buckeyes were Trailing TCU in The Third Quarter and Super-Star Defensive End Nick Bosa in The Locker-Room with an Injury, They Scored Three Touchdowns in a Four-Minute Span, including his 28-Yard Interception Return by The Big Defensive Tackle in The Victory.
  3. Texas Senior Linebacker Gary Johnson Recorded 6 Tackles, including a Quarterback Sack,  Four Tackles for a Loss, and a Quarterback Hurry in Their 37-14 Victory over Southern California.
  4. LSU Sophomore Strong Safety Grant Delpit Recorded 10 Tackles, including One Tackle For a Loss, One Interception on The Second Play of The Game, and One Pass Breakup in The Tigers 22-21 UPSET Victory over #7 Auburn.
  5. Alabama Senior Linebacker Christian Miller Only Recorded Five Tackles, but 2.5 of Those Tackles were Quarterback Sacks in The 62-7 Victory over Ole Miss.
  6. The Clemson Duo of Junior Defensive End Clelin Ferrell and Senior Defensive End Austin Bryant only Recorded a Few Tackles, but both had Two Quarterback Sacks. Ferrell Recorded 7 Tackles and Bryant only Recorded 3 tackles, in The Clemson 38-7 Victory over Georgia Southern.
  7. The North Texas State Trio of Senior Cornerback Nate Brooks; Senior Linebacker E.J. Ejiya; and Junior Free Safety Khairi Muhammad all had Incredible Defensive Games in The Mean Green Huge 44-17 UPSET Victory over Arkansas. Brooks Recorded 6 Tackles, 2 Interceptions, and a Pass Breakup; while Muhammad also Recorded 2 Interceptions and a Pass Breakup and Ejiya Recorded 12 Tackles, including 7 Solo Tackles, One Quarterback Sack, and 3 Tackles for a Loss.
  8. Duke Junior Free Safety Dylan Singleton Recorded Seven Tackles, Caused a Fumble, Recovered Another Fumble, and had Two Pass Breakups in The 40-27 UPSET Victory Over The Baylor Bears. His Fumble Recovery in The First Quarter Set-Up The First Duke Touchdown and They had a 23-0 Lead at Halftime.

SPECIAL TEAMS

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  1. North Texas State Red-shirt Sophomore Punt Returner Keegan Brewer (#18) was Named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week for his Fake-Fair Catch that he Turned into a 90-Yard Punt Return in The Huge Mean Green 44-17 UPSET Victory over ArkansasHis fake-fair catch, turned into a 90-Yard Punt Return for a Touchdown in the Victory over Arkansas and it put The Mean Green up 14-0 in the First Quarter and it “Took The College Football World by Storm.” Brewer Caught The Punt at his own 10-yard line and acted as if he had called a fair catch.  As The Arkansas Punt Coverage Team pulled up and stopped, Brewer quickly sprinted to his left and took off down the sideline for The Third-Longest Punt Return for a Touchdown in North Texas HistoryBrewer made arguably The Special Teams Play of the Year so far in College Football.
  2. LSU Senior Graduate Transfer Kicker Cole Tracy has been Sensational in his First Three Games for The LSU Tigers, as he Kicked Four Field Goals in The First Game UPSET of Miami and in The Third Game 22-21 UPSET of #7 Auburn, as he Kicked The Game-Winning 42-Yard Field Goal in The Final Second of The Game and as Time Ran-Out. Tracy also Kicked a 33-Yard Field Goal in The Second Quarter and a 27-Yard Field Goal in The Third Quarter, giving him 10-Points in The HUGE UPSET Victory.
  3. Indiana Senior All-Purpose Slot Back J-Shun Harris II was The Big-10 Special Teams Player of the Week as he Caught One Pass for Six-Yards and Returned Four Punts for 103-Yards, including an Incredible 86-Yard Punt Return for a Touchdown, Giving him 109-Yards of Total All-Purpose Yards and a touchdown. His Punt Return was his Third Punt Return for a Touchdown which Ties The Indiana Hoosier School Record and Helped Lead The Hoosiers to a 38-10 Victory over Ball State.
  4. Syracuse Redshirt Freshman Kicker Andre Szmyt Recorded 12 of The Syracuse 30-Points in The Orangemen 30-7 UPSET Victory over Florida State. Szmyt hit a Personal-Best three field goals, including Kicks of 22, 19 and 23-Yards. Szmyt also made all three of his Extra Point Kicks and he is now 7-for-8 on Field Goals For The Season and a Perfect 18-of-18 on Extra-Point. He leads the ACC in Scoring and is #6 Nationally with a 13.0-Points Per Game Average.
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The Incredible Gordon Wood Story! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

THE INCREDIBLE GORDON WOOD STORY!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

An Autobiography by The Incredible and Legendary Brownwood High School Head Football Coach Gordon Wood is An Inspirational Story about a “Dirt-Poor Farm Boy” who never played a down of High School Football and how he became The Most Winning High School Football Coach of all time. His Very First Head Coaching Job was at Rule High School, Texas in 1940.

The Gordon Wood Journey included stops In Texas at Roscoe, Seminole, Winters, Stamford, and Victoria before The Universe Helped him To-Land The Brownwood High School Head Football Coaching Job in 1960. The Incredible Gordon Wood Coaching Record includes Nine Texas State Football Championships.

My Biggest Blessing in High School!

One of My Biggest Blessings and One of My Most Incredible Blessings, Which Includes My Wife Ginger, My Son Eric, and My Grand-Son “Little Max” that I have ever had in my Entire Lifetime of Unbelievable Blessings was when Coach Gordon Wood was “Turned-Down” by San Angelo Central for The Head Coaching Job in 1960 and Consequently, became the New Brownwood High School Head Football Coach. Then, in the Spring of 1960, he “Put-In” The New Gordon Wood Wing-T Offense with the 1-4 Cutback and 2-8 Cutback being The Most Valuable and Most Important Play In The Entire Offense.

Randy Allen, left, and Gordon Wood in 1987.Brownwood Coaches Randy Allen and Coach Gordon Wood in 1987.

Everyone who has ever played for Coach Gordon Wood, knows that those Two Plays are the Tailback Running Right and Running Left with Seven Blockers Leading the Way Through The Hole and I was The Tailback in 1960 and 1961. As a Sophomore, I Rushed for 177-Yards and so if you Subtract the 177-Yards from My 2,214 Career Total Rushing Yards, Basically, with the Total Rushing Yards with the 1-4 Cutback and 2-8 Cutback gave the Brownwood Lions 2,037-Yards Rushing in The 1960 and 1961 Seasons.

Coach Wood set a State and National Record with an Unbelievable Record of 396-91-15 in 43 Seasons as a Head Football Coach in Texas High School Football with an Incredible 80% Winning Record. Over those 502 Games, Coach Wood Coached at Eight Different High Schools and Won “Mind-Boggling” Eleven Texas State Championships, including Nine Football State Championships.

His First State Championship was the 1948 Seminole Track State Championship and his Second was the 1954 Stamford Golf State Championship. He then Won the 1955 and 1956 Stamford State Football Championships.  At Brownwood High School, Coach Wood Won Seven State Championships in 1960, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1978, and 1981. Coach Wood also Won or Shared 25 District Championships.

Coach Gordon Wood was also The First Football Coach on The Planet To Win 400 Games, but they Found-Out Later that he was given some Victories for some Forfeited Games in 2001 and they took the Victories away from him.

When Coach Wood Retired in 1983, However, his Original Record had him with a 405-88-12 Record and with an 81% Win/Loss PercentageHe was also Awarded for that Same Win-Loss Record at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, which had inducted him in 1983. At that TimeCoach Wood was Believed to be The Only Football Coach on The Planet to ever Achieve Four-Hundred Wins.

When a Team, in any Sport, Forfeits a Game; They are Given A Loss. Period!!

Since his retirement, four other High School Football Coaches in the United States, including Coach G.A. Moore from Sherman, Texas, have broken The 396 Wins by Coach Wood.

Coach Wood Was a Mentor To Hundreds Of Coaches!

Coach Gordon Wood Won Nine Texas Football State Championships, in a Time-Period, when there were Fewer Classifications and only One State Championship Per Classification, and Coach Wood Coached at Eight Different High Schools in Compiling a 396-91-15 Record, but he is mostly Identified with Brownwood High School, where He Won Seven State Championships, in a 26 Year Brownwood Career.

“We lost the greatest coach that we have ever had,” said Pilot Point and Sherman Head Football Coach G.A. Moore, who had just Passed Coach Wood as The Most Winning Head Football Coach in Texas. The Brownwood Newly Renovated Sports Complex was named in Coach Wood’s Honor. At The Entrance to The Brownwood Lions Football Stadium, which has long carried his name, a Bronze Statue Depicts Coach Wood on the sideline, in his oft-seen crouch, surrounded by Seven Football Helmets; One for each Brownwood State Championship For The Brownwood Lions.

Hundreds of High School, College, and NFL Coaches have been Influenced by Coach Gordon Wood, including Former Dallas Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells. Coach Wood used to drive to Lubbock, Texas to watch The Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Team Practice, when Coach Parcells was The Red Raiders Defensive Coordinator.

Coach Wood was very much “An-Inspiration” to me when I was a Young Coach, only because of something he was doing that I could not Fathom,” said Coach Parcells. “Why would some Coach be driving five hours a day to watch me Coach Linebackers for Texas Tech Spring Practice?”

Coach Wood Was A Member of both The Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and The National High School Football Hall of Fame, and he was Named as The National High School Football Coach of the Year in 1979.

Coach Wood was also Named as The Runner-Up to Former University of Texas Head Football Coach Darrell Royal as “Coach of the Century” in The December 1999 Issue of The Texas Monthly.

Coach Wood was thought to have surpassed 400 Career Victories during his final season in 1985. He even received a letter from Former United States President Ronald Reagan Congratulating him on The Unbelievable Milestone.

Of all The Incredible Honors that Coach Gordon Wood Received, his Personal Favorite Honor was having The New Brownwood Lion Football Stadium  Named for Him in 1980. Coach Wood had also been Very Involved In-Building The New Brownwood Lion Football Stadium.

Coach Wood lived most of his life in West Texas, Near Abilene, Texas, where I also Grew-Up, and he Attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He spent two years at Rule High School and then joined The United States Navy during World War II.

When Coach Wood was at Victoria High School, in South Texas, in 1959, He Desperately Wanted To-Get Back to West Texas and so he Applied for The San Angelo Central Head Football Coaching Job, which was Probably The Best High School Head Coaching Job in The State of Texas in 1960. The Unbelievable Irony was that Breckenridge Head Coach Emory Bellard also wanted The Same San Angelo Central Head Coaching Job.

Bellard then arrived at San Angelo Central in 1960 after leading The Breckenridge Buckaroos to a 1958 State Championship and also a 1959 State Co-Championship. His next Challenge was To-End The San Angelo Central 10-Year Playoff Drought.

Later, I became a Great Friend with Coach Bellard and I had a 1-1 Win-Loss Record Against Him, as he Recorded an Incredible 177-59-9 Win-Loss Record in 21 Seasons in High School Football, including Two State Championships at Breckenridge and one State Championship at San Angelo CentralHis impact in San Angelo was Great, but not as Great as Coach Gordon Wood at Brownwood High School. Coach Gordon Wood Won Nine State Football Championships, including Seven Football State Championships at Brownwood High School.

MY FIRST MOMENT WITH GORDON WOOD!

There were Three Classic Unique Moments That I Spent With Coach Gordon Wood and Those Three Moments were My Very First and Second Meetings and My Very Last Moment That I Spent with The Greatest Football Coach Ever on This PlanetCoach Gordon Wood.

There have been a lot of Different Stories about My First Meeting with Coach Gordon Wood. Remember, it was in The Spring of 1960 and We had Just Finished our 1959 Football Season with a District Championship Loss to Coach Emory Bellard and his Breckenridge Buckaroos.

Our 1959 Brownwood Football Coach, Coach Roland Warren, had just been Fired and Two Of My Best Friends, TE Lawrence Elkins and QB Ben Elledge and I were Working-Out on The Brownwood Lion Practice Field, right behind The Old Lion Football Stadium, just before we had to go to Track Practice.

Ben had just thrown a Real Deep Pass Pattern to Lawrence and he was bringing the Football back to Ben. We had been Really Careful, because one of the Maintenance Men had left a Water Hose on the Practice Field and we wanted to be Really Careful, and not To-Get Tangled-Up and maybe Sprain an Ankle by Running-Over One of the Hoses.

Then, at about the same time, We all Three Looked-Up and we saw this “Old Man” that we thought was The New Maintenance Man, and he was coming toward us. I will Never Forget that we were getting ready to ask him if he would please Remove the Hoses and then he said: “How are you guys doing?” And we said we were doing fine. Then he said, “Are there any good Football Players in Brownwood and are you guys Football Players?”

“Yes Sir, we are, I  said. “What do you do?”

“I’m The New Brownwood High School Football Coach,” The Old Man” Said.

Of Course, By this time, we knew Something Strange Was Going-On and we All Three Realized that as he had Just Introduced Himself as Head Football Coach Gordon Wood; and he was going to be our New Brownwood Head Football Coach.

The Real Funny Thing Was that we had Never Heard of a Coach Gordon Wood, but we were Super Excited, and also because Coach Wood Was Also Super Excited to be there and then to “Just-So-Happen” to Meet Three of his Future Super-Stars.

SIDEBAR: Some of The Other Reports on how Lawrence, Ben, and I Met For The First Time was either “A Made-Up Story” about that First Meeting or were Given Wrong Information, because This First Meeting with the Four of Us was an “Incredible and Exciting Meeting” and All Three Brownwood Football Players were “Exciting” and “Looking Forward” To Their First Official Meeting with Their New Head Football Coach, Gordon Wood.

Several Days Later, we had a “Big Football Meeting” and we got Even More Excited when we were Presented with our New Brownwood Play Book and we Already Knew that Our Team was Going To Be Great.

Unknowing to These Three Brownwood Football Players, that would later be Called “The Three E’s” of The 1960 State Championship Brownwood Lionsthis Old Man” Was Sent to Them by The Universe” for A Very Special Mission and that The Life of This Old Man” and The Lives Of These Three Brownwood Football Players Would Be Changed Forever.

1960 Season-Opener Against San Angelo Central!

So in The 1960 Opening-Game For Coach Gordon Wood, Against The Same San Angelo Central Bobcats and Coach Emory Bellard Against Coach Gordon Wood and His Brownwood Lions; The 1960 UPSET of The Season Might Have Happened in Old Brownwood Lion Football Stadium.

After a Fumble Recovery, The Lions Scored their Very First Touchdown of The 1960 Football Season! Future 2006 Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Quarterback Ben Elledge hit another Future 2000 Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Strong End Lawrence Elkins with a Beautiful “Over-The-Shoulder” 56-Yard Touchdown Pass, on The Second Play of The Season to give The Brownwood Lions a Quick 6-0 Lead.

The Impressive Lions Defense was Led by Two Senior Linemen, Future 2003 Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Offensive and Defensive Tackle Ronney Moore and Defensive Lineman Mike Greer as they helped cause Three Fumbles and Put Great Pressure on The Bobcats Quarterback, Larry Mullins, as he Threw an Unbelievable Six Interceptions. One of my Best Friends in High School was Quick End Eddie Daniel and he Caught a 26-Yard Touchdown Pass from Ben Elledge, in the Fourth Quarter, to End The Lions Scoring as we Shocked All of The Texas Sportswriters and The Entire Sports World with a Phenomenal 34-6 Upset Victory.

In that Game, “The Universe” was also With Me as I had Four Interceptions, for 133-Yards, including one for a 65-Yard Touchdown, and Another Interception for a 37-Yard Return down to the Two-Yard Line, and Still Another Interception Return for a 29-Yard Return; I also Rushed for 43-Yards on 15 Carries, and threw a 26-Yard Touchdown Pass to Future 2000 Gordon Wood Hall Of Champions End Lawrence Elkins.

Also, in The San Angelo Game, one of my Interceptions was a One-Handed Catch for Two-Yards,  just before going Out-Of-Bounds. With Four Interceptions for 133-Yards, 43-Yards Rushing, and a 26-Yards Touchdown Pass to Elkins, I Finished the Game with 202-Yards of Total Offense, Two Touchdowns, and a 10.1 Yards Per Touch Average.

“The Universe” Had Already Planned-For a 34-6 Opening-Game Victory For The Brownwood Lions Football Team and They Were On Their Way To The 1960 Texas State 3A Football Championship.

SIDEBAR: One of My Best Friends in High School was Wide Receiver, Eddie Daniel, who Caught a Touchdown Pass in The Opening Game Against San Angelo. On Monday, September 10, 2018Ed had a Three-Hour Surgery to Remove a Brain Tumor and The Surgeon was able to Remove Most of The Tumor, without Damaging The Good Tissue.

PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR A MIRACLE RECOVERY FOR ED!

Second Game Victory Against Killeen High School!

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

The Lions Completely Dominated this Game after Intermission, although the Kangaroos went ahead in The Fourth Quarter, but The Lions Scored the Winning Touchdown with 44 Seconds Left in the Game for Their 26-20 Victory.

Ben Elledge started the Winning Drive with an 11-Yard Pass to Speedy Wingback John Cadenhead, down to the 25-Yard Line. Following an Incomplete Pass, Max Emfinger Circled left-end and ran Five-Yards, down to the 20-Yard Line, before purposely Running-Out of bounds to stop the clock, on The Left Sideline. Facing a Fourth and Five,  from the 20-Yard Line, Elledge called on Cadenhead again and he ran-down to the 12-Yard Line. Elledge, then Rolled-Out and Sprinted into the End-Zone for the Winning Touchdown with 44-Seconds Left in the Game and a 26-20 Victory.

Although the Final Score was close, The Brownwood Lions were Clearly The Superior Team. The Lions had 13 First Downs to 8 for Killeen and Out-gained The Kangaroos in Rushing by a 263-Yards to 136-Yards.

The Lions Defense was led by Senior Lawrence Elkins; Sophomore  Doug Young; Senior Ronney Moore; Junior David Smith; Senior Mike Greer; Senior Gerald Pitts; Junior Terry Dummer; Junior Bobby Staudt; Sophomore Dale Wheelis; Junior Jesse Hernandez; and Junior Eddie Daniel. – End of Stovall

In the Second Game in 1960, against Killeen High School, I Rushed for 147-Yards on 16 Carries and Returned The Opening Kickoff 90-Yards for a Touchdown and another Kickoff Return for 46-Yards, and I then Finished With 283-Yards of All-Purpose Yards of Total Offense, One Touchdown, and a 15.72-Yards Per Touch Average.

Third Game Win Over Waco University!

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

SEPTEMBER 24, 1960 – “This Game was played on a Very Muddy Football Field in Old Lion Football Stadium after an Inch of Rain just before the game. The Trojans Scored First and went ahead by a 6-0 lead and an Upset Appeared in the Making, but The Lions Stormed-Back, late in the First Quarter as Max Emfinger Returned a Beautiful Punt Return for 25-Yards to Set-Up the Lions at the Waco 41-Yard Line.

After a Change of Punts, The Lions Zoomed into the lead for good, late in the Second Quarter on a Beautiful 57-Yard Pass and run play from Ben Elledge to Lawrence Elkins.

Facing a First Down and 10 situation on the 43-Yard Line, Elledge Drifted-back and hit Elkins with a Line-Shot, just behind the Waco Safety on the 25-Yard Line. Elkins Out-Legged The Trojans into the End-Zone. It marked Elkins Third Touchdown Pass in the First Three Brownwood Games. Elledge Kicked the Extra Point and The Lions went ahead 13-6 with only 2:50 Left in The First Half.

In the Fourth Quarter, Emfinger Swiped a Duane Hale Pass and Returned it 22-Yards to their 46-Yard Line. The Lions then Marched 54-Yards for its Final Touchdown midway through the Fourth Quarter. Elledge and Cadenhead had some great runs in this drive, but two of their big runs were called-back, because of penalties. Emfinger Capped the Drive by Diving-Over from the Two-Yard Line. The Extra-Point was missed again, but the 19-6 was the Final Score in The Brownwood Lions Victory.

Emfinger, a Jack-of-all-Trades, Rushed for 155-Yards in 13 tries; while Elledge had 43-Yards in 8 tries; Cadenhead had 71-Yards on 3 tries; and A.D. Carnes, who turned-in another unusual Superb All-Around Game, had 47-Yards on 13 tries.” – End of Stovall

In this Third Game Against Waco University, I Rushed for 155-Yards on 13 Carries and Two Touchdowns; had Two Kickoffs for 65-Yards, including a 47-Yard Kickoff Return, had another Interception-Return for 22-Yards, and a 25-Yard Punt-Return, giving me 267-Yards of Total Offense, Two Touchdowns, and a 15.7  Yards Per Touch.

1960 Game Four Against Temple

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

“In the Fourth Game of the Season, The Brownwood Lions lost their First Game in 1960 to The Temple Wildcats by a 26-22 Score.

In this Game, the Brownwood Offensive and Defensive Lines were Outweighed as much as 50-Pounds Per Man, but Ben Elledge had a Great Game as he Completed 14 of 30 Passes for 228-Yards in the Game. The Lions took the Opening Kick-Off and Stormed 73-Yards for their First Touchdown on the Pin-Point Passing of Elledge and the Drive took nine plays. The “Big-Plays” were 24 and 12-Yard Elledge passes to Eddie Daniel and Lawrence Elkins. Max Emfinger also had a Nifty 12-Yard Run in the Drive.

The “Pay-Off Play” was an Unbelievable and Incredible Play on Second and 10-Yards to go at the Temple 25-Yard Line. Elledge hit Eddie Daniel “Over the Middle” and he turned and lateraled to Lawrence Elkins, who was “Trailing-Him” and he raced into the End-Zone, untouched, for the Touchdown. Both Super-Star EndsDaniel and Elkins had some Fabulous Catches in the Game.

A.D. Carnes was again a Fabulous Blocker and a Dominating Defensive Player, but one of the Biggest and Most Exciting Plays of the Night came with 11:05 Left in the Game as Emfinger received a Pitch-Out from Elledge, cut-in just before reaching the sideline and raced 44-Yards Untouched, To-End the scoring for the night and then Emfinger Blasted-Over, behind Right Tackle Ronnie Moore for the Two-Point Conversion, to make the Score 26-22, but it was not enough.

The “Ring-Leaders” on Defense included Seniors: Ronnie Moore, Mike Greer, A.D. Carnes, Lawrence Elkins, and Gerald Pitts; Juniors: Eddie Daniel, David Smith, Terry Dummer, and Bobby Staudt; Plus Super Sophomores: James Crow, Dale Wheelis, and Doug Young

Wingbacks, Charles Coffey and John Cadenhead, were Great-Blockers at Blocking Wingback, on Offense with Blocking Fullback Carnes, but they were also Outstanding on Defense.” – End of Stovall

Against Temple, I Rushed for 183-Yards on 21 Carries; had a 45-Yard Catch; had a 44-Yard Touchdown Run; had 32 and 38-Yard Kickoff Returns and Scored a Two Point Conversion, giving me 298-Yards of  All-Purpose Yardage, 8 Points Scored, and a 12.42-Yards Per Touch Average

After The Temple Game, The Brownwood Lions Breezed-To Ten Straight Victories on their Journey To Winning the Texas 3A State Football Championship. On Offense, In Those First Four Games, of  The State Championship  Season, I Rushed for 528-Yards; Recorded 1,050-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage; Scored 30 Points; and Threw One Touchdown Pass. On Defense, I Had 5 Interceptions for 155-Yards and One Defensive Touchdown.

“The Universe” Already Had Plans For Coach Gordon Wood And His Players!

Coach Gordon Wood Really Wanted The San Angelo Central Head Coaching Job, but The Incredible “Thing” was That “The Universe” Had Already Had Plans For Him To-Get The Brownwood Lions Head Coaching Job and Play The San Angelo Central Bobcats in The 1960 Opening Game in Old Brownwood Lion Football Stadium.

Coach Wood Was Not Aware That “The Universe” Already Had “The Three-E’s and Moore” Waiting For Him In Brownwood, Texas and Just Up The Road and Further West, San Angelo, Texas Did Not Have “The Three-E’s and Moore” Waiting For Him In San Angelo, Texas.

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Chapters 7 Through 18 – Brownwood Lions Football State Championship – Long Version Good

CHAPTER SEVEN

The Blessed Brownwood Lions Football State Championship – Part I!

I was Recruited off of The Brownwood High School Football Team in Brownwood, Texas where I was a member of The Brownwood High School 1960 Texas 3A High School State Football Championship Team as a Junior and then as a Senior, I was Team Captain of The Brownwood High School Track Team that won the 1962 Texas 3A State Track Championship. I was a Two-Time All-State Football Player and I was High Point Man at the 1962 Texas 3A State Championship Track Meet. Both State Championships Were The First In The History of Brownwood High School Athletics.

In Football, I was the Leading Rusher and Leading Scorer on the the 1960 State Championship Football Team with 1,363-Yards Rushing. I also Scored 10 Rushing Touchdowns and 4 Two-Point Conversions for 68-Points. I also Returned 2 Kickoffs For a Touchdown (Killeen and Weatherford); Had One Interception for a Touchdown (San Angelo); and Passed For Two Touchdowns To Lawrence Elkins (San Angelo and Mineral Wells); giving me 98-Points Accounted-For in The 1960 State Championship Season.

I Also Finished my Varsity Career with 27 Touchdowns Accounted-For and 178 Points. I also Finished my Three Year Varsity Career with 2,214-Yards Rushing and another 2,071 All-Purpose-Yards giving me 4,285-Yards of Total Offense.

My Three-Year Rushing Stats Included 177-Yards in 1959; 1,363-Yards in 1960; and 674-Yards in 1961, giving me 2,214-Career Yards Rushing. My All-Purpose Yards Included 606-Yards in 1959; 2,623-Yards in 1960; and 1,056-Yards in 1961, giving me 4.285 Yards of All-Purpose Yards.

I Was Also Responsible for Scoring a Touchdown In Seven Different Ways, including Rushing, Pass Receiving, Kickoff Return, Punt Return, Defensive Fumble Return Recovery for Touchdown, Interception Return for Touchdown, and I also threw Two Touchdown Passes to Lawrence Elkins (San Angelo Central and Mineral Wellsand in my Three-Year Varsity Career, Averaged 11.1-Yards Per Touch on 386-Touches.

I also Recorded Six Interceptions in The 1960 State Championship Season, including Four Interceptions in The San Angelo Central Opening Game and One Interception Against Waco; and One Interception in The 1961 Season Against Weatherford.

How Ironic was it that The 1960 Brownwood Lions only Returned Six Lettermen from their 1959 Powerhouse Brownwood Lions Team, although they lost the 1959 District Championship to the eventual State Champion Breckenridge, Coached by Texas Hall of Fame Coach Emory Bellard.

Then in the Off-Season, after the 1959 Season, both Coach Bellard and Coach Wood, decided to leave their Respective Teams to Pursue a Coaching Position with a Higher Classification Team. Both Coaches Applied for the San Angelo Central Coaching Job and they Hired Coach Emory Bellard over Coach Gordon Wood.

Bellard then arrived in San Angelo Central in 1960 after leading the Breckenridge Buckaroos to a 1958 State Championship and a 1959 State Co-Championship. His next Challenge was To-End The San Angelo Central 10-Year Playoff Drought.

Later, I became a Great Friend with Coach Bellard and I was 1-1 Against Him, as he Recorded an Incredible 177-59-9 Record in 21 Seasons in High School Football, including Two State Championships at Breckenridge and one State Championship at San Angelo Central. His impact in San Angelo was Great, but not as Great as Coach Wood in Brownwood. Coach Wood Won Nine State Football Championships, including Seven State Championships in Brownwood.

Then in 1960, as Fate would have it, Both of these Texas High School Hall of Fame Coaches would play their Opening Game Against Each Other in The Old Brownwood Lion Football Stadium. The San Angelo Central Bobcats, with their New Hall of Fame Coach Emory Bellard, were Rated and Ranked by the Texas Sportswriters as the #5 Team in the State in Their 4A District, which was the Largest Classification in the State, at that time.

The Brownwood Lions were only Returning Six Letterman and were Rated and Ranked by the Texas Sportswriters as the #5 Team in their 3A District. Everyone in the State felt that the Bobcats would Blow the Lions off of the Map. One thing that the Sportswriters and Fans did not take into Consideration was that the 1959 Brownwood Lions “B” Team was Loaded with Talent, because of so many Seniors on the Varsity and that Brownwood “B” Team finished with a Great 8-1 Season. The Texas Sportswriters also did not take into Consideration that the Six Returning Letterman were Unusually Talented and Gifted.

Game One – San Angelo Central Bobcats

So in the Coach Gordon Wood 1960 Opening GameAgainst San Angelo Central, after a Fumble Recovery, the Lions Scored their First Touchdown of the 1960 Football Season, as Future 2006 Hall of Champions Quarterback Ben Elledge hit another Future 2000 Hall of Champions and Texas Hall of Fame Strong End Lawrence Elkins with a Beautiful “Over-The-Shoulder” 56-Yard Touchdown, on the Second Play of the Season to give the Lions a Quick 6-0 Lead.

The Impressive Lions Defense was Led by Two Senior Linemen, Future 2003 Hall of Champions Offensive and Defensive Tackle Ronney Moore and Defensive Lineman Mike Greer as they helped cause Three Fumbles and Put Great Pressure on the Bobcats Quarterback, Larry Mullins, which caused an Unbelievable Six Interceptions. One of my Best Friends in High School, Quick End Eddie Daniel, who caught a 26-Yard Touchdown Pass from another Best Friend, Elledge, in the Fourth Quarter to End the Lions Scoring and Shock the Texas Sportswriters and Sports World with a Phenomenal 34-6 Upset Victory.

In that Game, I had Four Interceptions, for 133-Yards, including one for a 65-Yard Touchdown, another Interception for a 37-Yard Return down to the Two-Yard Line, and another Interception Return for a 29-Yard Return; I Rushed for 43-Yards on 15 Carries, and threw a 26-Yard Touchdown Pass to 2000 Brownwood Hall Of Champions and Hall of Fame End Lawrence Elkins.

Also, in the San Angelo Game, one of the Interceptions was a One-Handed Catch, for Two-Yards, just before going Out-Of-Bounds. With Four Interceptions for 133-Yards, 43-Yards Rushing, and a 26-Yards Touchdown Pass to Elkins, I Finished the Game with 202-Yards of Total Offense and a 10.1 Yards Per Touch Average.

Game Two – Killeen Kangaroos

Then in the Second Game in 1960, against Killeen, I Rushed for 147-Yards on 16 Carries and Returned the Opening Kickoff 90-Yards for a Touchdown and then another Kickoff Return for 46-Yards, and Finished With 283-Yards of Total Offense, One Touchdown, and a 15.72-Yards Per Touch Average.

The Lions Completely Dominated the Game after Intermission, although the Kangaroos went ahead in the Fourth Quarter, but The Lions Scored the Winning Touchdown with 44 Seconds Left in the Game for The 26-20 Victory.

Ben Elledge started the Winning Drive with an 11-Yard Pass to John Cadenhead, down to the 25-Yard Line. Following an Incomplete Pass, Emfinger Circled left-end and ran Five-Yards, down to the 20-Yard Line, before purposely Running-Out of bounds to stop the clock. Facing a Fourth and Five, from the 20-Yard Line, Elledge called on Cadenhead again and he ran-down to the 12-Yard Line. Elledge, then Rolled-Out and Sprinted into the End-Zone for the Winning Touchdown with 44-Seconds Left in the Game and a 26-20 Victory.

Although the Final Score was close, the Lions were Clearly The Superior Team. The Lions had 13 First Downs to 8 for Killeen and Out-gained the Kangarroos in Rushing by a 263-Yards to 136-Yards.

The Lion Defense was led by Senior Lawrence Elkins; Sophomore  Doug Young; Senior Ronney Moore; Junior David Smith; Senior Mike Greer; Senior Gerald Pitts; Junior Terry Dummer; Junior Bobby Staudt; Sophomore Dale Wheelis; Junior Jesse Hernandez; and Junior Eddie Daniel.

Emfinger led the Lions Rushing Attack with 147-Yards, which was more than the Entire Killeen Team. A.D. Carnes had 60-Yards, Elledge had 29-Yards, and Cadenhead had 23-Yards. Cadenhead also had a 33-Yard Run Called-Back due to a Penalty.

Game Three – Waco University Trojans

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

SEPTEMBER 24, 1960 – “This Game was played on a Very Muddy Football Field in Old Lion Football Stadium after an Inch of Rain just before the game. The Trojans Scored First and went ahead by a 6-0 lead and an Upset Appeared in the Making, but The Lions Stormed-Back, late in the First Quarter as Max Emfinger Returned a Beautiful Punt Return for 25-Yards to Set-Up the Lions at the Waco 41-Yard Line.

It required The Lions, but five plays to go the distance and Dead-Lock the Game at 6-6. A 16-Yard Keeper by Quarterback Ben Elledge was the Key-Play in the Drive. Emfinger Smashed-Over from Six-Yards out on the Final Play of the First Quarter. The Kick was missed, but the scored remained tied at 6-6.

After a Change of Punts, The Lions Zoomed into the lead for good, late in the Second Quarter on a Beautiful 57-Yard Pass and run play from Elledge to Lawrence Elkins.

Facing a First and 10 situation on the 43-Yard Line, Elledge Drifted-back and hit Elkins with a Line-Shot, just behind the Waco Safety on the 25-Yard Line. Elkins out-legged the Trojans into the End-Zone. It marked Elkins Third Touchdown Pass in the First Three Brownwood Games. Elledge Kicked the Extra Point and The Lions went ahead 13-6 with only 2:50 Left in the First Half.

In the Fourth Quarter, Emfinger Swiped a Duane Hale Pass and Returned it 22-Yards to their 46-Yard Line. The Lions then Marched 54-Yards for its final Touchdown midway through the Fourth Quarter. Elledge and Cadenhead had some great runs in this drive, but two of their big runs were called-back, because of penalties. Emfinger Capped the Drive by Diving-Over from the Two-Yard Line. The Extra-Point was missed again, but the 19-6 was the Final Score in the Lion Victory.

Emfinger, a Jack-of-all-Trades, romped for 155-Yards in 16 tries; while Elledge had 43-Yards in 8 tries; Cadenhead had 71-Yards on 3 tries; and A.D. Carnes, who turned-in an unusual Superb All-Around Game, had 47-Yards on 13 tries.” – End

In the Third Game Against Waco University, I Rushed for 155-Yards on 13 Carries and Two Touchdowns; had Two Kickoffs for 65-Yards, including a 47-Yard Kickoff Return, had another Interception-Return for 22-Yards, and a 25-Yard Punt-Return, giving me 267-Yards of Total Offense, Two Touchdowns, and a 15.7  Yards Per Touch.

CHAPTER EIGHT

1960 Game Four Against Temple

In Game Four in 1960, against Temple, I Rushed for 183-Yards on 21 Carries, had a 45-Yard Catch, had a 44-Yard Touchdown Run, had a 32-Yard Kickoff Return and another 38-Yard Kickoff Return, and Scored on a Two Point Conversion, for 298-Yards of Total Offense and a 12.42-Yards Per Touch Average The Brownwood Lions lost their First and Only Game in 1960 to Temple 26-22 in the Fourth Game of the Season.

In this Game, the Brownwood Offensive and Defensive Lines were Outweighed as much as 50-Pounds Per Man, but Ben Elledge Completed 14 of 30 Passes for 228-Yards in the Game. The Lions took the Opening Kick-Off and Stormed 73-Yards for the First Touchdown on the Pin-Point Passing of Elledge and the Drive took nine plays. The “Big-Plays” were 24 and 12-Yard Elledge passes to Eddie Daniel and Lawrence Elkins. I also has a Nifty 12-Yard Run in the Drive.

The “Pay-Off Play” was an Unbelievable and Incredible Play on Second and 10-Yards to go at the Temple 25-Yard Line. Elledge hit Daniel “Over the Middle” and he turned and lateraled to Elkins, who was “Trailing-Him” and he raced into the End-Zone, untouched, for the Touchdown. Both Super-Star EndsDaniel and Elkins had some Fabulous Catches in the Game.

A.D. Carnes was again a Fabulous Blocker and a Dominating Defensive Player, but one of the Biggest and Most Exciting Plays of the Night came with 11:05 Left in the Game as I received a Pitch-out from Elledge, cut-in just before reaching the sideline and raced 44-Yards Untouched, to-end the scoring for the night and then I Blasted-Over, behind Right Tackle Ronnie Moore for the Two-Point Conversion, to make the Score 26-22, but it was not enough.

The “Ring-Leaders” on Defense included Seniors: Ronnie Moore, Mike Greer, A.D. Carnes, Lawrence Elkins, and Gerald Pitts; Juniors: Eddie Daniel, David Smith, Terry Dummer, and Bobby Staudt; Plus Super Sophomores: James Crow, Dale Wheelis, and Doug Young

Charles Coffey and John Cadenhead were Great-Blockers at Blocking Wingback, on Offense with Blocking Fullback Carnes, but they were also Outstanding on Defense.

CHAPTER NINE

1960 Game Five Against Stephenville Yellow Jackets

After the Temple Game, the Brownwood Lions Breezed-To Ten Straight Victories on their Journey in Winning the 3A State Football Championship. In this Game, The Lions Won with a 22-0 Victory in what the Sportswriters called a “Lackluster” Game.

The First Team Offense Scored all Three Touchdowns, but the Second Unit Played the Yellow Jackets on More than Even-Terms for over Half half-of-the-Game. I Rushed for 114-Yards on 15 Carries; had a 25-Yard Screen-Pass Catch; had 36-Yards on a Kick-Off Return; Scored on a 15-Yard Draw-Play; and Ran for a Two-Point Conversion, giving me 178-Yards on 17 Touches and a 10.3-Yards Per Average Touch, One Touchdowns, and a Two-Point Conversion.

This may Sound a Little Weird, but Lawrence Elkins, Max Emfinger, and Mike Greer Scored Touchdowns for The Lions; while Ben Elledge Scored a Safety when he Tackled the Stephenville Running Back in the End-Zone for a Safety. Reserve Tailback Jimmy Thompson played about Half of the Game for me and he was Outstanding as he Rushed for 61-Yards on 14 Carries.

Super Two-Way Player, Mike Greer, opened the Lions Scoring in the First Quarter, as he “Picked-Up” a Yellow Jacket, Mid-Air Fumble, and Romped 15-Yards into the End-Zone, for the Touchdown with 8:51 to go in the First Quarter, giving The Lions a Quick 6-0 Lead.

Another Tremendous Defensive Play was in the Second Quarter, when Ben Elledge, Playing Defensive End for the First Time, Trapped the Stephenville All-District Running Back in the End-Zone for a Two-Point Safety.

Still, another Great Defensive Play was when another Two-Way Super-Star, Charles Coffey, Intercepted a Stephenville Pass at the 15-Yard Line and Raced 38-Yards to the Stephenville 47-Yard Line. The Starters were in the Game and it took them Four Plays to Score. I ran 11-Yards to the 36-Yard Line and after two runs, we were at the 20-Yard Line and Elledge Rifled a Pass to Elkins in the Left Flat and he Raced into the End-Zone with three Defenders on his back.

In this Game, there were a Lot of Great Defensive Plays to keep the Yellow Jackets “Out-of-the-End-Zone” and those Defensive Stars included Elkins, Greer, Elledge, Coffey, Ronnie Moore, James Crow, David Smith, Bobby Staudt, Gerald Pitts, Doug Young, Ronnie Middleton, Grayson Wetzel, Eddie Daniel, and Ronnie Davis. Elledge looked Especially Good in his First Game at Defensive End.

After this Game, the Brownwood Lions were Ranked Fifth in the State by the Sportswriters and Sixth in the State in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

1960 Game Six Against Mineral Wells Mountaineers

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

OCTOBER 22, 1960 – “Quarterback Ben Elledge provided most of the Offensive Punch in Mineral Wells Friday Night as The Brownwood Lions scored on three of their first four possessions to a Methodical 25-0 Victory over a Mineral Wells Team before 4,000 Bi-Partisan Fans.

Elledge Ran for Two Touchdowns and passed for another Touchdown to set the Offensive Pace for The Gordon Wood Coached Brownwood Lions. Lawrence Elkins also had another great game as he Strengthened his Bid for All-State Honors, as he Caught a 25-Yard Scoring Pass from Elledge in the First Quarter and then Latched-On to a 12-Yard Running Back Touchdown Pass from Max Emfinger in the Fourth Quarter to Close the Scoring for The LionsRonnie Middleton Kicked the Extra-Point after the Second Touchdown.

Brownwood played most of the game without Emfinger, who went into the game Averaging over 100-Yards Rushing Per Game and over 200-Yards of All-Purpose Yards Per Game. Emfinger suffered a Sprained Ankle midway through the Second Quarter, but Returned and Still Hobbling, for only One Play in the Fourth Quarter and that One Play was the Touchdown Pass to Elkins. Emfinger also rushed for 50-Yards on 6 Carries and with his 12-Yard Touchdown Pass to Elkins, and Finished the Game with 62-Yards and an 8.86-Yards Per Touch.

The Brownwood Defense allowed The Lions to Completely Dominate the Game and they Turned-In their Second Straight Shutout, shutting-out Stephenville 22-0, two weeks ago. The Lions Secondary provided the big noise as they Picked-Off Five Interceptions, including Two Each by Charles Coffey and Ronnie Davis. A.D. Carnes also had an Interception.

Other Defensive Stars included Elkins, Carnes, Ronney Moore, and Mike Greer, who is one of the Most-Under-Rated Performers in the District. Lending a Great Lending-Hand were Eddie Daniel, David Smith, Gerald Pitts, Bobby Staudt, Terry Dummer, Doug Young, Dale Wheelis, James Crow, Middleton, Elledge, and John Cadenhead.

The Second Unit played mostly in the Fourth Quarter after the Emfinger to Elkins Touchdown Pass. Senior Quarterback Jimmy Herman led the Second Unit, but Elledge his Donnie Gersbach on a 43-Yard Pass. Gersbach, a Senior and playing in his first year of football, might have scored on the play, but he lost his footing and was tackles before scoring.” – End

1960 Game Seven Against Vernon Lions

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

OCTOBER 29, 1960 – “The Brownwood Lions surged into Undisputed First Place in District 4-AAA with a 16-0 Victory over the Vernon Lions before 4,000 Rain-Soaked Lion Stadium Fans.

The Lions punched 80-Yards for their First Touchdown in the Second Quarter. The Drive was given a New-Life by a Roughing the Kicker Penalty. Max Emfinger supplied The Key-Play of the Drive and possibly the Ball Game when he Hobbled 10-Yards to the Vernon 27 on a Fourth Down and Five Situation at the 37-Yard Line. Other Big Plays in the Drive were an 18-Yard Pass from Ben Elledge to Lawrence Elkins and a Nine-Yard Run by Emfinger.

Wingback John Cadenhead, who turned-in a Great Performance, got the Touchdown on a Seven-Yard Reverse at 7:13 left in the First Quarter. The Speedy Cadenhead had to use a “Hipper-Dipper” Move to gt to the End-Zone Flag for the Touchdown. Elkins Split the Uprights for the Extra Point, but The Lions were Off-Sides and the Play was brought back. Elledge, then hit Wingback Charles Coffey for the Two-Point Conversion and an 8-0 Lead for The Lions.

Tailback A.D. Carnes, playing for the injured Emfinger, led all Rushers with 131-Yards on 22 Carries. Helping Carnes with the running load were Cadenhead with 35-Yards on 4 Carries and Sophomore James Crow, playing Fullback for Carnes, with 33-Yards on 5 Carries, including a nice 19-Yard Run.

Emfinger got most all of his playing-time in the First Half and he got 31-Yards on 8 Carries; plus a 12-Yard Pass to Cadenhead. Emfinger also had a Beautiful 42-Yard Touchdown Pass to Elkins, but it was called back because of an Off-Sides Penalty. Elkins made a Great catch at the Vernon 25-Yard Line and Faked the Safety Man out of Position and Scored Standing-Up.

The Brownwood Defensive Line was Outweighed by over 25-Pounds Per Man, but they had a Great Performance in Recording their Third Shutout. Showing the way were Ronney Moore, Mike Greer, Elkins, Carnes, Coffey, Crow, Cadenhead, Elledge, Doug Young, Bobby Staudt, Gerald Pitts, Terry Dummer, and Ronnie Middleton.

Ronnie Davis and Eddie Daniel, the two-deep Brownwood Lion Safeties did not allow a Single Completion for the Visitors.” – End

CHAPTER TEN

1960 Game 8, 9, and 1o Against
Graham, Breckenridge, and Weatherford

1960 Game Eight Against Graham Steers

Brownwood Bulletin
Bill Stovall

NOVEMBER 5, 1960 – “A Superb Defense that collapsed on only one play, proved to be the Key here on Friday Night as the Hard-Nosed Brownwood High School Lions took a Giant-Stride toward the District 4-AAA Grid Title with a decisive 24-8 win over the Highly-Regarded Graham Steers before some 4,500 Lion Stadium Fans.

The impressive win sets the stage for next week’s battle with traditional Rival Breckenridge, which lost to Vernon by 30-24 last Friday. The Lions only need one more win to clinch a berth in the Playoffs.

The Lions reached its greatest height of the season on Friday as they Completely Bottled-Up the Heralded Graham Offense. In this game, The Lion Defense Kept the Steers from Crossing into Brownwood Territory only twice under their own steam.

Once again, The Lions Defense, sparked by four rock-ribbed Seniors who have supplied great leadership for this young Brownwood Team throughout the year, included Ronney Moore, A.D. Carnes, Mike Greer, and Lawrence Elkins. On one play, Elkins pinned the Graham Speedy Super Running Back Ken Thetford for a huge 20-yard loss. Moore, Greer, and Carnes were also in on plays which saw Thetford get tackled behind the Line of Scrimmage.

This Fearsome Foursome received able help from Sophomores Doug Young, James Crow, and Dale Wheelis; along with Junior Charles Coffey, Junior John Cadenhead, Junior David Smith, Junior Bobby Staudt, Senior Gerald Pitts, Junior Eddie Daniel, Junior Ronnie Davis, Junior Ronnie Middleton, and Junior Terry Dummer.

Quarterback Ben Elledge, Carnes, and Max Emfinger were the Sparks on Offense. Elledge scored Two Touchdowns of One-Yard and 19-Yards, and threw a beautiful 29-Yard Touchdown Pass to Eddie Daniel. Carnes Rushed for 45-Yards, did a great job on blocking, and Scored Six Points on three Two-Point Conversions.

Emfinger, still a little handicapped by a Sprained Ankle, ran wild with 143-Yards on 20 Carries and almost Broke-Loose on two other occasions. He picked-up 129-Yards of his 143-Yards in the First Half. The 155-Pound Junior also nearly broke on Two Kickoffs, returning them 49 and 46-Yards. Emfinger Returned the Opening Kick-Off 46-Yards to the Graham 48-Yard Line.

The Lions started their Opening Drive at the Graham 48 and it took them eight plays to go the route. Emfinger had runs of 21-Yards and 11-Yards in the drive and it was climaxed by a One-Yard Quarterback Sneak by Elledge. Carnes, then rammed through a gaping-hole behind  Moore at Right Tackle for an 8-0 Brownwood Lead.

The Lions Second Touchdown was a Thing-of-Beauty. Elledge, Switching the Football behind his Back, completely fooled the Graham Secondary and heaved a 29-Yard Scoring Pass into the waiting arms of Daniel in the End-Zone. With only 40-Seconds left in the First Half, Carnes blasted-over again for the Two-Point Conversion and a 16-0 Half-Time Lead.” – End

In Game Eight, against Graham, I Rushed for 143-Yards on 20 Carries and had Two Kickoff Returns for 95-Yards, giving me 238-Yards of Total Offense and 10.8-Yards per Touch in the 24-8 Victory.

1960 Game Nine Against Breckenridge Buckaroos

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

The Brownwood High School Lions, already famed for their heroic efforts during the torrid 1960 Football Campaign, provided “The Granddaddy of Them All” on Friday Night, Storming 72-Yards in the Final Two Minutes and 59-Seconds of play to down the Breckenridge Buckaroos for the first time Since 1940, by an 18-14 Score.

This Victory for The Lions was only their Second Win over the Buckaroos  in 34 Games, Dating-Back to 1925. It was also only The Lions Second District Championship. Their only other District Championship was in 1953, when Breckenridge was in another District.

The Victory gave The Lions a 4-0 Record in District Play and with only one game left on the schedule, Weatherford. Vernon is the only team that can Tie The Lions for the Title, but Brownwood would still represent the District on the basis of their 16-0 Victory over the Vernon Lions earlier in the District.

This Brownwood Victory must bring-back memories of their last Victory in 1940 when The Lions had to overcome a 13-0 deficit to score their historic 14-13 Victory. This game was vastly similar as Brownwood fell behind by 14-6, but battled back with two Touchdowns on perfectly executed Pass Plays to claim the victory.

The Lions struck first, after stopping the Bucks on their first drive and then driving 60-Yards to go ahead 6-0 with 6:06 Left in the First Quarter. It took The Lions nine plays before A.D. Carnes ran 23-Yards down to the Bucks 35-Yard Line and then ran twice for 2-Yards before scoring from the 2-Yard Line. Max Emfinger gained 28-Yards in the Drive on runs of 5, 5, 7, and 11-Yards.

Troy Kennedy scored on a One-Yard Touchdown Run in the Second Quarter and the kick was good, giving the Bucks a 7-6 Lead. Also in the Second Quarter, Then Floyd Swain scored on a 9-Yard Touchdown Run for the Bucks and the Extra Point was Good again, giving Breckenridge a 14-6 Lead.

All-State Candidate Lawrence Elkins was All Over the Field on Offense and Defense. Then, with 1:09 left in the Second Quarter and with the Bucks still ahead 14-6, Ben Elledge his Elkins on a Beautiful 24-Yard Touchdown, and the Extra Point was missed again, but The Lions cut the lead to 14-12 before Half-Time.

The Two Plays that the Lion Fans will Never Forget; and probably the Most Important Plays in the History of Brownwood Lion Football. With 1:25 Left in the Game and time is running-out and the Bucks still ahead 14-12. The Lions were 62-Yards away from being the District Champion and Disappointment.

Elledge Cocked his arm for the Most Productive Plays of the Game, Hitting three passes and one of them on a Fourth-Down situation. With Fourth and 10,Elledge Cooly faded-back and hit Elkins for a 14-Yard, Never-To-Be-Forgotten, First Down at their own 42-Yard Line.

Three plays later, Elledge teamed with Eddie Daniel and Elkins on a “Hook and Ladder” Pass Pattern. Elledge hit Daniel, who lateraled to Elkins for another First Down at the Breckenridge 42. Elledge then his Fullback A.D. Carnes with a Screen Pass and he Bulled his way down to the 21-Yard Line.

The “Play-of-the-Year For The Lions” was when Elledge Dropped-Back to Pass and hit John Cadenhead with a “Bullet-Pass” at the 10-Yard Line and Cadenhead managed To-Crash into the End-Zone for The Winning Touchdown and The Lions Touchdown of the Century. The run by Carnes failed, but The Lions Still had the 18-14 Victory.

For The Lions, Elledge, Carnes, Emfinger, Elkins, Daniel, and Cadenhead were the Big-Guns on Offense. Carnes, running like a bull, led all Rushers with 62-Yards on 13 Carries, while Emfinger, who sparkled in the early drive had 50-Yards on 19 Carries, plus a nifty 36-Yard Kick-off Return. Kennedy led the Bucks with 59-Yards on 18 Carries.

Elledge enjoyed his greatest success when under pressure, Completed 7 of 19 Passes for 121-Yards and Two Touchdowns. Elkins Caught 4 passes for 84-Yards and a Touchdown.

Ronney Moore, Elkins, Carnes, and Mike Greer, all Senior Veterans, again led The Lion Defense. Daniel was also outstanding as was Junior Charles Coffey; Sophomore James Crow; Sophomore Doug Young; Junior Terry Dummer; Junior Bobby Staudt; Senior Gerald Pitts; Junior Ronnie Davis; and Junior Ronnie Middleton.” – End

SIDEBAR: I will always remember that Bobby Staudt, Troy Kennedy, and I were Very Best Friends from the First Grade until the Summer before our Sophomore Years in High School. Also! Eddie Daniel and Ronnie Davis, along with Tommy Womack were in my Singing Quartet for Four Years.

1960 Game Ten Against Weatherford

Then in the 10th Game against Weatherford, I Rushed for 120-Yards on 10 Carries, including a 63-Yard Touchdown Run, a 90-Yard Kickoff Return for a Touchdown, and a Two-Point Conversion Pass to Elkins. In this 28-0 Victory, I had 210-Yards of Total Offense, a 90-Yard Kickoff Return for a Touchdown, and 19.1-Yards Per Touch, and The Two-Point Conversion Pass.

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

NOVEMBER 18, 1960

CHAPTER ELEVEN

The 1960 Brownwood Lions Football State Playoffs – Snyder – Part I! 

Our First Playoff Game was Against Snyder in Old Brownwood Lion Stadium. This Game Marked our First Bi-District Championship, in Brownwood Lion History, as we Won 29-20. I Rushed for 56-Yards 8 Carries and had Three Kick-Returns for 83-Yards, giving me 139-Yards of Total Offense and a 12.6-Yards Per Touch Average Wingback John Cadenhead Scored the First Lion Touchdown as he grabbed a 26-Yard Touchdown Pass from Ben Elledge in the Second Quarter.

Cadenhead also grabbed Two Passes for 39-Yards, Scored Two Touchdowns, and Rushed for 39-Yards on Four Carries, giving him 77-Yards, Two Touchdowns, and a 12.8-Yards Per Touch. Elledge Scored the Second Lion Touchdown with an 11-Yard Touchdown in the Third Quarter to make the Score 23-6.

Strong End Lawrence Elkins Grabbed One Pass and Kicked a 25-Yard Field Goal and Two Two Extra-Point Kicks. Split End Eddie Daniel Caught Two Passes for 55-Yards and his 42-Yard Catch from Ben Elledge to Set-Up another Lion Touchdown.

Charles Coffey Intercepted an early Snyder Pass at the 45-Yard Line and the Lions were on their way for their First Touchdown after Four Plays, as I Scored the First Touchdown from the One-Yard Line. Then Ronnie Middleton returned an Attempted On-Side Second Half Kickoff to the 46-Yard Line and the Lions were on their way to Victory.

Super Sophomore James Crow and Super Senior Tackle Ronney Moore, along with Super Seniors Elkins, A.D. Carnes, Mike Greer, and Gerald Pitts were the Top Defensive Players for the Lions. Those Fabulous Super Six Defensive Players seemed to be involved in Every-Single-Tackle.

Lending-a-Hand to those Super Six Defensive Players, were Juniors Bobby Staudt, David Smith, Coffey, Ronnie Davis, Eddie Daniel, and Middleton, along with another Super Sophomore Doug Young.

CHAPTER TWELVE

The 1960 Brownwood Lions Football State Playoffs  Monahans – Part II! 

In this State Semi-Finals Game, one of the “Unbeatable West Texas Schoolboy Teams” came to Old Brownwood Lion Stadium, as the Monahans Lobos came to Town. The Monahans Game was going to be a Classic Battle between Two of the Top Quarterbacks in the State of Texas in the 1960 Football Season. Brownwood Quarterback Ben Elledge, who would later Sign with Texas Tech and Lobos Quarterback, Norman Smith would Sign with Oklahoma.

Elledge was the “Clear-Victor” as the Lions Upset the Lobos 37-16, as he Scored Three Touchdowns on Runs of 5, 65, and 40-Yards, had a Two-Point Conversion Run, and led all Rushers with 154-Yards on 14 Carries. Elledge also Completed 5 of 14 passes for 91-Yards, and 245-Yards of Total Offense with a 12.4-Yards Per Touch Average in Front of 6,000 Fans.

Elledge had a lot more help than Smith, as I Rushed for 96-Yards on 15 Carries, Scored Two Touchdowns, Ran for a Two-Point Conversion, Returned Two Punts for another 46-Yards, and Two Kickoff Returns for 60-Yards, giving me 206-Yards of Total Offense and a 10.84-Yard Per Touch Average and 14-Points Scored.

Fullback A.D. Carnes Rushed for 46-Yards on 10 Carries, to go along with His Great Defensive Game. Lawrence Elkins caught all Five Passes of the Elledge Pass Completions for 91-Yards, Averaging 18.2-Yards Per Catch. Two of The Elkins Catches were Incredible Catches.

The Standing-Room-Only Crowd Only was Electrified on The Fourth Play of the Game as I Circled Left End and Raced 62-Yards  for a Touchdown, with only 50-Seconds of Playing Time Elapsed. Then, when Elkins ran for the Two-Point Conversion, The Lions Took a Quick 8-0 Lead, on their way to the 37-16 Victory. I also Scored on a Six-Yard Touchdown and a Two-Point Conversion.

On Defense, David Smith Recovered a Fumble; while Ronney Moore and Mike Greer Were Sensational In Leading The Lions Defense in Tackles. Other Defensive Stars Included Carnes, Elkins, Charles Coffey, Eddie Daniel, Bobby Staudt, Ronnie Davis, Terry Dummer, Gerald Pitts, and John Cadenhead. Two Super Sophomores, Doug Young and James Crow Were Also Outstanding.

Four Fabulous Plays In Monahans Game! 

This Monahans Semi-Finals Game was over 50-Years Ago, but I can still remember Four-Plays in that Game, like it was Last Week.

The First Play that I will Always Remember was the Fourth Play of the Game. The Standing-Room-Only Crowd of 6,000 was Electrified when I Circled Left End and Raced 62-Yards  for a Touchdown, with only 50-Seconds of Playing Time Elapsed. Then, when Elkins ran for the Two-Point Conversion, The Lions Took a Quick 8-0 Lead, on their way to the Huge 37-16 Upset Victory.

The Second Play was in the Second Quarter, with about 4:00 Minutes Left, Quarterback Ben Elledge Faked a Pitch to me around the Right End and then tucked the ball on a Bootleg Play Around Left End and got-by the initial Linebackers, before any Lobo Defensive Players Realized where the Football was and Sprinted 65-Yards for an Incredible Touchdown, giving the Lions a 22-0 Lead. Elledge, then ran for the Two-Point Conversion, to Up-The-Score to 24-0. I later Scored on a Six-Yard Run to give the Lions a 30-0 Lead at Half-Time.

Then the Third Play was an Unbelievable Play. I had already returned Two Punts for 46-Yards and at the End of the Third Quarter, I was Back in Punt-Return Formation, getting Ready to Receive a Punt. On this Particular Punt, the Monahans Punter Kicked Short and I Ran-Up and Called for a Fair-Catch, and as I Made-The-Catch, The Play was Ruled Dead. Then, one of the Monahans Defenders, Running-Down-The-Field, covering the Football hit me about as hard as I was ever hit and knocked me back, about Five-Yards, from where I Signaled for a The-Fair-Catch.

Obviously, the Lobos were called for a Hitting-Late Penalty and they Received a 15-Yard Penalty, but a few years later, while I was at Baylor, I “Found-Out” that the Lobo Tackler was Instructed to “Get-Me-Out-Of-Game” if he could. The Tackler was told that they were going to Kick-Short so I would call for a Fair-Catch and it would give Them a chance to Really “Hit-Me-Hard” and Get-Me out of the Game.

The Fourth Play was on An “On-Side-Kick” that John Cadenhead made a Fabulous Diving Recovery.

Every Single Day in Practice, the Lions would Spend 10-Minutes on On-Side-Kicks, but most of the time, we NEVER had to Use-It, but in this Very Important Game, Coach Wood decided to use it. We Practiced so much on these On-Side Kicks, we knew that we could “Pull-One-Off” if we needed.

In the First Quarter, Super On-Side Kicking Expert Ronney Moore Kicked a Perfect “Bouncy Ball” near the Sideline and Speedy John Cadenhead Dived for It and Covered It. Moore, also Recovered another Fumble, in the Game, along with David Smith.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

The Brownwood Lions Football State Playoffs – Jacksonville – Part III!

The Waco News Tribune

“Both Brownwood and Jacksonville Teams have some really Standout Players that will be Performing and Playing on the Baylor Stadium Turf,” said The Waco News-Tribune. “Big Names in the Brownwood Lineup include Quarterback Ben Elledge, Running Back Max Emfinger, and Tight End Lawrence Elkins.

“After 12 Games, Elledge had Completed 63 of 146 Passes for 1,213-Yards and 12 Touchdowns. Emfinger had Rushed for 1,188-Yards on 151 Carries for an 7.87-Yards Per Carry Average and Emfinger also had Recorded 2,254-Yards of Total Offense and 10 Rushing TouchdownsElkins had Caught Nine Touchdown Passes and Coach Gordon Wood Calls Elkins the Best End in Texas. “Tight End Pete Lammons and Defensive Tackle Ray Dudley are the Two Big Time Players for Jacksonville.”

The “Big-Game” with Jacksonville was a Classic Defensive Struggle in the Pouring-Down Rain. In the First Quarter, I Ran 24-Yards Down to the Two-Yard Line and Elledge Scored on a Two-Yard Sneak to give us a 6-0 Lead with 5:40 Left in the Quarter after our Try for a Two-Point Conversion, Failed on a Fake Kick. In The Game, I Rushed for 68-Yards on 19 Carries; Returned Two Kickoffs for 73-Yards; Two Punt Returns for another 46-Yards; giving me 187-Yards of Total Offense and an 8.13-Yard Average Per Touch .

Elledge Scored Again on a One-Yard Sneak with only 4-Seconds Lapsed into the Second Quarter and we failed again on a Two-Point Conversion, but we led 12-0 in the Pouring-Down Rain. Then with 5:57 Left in the Second Quarter, but they also did not Score on their Two-Point Conversion, but the Lions went into the Locker Room at Halftime with a 12-6 Lead. With Five-Inches of Rain on the Grass Turf, neither team could kick an Extra Point.

Next Shocking Story Will Shock You!

What is going to happen Next is going to Shock-You and In-Fact, you could go to a High School Football Game every single day for 100-Years and you Will Not Ever see what Happened Next in the Second Half of this Brownwood and Jacksonville Game. Also Remember that the Winner of this Game Would Play in The 1960 Texas 3A State Championship Game.

The Brownwood Lions Football Team went into the Baylor Locker Room Drenched with Rain. Our Socks were Soaked and our Shoes were Soaked. Our Uniforms were so Wet; we probably were Carrying-Around an extra 10-Pounds. So what Could we possibly do, to get ready for the Second Half?

Unbeknownst To All of Us,  The Universe” was Taking Care of Us” and Coach Gordon Wood had A Plan and he had Already Thought-Ahead to this Serious Situation and he was about to put His Plan Into Action and Coach Wood had a Huge Surprise For All Of Us. The Managers, including Ronnie Early and Jackie Laughlin, had brought another Complete Set of Uniforms for us to change into, including Socks, Jocks, and T-Shirts, along with New Game Pants and Game Shirts.

So can you Imagine what The Jacksonville Indians Football Team and Fans were thinking about when we came out for the Second-Half Kickoff? I talked to Super-Star Ray Dudley a Few Years later and he told me that they were Pretty Deflated when they looked-up and saw us Coming-Out On-To The Field. Dudley said that the team still thought that they could win, but that they were so “Water-Logged” they NEVER could get anything going and the Final Score Remained at 12-6.

Jacksonville took a couple of Efforts to Score in the Fourth Quarter. They moved to the 38-Yard Line, but Gerald Pitts Stopped the Drive with a Key-Tackle on Fourth Down.

Senior Defensive Tackle Ronney Moore seemed to Spend the Entire Game in The Indians Backfield, but Elkins was also a Dominant Force on Defense. Other Stars on the Lions Defense included A.D. Carnes, Mike Greer, Pitts, David Smith, Bobby Staudt, Eddie Daniel, Ronnie Davis, and John Cadenhead. Two Sophomores, Doug Young and James Crow were again Outstanding.

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

The Brownwood Lions Football State Playoffs – Port Lavaca – Part IV!

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 (In Photo: 1960 State Championship Hall of Champions 1960 Team Players Fifty Years Later in 2010)

Although the Brownwood Lions Lost to Temple in the Fourth Game of the 1960 Season, the Lions NEVER LOST AGAIN in the Season and Ended with 13-1 Record and a 26-6 Victory Over Port Lavaca in The 1960 3A State Football Championship.

The 1960 Brownwood Lions Football Team won the First State Championship in Brownwood High School History. The Pre-Season Sportswriters said that this Brownwood Team was Too Small and Too Slow to even Win a Single Game in an Always Tough 4-3A District. Then, the Lions were going to Open Their Season Against San Angelo Central, a Pre-Season Pick to Win their 4A District in a 4A District known as “The Little Southwest Conference” in High School Football.

In the Opening Game, The Lions were a 35-Point Underdog, but went-on to Win 34-6. The Lions were Outweighed by as much as an Incredible 50-Pounds Per Man in Every Single Game. The Lions Offensive Line included a 149-Pound Center in Junior David Smith, a 149-Pound Left Guard in Senior Gerald Pitts, and a 162-Pound Right Guard in Junior Bobby Staudt.

Seniors Ronney Moore at 182-Pounds and Mike Greer at 170-Pounds were the Big Tackles. If you Average these Five Players, you Come-Up with a 162-Pound Average for the Offensive Line. In the Game Today, most Junior High Offensive Lines will Average 220-240-Pounds Per Man.

However, these Players Never Quit and Never Gave-Up and they also Believed that they would Always Win. They also were the Foundation to become a Football Dynasty Under First-Year Head Coach Gordon Wood.

Also Remember: In 1960, there was “No Two-Platoon System” and Everyone Played Both Ways. One Substitute Player Per Play was Installed to get the Quarterback out of the Game on the First Play and Get Him Back Into The Game, when the Ball Changed Hands.

Those 1960 Brownwood Players Included: Junior, OG Roy Bailey; Junior, First-Year Letterman, Manager Lindsey Baker; Senior, First-Year Letterman, Tailback Ray Bledsoe; Senior, First-Year Letterman, OC Jessie Boysen; Sophomore, Tailback James Bunnell; Junior, First-Year Letterman, Wingback John Cadenhead; Senior, Third-Year Letterman Fullback/Linebacker A.D. Carnes; Junior, First-Year Letterman, Wingback Charles Coffey; Sophomore, First-Year LettermanLinebacker James CrowJunior First-Year LettermanQuick End/Linebacker Eddie Daniel; Junior, First-Year Letterman, Defensive End Ronnie Davis; Junior, First-Year Letterman, Senior, First-Year Letterman, OG Terry DummerJunior, First-Year Letterman, Manager Ronnie Early; Senior, Third-Year Letterman, Strong End/Defensive End Lawrence Elkins; Junior, First-Year Letterman, Quarterback Ben Elledge; Junior, Second-Year Letterman, Tailback/Safety Max Emfinger; Sophomore, Quick End Phillip Fenton; Sophomore, OT Wayne Garrett; Sophomore, OC Danny Gary; Senior, First-Year Letterman, Fullback Donnie Gersbach; Senior, Second-Year Letterman, OT Mike Greer; Senior, OG Roy Haynes; Senior, Strong End James Herndon; Junior, First-Year Letterman, OT/DT Jessie Hernandez; Senior, Second-Year Letterman, Quarterback Jimmy Herman; Junior, Quick End Donnie Howard; Junior, Tailback Ronnie Jones; Sophomore, First-Year Letterman, Manager Jackie Laughlin; Junior, OG Larry Mallow; Junior, First-Year LettermanSplit End Ronnie Middleton; Senior, Second-Year Letterman, OT/DT Ronney Moore; Senior, First-Year LettermanOG Gerald Pitts; Senior, Fullback Carlos Robles; Junior, First-Year LettermanOC David Smith; Senior, First-Year Letterman, Strong End Denny Smith; Sophomore, Quarterback Terry Southall; Junior, First-Year Letterman, OG Bobby Staudt; Junior, OC Alan Sweet; Sophomore, Wingback Mike Teague; Junior, First-Year Letterman, Tailback Jim Thompson; Sophomore, First-Year Letterman, Quick End/DE Grayson Wetzel; Junior, OG Tommy Womack; Sophomore, First-Year Letterman, OT/DT Dale Wheelis; and Sophomore, First-Year Letterman, OG/DE Doug Young.

The 1960 Brownwood Coaches Included: Gordon Wood, Morris Southall, Pete Murray, Gus Snodgrass, and Dale Biggs.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Most Unbelievable Facts To Remember!

One of the Most Unbelievable Facts to Remember about This 1960 State Championship Team was that some of these Players, who had NEVER Played on the Varsity had Incredible Seasons. Everyone Expected the Six Returning Letterman to Play Extremely Well, including Seniors Strong End/DE Lawrence Elkins, OT/DT Ronney Moore, OT/DT Mike Greer, Fullback/Linebacker A.D. Carnes, QB Jimmy Herman, and Junior Tailback/Safety Max Emfinger, but some of the Other Starters were just Plain Mind-Boggling, because No Other Players had any Experience on the Varsity.

In Finished The 1960 State Championship Season, I Rushed for 1,363-Yards and had 2,623-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage, Scored 10 Rushing Touchdowns, Threw Two Touchdown Passes to Elkins (San Angelo and Mineral Wells), Had Two 90-Yard Kickoff Returns for Touchdowns (Killeen and Weatherford), Had One 65-Yard Interception for a Touchdown (San Angelo), Had 4 Two-Point Conversions, Accounted-For 98-Points and Threw Two Touchdown Passesand Recorded 6 Interceptions on Defense, including Four Interceptions in One Game Against San Angelo and One Interception (Waco University and Graham).

In The 1961 Co-District Championship Season, I Rushed for 674-Yards and had 1,056-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage, Scored 9 Rushing Touchdowns, had Three Two-Point Conversions, 60-Points Scored and One Interception (Weatherford).

In 1959, As a Sophomore, With 177-Yards Rushing, 606-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage, Three Touchdowns, and One Two-Point ConversionMy Three-Year Varsity Career was as Follows:

2,214-Yards Rushing – 4,285-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage – 178-Points Scored – Two Touchdown Passes – 4 Interceptions in One Game – 7 Interceptions – 11.1 Yards Per Touch – 386 Touches –

Ben Elledge was a Super-Star Quarterback who was Fabulous as he led the Brownwood “B” Team to a Great 8-1 Season, Losing only to San Angelo Central, but then Beating Breckenridge Twice.

With the New Offense, using the 1-4 Cutback and 2-8 Cutback as Their Most Dominant Plays, it was of Vital Importance that the Two Offensive Guards and Center Needed to be Extremely Quick and Athletic and Senior Gerald Pitts at 149-Pounds and Junior Bobby Staudt at 162-Pounds were Incredible, to go with a 149-Pound Center David Smith in Pulling And Leading Through The HoleSpeedy Junior Wingbacks John Cadenhead at 152-Pounds and Junior Charles Coffey at 140-Pounds and Senior Strong End Lawrence Elkins at 178-Pounds would Double-Team the Defensive End. Junior Quarterback Ben Elledge, at 178-Pounds would join Fullback A.D. Carnes at 171-Pounds, and All Seven of These Super-Stars would Lead-Me around the Right End 1-4 Cutback or Left End 2-8 Cutback and then I would “Cutback” behind all of them for Huge Gains.

With Senior Ronney Moore at Strong Tackle, he would also be Blocking in the Cutback and Senior Mike Greer, who was the Weak-Side Tackle would go Downfield and Join Junior Quick End Eddie Daniel in making Key-Blocks in the Middle of the Field, after I had Broke-Away from all other Would-Be Tacklers.

On Defense, Juniors Ronnie Davis at 161-Pounds, Charles Coffey at 140-Pounds, and Terry Dummer at 165-Pounds were Extremely Great Defensive Players and Sometime Offensive Stars. Sophomores James Crow at 154-Pounds, Doug Young at 168-Pounds, Dale Wheelis at 184-Pounds and Grayson Wetzel at 150-Pounds were Outstanding Defensive Players, but Remember that all of the Starters played on Both Sides of the Line of Scrimmage.

Senior Quarterback Jimmy Herman at 149-Pounds and Senior Quick End Donnie Gersbach at 156-Pounds also made Great Offensive Plays as did Juniors Jimmy Thompson at 144-Pounds and Ronnie Middleton at 150-Pounds.

The 4-AAA 1960 All-District Team Included Several Brownwood Lions, including Quarterback Ben Elledge, Running Back Max Emfinger, Strong End Lawrence Elkins, and Quick Guard Gerald Pitts on Offense and on Defense with Tackle Ronney Moore, Linebacker A.D. Carnes, and Linebacker Eddie Daniel.

In that 1960 State Championship Game, I Rushed for 107-Yards on 16 Carries, had Two Pass Catches for 29-Yards, and a 46-Yard Kick-Off Return and Finished with 182 All-Purpose Yards and a 9.6-Yards Per Touch Average.

As a Football Player, in the Games that I Played-In, My High School Football Record was 28-2-1 in The Three Years on the Varsity Including a 1960 Football State Championship and then In Track, I was a Member of Two Regional Championships in 1960 and 1961 and a State Championship in 1962. I was the Only Three-Year Letterman in my 1962 Graduating Class in Both Football and Track.

After The 1961 Football Season, I was Selected All-District, All-Area, All-State, and All-American by Wigwam Wisemen of America. I was Very Excited about making The All-American Team as I joined Five other Brownwood High School Lion Legends, including some of my Heroes: QB Leondous Fry and OT Ben Woodson in 1952; RB Ray Masters in 1953; QB Tommy Butler in 1958; and End Lawrence Elkins in 1960.

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Brownwood Lions In Playoffs For First Time In Two Decades; Plus 1960 4-AAA ALL-DISTRICT DREAM-TEAM!

About this time in 1960, for the record, Brownwood High School Officially Selected their Class Favorite Personalities. Senior Class Favorites were Ronney Moore and Donna McBride; while Junior Class Favorites were Max Emfinger and Claudette Clark; and Sophomore Class Favorites were Grayson Wetzel and Carolyn Glass.

Lawrence Elkins was Mr. Witt and Carolyn Masters was Miss Witt; while Cheerleader Dennis Bloom was Mr. Spirit and Sherry Parker was Miss Spirit; and Eddie Daniel was Mr. Charm and Donna Dennis was Miss Charm.

Also, about this time, the 4-3A All-District Dream Team was Announced in Breckenridge as Selected by the 4-3A Head Coaches. Coach Gordon Wood and his Brownwood Lions, who swept through District 4-AAA play Unbeaten and they Earned Seven Super Players on the Offensive and Defensive “Dream-Team” that was chosen.

Close behind  the Lions in “Dream-Team” berths were Vernon and Graham with Six Players. Breckenridge and Mineral Wells played Three Players; while Weatherford had One Player.

Heading the “Dream-Team” of Returning All-District Players from the 1959 Season were Three Players, including Strong End Lawrence Elkins of Brownwood; Linebacker A.D. Carnes of Brownwood; and Running Back Kenneth Thetford of Graham.

1960 4-AAA ALL-DISTRICT DREAM-TEAM! 

Offense

ENDSLawrence Elkins, 175, Senior, Brownwood and Robert Rutledge, 180, Senior, Vernon – TACKLESJoe Clark, 190, Senior, Vernon and John Hayes, 200, Senior, Graham – GUARDS Gerald Pitts, 149, Senior, Brownwood and Leslie Nelson, 187, Junior, Vernon – CENTER Rodney Kelley, 185, Senior, Weatherford – QUARTERBACKBen Elledge, 175, Junior, Brownwood – RUNNING BACKMax Emfinger, 155, Junior, Brownwood; Kenneth Thetford, 160, Senior, Graham; and Buddy Langford, 155, Senior, Breckenridge – FULLBACKTroy Kennedy, 175, Junior, Breckenridge and Butch Luedtke, 185, Senior, Vernon.

SIDEBAR: The Late Troy Kennedy was my Next Door Neighbor and Best Friend in Brownwood for about Five Years until his Single-Mom was Offered a Great Job in Breckenridge, just before his Sophomore Season in Brownwood.

Defense

ENDS Joe Ball, 185, Senior, Graham and Jim Humphrey, 180, Junior, Mineral Wells – TACKLESRonney Moore, 188, Senior, Brownwood and Ken Bundick, 200, Senior, Graham – NOSE TACKLESJohn Cook, 175, Junior, Breckenridge and Wesley Nelson, 187, Junior, Vernon – LINEBACKERS A.D. Carnes, 170, Senior, Brownwood; Eddie Daniel, 165, Junior, Brownwood; Charles Daves, 170, Senior, Mineral Wells; and Jerry Tetmeyer, 140, Senior, Graham – DEFENSIVE BACKSJess Turner, 160, Senior, Mineral Wells and Jim Bob Bennett, 150, Senior, Graham.

The 1960 Brownwood High School Senior Football Honors went to the Following Players: Fullback/Linebacker, A.D. CarnesBest Blocker; Strong End/Defensive End, Lawrence ElkinsMost Valuable Player; Defensive Tackle/Offensive Tackle, Ronney MooreMost Valuable Defensive Player; and Quarterback, Jimmy HermanBest Sport.

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

The Unbelievable Story of Gordon Wood Who Was Probably Coach of the Century!

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It was in the Spring of 1960 and we had our First Meeting with our New Head Football Coach, Gordon Wood and he Gave-Us a Play Book that Read Brownwood High School Play Book. This Play Book was Given to me about 56-Years Ago and I am Currently Looking at My Brownwood Play Book that I have Used Many Times in my Lifetime.

FORWARD

Football is a Game of Life played on the Gridiron. It can very well be a reflection of what life holds for you in the Future. Your Reactions, Desire, Intent, and Attitude displayed in Football also displays the Type of Person you are and how you will React Down the Road of LifeRemember! Anything Worthwhile requires a Price. It must be Given a 100% Effort. Think in Terms of Success, Pay the Price, and be a Success. Form Good Habits and you will be Rewarded.

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN, YOU CAN!
(I Have UsedThis Poem For Many of My Life Successes)

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you would like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
It’s as true as the Stars in the skies
That out in the World you’ll find
Success begins in a fellows thoughts
It’s  ALL IN A STATE OF MIND!

Full many a race is lost
Ere ever a step is run,
And many a Task has failed
Before it was ever begun
Think Big and Your Deeds will grow
Think small and you’ll fall behind
Think that you can and you will,
It’s ALL IN A STATE OF MIND!

If you think you are out-classed, you are,
If you’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to think well of yourself
Before you can win a prize
Life’s battles doesn’t always go
To the Stronger or Faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the Fellow who THINKS HE CAN!

My Four Brownwood High School Coaches: Head Football Coach Gordon Wood (In Photo), Assistant Head Football Coach Morris Southall, Offensive Line Coach/Head Basketball Coach Pete Murrayand Head Track Coach Gus Snodgrass.

Coach Snodgrass was Selected into the 2000 Hall of Champions, along with Ray Masters, Lawrence Elkins, Jimmy Carmichael, and Tommy Vaughn. Coach Southall, Coach Murray, Coach Don Martin, and Coach Ken West, along with Coach Royce Blackburn were Selected into the 2009 Hall of Champions.

Coach Wood, Coach Southall, and Coach Snodgrass were also Selected into the Texas High School Hall of Fame, as Three of the Greatest High School Coaches in the History of Texas High School Sports.

Image result for brownwood coach pete murray photosFive Brownwood Hall of Champions Coaches: Include: L to R, Coach Ken West, Texas Hall of Fame Coach Morris Southall, Coach Donald MartinCoach Pete Murray, and Texas Hall of Fame Coach Gordon Wood.

One of the Funniest Moments that I had with Coach Wood was in the 1961 Vernon Game We had just Scored and we were Winning-Big and we had just Kicked-Off to Vernon and they Fumbled. On our First Down, we ran the ball to about the Five-Yard Line. Coach Wood did not want to Run-Up the Score, so he Sent-In the Field Goal Unit, in which I was the Right Blocking Back. Well! They Blocked the Kick and I looked over to my Right and the Football was “Just-Bouncing-Around” in the Flat, so I went over and Picked-Up the Football and Ran it in for a Touchdown.

But by Picking-Up the Loose Football and Scoring a Touchdown put me in Real Trouble with Coach Wood. When I got to the Sideline, everyone was Cheering Me, but Coach Wood pulled me over to the side and Really Blasted Me for “Running-Up” The Score. Later, we Laughed about it, but it certainly was not Funny at the Time, as we Won the Game by a 42-0 Score.

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Coach Southall and I were Great Friends.

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Coach Morris Southall was an Assistant Coach for more than 30-Years with Head Coach Gordon Wood, and the last 26 Years in Brownwood. Southall helped Win Seven Brownwood State Championships and 19 District Championships.

Coach Southall and I were Really Great Friends. He Taped my Ankles Every Single Day before Practice in 1960 and then in 1961, after I Strained my Knee in a Pre-Season Practice Game, he Taped my Knee for the Rest of the 1961 Season. The Funny Thing that I will always remember about Coach Southall and his Taping was that when he got through Taping, he would always grab a hair off of my leg.

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Coach Southall (In Photo) was an Incredible Coach and and an Even More Incredible as a Person. Most Assistant Coaches are always Looking to Become a Head Coach, but Coach Southall was Content to be the Assistant Head Coach with Coach Gordon Wood. He was so Well-Respected all over the State of Texas and he was Synonymous with Winning State Championships with Coach Gordon Wood. These Two Brownwood High School Hall of Fame Coaches were also Synonymous when Mentioning the Brownwood Lions Football Team.

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I also Remember that Two of his Sons, QB Terry Southall (#16) and QB Si Southall (#13) were Two of my Baylor Roommates. In the Summer of 1963, Baylor got Terry and I a Summer Job with a Midland Construction Guy who really did not have a Real Job for us, but he was Trying to Help Baylor Football Players with Summer Jobs. I will always Remember that Terry and I Found a “Huge Clearing in the Forest” and  Terry and I would Practice Running Pass Patterns in the Forest, where we were supposed to be working, but there really was no job for us and so we Worked on Throwing and Catching the Football.

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Then in 1971, when I went back to Baylor to work on my Masters Degree, I spent that Spring Semester, with Si Southall, in Room 333 in Martin Hall which was the Baylor Athletic Dorm. I was also the Assistant Dorm Director of Martin Hall.

I knew Shae Southall, but I did not know him like I knew Terry and Si Southall. Terry Southall went into the 2001 Hall of Champions and Si Southall went into 2005 Hall of Champions; while Shae Southall was Inducted into the 2007 Hall of Champions.

SIDEBAR: In 1992, when I Took My Quail Valley Little League Baseball Championship Team to the Waco Little League State Championship Tournament, our Quail Valley Little League Team also Stayed in Martin Hall and My Son, Eric, and I Stayed-In the Same Room 333 that I had Lived-In for Three and a Half Years, while I was at Baylor.

In May of 2010, after all of the Players and Managers on the 1960 Brownwood State Champion Team were Inducted into The 2010 Hall of Champions as a Team, I Received  a Note from Morris and Lorene Southall:

Congratulations! If I had a Special Team, it would be the “60-Team”. It was a Wonderful Experience. Thank Tour so much For Your Part in it. Your Mom and Dad would have been so Proud of You.”

Love,

Morris and Lorene Southall

On January 18, 2013, Coach Morris Southall, living in San Angelo, Texas, went to Heaven, after several days of Illness at Shannon Memorial Hospital in San Angelo, to Join his Best Friend, Coach Gordon Wood, in Heaven, in Coaching All of The Other “B” Boys in Putting Together another Heavenly State Championship Team.

 

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The Max Emfinger First Two Meetings and Very Last Meeting With Coach Gordon Wood! By Super Scout Max Emfinger – Best

My First Two Meetings And Very Last Meeting With Coach Gordon Wood!
By Max Emfinger

MY FIRST UNIQUE MOMENT WITH GORDON WOOD!

There were Three Classic Unique Moments That I Spent With Coach Gordon Wood and Those Three Moments were My Very First and Second Meetings and My Very Last Moment That I Spent with The Greatest Football Coach Ever on This PlanetCoach Gordon Wood.

There have been a lot of Different Stories about My First Meeting with Coach Gordon Wood. Remember, it was in The Spring of 1960 and We had Just Finished our 1959 Football Season with a District Championship Loss to Coach Emory Bellard and his Breckenridge Buckaroos.

Our Brownwood Football Coach, Coach Roland Warren, had just been Fired and my Two Good Friends, TE Lawrence Elkins and QB Ben Elledge and I were Working-Out on the Brownwood Lion Practice Field, right behind the Old Lion Football Stadium, just before we had  to go to Track Practice.

Ben had just thrown a Real Deep Pass Pattern to Lawrence and he was bringing the Football back to Ben. We had been Really Careful, because one of the Maintenance Men had left a Water Hose on the Practice Field and we wanted to be Really Careful, and not get Tangled-Up and maybe Sprain an Ankle by Running-Over One of the Hoses.

Then, at about the same time, We all Three Looked-Up and we saw this Old Man, that we thought was The New Maintenance Man, and he was coming toward us. I will Never Forget that we were getting ready to ask him if he would please Remove the Hoses and then he said: “How are you guys doing?”And we said we were doing fine.Then he said, “Are there any good Football Players in Brownwood and are you guys Football  Players?”

“Yes Sir, we are, I  said. “What do you do?”

“I’m The New Brownwood High School Football Coach,” The Old Man Said.

Of Course, By this time, we knew Something Strange Was Going-On and we All Three Realized that as he had Just Introduced Himself as Head Football Coach GordonWood; and he was going to be our New Brownwood Head Football Coach.

The Real Funny Thing Was that we had Never Heard of a Coach Gordon Wood, but we were Super Excited, and also because He Was Also Super Excited to be there and then to “Just-So-Happen” to Meet Three of his Future Super-Stars.

SIDEBAR: Some of The Other Reports on how Lawrence, Ben, and I Met For The First Time was either “A Made-Up Story” about that First Meeting or were Given Wrong Information, because This First Meeting with the Four of Us was an “Incredible and Exciting Meeting” and All Three Brownwood Football Players were “Exciting” and “Looking Forward” To Their First Official Meeting with Their New Head Football Coach, Gordon Wood.

MY FIRST GORDON WOOD TEAM MEETING!

Several Days Later, we had a “Big Football Team Meeting” and we got Even More Excited when we were Presented with our New Brownwood Play Book and we Already Knew that our Team was Going to Be Great.

“Unknowing to These Three Brownwood Football Players” that would later Commonly Be Referred To: “The Three E’s” of The 1960 State Championship Brownwood Lions; This Man Was Sent to The Brownwood Football Team By The Universe for A Very Special Mission and the Life of This Man and The Lives Of These Three Football Players Would Be Changed Forever.

It was in the Spring of 1960 and we had our First Team Meeting with our New Head Football Coach, Gordon Wood and he Gave-Us a Play Book that Read FOOTBALL Brownwood Lions High School Play Book. This Play Book was Given to me about 58-Years Ago and I am Currently Looking at My Brownwood Play Book that I have Used Many Times in my Lifetime.

BROWNWOOD FOOTBALL PLAY BOOK
THE FORWARD
By Gordon Wood

Football is a Game of Life played on the Gridiron. It can very well be a Reflection of What Life Holds for You in The Future. Your Reactions, Desire, Intent, and Attitude displayed in Football also displays The Type of Person That you Are and How You Will React Down the Road of Life.

RememberAnything Worthwhile Requires A Price. It must be Given a 100% Effort. Think in Terms of Success, Pay the Price, and Be A Success. Form Good Habits and You Will Be Rewarded.

On The First Page, Below THE FORWARD, The Following Poem Was included as Coach Gordon Wood Said;  “No Words can Express Our Philosophy Better than The Following Poem:

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN, YOU CAN!
(I Have Used This Poem For Many of My Life Successes)

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you would like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
It’s as true as the Stars in the skies
That out in the World you’ll find
Success begins in a fellows thoughts
It’s ALL IN A STATE OF MIND!

Full many a race is lost
Ere ever a step is run,
And many a Task has failed
Before it was ever begun
Think Big and Your Deeds will grow
Think small and you’ll fall behind
Think that you can and you will,
It’s ALL IN A STATE OF MIND!

If you think you are out-classed, you are,
If you’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to think well of yourself
Before you can win a prize
Life’s battles doesn’t always go
To the Stronger or Faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the Fellow who THINKS HE CAN!

MY VERY LAST MEETING WITH
COACH GORDON WOOD!

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In May of 2003I was Visiting My Mom in Brownwood, Texas and I went to The Old Dairy Maid and Had-Coffee with Coach Gordon WoodCoach Morris Southall, Coach Don Martin, Calvin Fryer, Grady Chastain, and a Few Other Coaches; plus some other Hall of Honor Board Members. After Our CoffeeCoach Wood told me To-Follow Him Back To His Brownwood Office, because he had something that he wanted to show me.

When we got back To His Office, Coach Wood showed me his 1960 State Championship Game Trophy Football, Right in The Middle of his Desk, where I was one of The First Brownwood Football Players to Sign It and I Had Signed My Name Right in The Middle of His Game Trophy F0otball.

Coach Wood then said: “From that Great Brownwood 1960 State Championship Football Team, Lawrence is Already in The Hall of Honor and Ronney will go into The Hall of Honor this year. MaxerYou and Ben will go into The Hall of Honor shortly after that.” I then asked: “Coacher,Would it Be Possible That Ben and I could go into The Hall of Honor Together,” and he said that he would see!

On the Day after My Fabulous Last Meeting With Coach Gordon Wood, I left Brownwood, Texas and I then drove Straight to Houston, Texas To-Tell the Great News of  My Great Meeting With Coach Wood to Ben Elledge. After Sharing the Story with Ben, we both were Extremely Excited and Were Extremely Hopeful that we could both Get Inducted into The Gordon Wood Hall of Honor in The Same Year.

OK, so Three of My 1960 State Championship Teammates Are Already Gordon Wood Hall of Honor Inductees Lawrence Elkins went into, The First Year, In The 2000 Hall of HonorRonney Moore went into The 2003 Hall of Honor in The Fall of 2003, and Ben Elledge went into The 2006 Hall of Honor. I was Present at All Three Inductees.

In 1961, In My Last Varsity GameWhen I Walked-Off The Football Field after Rushing-For 138-Yards and Returning Two Kickoffs For Another 66-Yards, Against Mineral Wells, Giving me 204-Yards of Total Offense, I Finished My Three-Year Brownwood Lion Football Career With The Following Stats: 

– 2,214-Yards Rushing – 4,285-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage – 178-Points Scored – 2 Touchdown Passes –
4 Interceptions in One Game – 7 Career Interceptions –
11.1-Yards Per Touch With 386 Touches.

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Ben Went Into The 2006 Hall of Honor, but then about 12 Years Later, I Received an Incredible Phone call.

On August 21, 2018, around 2:43 PM, I Got a Phone Call From an Old Friend and Gordon Wood Hall of Honor Inductee and Hall of Honor Board of Director, Jimmy Carmichael, and He Called because He Wanted to be The First To-Congratulate me on Being A 2018 Hall of Honor Inductee.

Then, on August 23, 2018, at 12:41, I Received Another Phone Call From Another Gordon Wood Hall of Honor Inductee and Hall of Honor Board of Director, Coach Royce West. Coach West was on The Coach Gordon Wood Stamford State Champs Team and then he came to Brownwood as a Brownwood High School Football Coach.

Coach West Also Called Me to Congratulate Me on Being Selected as One of The 2018 Gordon Wood Hall of Honor Inductee on November 9, 2018 in Brownwood, Texas, at an 11:30 Banquet.

Some Unbelievable Facts To Remember!

One of the Most Unbelievable Facts to Remember about This 1960 State Championship Team was that some of these Players, who had NEVER Played on the Varsity had Incredible Seasons. Everyone Expected the Six Returning Letterman to Play Extremely Well, including Seniors Strong End/DE Lawrence Elkins, OT/DT Ronney Moore, OT/DT Mike Greer, Fullback/Linebacker A.D. Carnes, QB Jimmy Herman, and Junior Tailback/Safety Max Emfinger, but some of the Other Starters were just Plain Mind-Boggling, because No Other Players had any Experience on the Varsity.

My Four Brownwood High School Coaches: Head Football Coach Gordon Wood, Assistant Head Football Coach Morris Southall, Offensive Line Coach/Head Basketball Coach Pete Murrayand Head Track Coach Gus Snodgrass.

With the New Offense, using the 1-4 CUTBACK and 2-8 CUTBACK as their Most Dominant Plays, and I was the Starting Tailback, it was of Vital Importance that the Two Offensive Guards and Center Needed to be Extremely Quick and Athletic and Senior Gerald Pitts at 149-Pounds and Junior Bobby Staudt at 162-Pounds were Incredible, to go with a 149-Pound Center David Smith in Pulling And Leading Through The Hole. Speedy, Junior Wingbacks John Cadenhead at 152-Pounds and Junior Charles Coffey at 140-Pounds and Senior Strong End Lawrence Elkins at 178-Pounds would Double-Team the Defensive EndJunior Quarterback Ben Elledge, at 178-Pounds would join Fullback A.D. Carnes at 171-Pounds, and All Seven of These Super-Stars Would Lead-Me Around The Right End on a 1-4 Cutback or Left End on a 2-8 Cutback and Then I would “Cutback” Behind all of them for Huge Gains.

With Senior Ronney Moore at Strong Offensive Tackle, he would also be Blocking in the Cutback and Senior Mike Greer, who was The Weak-Side Tackle Would Go Downfield and Join Junior Quick End Eddie Daniel in making Key-Blocks in the Middle of the Field, after I had Broke-Away from all other Would-Be Tacklers.

Everyone who has ever played for Coach Gordon Wood, knows that those Two Plays (1-4 CUTBACK and 2-8 CUTBACK) were the Tailback Running Right and Left with Seven Blockers Leading the Way and I was The Tailback in 1960 and 1961.  

On Defense, Juniors Ronnie Davis at 161-Pounds, Charles Coffey at 140-Pounds, and Terry Dummer at 165-Pounds were Extremely Great Defensive Players and Sometime Offensive Stars. Sophomores James Crow at 154-PoundsDoug Young at 168-Pounds, Dale Wheelis at 184-Pounds and Grayson Wetzel at 150-Pounds were Outstanding Defensive Players, but Remember that all of the Starters played on Both Sides of the Line of Scrimmage.

Senior Quarterback Jimmy Herman at 149-Pounds and Senior Quick End Donnie Gersbach at 156-Pounds also made Great Offensive Plays as did Juniors Jimmy Thompson at 144-Pounds and Ronnie Middleton at 150-Pounds.

The 4-AAA 1960 All-District Team Included Several Brownwood Lions, including Quarterback Ben Elledge, Running Back Max Emfinger, Strong End Lawrence Elkins, and Quick Guard Gerald Pitts on Offense and on Defense with Tackle Ronney Moore, Linebacker A.D. Carnes, and Linebacker Eddie Daniel.

In that 1960 State Championship Game, I Rushed for 107-Yards on 16 Carries, had Two Pass Catches for 29-Yards, and a 46-Yard Kick-Off Return and Finished with 182 All-Purpose Yards and a 9.6-Yards Per Touch Average.

As a Football Player, in the Games that I Played-In, My High School Football Record was 28-2-1 in The Three Years on the Varsity Including a 1960 Football State Championship and then In Track, I was a Member of Two Regional Championships in 1960 and 1961 and a State Championship in 1962. I was the Only Three-Year Letterman in my 1962 Graduating Class in Both Football and Track.

After The 1961 Football Season, I was Selected All-District, All-Area, All-State, and All-American by Wigwam Wisemen of America. I was Very Excited about making The All-American Team as I joined Five other Brownwood High School Lion Legends, including some of my Heroes: QB Leondous Fry and OT Ben Woodson in 1952; RB Ray Masters in 1953; QB Tommy Butler in 1958; and End Lawrence Elkins in 1960.

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The Max Emfinger Brownwood High School Profile! – Best

The Max Emfinger Brownwood High School Profile!

As a Senior, I was Being Recruited-Off of The Brownwood High School Football Team in Brownwood, Texas where I was a member of The Brownwood High School 1960 Texas 3A High School State Football Championship Team as a Junior. Also as a Senior, I was Team Captain of The Brownwood High School Track Team that won the 1962 Texas 3A State Track Championship. I was a Two-Time All-State Football Player and I was High Point Man at the 1962 Texas 3A State Championship Track Meet. Both State Championships Were The First In The History of Brownwood High School Athletics.

Image may contain: 1 person, smilingMax Emfinger Three-Year Varsity Career as Follows:

2,214-Yards Rushing – 4,285-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage – 178-Points Scored – Two Touchdown Passes – and Seven Interceptions.

In My Three-Year Varsity Career, With My 4,285-Yards of  Total All-Purpose Yards, I Averaged 11.1-Yards Per Touch on 386-Touches.

I Was Also Responsible for Scoring a Touchdown In Seven Different Ways, including Rushing, Pass Receiving, Kickoff Return, Punt Return, Defensive Fumble Return Recovery for Touchdown, Interception Return for Touchdown, and I also Threw Two Touchdown Passes to Lawrence Elkins (San Angelo Central and Mineral Wells).

I also Recorded Six Interceptions in The 1960 State Championship Season, including Four Interceptions in The San Angelo Central Opening Game and Two More Interceptions (Waco University and Graham) and One Interception in The 1961 Season Against Weatherford.

Also, In Football, I was the Leading Rusher and Leading Scorer on The 1960 State Championship Football Team with 1,363-Yards Rushing Yards and Again in 1961 with 674-Yards. In 1960, I also Scored 10 Rushing Touchdowns and 4 Two-Point Conversions for 68-Points. I also Returned Two 90-Yard Kickoff Returns For a Touchdown (Killeen and Weatherford); Had One 65-Yard Interception Return for a Touchdown (San Angelo); and Passed For Two Touchdowns (San Angelo and Mineral Wells); giving me 98-Points Accounted-For in The 1960 State Championship Football Season.

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As a Football Player, in 31 Games that I Played-In, My Win-Loss Record was 28-2-1 in The Three Years on the Varsity Including a 1960 Football State Championship. I did not Play in 1959 San Angelo or 1961 Thomas Jefferson Losses. Then In Track, I was a Member of Two Regional Championships in 1960 and 1961 and a State Championship in 1962. I was the Only Three-Year Letterman in my 1962 Graduating Class in Both Football and Track.

After The 1961 Season, I Was Selected All-District, All-Area, All-State, and All-American by Wigwam Wisemen of America. I was Excited about making This All-American Team as I joined Five other Brownwood High School Legends, including QB Leondous Fry and OT Ben Woodson in 1952; RB Ray Masters in 1953; QB Tommy Butler in 1958; and End Lawrence Elkins in 1960.

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Fifty Years Later in 2010 –

One of the Funniest Moments that I had with Coach Gordon Wood was in the 1961 Vernon Game. We had just Scored and we were Winning-Big and we Kicked-Off to Vernon and they Fumbled. On our First Down, we ran the Football Down-To-The-Five-Yard Line. Coach Wood did not want to Run-Up the Score, so he Sent-In the Field Goal Unit, and I was the Right Blocking Back. Well! They Blocked Our Field Goal Kick and I looked over to my Right and the Football was Just-Bouncing-Around” in The Flat, so I went over and Picked-It Up and Ran For a Touchdown.

But byPicking-Up The Loose Football” and Scoring a Touchdown put me in Real Trouble with Coach Wood. When I got to the Sideline, everyone was Cheering Me, but Coach Wood pulled me over to the side and Really Blasted Me for “Running-Up” The Score. Later, we Laughed about it, but it certainly was not Funny at the Time, as we Won the Game by a 42-0 Score.

 

4,285-Yards of Career Total Offense

11.1-Yards Per Touch – 3 Years
27 Touchdowns Accounted-For and 170 Points

1961 – Wigwam Wisemen of America High School All-American Team. Previous Brownwood Players included 1952 – QB Leondous Fry and OT – Ben Woodson; 1953 – RB Ray Masters1958 – QB Tommy Butler; 1960 – WR Lawrence Elkins; and 1961 – RB Max Emfinger.

Brownwood Junior High School
Ninth Grade, Class Favorite, 1958, Brownwood, TX
Ninth Grade, Most Versatile Boy, 1958, Brownwood, TX
Ninth Grade, Class Vice President, 1958, Brownwood, TX
Freshman All-School Choir Vice President, 1958, Brownwood, TX

Brownwood High School
Royal Ambassadors, Baseball State Champs, 1958 and 1959, Brownwood, TX

VP, Brownwood High School Student Body, 1959, Brownwood, TX
President, Sophomore A Cappella Choir, 1959, Brownwood, TX
Top Rusher and Scorer, Texas Football State Champs, 1960, Brownwood, TX
Congress, House of Rep, American Legion Boys State, 1961, Brownwood, TX

City Athletic Director, American Legion Boys State, 1961, Brownwood, TX
Wigwam Wisemen Football All-American, 1961, Brownwood, TX
Junior Class Favorite, 1961, Brownwood, TX
All-Region Choir, 1962, Brownwood, TX

State Meet High Point Man,Track State Champs, 1962, Brownwood, TX
Member, 440-Relay – School Record, 42.2 Clocking, Brownwood, TX

Member, Mile Relay – School Record, 3:21.1 Clocking, Brownwood, TX

Baylor University
Freshman Football Leading Rusher, All-SWC Team, 1962, Waco, TX
Vice President, Baylor Freshman Class, Spring, 1963, Waco, TX
Vice President, Baylor Freshman A Cappella Choir, 1963, Waco, TX
Baylor BRH A Cappella Choir, 1966-67, Waco, TX
Cliff Barrows and the Gang Choir – Word Records, 1967, Waco, TX

Vice President, A Cappella Choir, Spring, 1967, Waco, TX
A Cappella Choir Performance, Carnegie Hall, Spring, 1967, New York, NY
AKPsi Intramural Chairman, Baylor Intramural Champs, 1967 Waco, TX

United States Navy
Player/Coach/MVP, Navy Rice Bowl Football Champs, 1967, Guam, MI

Player/Coach, All-Greater Pacific Football Champs, 1967, Tokyo, Japan
Player, All-Greater Pacific Softball Champs, 1968, Guam, MI

All-Greater Navy Volleyball Pacific Champs, 1968, Honolulu, Hawaii

Scouting
Graduate Assistant Coach, North Texas, 1973, Denton, TX

Recruiting Coordinator, North Texas, 1974-75, Denton, TX
Football Super Scout, Dallas Cowboys, 1975-76, Dallas, TX

Midland Jaycees
Texas Jaycees State Director, The Midland Jaycees, 1977-78, Midland, TX
Jaycee Of The Month For Starting 4 Jaycee Chapters, 1978, Midland, TX
United States Presidential Jaycees Award of Honor, 1978, Midland, TX
Texas Jaycees District Director, Midland Jaycees, 1979, Midland, TX
Jaycee Of The Month For Starting 3 Jaycee Chapters, 1979, Midland, TX
United States Presidential Jaycees Award of Honor, 1979, Midland, TX

Coaching and Scouting
HC, Mount Carmel Freshman Football District Champs, 1969, Houston, TX
Founder of MEARS PLAYER RATING SYSTEM, 1979, Dallas, TX

Founder of First High School Football Recruiting Service, 1979, Houston, TX
Six-Time Houston Chronicle City Softball Champs, 1987-1992, Houston, TX

Founder of First Super Select Baseball Team, 1990, Houston, TX
Eight-Time Select Baseball Texas State Champs, 1990-92, Houston, TX
Founder of First HS 7 on 7 National Championship, 2001, Houston, TX
Founder of 13 High School All-American Bowl Games, 2005, Shreveport, LA
Founder of Super Elite Top Gun Camp and Combine, 2007, Honolulu, HI
Super Scout, Lestini Free Agent Super Camp And Combine, 2013, Mobile, AL

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