Most Unbelievable Facts To Remember
About The 1960 Brownwood High School Football Texas State Championship!
By Max Emfinger
One of the Most Unbelievable Facts to Remember about The Brownwood High School 1960 Texas 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 Finishing 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 Passes, and 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 Conversion; My 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 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 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. All of these Players have been Selected to The Gordon Wood Hall of Champions.