Sunday, July 13, 2008

4A-5 District Champions - 1962

Our 1962 football team managed to win the first district championship in Highlander history. The offense was not good, but the defense was excellent and we had a good little punter named Roby Morris who may still hold a record for his 94-yard punt against Carter Riverside.

The team managed to hold the opponents to an average 1-point deficit per game in establishing a 7-4 record for the season and 5-1 in the district, losing only to North Side and its remarkable QB, Raymond Davila who was subsequently named the outstanding 4A-5 back for that season. There were only 2 All District 1st team players named by both Ft. Worth newspapers, Sam Scott (FB) and Paul Shields (E) and those spots were named to the defensive all district squad. Bobby Keener (T) was named by one of the newspapers to a 1st team defensive tackle spot as well garnering an All State honorable mention honors.

Other Honorable mentions to the All District 4A-5 teams were Tom Koebernick (LB), Ted Harris (LB), Roby Morris (QB), Max Rhodes (E), and Steve Means (G). Highlights of the season were a 1-point victory over the perennial district power, Paschal and a 2-point victory over Arlington Heights. Lowlights were a 15-36 aerial blowout by North Side and an entirely ineffective bi-district match against Dallas Samuel, 0-7.

Lettermen from this team were: Sam Scott (Sr-3), Paul Shields (Sr-1), Ted Harris (Jr-1), Bobby Keener (Sr-2), Roby Morris (Jr-2), Max Rhodes (Sr-1), Steve Means (Sr-2), David Bane (Sr-1), Gene Cartwright (Sr-2), Sam Bartholomew (Sr-1), Phil Nixon (Sr-2), Tom Koebernick (Sr-2), Louis Miller (Sr-2), Steve Rose (Jr-1), Ray Avery (Jr-1), Jimmy Aitken (Sr-1), Bill Winkler (Sr-1), Leo Luebbehusen (Sr-1), Mike Latham (Sr-1), Scotty Locke (Sr-1), LeRoy Gast (Jr-1), Bob Ladd (Sr-2), and Bruce Butler (Sr-1).

The Cuban Missile Crisis played out during the 1962 season and a lot of the girls wanted to get married in a hurry. JFK’s Camelot had only one more year left and Vietnam was just glowing on the horizon.