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October 1964 - 50 Years Ago
San Antonio Express - Saturday, Oct 3, 1964
The Highlands Owls, after giving away two scoring opportunities, struck through the air Friday night to defeat the Harlingen Cardinals, 21-0, at Alamo Stadium. 
Quarterback Robert Alvarez passed 14 yards to Mark Hasson for the first Highlands TD with just 3:32 left in the first half. 
Less than three minutes later, with 35 seconds still remaining before intermission, Alvarez passed to James Armstrong on a play that covered 44 yards for the second Owl marker. 
Armstrong added extra points after each touchdown and Highlands held a 14-0 halftime advantage. 
Highlands' third touchdown came midway through the fourth quarter, Alvarez racing four yards into the end zone.  Armstrong again booted the extra point. 
Until the fading minutes of the first half, neither team acted like it was much interested in winning the non-district game.  Each let two scoring opportunities get away. 
The visitors blew their scoring chances first.  
The Cardinals moved into striking distance with a 23 yard dash by Victor Bay on a triple reverse.  Hasson finally knocked him out of bounds at the Highlands 10. 
Hasson, James Hughes and Jake Henshaw led the defensive charge that allowed Harlingen only one yard on the next three plays and a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
Highlands took over and James Armstrong moved the ball out to the 14.  But on second down he fumbled and Ruben Elizondo fell on it for Harlingen at the 11.
Gerald Whiteside and Hays took turns nailing Card runners and when the dust cleared, the Owls took over on downs out at the 24.
Highlands first big break came late in the first period when the visitors gambled on a fourth and 9 situation from their own 38.  The ball carrier, Billy Jones, was dropped on the 35 by George Cook and the Owls were in business.  But they could get no closer than the 17 before giving up the ball on downs.
(If anyone has a clearer copy of this newspaper photo of James Armstrong, please contact us and we will display it here instead of this poor copy found on
San Antonio Express - Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1964
San Antonio Express - Saturday, Oct. 10, 1964
Highlands' Owls and the Central Catholic Buttons both boasting 3-1 records, reach the midway mark of their regular season schedules with an 8:30 p.m. clash at the stadium.
San Antonio Express - Sunday, Oct. 11, 1964
San Antonio Express - Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1964
San Antonio Express - Thursday, Oct. 15, 1964
Alamo Heights will be breaking in a new quarterback Thursday night as the Mules and the Highlands Owls open the District 15-AAAA championship race at 7:45 p.m. in Alamo Stadium.
Duane Lardon, a 160-pound junior, was suddenly handed the signal calling chores for the Mules after a shoulder separation put veteran Pat Bailey on the sidelines for the year.  An operation has been performed to pin the shoulder together.
Highlands, which has gained the reputation of being the surprise team in 15-AAAA, will be playing its first league game for Coach Warren Wyble, who took ove the reins this season.
The Owls have a 3-1-1 record, having bounced Brackenridge 38-13, Corpus Christi Miller, 14-7 and Harlingen, 21-0.  It was not surprising that Highlands lost to Victoria, 34-0, since Victoria is ranked with the top five clubs in the state, but it was shocking even to Wyble when the Owls were tied by Central Catholic, 0-0, last Saturday night.
"We just didn't do anything right - penalties, fumbles, missed assignments breaking every drive," said Wyble, who hopes the mistakes are out of the system.
"Any team that beat Corpus Christi Miller deserves plenty of respect, and we are trying to impress that on our team," said Alamo Heights Coach Jim Nelson.
The Mules lost to Miller, 28-14, for half of their losses in a 3-2 non-district season.  Alamo Heights beat Fox Tech, 23-0, Bryan 6-0 and McCollum, 14-6.  The other loss was to Austin Travis, 20-6.
Manning the Mule secondary along with Lardon will be Steve Seiler at tailback, Tony Arevalo at fullback and Graham Montgomery at wingback.  The line will have Greg Hansen and Tom Marchbanks, ends; James Arnold and Kent Lucas, tackles; Bob Bourgeois and Bill Moore, guards; and Greg Jones, center.
Opening for Highlands will be Don Corson and Jack Martin, ends; Gerald Whiteside and Rod Hays, tackles; Jake Henshaw and Geoge Cook, guards; Ray Waugh, center; Robert Alvarez, quarterback; Athanial Arnic, fullback; Mark Hasson, wingback; and either James Armstrong or Fred Bey at tailback.
HIGHLANDS MIDDLEMAN - Center Ray Waugh, 170-pound senior, is the man who gets things started for the Highlands Owls when he snaps the ball Thursday night against the Alamo Heights Mules in Alamo Stadium.
San Antonio Express - Friday, Oct. 16, 1964
Alamo Heights may be a stronghold of conservatism politically, but the Highlands Owls were the most cautious athletically in taking a 13-0 victory over the Mules in the District 15-AAAA opener Thursday night.
There was little excitement for the 4,802 fans in Alamo Stadium as Highlands marched 70 yards overland the first time it had the football and then played for the breaks, which were a long time in coming. 
Finally a fumbled punt set up a fourth period Highlands touchdown as the Owls became the first-night leader of the league.
James Armstrong went 18 yards through left tackle for the first touchdown on the long drive, which almost stalled at the Mule 29-yard line.  There were 14 plays, and most of the playing time of the first quarter was eaten up by the drive.
Alamo Heights almost had the Owls stopped, and on fourth down Highlands moved into a punting formation from the Mule 29-yard line - a conservative method of position football.  But a Mule lineman jumped offside, and the penalty moved the Owls within inches of a first down.  That changed the strategy, and the Owls got the yardage to keep the drive going until Armstrong scored
Highlands passed up fourth down and short yardage situations twice later in the game to kick and keep the Mules playing in Alamo Heights territory.  This too paid off in the fourth quarter when Graham Montgomery bobbled a Highlands punt and Mark Hasson collapsed on the ball at the Mule 14-yard line. 
On the second play Robert Alvarez flipped an 11 yard pass to Hasson for the score.  Armstrong had converted after the first touchdown, but missed the second try.
Alamo Heights got to the Highlands 29-yard line twice.  That was the deepest penetration by the Mules.  A fumble by Gerald Stone stopped the first move and the final gun halted the second.
The touchdown pass was Highlands' only completion of the night with the ground game eating up 172 yards, of which Alvarez had 59 and Armstrong 58, each on nine carries.  A.D. Arnic gained 36 yards on 12 plunges from fullback.
Steve Seiler had 54 yards on 14 carries for Alamo Heights.  Montgomery gained 34 yards on five carries and Tony Arevala 2 on seven.
Rod Hays, a lanky 195 pound Highlands tackle, led the Owl defensive charges, and was largely responsible for the minus - 12 yardage charged to Duane Lardon, the Mule quarterback who relieved Pat Bailey this week.
Jake Henshaw, George Cook and Gerald Whiteside were other Highlands linemen forcing their way into the thick of things.  Barry Halleron, James Arnold, Chuck Converse and Greg Hansen performed yeoman duty for the Mules.
The victory gave Highlands a 4-1-1 report card for the season.  Heights now is 3-3.
San Antonio Express - Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1964
San Antonio Express - Saturday, Oct. 24, 1964
Vol vs. Owl - D.R. Nelson, left, is a likely starter at quarterback for Lee when the Vols face Highlands at Alamo Stadium Saturday night.  Tom Morgan, the regular occupant of the position, has an ankle injury that may keep him out of action.  At right is Robert Alvarez, whose passing is an important factor in the Owls' offense.
The list atop the heap in District 15-AAAA will be cut by one when the defending champion Robert E. Lee Volunteers and the Highlands Owls tangle at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in Alamo Stadium. 
Lee opened defense of its crown with a 26-8 victory over Edison last week that boosted its season record to 4-2.  Highlands blanked Alamo Heights, 13-0, in its district opener to put its year reading to 4-1-1. 
MacArthur, also tied for the lead, will drop a half-game behind because it is idle for the weekend.
The Vols of Coach Kirk Drew may have to depend on reserve quarterback D.R. Nelson.  Regular signal caller Tom Morgan, whose 42 points give him a share of the district's individual scoring lead, twisted an ankle last week and is a doubtful performer.
Highlands hopes will ride with the running of James Armstrong and the passing of Robert Alvarez to Mark HassonHasson has scored four times to pace the Owl point makers.
Lee's chief scoring threats for the game will be Larry Townsend and Pat Sheehan.  Sheehan has scored 26 points and Townsend 25.
San Antonio Express - Sunday, Oct. 25, 1964
The Highlands Owls came off of the roost like a jet plane and finished the same way to upset the Robert E. Lee Volunteers, 20-16, Saturday night and take over first place in District 15-AAAA.
Coach Warren Wyble's Owls ran up two early touchdowns before the defending champion Volunteers were aware there was a game going on, and then after the shock of absorbing the rebounding Vols, the Owls drove to the winning score with 2:01 left in the contest. 
Fullback A.D. Arnic got the first two touchdowns for Highlands on blasts of 4 and 1 yards after the Owls had controlled the ball for 26 plays to three for Lee during the first 13 minutes of the game.  James Armstrong converted once for a 13-0 Highlands lead.
Fittingly the winning touchdown went to Highlands quarterback Robert Alvarez, who sat out two periods with a bruised leg, but came back into the game to spark the winning 48 yard march before 9,796 fans.
The Owls were like two different teams, one that moved with Alvarez at the controls, and one that stuttered along otherwise.  Alvarez got one vital first down on a fourth down play, and connected on two passes for 26 yards during the touchdown drive before knifing for the final yard.  Armstrong again converted.
In between the two Highlands flurries, Lee played with all the determination that marked their championship crew by utilizing a safety and touchdown marches of 49 and 59 yards to gain the upper hand, 16-13, with 6:08 left in the game.
The safety was a present when a Highlands center snap sailed into the end zone and the ball had to be grounded by the intended punter, Greg Fehrenkamp.
Following the kickoff, Lee rumbled in to score with Pat Sheehan plunging over from the 4 yard line with 1:20 left in the first half.
Sheehan got the second with a 1-yard scamper around right end after Tommy Wirth had sparked a Volunteer march.  Wirth did run over the two extra points.
It was a bruising game with many youngsters limping off to nurse bruises from the line work provided by Rod Hays, Gerald Whiteside, George Cook, and Alfred DeSoto of the Owls  and from Glenn Graef, Bill Viner, Bobby Bohrer, Wirth and Larry Townsend of the Vols.
Sheehan was the game's top gainer with 64 yards on 18 carries, but Wirth got 52 on 9 tries for Lee when the strategy called for him to carry on smashes from wingback.  Thirty-four of Wirth's yards came on six carries in the final march.  Townsend was halted with 12 yards on 7 carries.
James Armstrong had 61 yards on 15 tries for Highlands; Arnic 48 on 14 trips; Alvarez 42 on 10 tries; and Mark Hasson 38 on four, the latter getting 36 yards on two reverses during the opening touchdown march.  It was a 39 yard run by Alvarez  that set up the second Highlands score.
With the victory, Highlands is on top by a half game (2-0) over MacArthur (1-0).  The Brahmas were idle this week.  Lee dropped into a tie for third with Alamo Heights (1-1), while Edison (0-1) and Jefferson (0-2) complete the standings.
Lee was hampered throughout in use of its quarterback option series with Tom Morgan sidelined by injuries.  However, D.R. Nelson had a find passing night, hitting his first four throws for 68 yards.
Highlands Touchdown - A.D. Arnic gets the first touchdown for Highlands as he plunges over the goal line on a play which went for three yards.  Lee defenders shown are Tommy Wirth (40) and Paul Griffith (30).
San Antonio Express - Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1964
The "Highlands Fight Song" has been moved to a new link shown on the left side of this page.  Now you can hear the Highlands High School band playing "Ring of Fire".  Two newspaper articles from October, 1964 have been added regarding the Highlands band.


San Antonio Express - Friday, Oct. 2, 1964
The HHS band participated in a flag raising ceremony at the Texas PGA golf tournament.
Later in the month of October - 1964, the Highlands band presented a 30 minute concert at the Texas State Teachers Association annual convention.
San Antonio Express - Friday, Oct. 23, 1964
In Other News ...
Classmates who worked on the Tartan newspaper staff  would submit articles to the San Antonio Express to be included in the Sunday section of the newspaper called "The Young News".
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Article from "The Young News" - Sunday, Oct. 15, 1964
From "The Young News" - Sunday, Oct. 11, 1964
San Antonio Express - Sunday, Oct. 18, 1964
San Antonio Express - Sunday, Oct. 11, 1964
Our classmate, Arthur Vega, was one of the first ten men to cross the finish line at the 10-mile Track Marathon sponsored by the Downtown YMCA.
San Antonio Express - Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1964
San Antonio Express - Friday, Oct. 9, 1964
Teena Texas Contest at Joske's
Contestants from Highlands:
Liz Eubanks - HHS '65
Marsha Mowrey - HHS '66
Sally McCarty - HHS '65