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Rewind for 9/2/14

Rewind
September - 50 Years Ago
 
San Antonio Express - Sunday, Sept. 13, 1964
 
WE'VE GOT THE PEP - San Antonio's high school cheerleaders are full of pep and energy as football season gets under way.  It's an honor to be selected to cheer your team on to victory and it's hard work, too.  These students put in many hours perfecting their favorite yells as they prepare to fight for their teams come rain, sleet or snow.  From left to right are Valerie Anderson, Jefferson; Gloria Cantu, Edgewood; Barbara Dear, Holmes; Anna Avey, Highlands; Nan Bingaman, Sam Houston; Cynthia Valdez, Tech; Sylvia Melendes, Burbank.  From now to Thanksgiving, it's "Go Team Go".
 
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Highlands - September Football Games
Sept. 12 - Brackenridge
Sept. 18 - at Victoria
Sept. 25 - Corpus Christi Miller
 
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San Antonio Express - Saturday, Sept. 12, 1964
Photos - James Armstrong, Highlands Tailback; Terry McCarty, Edison Quarterback; William Hines, Brackenridge Fullback
 
A Southside showdown, matching the Brackenridge Eagles with the Highland Owls, heads a three-game high school program Saturday that makes up in quality for any shortage in number of games.  Austin Johnston plays the McCollum Cowboys at Harlandale Stadium in the other local contest.  The Edison Bears open their season against the rugged Stephen F. Austin Maroons at Austin's Nelson Field.  It is the first regular season meeting between Highlands and Brackenridge since the Highlands school was built six years ago and most of the student body moved to the new structure from Brackenridge.  Such a game is expected to give Alamo Stadium its largest crowd of the youthful season, and possibly one of the largest of the year.
Two Answers Needed
There are two questions to be answered in the game, with the number one question being how well the Brackenridge club will function without Warren McVea, the dazzler who led the Eagles to three straight championships in District 16-AAAA.  McVea was the key man in breaking up the bidistrict game between Brackenridge and Highlands in 1962 as the Eagles grabbed a 21-3 verdict and started the sensational march to the state Class AAAA championship.  It was the only meeting between the schools.  The other unresolved question is how well Highlands has adapted to the changes made by its new coach, Warren Wyble, who took over from Roy Wallace this fall.  Most of the changes have been defensive moves, and those are the kind that can cause the most trouble. 
Green Personnel
Highlands returns only four lettermen, so the Owls can plead inexperience - something that will be remedied quickly with the schedule calling for Brackenridge, Victoria and Corpus Christi Miller in quick succession.  That's a program that could lead to three losses without embarrassment.  James Armstrong, the fleet wingback who has been converted to a tailback, is the only Highlands returning starter.  Brackenridge lost the remainder of the great state championship personnel except for William Hines, the towering end, who is getting a trial as a fullback.  Coach Weldon Forren may have to limit the fancy offensive maneuvers somewhat, but he expects a swift backfield and a stubborn line from the present group.  Quarterback Bennie Ramon and halfbacks, Richard Mays and George Paxton are qualified performers.  Edison has another burly line, and hopes to produce fireworks with wingback Doug Belzung, the state champion low hurdler, and quarterback, Terry McCarty as the trouble makers.  Austin returns 20 lettermen from the team that whipped the Bears, 20-6, in last year's meeting, and the running backs, Bob Ammann, Dick Payton and fullback Chuck Johnson, have each won two letters.
12 Lettermen on Hand
Austin Johnston has 12 returning lettermen from its District 13-AAA championship squad with which to challenge McCollum.  The Rams included a 20-6 victory over McCollum in last year's 8-2-1 record.  This is the first time in the three-year history of McCollum that Coach Skippy Jobson has had a squad with a full complement of seniors available.  The school started with basically a sophomore class.  The Cowboys developed rapidly last year, finishing with a 5-5 record in Distrit 16-AAAA, and are hoping to cash in on the experience gained during the two initial seasons.
 
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Do you remember who won the first game of the season?
Was it Highlands or Brackenridge?
Tomorrow this Home Page will include the newspaper articles reporting the Highlands-Brackenridge game results and the "high school football standings" after the first games of the year.
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San Antonio Express - Sunday, Sept. 13, 1964
Photo - Coming Down Highlands' Fred Bey took a pitchout and rambled wide for five yards on this play before being caught by one leg by Brackenridge's William Hines.  The play worked to the Eagles' 35 yard line.  Highlands won the game. 
 
It was the Highlands Owls that produced all the fireworks Saturday night as quarterback Robert Alvarez threw three touchdown passes in presenting the new head coach, Warren Wyble, with a 38-13 victory over the Brackenridge Eagles before 8,950 fans in Alamo Stadium.  The score was a shocker in itself, but the manner in which the Highlands crew manhandled the Eagles was beyond the belief of Brackenridge backers who have vivid memories of the torrid touchdown machinery of the last two years.  Highlands ran up a 30-0 score in the first three periods and used four teams before the night was over.  The Owls raced for 234 yards, 134 overland and 121 through the air, while Brackenridge had a miseraable minus six yards rushing and 109 passing, all the latter coming in the final quarter.  Alvarez passsed for 17 yards to James Armstrong, and 14 yards and 40 yards to Don Corson for a pair of touchdowns.  Fred Bey, a solid running 152 pound tailback, ran 15 yards for another touchdown, and the last tally came when end Leo Dye made a one-handed grab of a wild Brackenridge pitchout and raced 89 yards down the sidelines.  Four times the Owls converted with double points, Alvarez running for one, fullback Athanial Arnic plunging for one, Bey running for another, and Chuck Hixson passing to Bill Sanders for the last one.  Highlands went for two each time after missing for the first kick attempt.  Brackenridge learned that this was 1964 A.M. (After McVea).  No longer did Warren McVea, who set all of the city's scoring records in his three-year career in an Eagle uniform, have defenders moving out of position every time he raised an eyebrow.  It was work for everything, and the Eagles weren't in a working frame of mind this night.  William Hines, a stout Brackenridge defender, set up the first Eagle score by blocking an Owl punt at the Highlands eight yard line.  On the third play Bennie Ramon went around left end on a rollout for the first Eagle touchdown.  A 47 yard pass from Ramon to Auralious Brooks, who took the ball as he stumbled into the end zone, gave the Eagles a second touchdown with 47 sec- (see Highlands page 4-C)
 
 
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San Antonio Express - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1964
 
 
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