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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
The most exciting game of the year was a
non-conference contest against La Grange. With
both teams still scoreless, the Cardinals had the
ball on the Leopard 15 yard line with three sec-
onds left in the game. Boldly, they gave the
ball to team star Jerry Barak, and, following a
clearing block by quarterback J. D. Nelson,
Barak rambled around right end for the game-
Coach: Dewey Brown; Record: 8-1 (beat Smiley
6-0, beat Sealy 14-6, beat Ganado 26-6, beat
Boling-Newgate 7-6, beat Flatonia 21-0, beat
La Grange 7-0, beat Lexington 26-9, lost to
Bastrop 13-6, beat Schulenburg 20-0)
With successful coach Dewey Brown returning
for his fourth season, the arrival of an excel-
lent runner in Billy Gunn on the scene, and the
presence of players like Riley Ashorn, Stanley
Brooks, Leroy Brune, and Reuben Miller, the
1940 Cardinals had every reason to expect great
things. Still, their preseason reputation was
comparatively low. But after the Cardinals up-
set two teams who were favored to win, Sealy
and Boling-Newgate, their reputation was se-
cure. Brown was so confident that, after it be-
came known that Gunn and lineman Sambo
Seymour would miss the Flatonia game, he
candidly remarked, "the loss of these two play-
ers evens things up." He turned out to be wrong,
though, as Leland Miller picked up where Gunn
had left off and the Cardinals easily beat
Flatonia. The Cardinals did finally lose, to
Bastrop on November 15, in a game they domi-
nated everywhere but on the scoreboard. The
loss cost them the district title.
Coach. Dewey Brown, Record: 10-0, one play-
off game (beat Ganado 13-0, beat Palacios 34-
0, beat Sealy 7-0, beat Gonzales 72-0, beat
Flatonia 80-0, beat La Grange 49-0, beat Lex-
ington 26-7, beat Bastrop 41-0, beat
Schulenburg 9-0, beat Bloomington 20-0)
The 1941 team may have been the best in Co-
lumbus High School history. With Billy Gunn,
Leroy Brune, and Charlie Criswell in the
backfield, Robert Koenig, and Jack and Mack
Allen in the line, and Sambo Seymour doing
the kicking, the Cards romped to a perfect sea-
son, outscoring their opponents 351-7. Gunn
was an especially prolific scorer. He scored 44
points (seven touchdowns and two extra points)
against Gonzales and the amazing total of 59
points (nine TDs, 5 extra points) against
Flatonia. He added six touchdowns against La
Grange to run his season total to 182 points.
However, an injury limited his playing time
toward the end of the season, and he was able
to score just 36 points in the last four games.
Still, he finished the year with 218 points, or
an average of nearly 22 per game.
The low point of the season was the game
against the Lexington Eagles. The Eagles posted
the only score against the Cardinals all year,
and, after he had sprained his ankle, held Gunn
to just one touchdown. The following week,
the Cards wrapped up the district crown with a
lopsided victory over the Bastrop Bears. Bastrop
came into the game undefeated, but was no
match for the Cardinals.
In the final game of the season, the Cards
beat the Bloomington Bobcats for the bi-dis-
trict championship. Gunn scored all three Co-
lumbus TDs. The Bobcats, desperate to come
from behind, tried to go to the air, but Robert
Koenig's two interceptions stymied them. It was
not until after the season that the Cardinals suf-
fered any kind of defeat. Lexington offered the
Columbus coach, Dewey Brown, the post of
superintendent and coach, and he accepted. He
left town as the most successful coach in the
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