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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Coach. Marley Giddens; Record: 4-1-1 (lost to
Ganado 25-0, beat Sealy 6-0, tied Gonzales 0-
0, beat Schulenburg 13-0, beat Lexington 18-
6, beat Bastrop 13-6)
The United States' involvement in World War
II forced the Cardinals to play an abbreviated
schedule in 1942. A scheduled game with
Flatonia had to be cancelled when that school
announced that it had dropped sports for the
duration of the war. After the Cards won the
district title by defeating Bastrop, they cancelled
their scheduled bi-district game with Round
Rock because of the distances between the two
towns. In November, the government had in-
stituted a gas rationing program and nobody
wanted to travel unnecessarily.
But the season still held plenty of interest
for Cardinal fans. There were new twists to
two old rivalries. On October 30, the Cards,
headed by Bennett Buescher, David Gunn, Ri-
chard Koenig, David Rau, J. D. Reitz, and
Brookie Ward, were matched up with the
Schulenburg Shorthorns. Columbus had hired
long time Schulenburg coach Marley Giddens,
and his old players were determined to beat
him. But the Cards prevailed, scoring touch-
downs in the last minute of each half. The first
came on a pass from Reitz to Gunn, the second
on a six yard run by Koenig. Next up for the
Cardinals were the Lexington Eagles, who were
coached by Dewey Brown. Unlike Giddens,
Brown did not beat his old team. After a score-
less half, the Cards broke the ice with two quick
TDs on runs of 35 yards by Koenig and 65
yards by Gunn.
Coach: Marley Giddens; Record. 5-3 (beat Lex-
ington 21-7, beat Sealy 48-6, lost to Bastrop
12-6, lost to Schulenburg 6-0, lost to Brenham
20-7, beat Bastrop 7-0, beat Lexington 12-6,
beat Schulenburg 18-6)
With many schools not fielding football teams
and gas rationing still making travel impracti-
cal, Columbus was placed in a four team dis-
trict and scheduled to play each team twice.
The Cards were scheduled to open with a game
in Wharton, but because of the threat of a hur-
ricane, the game was cancelled. So the follow-
ing week, the Cardinals opened the season with
their first district game. The game was dedi-
cated to Paul Perry Hastedt, Clarence Cone,
and Albert Hahn, the three Columbus men who
were thought to have been killed to that date in
the war (Hahn, it turned out, had survived).
The Cardinals boldly opened the game with an
onside kick, recovered it, and staged a touch-
down drive. It was David Gunn who went over
for the score. Later Gunn passed 25 yards to
Richard Koenig for the team's second TD, and
Koenig ran 75 yards for the third. But after
demolishing Sealy, the Cards lost three straight
games. They got back in the district race with
an upset victory over the Bastrop Bears. Bastrop
came into the game unbeaten, but could not
mount a scoring drive. Gunn's second quarter
TD was the game's only score. The Cards
slipped by Lexington, then beat Schulenburg
to put them into a three-way tie for the district
championship. But the Cards were eliminated
from further competition by a coin flip.
Coach. Marley Giddens; Record. 6-2 (beat
Smithville 35-0, beat Lexington 20-2, beat Sealy
33-0, beat Hallettsville 28-0, lost to Gonzales
20-6, beat Schulenburg 13-0, beat Eagle Lake
33-12, lost to Bastrop 19-6)
Marley Gidden's third season was the first for
the prolific passing combination of quarterback
Ernest Baumgart and end Johnny Mach. The
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