Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 3, September, 1998 Page: 138
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Golla got behind the defense and Baumgart hit
him for a thirty yard gain. Shortly afterward,
the Cards scored. Mach kicked the extra point
and the defense made it stand up.
The regional title game, against the
Edgewood Raiders, was anticlimactic. John
Gunn broke loose for a 51 yard TD run on the
fifth play of the game, and the Cards never
trailed thereafter. Later, Baumgart hit Mach and
Zatopek with TD passes, and Mach picked up
another touchdown on an interception return.
Coach: Marley Giddens; Record: 6-2 (beat
Weimar 37- 7, beat Sealy 28-7, beat Hallettsville
12-0, lost to Gonzales 26-12, beat Flatonia 24-
6, beat Eagle Lake 6-0, beat Bastrop 20-13,
lost to Schulenburg 7-0)
With Marley Giddens elevated to superinten-
dent, the school board, in June 1947, hired John
Heiman to help coach the football team. Over
the next few years, Giddens relied heavily on
Heiman, but never relinquished full control of
With John Gunn, Babe Reitz, Leroy
Lockhart, and J. W. Golla back, the Cardinals
raced off to four straight district wins in 1947.
The key victory was over the Eagle Lake
Eagles. Gunn's 38 yard touchdown run ac-
counted for the only score. He then sealed the
victory by intercepting a pass on the eleven yard
line to stop an Eagle Lake threat in the fourth
quarter. The win set up the zone title match
with Schulenburg. The Cards lost when the
Shorthorns scored after recovering a fumbled
Coach. Marley Giddens, Record: 4-5 (lost to
East Bernard 18-6, beat Weimar 12-0, beat
Sealy 13-6, lost to Hallettsville 33-0, beat
Flatonia 20-13, beat Weimar 24-13, lost to
Eagle Lake 7-6, lost to Bastrop 13-7, lost to
The 1948 Cardinals were led by linemen
Norman Litzmann, Dan Prause, and Paul
Jurica, and a backfield featuring quarterback
Earl Henry Meyer and three "Walters," Walter
Lee Chapman, Walter Henry Evans, and Walter
Schnaubelt. Their record, however, was thor-
Due to a quirk, the Cardinals played
Weimar twice. The first game against Weimar
was a district matchup, and many observers
thought Weimar should have won, as they com-
piled better statistics. When Sealy cancelled
their game scheduled for October 29 with
Weimar, the Cardinals, who had an open date,
stepped in to play the Wildcats again, defeating
them a second time.
Coach. Bill Hartley, Record. 7-2 (lost to East
Bernard 19-12, beat Weimar 20-13, beat Sealy
12-6, beat Hallettsville 25-0, beat Flatonia 26-
6, beat Orchard 26-6, beat Eagle Lake 26-6,
beat Bastrop 12-7, lost to Schulenburg 20-6)
After a loss in his first game, new head coach
Bill Hartley engineered a seven game winning
streak. Remarkably, at one point during the
streak, the Cards won by the same score three
weeks in a row. The Cards thus went into the
final week with a chance to win the south half
of the district title, but the Schulenburg Short-
horns were again too much. The Cards scored
first, on. Walter Henry Evans' 17 yard touch-
down run in the second quarter. But the Short-
horns came right back with a TD and an extra
point to take the lead, then scored two more
TDs. The Shorthorn defense completely shut
down the Cards in the second half, forcing
Columbus quarterback Walter Schnaubelt to
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