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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
opponents scoreless. The biggest game of the
season was the October 17 matchup with the
Giddings Buffaloes. The heavily favored Buf-
faloes had won the state championship in 1951
and were riding a twenty-two game winning
streak. Giddings took the opening kickoff, but
could return it only to the nine yard line. On
the first play from scrimmage they fumbled and
Melvin Schnaubelt recovered for Columbus.
Three plays later, Alfred Meyer scored for the
Cardinals and Dwight Smith followed with the
extra point. Giddings mounted a strong second
quarter drive but fumbled again. Harvey War-
ren recovered at the Columbus two yard line.
The Buffaloes never seriously threatened again.
Columbus scored again after a short punt gave
them possession on the Giddings 34. Chick
Hohensee passed to Meyer for the TD. The
Cards got their final two points on a late safety,
when Edward "Butch" Meduna trapped Buf-
falo quarterback Jackie Placke in the end zone.
With about two minutes left to play, Columbus
announcer Sam K. Seymour, Jr., broadcast,
"Now state champs, how does it feel to lose?"
Since there was no clock visible to the fans,
they thought the game was over and swarmed
the field. The field was cleared, the game fin-
ished, and the celebration resumed.
Coach: Bill Hartley; Record: 6-3-1 (beat
Schulenburg 14-6, beat East Bernard 26- 7, beat
Flatonia 13-0, lost to Sealy 34-6, beat La
Grange 20-18, lost to Giddings 42-7, tied Eagle
Lake 0-0, beat Smithville 13-12, lost to Luling
47-20, beat Weimar 18-14)
Though the 1953 Cardinals posted a respect-
able record, the season was something of a dis-
appointment. First, the Giddings Buffaloes got
their revenge for the previous season's defeat
with a rout of the Cards in the district opener.
Luling also whipped the Cardinals soundly in
district play and, with the Cardinals missing
three players due to injury, the Eagle Lake
Eagles tied them in a lackluster game. The Cards
struggled with their line-up all season, chang-
ing quarterbacks three times. Opening day quar-
terback and standout defensive player John
Parks broke his arm in practice after the Sealy
game, and Jimmie Green, who had been out
with an injury since the East Bernard game,
moved in at quarterback. Coach Hartley finally
inserted John Hollis Massey at quarterback
against Smithville, moving Green into the
After the season, Superintendent Marley
Giddens asked the twenty holders of the bonds
which had financed construction of the field to
cancel the remaining balances due of $50 be-
cause he wanted to use the money to make im-
provements. The bondholders agreed, and
shortly afterward, new seats were added.
Coach: Bill Hartley; Record. 8-2 (beat El
Campo 10-7, beat Weimar 27-12, beat Sealy
26-25, beat Eagle Lake 38-6, beat Navasota
19-7, lost to Caldwell 12-6, beat Bellville 12-
0, lost to Brenham 39-0, beat Schulenburg 20-
0, beat La Grange 33-6)
In 1954, the Cardinals moved up one level in
classification, and did very well in a tight dis-
trict race. Columbus lost one district game to
Caldwell, who went 8 of 10 passing and held
the Cards to 0 of 8, and one to Brenham. Go-
ing into the final week of the season, the Cards
were tied with Caldwell at 3-2. Navasota lead
the district at 4-1, having lost only to Colum-
bus. Brenham was at 3-2-1, having tied
Bellville. Navasota whipped Caldwell to take
the district crown and hand the runner up slot
to the Cardinals.
But it was a non-district game against the
Sealy Tigers, which was the most memorable
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