Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 8, Number 3, September, 1998 Page: 142
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Harvey Vaclavik all scored for the Cards. Har-
ris' TD came on a 49 yard pass from J. E.
Parker, Baca's on a fumble recovery in the end
zone, and Vaclavik's on a 65 yard interception
return on the last play of the game.
The Cards' scheduled game against
Schulenburg on October 4 was cancelled be-
cause of rampant illness at Columbus High
Coach: Bill Hartley, Record. 1-9 (lost to
Gonzales 38-8, lost to Sealy 24-8, lost to Sweeny
20-6, lost to Hallettsville 14-0, lost to Vanderbilt
Industrial 30-0, lost to La Grange 16-0, beat
Giddings 12-8, lost to Bellville 32-22, lost to
Smithville 14-8, lost to Schulenburg 14-6)
Even with stars Charles Harris and Ronald Baca
returning from the previous year, in 1958 the
Cards had their worst season since Bill Hartley
took over as coach. A few years earlier, Hartley
had switched the team to the modern T forma-
tion. Many fans had criticized the switch. With
the coaches coming under increasing fire as the
season wore on, Hartley switched back to single
and double wings to simplify the offense. The
experiment did not work. After the season,
Hartley and his assistant coach, Wilbert O.
"Red" Miller, were roundly criticized. The af-
fair culminated at a school board meeting in
March 1959. At the meeting, Hartley was asked
to stay on as head coach, but only on condition
that Miller resign. Hartley refused the sugges-
tion, and pulled his own letter of resignation
from his pocket. It said in part, "It is with re-
gret and a heavy heart that I tender my resigna-
tion as football coach. I feel that the change is
needed for the betterment of the school and the
community. There is nothing better for a school
and community than a winning football team."
Hartley's resignation caused an outcry among
the students. Many members of the community
also backed the embattled coach. But the school
board silenced its critics by hiring former coach
Lee Mitchell to take over the team.
Coach: Lee Mitchell; Record. 7-4, one playoff
game (lost to Gonzales 30-18, beat Sealy 26-0,
lost to Sweeny 20-6, beat Hallettsville 13-6, beat
Vanderbilt Industrial 28-8, beat La Grange 14-
0, beat Giddings 21-6, lost to Bellville 27-7,
beat Smithville 50-19, beat Schulenburg 27-0,
lost to Taylor 45-28)
Adopting an out-of-date formation known as
the short punt, Mitchell debuted by returning
the Cardinals to the playoffs for the first time
since 1950. His roster was graced by a number
of stars: Marvin Buller, Tommy Foster, David
Giddens, Vernon Haynes, Richard Heffley,
Merritt Nicewander, Kenneth Pate, Doug Pot-
ter, Jimmy Simpson, and LeRoy Stavinoha; and
by junior Randolph "Muggsy" Tobias, who, at
6'6" and 305 pounds, was probably the biggest
player ever to put on a Cardinal uniform to that
time. The Cardinals won all four of their dis-
trict games, taking time out in the middle of
their league schedule to get blistered by a
Bellville team led by runners Ernie Koy and
Joe Ed Lynn. In the playoff game, the Taylor
Ducks rolled up 508 yards of total offense, too
much for the Cardinals own potent offense to
overcome. Foster scored three touchdowns, on
runs of 21, 2, and 62 yards, but Taylor's Budgie
Ford surpassed him with four for the Ducks.
Coach. Lee Mitchell, Record. 6-4 (beat
Lockhart 34-6, beat Wharton 39-0, beat Sealy
20-0, beat Schulenburg 60-0, beat Yoakum 48-
20, lost to Lamar Consolidated 19-14, lost to
Bellville 30-7, beat Humble 15-7, lost to Katy
34-20, lost to La Grange 8-0)
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