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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
to Katy. Five Cardinals, Richard Blair, Paul
Fox, Jim Hajovsky, Tony Pulido, and Clifton
Tyler, were named to the all-district team.
Coach. Lee Mitchell; Record: 8-2 (beat A & M
Consolidated 21-0, beat Luling 20-0, beat
Boling 12-0, beat Yoakum 42-14, beat
Hallettsville 27-0, beat Sealy 28-6, beat La
Grange 14-6, lost to Katy 15-12, lost to Bellville
2-0, beat Tomball 34-0)
With stalwarts like Pat McGill, Jerry "Hoss"
Hajovsky, Robert Moody, Al Wayne Radke,
David Schneider, Glenn Stromquist, and Billy
Sweat, the 1963 Cardinals had an excellent sea-
son. However, like their immediate predeces-
sors, the 1963 Cards lost the district title to the
Katy Tigers, and found the going tough, and
frustrating, against the Bellville Brahmas. Katy
scored the first two times they had the ball and
held on to beat the Cardinals. The Bellville game
was highlighted by two goal-line stands. The
Brahmas stopped the Cardinals at the one yard
line as time ran out in the second quarter. In
the third quarter, the Cards held on downs at
their own one yard line. The only score of the
game came on a safety, after Columbus' David
Fruge recovered a blocked punt in the end zone
and was swarmed over by Bellville tacklers.
By the end of 1963, Coach Lee Mitchell's
teams, which had been graced with what fans
perceived as some of the finest athletes in the
school's history, were seen as underachievers.
Fans and players came around to the view that
Mitchell's antiquated formations and plays were
responsible for the teams' failures. Mitchell's
second stint at Columbus High School came to
a quick end. On March 10, 1964, the school
board elevated Carl Andress, who had been an
assistant coach, to the top spot.
Coach: Carl Andress; Record: 5-5-1, one play-
off game (beat Edna 7-6, lost to Sealy 12-0,
lost to Katy 18-6, beat Yoakum 2 7-13, lost to
Bellville 16-0, lost to Elgin 13-0, beat Luling
28-21, tied La Grange 6-6, beat Giddings 19-
12, beat Hallettsville 6-0, lost to Katy 14-8)
Besides a new coach, the Cardinals got a new
slate of district opponents in 1964. The Cardi-
nals lost to both their chief rivals of the time,
Katy and Bellville, and to two other teams in
non-district play, then went 3-0-1 in their dis-
trict games to take the title. The toughest game
was against the La Grange Leopards, who were
strongly favored. The Cardinals got the game's
first touchdown, in the third quarter, on a 57-
yard pass from Tom Massey to Ruben Castillo.
The Leopards tied the score late in the game,
but the Cardinals finished with more penetra-
tions. Their penetration advantage gave them
the district title when they beat the Hallettsville
Brahmas on November 13. The lone Colum-
bus touchdown came on a one-yard quarter-
back sneak which was set up by a 41-yard half-
back pass from David Hahn to George
Hernandez. The Brahmas threatened to score
midway through the fourth quarter, but a goal
line stand featuring big defensive plays by Larry
Sebesta and Jerry "Hoss" Hajovsky stopped
them. Unhappily, their district title only af-
forded the Cardinals the opportunity to again
face the Katy Tigers, and Katy won despite six
Coach: CarlAndress; Record: 2-8 (lost to Edna
25-0, lost to Sealy 32-20, lost to Katy 16-13,
beat Yoakum 21-0, lost to Bellville 34-8, lost to
Elgin 9-2, beat Luling 29-6, lost to La Grange
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