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move the ball 65 yards in five plays to go back
ahead. In the final minute of play, the Cardi-
nals moved the ball to the two-yard line, but a
penalty and a quarterback sack set them back,
and O'Leary's final pass fell incomplete.
Coach. Carl Andress; Record: 11-2, three play-
off games (beat Sealy 28-6, beat Katy 41-8,
beat Bellville 29-3, beat La Grange 6-0, lost to
Needville 10-7, beat Eagle Lake 54-13, beat
Giddings 9-6, beat Luling 39-6, beat Bastrop
39-0, beat Smithville 44-0, beat Georgetown 6-
0, beat Troup 33-0, lost to Lufkin Dunbar 32-
Led by three year starters Joe Hajovsky and
John O'Leary, each of whom would make the
all-state team, and featuring standouts like Paul
Ashton, Joe Herzik, Mike O'Leary, Ernest
Pollard, Phillip Priest, Irving Schneider, and
Terrell Windham, the 1968 Cardinals made it
all the way to the state quarterfinals and ex-
tended the Columbus football season into De-
cember for the first time since 1950. The big-
gest early season game was that with the
Bellville Brahmas, who came into the game
ranked sixth in the state. The Cardinals, though,
were ranked number one, and upheld the vot-
ers' judgement. Though Brahma quarterback
David Kiemsteadt missed the game, it is doubt-
ful he could have turned the tide. The Cardi-
nals totally dominated the game, racking up 399
yards of total offense, and finishing with 23
first downs to Bellville's four.
The Giddings Buffaloes, who were unbeaten
and untied, stood as Columbus' biggest district
challenge. The game was a defensive struggle,
but the Cardinals prevailed on the strength of a
safety forced when Ashton blocked a punt and
a touchdown on Pollard's interception return.
The Cards opened the playoffs against the
Georgetown Eagles, beating them 6-0 on a nine-
teen yard touchdown pass from John O'Leary
to Windham early in the fourth quarter. The
winning drive started with a Pollard intercep-
tion, and featured a long pass to Ben Alley,
and a fourth-and-one run for a first down by
Tommy Divin. The Eagles came back with an
eighty yard drive to the Columbus one yard
line, but Windham and Kenny Harry made a
game saving tackle, the Cardinals took over
the ball, and ran out the clock.
Though the Troup game was played in
muddy and rainy conditions, the Columbus
passing game again clicked, and the Cards took
an easy victory. The defense only allowed Troup
to pass the fifty yard line once, and then only
on the next to last play of the game. However,
Lufkin Dunbar, led by quarterback D. C.
Nobles, proved too much for the Cardinals.
Herzik's 45 yard punt return for a touchdown
gave the Cards a 14-13 lead in the third quar-
ter, but the defense tired, and Dunbar scored
three touchdowns in the fourth period to win.
Coach. Carl Andress; Record. 10-1, one play-
off game (beat Sealy 20-12, beat Katy 48-0,
beat Bellville 23-15, beat La Grange 35-7, beat
Needville 14-12, beat Eagle Lake 49-0, beat
Giddings 20-12, beat Luling 35-18, beat Bastrop
62-0, beat Smithville 30-0, lost to Georgetown
The 1969 Cardinals rolled to the school's third
consecutive district title, winning all ten of their
regular season games. The team had plenty of
stars: Charles Bryant, Thomas Carter, Kenny
Harry, Joe Herzik, Harold Kuhn, Garland
Nelson, Mike O'Leary, David Schroeder, Shan-
non Thompson, and Willie Woods. The Cards
passed a tough non-district test, beating unde-
feated Needville, then racked up an impressive
602 yards of total offense against Eagle Lake
in their district opener.
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