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year starter Carl Andress, Jr., at quarterback,
still played well and finished second in their
district. Andress passed for more than 200 yards
in each of the season's first two games, and
had five touchdown passes against Gonzales and
four against Rice. But he could do little to ar-
rest a three game losing streak that began on
October 1 and wrecked the Columbus season.
In the first of the three games, the Needville
Bluejays, who came into the contest undefeated
and unscored upon, completely shut down the
Cardinals in the second half and pulled away to
victory. The following week, the Cards nar-
rowly lost to a strong Cuero team led by Arthur
Whittington and Alois Blackwell. Then, the
undefeated Brenham Cubs, still featuring Wil-
son Whitley, swamped the Cards.
Coach: Carl Andress; Record: 1-7-2 (tied
Gonzales 0-0, lost to Brenham 40-0, beat
Bellville 34-14, lost to A & MConsolidated 30-
0, lost to Cuero 21-14, tied Yoakum 7-7, lost to
La Grange 14-13, lost to Rice 14-6, lost to
Wharton 7-6, lost to Edna 32-0)
The 1972 Cardinals managed to win only one
game; however, there was some solace in the
fact that their victory was over long-time
archrival Bellville. The Cardinals were moved
out of Brenham's district, but played them any-
way. Their three stars, Wilson Whitley, Matt
Murski, and Cleveland Franklin, demolished
the Cards. Besides the Bellville victory, the
season was highlighted by, and typified by, three
consecutive near wins. The La Grange Leop-
ards, who eventually won the district title, domi-
nated their game with Columbus on October
20, but were only able to win by scoring a touch-
down with fourteen seconds left in the game.
The next week, Rice scored two touchdowns
in the fourth quarter to slip past Columbus.
Finally, Wharton played foolishly enough to
throw their game away, but the Cardinals could
not capitalize. Trying to run out the clock,
Wharton miscalculated; and after four runs and
two delay of the game penalties, the Cardinals
took possession of the ball at the Wharton seven
yard line with seven seconds to play and be-
hind by only seven points. On the last play of
the game, sophomore quarterback Rusty Canik
found sophomore receiver Willis Perkins in the
end zone for a touchdown, but the Cardinals
went for two and were stopped.
Coach. Carl Andress, Record. 5-5 (beat
Gonzales 27-6, beat Brenham 25-7, lost to
Bellville 21-8, beat A & M Consolidated 32-7,
lost to Cuero 35-0, beat Yoakum 14-9, beat La
Grange 28-16, lost to Rice 26-12, lost to
Wharton 19-0, lost to Edna 10-0)
In 1973, the Cardinals began a rebound that
would firmly establish them as a perennial cen-
tral Texas power. With a team led by Ben Scott,
Leon Thomas, and James Cleveland, the Cards
managed to win five of their first seven games;
with one of those losses, understandably, com-
ing to the eventual state champion Cuero Gob-
blers. Then they fell apart. The Cardinals lost
to the Rice Raiders despite compiling 331 yards
of total offense to the Raider's meager 131.
The Cardinals lost four fumbles, two intercep-
tions, and had two punts blocked. The follow-
ing week, Wharton won the district title by com-
pletely shutting the Cardinals down. Columbus
had just 91 total yards and never crossed the
fifty yard line.
Coach. Carl Andress; Record. 9-2-1, two play-
off games (lost to Gonzales 6-0, beat Rice 26-
O, beat La Grange 13-0, tied Brenham 12-12,
beat Needville 14-7, beat Katy 43-6, beat Sealy
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