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the Columbus defense. The Longhorns capital-
ized on two of the turnovers to put up a touch-
down and a field goal, then put the game out of
reach with a long drive that culminated in a
touchdown with 42 seconds left to play.
Coach. Carl Andress; Record. 9-1 (beat Rice
55-12, beat Boling 32-0, beat La Grange 14-7,
beat Brenham 27-8, beat Schulenburg 21-6, lost
to Bellville 13-7, beat Sealy 43-14, beat Mag-
nolia 28-0, beat Waller 37-6, beat Hempstead
The Cardinals entered the 1976 season ranked
eighth in the state, and they lived up to their
ranking. They lost only one game. Unfortu-
nately, that defeat kept them from the district
title and dropped them out of the playoffs. The
team was led by quarterback Bill Bankston, two-
way star Tracy White, and standouts Mark
Faldyn, Bernard Glover, Mike Leopold, Ken-
neth Renick, and Stanley Scott. After an unde-
feated and comparatively easy non-conference
schedule, the Cards faced their perennial nem-
esis, the Bellville Brahmas, in the district opener
on October 15 in a driving rain. The Brahmas
posted two touchdowns in the first half, dig-
ging a hole from which the Cardinals could not
escape. The following week, the Cardinals
smothered Sealy, running up 421 yards rush-
ing. They finished their season with three more
wins, posting two shutouts and holding their
other opponent to only six points.
Coach. Carl Andress; Record. 9-1 (beat Rice
55-0, beat Boling 26-12, beat La Grange 7-6,
beat Brenham 18-6, beat Schulenburg 44-8, lost
to Bellville 28-14, beat Sealy 19-0, beat Mag-
nolia 28-0, beat Waller 43-0, beat Hempstead
The 1977 Cardinals were regarded even more
highly than their immediate predecessors, boast-
ing the number two ranking in the state at the
start of the season. But again, the Columbus
season was spoiled by a defeat in the first dis-
trict game, and again the Bellville Brahmas were
the culprits. Bellville, like Columbus, came into
the game with a perfect record. The Brahmas
had allowed one touchdown to La Grange in
their opener, then shut out four straight oppo-
nents. The Cardinals fell behind, 7-0, before
breaking Bellville's shutout string. The Colum-
bus TD, which came on a one yard plunge by
quarterback Bill Bankston, was set up by two
big penalties on the Brahmas. Ahead 8-7 at the
half, the Cardinals posted another touchdown
in the third period on Robin Mitchell's inter-
ception return. Then, the Brahmas erupted for
three TDs, one in the final minute of the third
quarter and two in the fourth period, on runs of
71, 39, and 21 yards, to win.
Otherwise, the Cardinals' defense, which
was anchored by LaRay Perkins, Roy Wilson,
and Sherman Green, was again stout. They shut
out their last four district opponents, and held
Sealy's highly touted running back Eric
Dickerson to 54 yards on 17 carries. Besides
Bankston, the team's offensive stars included
Perkins, Michael Coleman, Don Jenkins, Willie
Toliver, Lynn Braden, and Scott Goleman.
Coach: Carl Andress: Record. 7-3 (lost to
Rockdale 10-6, beat La Grange 33-6, beat
Yoakum 15-14, beat Bellville 14-10, lost to
Magnolia 13-6, beat Brookshire Royal 34-7,
lost to Sealy 48-19, beat Waller 7-0, beat Rice
42-6, beat Hempstead 42-8)
For the third straight year in 1978, the Cardi-
nals started the season ranked high in the state
polls (fifteenth), but finished second in their
district and narrowly missed the playoffs. This
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