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school's history, but was mitigated by the fact
that it was considerably less severe than the
Eagle's victory a year earlier, and by the fact
that the 1931 Cardinals would play no more
Coach. Ben Gustine, Record: 3-4 (beat Yoakum
19-0, lost to Eagle Lake 51-6, lost to La Grange
7-0, beat Flatonia 14-13, lost to Schulenburg
12-0, beat Sealy 6-0, lost to Bellville 14-0)
A good defensive team, the 1932 Cardinals al-
lowed more than 14 points only once. That oc-
casion, though, was another lopsided loss to
the Eagle Lake Eagles. Still, the team managed
to win three games (the only three of Coach
Ben Gustine's Columbus career), with their nar-
row victory over Flatonia coming on the
strength of Clyde Rau's blocked extra point.
Coach: Ben Gustine; Record. 0-8 (lost to La
Grange 25-0; lost to Schulenburg 40-6, lost to
Flatonia 26-0; lost to Hallettsville 21-0; lost to
Eagle Lake 20-0; lost to Schulenburg 6-0, lost
to Sealy 12-7, lost to Bellville 45-0)
Though the 1933 team tied with the 1931 team
for the worst record in the school's history, the
1933 Cardinals at least managed to score in
two of their games. The team played its games
on a new field, which, like the old one, was
simply a vacant lot in Columbus. They played
their best game of the year at San Felipe, against
Sealy as part of an Armistice Day celebration.
Sealy threw the rather high total of seventeen
passes, and completed the equally high total of
five. Sealy scored first. Columbus retaliated on
Oscar Braden's fumble recovery and Norbert
Zatopek's touchdown, and led at halftime. Sealy
scored again in the third period to take the game.
Coach: Ben Gustine; Record: 0-5-3 (tied La
Grange 6-6, lost to Hallettsville 26-9, lost to
Giddings 19-7, lost to Schulenburg 13-6, tied
Sealy 6-6, lost to Smithville 45-0, tied Flatonia
6-6, lost to Bellville 31-6)
Though the Cardinals again went winless in
1934, they did manage to post three ties. One
of the ties, against Flatonia, was achieved by a
remarkable and exciting 55 yard touchdown
pass from Harvey Zatopek to Robert Schiller.
Perhaps the best game of the season was against
the powerful Schulenburg Shorthorns. The
Cardinals, in the person of Schiller, scored first,
and led at the half. However, Schulenburg
posted two second half touchdowns, the sec-
ond on a long pass, to take the victory. The
1934 Cardinals were marked by tragedy. On
May 18, 1935, as the school year was winding
down, Zatopek, the team captain, died in the
hospital in La Grange of complications after an
Two weeks earlier, the school relieved Ben
Gustine of his duties as football coach (but kept
him on the teaching staff) and hired Lee H.
Mitchell to replace him. Mitchell had coached
the Thrall Tigers for the previous four seasons,
turning the team into a winner. He was des-
tined to do the same for the Cardinals.
Coach: Lee Mitchell; Record. 8-0-3, two play-
off games (beat Harlandale 13-6, tied Texas
School for the Deaf 0-0, beat Wharton 45-0,
beat Hallettsville 33-0, beat Schulenburg 14-0,
beat La Grange 16-6, beat Flatonia 39-2, beat
Giddings 44-7, tied Eagle Lake 0-0, beat
Caldwell 6-0, tied Lockhart 7-7)
A landmark season, until the last game, every-
thing went right for the Cardinals in 1935. New
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