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to a quick lead, with two touchdowns in the
first quarter. But the Cardinals came back to
tie the game. Cully Culpepper raced around
end for 40 yards and the first TD. The game-
tying TD came on a blocked punt. But the Cards
Were not up to stopping the Eagles in the sec-
ond half. The Eagles scored two touchdowns
to win the game and finish the season just ahead
of Columbus in the district race.
The season was marked by a more serious
tragedy. Viry Fontenot, a former Columbus stu-
dent, suffered fatal injuries in a football game
on October 24. Fontenot, who was in his first
year at Crosby High School after moving with
his family from Alleyton, caught a thirty yard
pass, was tackled by two players from Liberty,
returned to the huddle, and collapsed. He died
the following morning.
Coach: Dewey Brown; Record: 7-2 (beat Thrall
33-0, beat Giddings 76-0, beat La Grange 18-
0, lost to Brenham 19-0, beat Weimar 26-0,
beat Yoakum 13-12, beat Flatonia 13-6, lost to
Schulenburg 21-6, beat Hallettsville 46-0)
In early June 1937, Lee Mitchell asked the
school board to accept his resignation so that
he could take the coaching job at Elgin. The
school board accepted, and at the same meet-
ing, offered the Columbus job to a coach from
Mississippi, W. C. Denson. Mitchell then de-
clined the Elgin job and signed on as the head
coach at Yoakum. Denson visited Columbus,
but refused the offered job. Finally, in July,
the school board hired Dewey Homer Brown,
a native of Groesbeck, Texas, as the new coach.
A month later, they named W. W. "Goat"
Hewitt, a former quarterback at Texas A & M,
assistant coach. In August, Brown and Hewitt
took their team to Palacios for a two week train-
In 1937, the district was divided into two
halves or conferences. The conference winners
played a single game at the end of the season to
determine the district champion. The Cards
landed in the same conference with two tough
opponents, the Flatonia Bulldogs and
Schulenburg Shorthorns. Flatonia was 4-1 en-
tering the Columbus game, and looking to chal-
lenge Schulenburg for the conference crown.
But the Cardinals jumped out in front with two
first quarter touchdowns and held on to win.
The Bulldogs did not go down easily. The col-
orfully written Colorado County Citizen account
of the game said, "Throwing caution to the
winds in the second half the Bulldogs tried pass
after pass in whatever part of the field they hap-
pened to be ... Through a series of passes the
Bulldogs ran the ball into the last 10 yards of
the Cards' goal and started bucking the line to
put the ball on the one foot line on the third
down. In the fourth down the Cards were offside
giving the visitors half their distance to the goal,
but in the last try the Cards held the line and
the ball went over to the Cards on the six inch
line. A punt sent it back to a safe distance from
where the Dogs began another campaign of
passing which wound up with an interception."
The win put the Cards in position to win
the conference, if they could upset the Short-
horns. But Schulenburg, with running back Fritz
Lobpries, was too powerful. Lobpries, who had
gone to elementary school in Columbus, re-
turned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
The Shorthorns went on to post another first
period touchdown, and the Cards never got
close. Columbus' only score came after a
Schulenburg fumble, on a run by Richard
The most thrilling game of the season was
that with the Yoakum Bulldogs. The Cardinals
trailed 12-7 late in the fourth quarter when
Marvin Tyler blocked a punt deep in Bulldog
territory. Tyler's big play set up the game win-
ning touchdown, scored by quarterback Red
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