2013-05-30 / Sports

The High School All-Star Game

by Mike Organ

Tommy Jackson Tommy Jackson Jason Washington has been selected to play in the 2013 Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game. He is the seventh Lexington Eagle to be selected for the honor. The first Lexington Eagle so honored was Tommy Jackson in 1965.

A look at the roster of the 1965 game brings forth some names most football fans just might recognize. Jackson’s roommate at the game was Norm Bulaich who played for TCU and professionally with the Chicago Bears. That is just for starters.

Charles Riggs was a diminutive quarterback for the Texas Aggies in his day. Chris Gilbert was a fairly successful running back for the University of Texas. Several of Jackson’s teammates went on to have good college careers. Corby Robertson and Mike Perrin of Cameron were also on the south team.

Playing on the north team were names like “Super Bill” Bradley who failed as a wishbone quarterback, but excelled as a punter and defensive back to have a long career in the NFL. Danny Abbott was a serious linebacker at UT.

The list of coaches that sent players to the 1965 game is quite impressive. Jackson’s coach was Bill Spencer, a name most Lexington fans remember. Coaches that had players on the south team make an impressive list.

Gil Bartosh, the Granger Ghost, was a legendary player and also made a name as a coach. Darrell Tully has a stadium named in his honor in the Spring Branch ISD. The coach at Port Neches was a guy named O.A. Phillips. Phillips gained fame as a coach that wore a cowboy hat and boots on the sidelines. He is better known by his nickname, Bum. Bum Philllips went on to success as the Head Coach of the Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints, and for a running back named Earl Campbell. His son, Wade, has been the head coach of fourNFL teams. The coach at Riveria Kaufer was Ben Bloomer, who would later lead LaGrange to a state championship before heading off to a Spring Branch school. Pat Shannon led several San Antonio schools into the playoffs during his storied career in the Alamo City. The name of Owen Goodnight from San Marcos was revered. Goodnight suffered a fatal heart attack at a banquet as he was being honored for his accomplishments.

Coaches for the North team players also have recognizable names. Let’s start with a coach from Brownwood named Gordon Wood, who won more state championships than he had fingers to put the rings. Coach Wood was the winningest in Texas high school history until a guy at Celina and Pilot Point took the lead. Spike Dykes was coaching at San Angelo before going to UT and then on to Texas Tech where he was Head Football

Pa Patterson,Coach and Athletic director. was coaching in Amarillo when UT summoned him to be an assistant. Chuck Curtis won state championships at Jacksboro in 1962, and at Garland in 1963 and ‘64. He became the first coach to win state championships in consecutive years at different schools. He was in Garland when he moved to SMU and then back to high school coaching, which he loved. He was the coach at UT Arlington when the school dropped football. Jim Hess won a state championship at Eastland late in his career.

The honor is great, but the players and coaches the participants represent can be as awe inspiring as the game itself.

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