2013-06-20 / Sports

High School Football All-Stars

by Mike Organ

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the folks that were involved in or associated with Tommy Jackson’s appearance in the High School Coaches Association All- Star football game. Jackson was the first Lexington athlete involved in the game. The second was offensive tackle Marshall Herklotz from the 1968 Lexington playoff team. This week, on a much more limited basis, we will look at the folks from Herklotz’s game.

Herklotz played more minutes in the game than any other Lexington all-star, partly due to his position on the offensive line, but mostly due to his ability, which earned him the playing time. Herklotz went on to start at offensive tackle for Texas A&M.

Some of the notables from his all-star appearance were Aggie teammates Brad Dusek from Temple and Grady Hoermann. Both were great players, with Dusek playing in the NFL for a short time with the Washington Redskins.

Hank Kotzur was a good player with TCU and later coached there. He also won regularly as a high school coach at East Bernard and Pleasanton.

Lucky Gamble of Chilton, was a winning coach in 4A and 5A, before returning to his hometown to win a couple of state championships.

Gary Kiethly was a player for UT, who went to Texas as a highly recruited quarterback.

The most notable of Herklotz’s fellow all-stars was a player from Plainview named Jerry Sisemore. He not only starred at UT, but played for many years as an offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has gained notoriety as a spokesman for Delaware Subs on Austin TV. He has served admirably as a school board member at Lago Vista ISD.

These are just the ones that have a public persona. There is no telling how many doctors, lawyers, school teachers, coaches, or just plain solid citizens were also involved in the game.

Next week: the 1979 All-Star game.

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