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Edinburg Boss Moaning The Despite 7 Starters, 14 Lettermen (Edllor'j Holes The 16th In a series ol slorles on Valley loot- bill teams.) By DARRET.L MACK UnUM P«M International EDINBURG -- "No speed, n weight, no experience." Sounds like someone describing a kitlen. But the voice adds, "no depth," and that let's out the kitten angle. It's really coach Travis Cook moaning about his Edinburg Bobcats. Cook would he happy If he could play a 10-man team and be certain it would be injury-free al season. But he can't and chances are it won't. He has 14 lettermen, seven starters, back from a team which was 4-6 and took lltth In Dislric 14-AAAA's south zone last year He lost 16 through graduation, in ,'who lost the use of his left arm in a gang light stabbing in \IcAllen in July. ·Other losses Included big (W) Geno Clark to the Navy and B- eamers A! Lonfjorfa and Dan Es- Imho on grades. Estlmbo would lave been a starting halfback and longorla would have been a first ,lne reserve because he was on* of the fastest men on the squad. On the good side of. the ledger, Cook "has fullback Jim Lambert, considered one o! the best In the Valley; halfback Jody Johnson, another All-Valley choice; Robert Mangum, the 185 - pound tackle who will lend tlic line; and little (5-6, 112-pound) Oscar Perez, who acts more like a Bobcat than any olher member of the 33 - man squad. Other Sfarten Rogen; Fred Rutledgt, punter, Ick-ott ipeciallit and extra point dckec; and reaerve lineman Robrt Rendon. All lettermen sre Mniors except H. Garza, a junior. Cook said they have other things in common, being slow, s m a l l and young. The fastest Is Johnson who may run a 10.8 century In track clothes. Most of the «en!ors are The other lettermen who prob- ., ,, - . abl will start are Rene Garza at eluding halfback J. J. Villarreal quarterback, Jimmy Humphries the team's MVP; Al Vasquez, the ° f «" «i--- i-=" » v*tTM, r «t 'anchor In the line, anrt Douglas Duffey, the only player in school this year or last who had any semblance of speed. Loses 2 Tackles He also lost two lellerraen tackles, either of which would have been the llth man on his now 10- man learn. They are E. K. Adams, who flunked out, and Bob Chap- at the other half. Al Kotzur al guard with Perez, Robert Johnson : center and ends D. C. Printy and Pablo Garza. Both Gnrzas, both Johnsons Lambert, Mangum and P e r e; started last year. Humphries and Kotzur were part-time regulars. The final four lellormen ari defensive ends Key Ortiz, the tin esl in the Valley, a n d Bobby only 16. Only Size The only size goes to R. Johnson at 5-3, 205; Mangum and Lambert at 6-0, 195. The others are P. Garza 140, Kotzur, 160, Printy 150, J. Johnson 150, R. Garza 160 and Humphries at 155. As for the Uth man, he Ii supposed to be a tackle. He will xme from 155-pounders Eugene VIeeks or Marvin Jackson, both S-team gcads; 180-pound Allan Pierce, who was on the freshman team last year; and 177-pounc lee Allen Drewry and 202-pound Doug Yancey, s e n i ors playing their first year of football. Reserves? Cook hopes they re main just that'all season. He has only two juniors on the squad. One is Garza. The other is Gilber Crombe, a 5-11,155-pound fullback wh'o will understudy Lambert. That means the team Is seniors and sophomores. The seniors have wen named. The sophomorn are untried, never having played el- her B-team or junior varsity ball. Nevertheless, »everal will be counted on by the time district lames come -- and before that If ujuries necessitate It Mmt Prorolie Outside ol Pierce, the three with the most promise are defensive end and linebacker Leslte Wilson and quarterbacks Tommy Blair and Tommy Cook, Cook s a i d both Blair, who is 6-0,170, and his son are working at all backfield positions to make up for the holes left by Estimbo and Longorla. Both may see much action by district time, both at halfback and at relieving Garza, who will also play defensive halfback and safety. The only other reserve backs are Larry Southwlck, a senior, and sophomore Ritchie Perez. Reserves in the line are almost as scarce. Backing up Johnson at center Is sophomore Irwin Gibbons while his twin, Leroy Gibbons, will be a reserve guard along with Pete Vasnuez, another sophomore. Cook has been pleased with the practice performances of Lambert, who missed most of last eason, but Is ready now; J. son, who Is fast becoming an cellent runner; Humphries for h| overall spirit a n d hustle; Mangum and Ortiz for their lin play. Good Receiver* Cook said his offense will be built around the running of Johnson and Lambert and the of Garza, who Is only average. He will have two good receivers In Johnson (5-9) and P. Garza (5-10). On defense, Cook Is all smiles when he thinks of ends Ortiz Rodgers and Is also pleased his crew of linebackers--Lambert, Perez, Humphries, J. Johnson, Meeks and Wilson. But that's where it ends, Estlmbo was the best defensive halfback and Garza, despite his plodding, and Blair, despite his Inexperience, will play safety, Cook said 38 boys came out last Thursday, but ihe so^iad down to 33 Monday afternoon he expects it to drop to 26 able bodied players by the Falfurrias game Sept. 11, He said of fhe front-line boys reported fn good condition. He started them with contact work the first day and Is conlinuing it at the rate two workouts a day tills week.

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  1. The Brownsville Herald,
  2. 01 Sep 1959, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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