Denton Record-Chronicle from Denton, Texas on September 16, 1956 · Page 51
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Denton Record-Chronicle from Denton, Texas · Page 51

Denton, Texas
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Sunday, September 16, 1956
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""""» -SECTION THREE D F N T O N 1 E C O B D O H t O N I C L K tmhj, Ktfltmkii H, UK Denton Broncs To Be Giant Kitte! 1 High School Squad To Sec Action In New Conference RETURNING BRONCO LETTERMEN Coach Zeke Martin had nine lettcrmen returning-'for the 1956 season as Denton High School began fall workouts. Pictured above from left to right kneeling, they are John Mack Thomas, Mack Massey, Don Chancy, Don Lewis, Don Brown,-Ronnie Williams, and Jerry Franks. Standing are Eddie Boyd and Bob White. Chaney and Massey are Bronco co-captains for this fall. (Record-Chronicle Staff Photo) , Denton High School's Broncos take on the role of giant-killers this fall as they step up iota the highest classification of Texas high school football-conference 4- A. . :. : - . ' Coach Zeke Martin's -- Broncos were moved from their 1955 3-A classification to .district 7-AAAA tills fall where they will face suth perennial powers as Wichita Falls, Grand ; Prairie, and Arlington;Other members. of the new'/dj^ trict are Sherman »nd Denison" . "It's a tough one," 'replied Martin when asked about his new district. "I'd *,was one.of.the .toughest in the state;:, . / - " V"We hope to' win »s many'.ball games as we, did last year, :but it's hard to' say-yefcTbese.boys are 'young ana; inexperienced and we won't know-how tfcejft* £ing to shape iip" until we'see them-in action,"' concluded Martin. SMALL ENROLLMENT *" With the smallest enrollment, in the district, the Broneje 'played their season.opener Friday with Brewer High School of Fort Worth with.9 lettermeh returning. Of the returnees, only three were starters on the 1955 squad whjch. posted a season's record of. 4 wins and 6 strongest up the middle', with tvio returning starters concentrated there. Center Don Brown and guard Konaie Williams figure' to egain. the starting positions they leU last 'year.: Both are seniors with Brown weighing 155-pounds while Williams tips the scale at 75. At tackle, Martin has one letterman, .Jerry Franks, returning. Franks, 175-pound junior, saw enough game 'action in 1955 to earn his numeral although he was not a regular. He appears to have one tackle position nailed down, and mayibe-.shifted,to end'on de- 'cnse .to -give added strength to :he wing positioij. S; . : 'T-, -.'·'. : · ·'' :·-:,, BACKFlEIJ .··.;·£ ' . · ' - · losses. ' 'Experts have labeled Wichita 1956 Bronco Schedule OPPONENT- .Brewer (Fort Worth) . DATE Sept. 14 . Sept. 21 Birdviile Sept. 28 Greenville .. Oct. 4 ...-..-..-.. Fort Worth Tech Out. 12 D e n i s o n . . . Oct. 19 · ; . Arlington PLACE ,. .Here .. Hefe .. Here . There . There Here . Oct. 26 Wichita Falls There Nov. 2 . . ; . . . . . . . Grand Prairie Here ~ Nov. 9 Irving There Nov. 16 Sherman Here Martin Begins His 5th Year Of Coaching Denton Broncos ZEKE MARTIN FMU- NT Letter* Small Schools Are Heartened By Pass After a small, light (cam from the little-known college called Nofa-c Dame defeated a powerful Army eleven to the tune of 3S-13, the forward pass was "made" in football circles. The unexpected result of the forward pass -- which so astounded Army players that they were unable to think up any defense -- ·lid more to popularize fool ball among the masses than any other single event. ; R gave small colleges, wlwsc Beginning his fifth year as a coach of the Denton High Broncos will be Zeke Martin. Martin, a North Texas graduate ami 3-year all-conference quarterback,- came to Denton as head coach in 1952'after coaching both basketball and football for one year in Denison. Except for 1953 when Walt Parker came back from the service to take over the reins, Martin lias been the Bronco's head coach the entire time. During.his three years as head mentor, be has compiled a record of 12 wins and II losses with no ties. Martin lettered four years at North Texas and was named to the all-conference team for three of them. After graduating in 1951, h* went to Denison for one year and then came to Denton High in J952. His best .year stuce talcing over the reins of the Broncos was last year when his I9S5 Hosses piled 4 wins and 6 losses. This year sees Denton moved iip into tA competition for the first time. In their district are such ,-crcnnial powers as Wichita Falls, Grand Prairie,-and Arlington. Martin is married and has two boys, one 4 years old and the other 2 and ,1 half. loams were made up chiefly of light men, courage to face the larger colleges. By using the forward pass, they felt they vrooM 1* mi more even terms n'irh the "bruisers" on the teams of larger colloyes. Jim Eaves Puts Bronco Linenien : Helping Zeke Martin prepare the Broncos for 1956 season wHI be Jim Eaves;; a new face to mast Denton -residents. . . ' ' Eares takes over 'is Jine coach after spending one year- a t Teiirkana: and three « ' Gainesvffle similar doties. He is a graduate of .Stephen '".F. Austin College", where be -was an all-conference: guard and a 4-year let- terwinner. '·/-"- ·' After his graduation from the East Texas school, Eaves went to Texarkana where he served as assistant coach for one year. He then was line coach at Gainesville for three years, and came to Denton last spring. JIM EAVES Falls, the only .district school which was .in 4-A last year as. the solid choice for the' district title, foBowed by Grand Prairie anc Arlington in that order. Denton, Sherman, and Denison are tagged as underdogs. With no returnees at the vita quarterback slot in Martin's formation, h: has moved Don Lewis, a tetterman end, to the position in ii effort -to fill the gap left by Jim's ..Adam's', graduation.. Also working .at the man-under slw is Jackie Doyle, a member of the Pony squad last year. ON THE GROUND "At the moment, it looks like we're going; to move on ;· the ground," .--answered : the coach when asked abort the type of of fense planned.for this fan.."WeTl probable rely on our ground game for yardage." Martin stated that his backs would be faster than last year but only.of average.speed. "We'l have a better overall. speed than in IS55. =: he said. "Don Lewis has been looking pretty good considering he's never played the position before," Mar tin said. At this time, the big 175-poum blond appears to have an edge on Doyle in their battle for starting honors. STRONG MIDDLE The Broncos appear to be the Sw.nk Not Listed As 1955 Pre-Season A-A The waste of naming an All American foolba!! team before the start -of the season is exemplified by the glaring absence of Jim Swink, TCU halfback, from me such national magazine selection last rear. Bobcat Prospects Look Good With 4 Returning Lettermen CELINA - With four leUermcn and six squadmen returning, Celina bears watching this season when it opens defense of the district title it won last year. Coach Vaughn (Buddy) Smith's Bobcats topped the district last year as they roared through 10 straight games without a defeat. Their only loss coming at the hands of Oklaunion in the bi-district playoff. In his two years of coaching the B^nan team M Celina, Smith has piled op a record tf 17 wins and 2 losses. Both losses were to team.-; which went on to win re- gional, the highest division tha 6-man teams play. Prospects look bright for 1*56 with Ray Pinion, a 2-year all-district back, returning for his fourtl letter. The big 19S-ponnaer is slat ed tor the fallback stat in the Bobcats' single-wing formation. "We switched from the T for motion which we used last year to the single-whig to utilize Pin ion's power," said Coach Sniitli "I don't want to waste him as When asked about Ms prospect for this year, Smith replied, "With a ntOe luck, we ~i nave another season like 1955.*" . . lave : foor ItU«nrinbers,bjck -alt harfbackiiThre*: stiors^ Don, Chaney, Eddie Boyd, and Mack ifassey, and one junior, John Mack Thomas, are the returnees. Martu. stated ..that Chaney has e» : /switched to . fullback and would prtbablyibe a regular there. 3iiney was a : starter at defensive halfback in thejearly part of 1955 season ^before'a : broken hand side- , liipl hjmv ; : ' Other boys 'lagged for starting honors by Martin, arc John (Cotton) Hall, at tackle and Dan Thomas at guard. Both are up from last year's Pony squad. EDGE GIVEN In the backfield, .Martin gives Charles Harlow and Bobby Steele the edge over letterwinners Massey and'Thomas for starting halfback positions. Both Steele and Harlow are juniors who played with the 1955 ponies. · : . A big question mark looms at tie wicg slob right now. Two probable-starters have been sidelined, with only one experienced replacement on hand. Charles Horton, a* 1955 letterwinner, was declared -SCholasticaHy ineligible, while the status of Carroll (Nubbin) Jolly is still doubtful. He has · been out of action from a back injury, until this week arid may not be able to play regularly this fall. · · ·- : Martin staled that Gary Shaw and Don Gammon will probably get the nod for starting honors at the end slots. Both played with the Pony squad last year. Gammon is 160-pound junior while. Shaw, a 150-pound senior, earned a numeral with the Ponies in 1955. ·--. .; LOSS i One loss which hurt the Broncos was that. of starting tackle Bill Campbell. A regular during 1955, Campbell. suffered a knee injury which has definitely knocked him off the rosier for this season. Another injury which may hurt the Broncos is the loss of letterman Bob White for an indefinite period. The 170-pound guard hurt his knee in a scrimmage with Gainesville and may be out for the season. END6 -- Qirf Sttw, ISO-It*, «·,, A I, Pony aqoAd; . Don Gammon, l«0-lbs.. Jr.. « I*ony iquad; Jerry Plniston; D«l« Brown. 155-lbs.. soph., ta Jr. high; Mike Smith, 16O-Ib.. g.. 90, squadman, TACKLES -- John (Cotton)'Hall, 165-lb., )r_ 7i;. Pony «ru»d; Jem fntHts, ITS-Jtu.; jr., 7», it; G«rr Santeert, lS5-Ib.. ' Jr., 54. Pony ·quad. · · ! · ( · GUARDS -- Ronnie William*, I7S-n, «r., 6*. 1L;' Dim Thomai, 195-Vb., w. «0, Pony squad; D«id Eobtason. 155-lb., Jr; 67, Pony aquad; Tom H«to, l«Mb., ar. M, Pony squad; Mitchell WelU, 180-lb Jr., 61. Pony aquvi. CKN'i'KHS -- Don Brown. ISS-lb, IT. 51, 1L; Jerrj Trj. 195-lb.. Jr, SI, Pony squad; Cart Greening, 140- Ih. Jr^ S3. Pony aquad. HALFBACKS -- Chaife* Harlow, 140-lb., Jr., SS, Pony squad; Bobby St»el«. l«5-!b. jr.. 35. Pony squad- Mack Kaiser, 155-H., ST.. 37? it; John Mack TlM«oa». l*S-lb. Jr. 45, 1L; Jerry Bramner, 140-lb. Jr 32, Pony squ»S; D»rld Runnels. 135-lb Jr.. as. Pony scraad; Bddle Boyd^ 150-rb, ··., M. 1L; Ruben JaniM, 140-tb. »r., 30. Pony squad. PDIiBACKS -- Don Chanty, 19t lb, «., 40. SL; Hulen BoHw, 179- lb.. 4«. Pony squad. QUARTERBACKS -- Don l«5-r»., «., 4«. n,; Jackie 140-lb.. Jr., », Pony squad.

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