Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 3, 1972 · Page 85
Get access to this page with a Free Trial
Click to view larger version

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 85

Charleston, West Virginia
Issue Date:
Sunday, September 3, 1972
Page 85
Start Free Trial

Page 85 article text (OCR)

for carrying cut the duties of coaching football, basketball and baseball. Prior to inheriting 30 of the team's losses when he took the Asherton job in 1971, the extent of his coaching experience was the season he spent directing the 1970 Oklahoma School for the Deaf team to a 5-5 season record. In his first year at Asherton he exuded the brand of enthusiasm and confidence which has led local supporters to believe that the future promises more positive accomplishment from their young heroes. That he never played a single down of high school or college football, confining his modest athletic career to playing second base for Stonewall (Okla.) High, is of little concern to Trojan fans. Question his devotion to the game, and half a dozen townspeople will point out that he spent part of the summer taking a course titled "Fundamentals of Coaching Football" at West Texas State University. Praise from priest "His ability to relate to the youngsters of the community," notes a local priest, Father Francisco, "has already had a strong, worthwhile effect on the young people. Maybe he hasn't won any football games yet but he has won a great deal of respect from the residents of the community." Since Harlin's arrival, numerous signs of progress have been noticed. When, for instance, nearby Carrizo Springs decided it would replace its Scoreboard, he asked for and was given their old one. Thus, the first electric Scoreboard in Asherton High history now occupies a prominent place on the south end of the 500- seat Trojan Stadium. "There was," says Booster Club president Mariano Garcia, "great improvement last year. The season before he came the team didn't even score--not a point in 10 games." Last year the Trojans lost one by only 26-20, another by 16-8, and allowed no more than 48 points to any single opponent. "I'd have to say I'm fairly tough on the kids," Coach Harlin says. "Since we have no junior high program or B-team, our players step right into varsity competition with little or no background in football. I do my best .to prepare them as quickly as possible. "We've got the same kind of training rules that everyone else does and the players are expected to adhere to them. If they don't they're dropped from the team. If someone misses practice without a legitimate excuse, he is dismissed. The players have accepted the rules, however, and I have had no discipline problems at all." Time was when the Trojans sported head coach, decided to quit, and accepted a job at nearby Crystal City. "I've been back to watch them play a few times," he says, "and it makes me sad. They try hard--you have to give them credit for that. You know, I'm a part of that losing streak. Ten games' ROGERS DEC-ORATIONI« OF INDEPENDENCE FREEDOM , LATEX ,, HOUSE PAINT YOUR RIGHTS: FREEDOM to insist on a quality house paint at the right price. One that offers a wide range of colors, applies easily, covers beautifully, protects like an American dream. ROGERS does. Thaf s why we bill it, "The great paint buy for young America!' See the guarantee on the label. "and see all the equipment they haJe; the blocking dummies, projectors, rubdown tables and things like that. Sometimes it makes you stop and wonder if the losing streak is all our fault." At Asherton there is no movie projector with stop action button for the review of game films. There are, for that matter, no game films taken. Nor can coach Harlin afford the luxury of scouting upcoming opponents. There are no funds set aside for things like stocking a modern training room or purchasing such practice aids as blocking dummies. Last year was the first time in three years that school officials were able to present letter jackets to the graduating senior players. "There is no question," says Superintendent Coleman Bailey, himself a veteran of 13 years of high school coaching, "that fielding a football team puts a financial burden on our budget, but we feel it is a vital part of the overall school program. Coach Harlin is doing a good job and is enthusiastic about what he's doing. He was offered another job last summer but chose to stay here and see that we break the losing streak. His dedication has begun to rub off on the kids and the community." Town talks Your choice of latex or gloss colors "VCO M Gallon Surprise! White is only ROGERS PAINT PRODUCTS available at SHERWIN-WILLIAMS STORES See Yellow Pages under paint for the location of the store nearest you. the proud reputation of a hard-nosed, aggressive, winning football team. The "Mean Mexicans," rivals used to respectfully call them. There was the district championship in '62, a near title in '65 and a 5-4 mark in '66. There has not been a winning campaign since. In 1968 the team failed to win a single game, and Ramiro lamie, a graduate of Asherton High and for eight years its worth. When they break it, I'll celebrate right along with them." When Asherton High janitor Paulo Martinez drives the yellow school bus- full of Trojans to such battlegrounds as Brackettville, Natalia and Mirando City, he transports them to an athletic world they are not familiar with. "We go into the dressing room at another school," says tackle Fred Csrcia, "The football program," says Harlin, "is important to a community like ours. There's not much else to do in town so the football team gives people something to talk about during the week and someplace to go on the weekends. "And, I'd like to think that despite the fact we haven't had much success lately there is something that the kids get out of being a part of the team." Thus, as the new season approaches, the Asherton cheerleaders are practicing yells, planning pep rallies, and painting signs which urge the team to "Stomp the Bulldogs" and "Win No. 1." Mariano Garcia is asking members of the Trojans Booster Club to help in a ticket drive to assure a lull house when the team opens the season this month. Harlin, who is eager for the season to begin, points to the fact that there are eight starters returning from last year's squad. In Asherton, where there is little else, hope springs eternal. They like to think that maybe--just maybe--this will be the year they'll win one.

Get full access with a Free Trial

Start Free Trial

What members have found on this page