Seventy-plus yards, to be pretty close. QB Johnson then scored on a sneak.
“When we came off the field, Coach McBroom (Coach Larry) was livid, something to the effect that he would call the plays ... that he had more football knowledge in his pinkie ...” Horne recalled.
Too little, but closer.
So, the Cougars had seen the last of the Lions on their home field.
“Sickening,” Johnson echoed old mate Teel’s comment of watching two other teams on Norris Field that December day. “We thought it should be us down there. We had come back from a really bad start,” said Johnson, whose son Christian was a receiver for the Cougars 2008-10, while Teel’s son Cason is a senior linebacker.
Horne, like several Cougars, did not attend the state game.
“I guess I was still mad,” he said. “In retrospect, they were pretty good, especially up front, real good. They had several D-1 players. The QB played college and I think semi-pro. But I am still mad.”
Horne noted that the following summer, he went to FCA Huddle and one of the leaders was none other than Gib Dolezal.
“He said he was glad we didn’t run that cutback play anymore," Horne said.
So that was it for the invasion of Norris Field by foreign powers. Not so much.
The following year, it was déja vu all over again, as the Yogi would say. This time, with old foe Clinton as the invader.
A mirror image for the Cougars. Regular season and playoff losses to Clinton at Norris Field were followed by a Clinton win, 34-13, over Idabel.
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