Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

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Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby WTXScribe » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:57 pm

Howdy. My name is Amy McDaniel, I am the small-schools sports reporter for the San Angelo Standard-Times. Our website is gosanangelo.com.

I am looking for anyone with knowledge of the history of Mertzon Irion County's six-man football days.

I know the last season of six-man football was 1976 and first in 11-man was 1977. I know some of the coaching history but not all.

I would LOVE to hear from former players but really just anybody who had any experience playing or coaching against the Hornets.

You may send me a private message via the website here or email me at amy.mcdaniel@gosanangelo.com -- that might be the quickest way to get ahold of me because I don't always have the time every day to check back here, although I love reading this board.

And for full disclosure, the last six-man coach for the Hornets was my father, O.K. Wolfenbarger, and my brother played from 1972-75. The football and track field facility at Irion County was named for my father in 2000, during the football season after he passed away in April of that year.

Thanks for any help you folks can give me.
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Re: Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby Leman Saunders » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:19 pm

1971 Regional Championship game vs Highland played at Lake View HS in San Angelo. This was an upset as Highland beat Mertzon earlier in the season and would probably have been the front runner for a state title if they had those in 1971 (last year of the old format for 6man of just two rounds of the playoffs)

Highland is in white
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzJaMaorvdk

This is a video of 1955 Garden City football parts of games including against Mertzon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T9H5GC5ZmY
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Re: Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby Old Bearkat » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:13 pm

Hey Amy,

A lot of Irion County Football scores, coaches, etc is on http://lonestarfootball.net/
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Re: Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby WTXScribe » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:09 pm

Let me clarify....I'm pretty up on the sources for historical information and even film and photos, although I'm sure there are some places that I've missed.

But good reading material needs personality. So I'm looking for people: Coaches, athletes, fans, administrators.

I've got a few places on facebook that I know are Mertzon-Irion populated, so I'm asking the same things there, but just thought I throw this out there for folks who wouldn't necessarily be poking around in those local haunts.

Thanks, y'all.
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Re: Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby Old Bearkat » Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:30 am

How are the Standard-Times archives? You might get a good story about the 1958 district battle between Forsan, Garden City, and Irion County from those. The Big Spring Herald had a lot of good game articles that year, but mostly from the viewpoint of Forsan and Garden City.

It was a great battle for the right to get clobbered by Borden County in the bi-district game. Mertzon beat Forsan, Forsan beat Garden City, and Garden City beat Mertzon. Going into the last week of the season, Garden City was set to take the district title in a 3-way tie, but was upset by Water Valley who had won only one other game that year.
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Re: Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby Old Bearkat » Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:31 am

There are also not many folks from that time around still.
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Re: Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby Blue Bird » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:34 pm

OBK, was this Sixman, eightman or crowded field?
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Re: Mertzon-Irion County six-man history

Postby Old Bearkat » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:01 pm

Blue Bird wrote:OBK, was this Sixman, eightman or crowded field?


8 man, the first year for it. Mertzon had changed Sterling City for the district title in 1957, which was the last year for 6 man. Mertzon, Christoval, and Water Valley went back to 6 man in 1960 in a district with Flower Grove and Dawson.
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