FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS  - '52 Glory Days
 

52

 

TAIL GATE PARTY -
 The setting of the evening was the match of the Fighting N.D.H.S. Bulldogs against the Moises E. Molina Jaguars at Franklin Field on Friday, October 15, 2010.  Gil Sandoval and the NDHS Booster Club (www.ndhsboosterclub.ihigh.com) provided a pre-game tailgate party to start it off with a Bar-b-que meal and a tailgate party that was attended by Bulldog supporters.  
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Barbara and Corky McGee Bob McCauley and George Cole Carl Hearne and Ray McClung David Abbott and Barbara McGee David Abbott, Arthur Krueger, Paul Delfeld, Richard Cook, and Ray McClung George Cole, Bob McCauley, and Jeanne Stern Laurie Jim Tinsley, Ray McClung, Richard Cook, and David Abbott
Kelly Parks and Tail Gate participants Kelly Parks, Jerry Polen, Corky McGee, and Arthur Krueger Paul Delfeld, Richard Cook, Ray McClung, Arthur Krueger, and David Abbott Carol Coker, Paul Delfeld and Carl Hearne Arthur Krueger and Ray McClung Arthur Krueger, Jim Tinsley, and Richard Cook Arthur Krueger, George Cole and Corky McGee
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Jerry Polen and Kelly Parks George Cole David Abbott and Richard Cook Carl McGee and Paul Delfeld Jerry Polen Corky and Barbara McGee and Kelly Parks Carl Hearne (wishing that he was on the field playing)
 
1952 PLAYERS HONORED
 - Kelly Parks arranged for players on the roster of the 1952 Championship NDHS football team to be honored on the field before the game.  See video below:
Championship 1952 NDHS Football Team Honored - 10/5/2010 on Vimeo

 
1952 PLAYER INTERVIEW
Paul Delfeld - It's not a game - it's a contest
Jeanne Stern Laurie - 1952 Bulldog Cheerleader
Richard Cooke - Remembers Coach Hyde's Thank You Letter
Carl Hearne - "Lubbock suited up 125 players, we had 30"
Kelly Parks - "how this event happened"
David Abbott - "we lost by four blocked punts"
Corky McGee - "challenges we faced"
1952 PLAYER STATEMENTS

From Robert Burgess - quarterback - Before the 1952 season Jim Lawson, of the Dallas Times Hearld, wrote an article with a headline of:  North Dallas Boasts Experineced Eleven. And, in his very first paragraph he stated that ND had experience at every position. And, that ND could very well bid for the Dallas championship. As it turned out, Jim Lawson was right.  In 1950 ND had a record of 0 wins and 10 defeats.  In 1951 ND had 4 wins and 6 defeats.  But in 1952 we had the same coaches but we had a different group of players who wanted to win, not just play and go out after the game.  We didn't have the largest team that year or the fastest team, but we had a fighting attitude second to none.  We also had school spirit. Our side of the stadium was always full of students and teachers cheering us on.  And the players could hear it. What a great combination!!!

 As I'm writing this I'm looking at our 1952 team picture.  Sure there were a lot of outstanding players like, Delfeld, Ernie, Polen, Kingcaid, Cooke, McGee, Coker, Degrazier, Greer, Mayo Neal, Verble, Edgar Phillips, Farley, Chester, George Cole, Sellers, McCauley, Abbott, and many others.  Too many to single out.  But most of all we had a team.  And, importantly we had the same coaches ND had in 1950 when the team went winless.  So, what was the difference?  It was the players and the spirit ND had that year.  It even carried over to 1953 when the team only lost one game and went 9 and 1. Guess to whom...Woodrow Wilson.  Yes, it's the players who make a team, who decide individudally what they want to contribute and how much effort they want to put out.  With the right mix of attitude and determination we found, that year of 1952, very little could not be achieved.  We were called a "Cinderella" team in 1952 by sport writers...a team which rose above expectation and achieved the unexpected. But, as players we expected to win, as losing was the unexpected. 

That 1952 team had fun both at practice field and during the game.  As mentioned, we simply did not want to lose.  Did we lose?  Yes we did but not often.  And, after losing we were not a happy group.  We always thought if we could just play that team again we would beat them!  Defeat was not what we were expecting. Every player on the 1952 team, regardless of how often they played, added more to the success of the team than they ever thought at the time.  Our practices were intense and our competitiveness between each other was strong.  As a result each player had a sense of personal success and pride, and was proud to be a team member.  We walked the halls with our heads high.   Yes, 1952 was a great year for football at North Dallas!  I still remember it like it yesterday.  Great memories!! 

From Tony DeGrazier - Fullback - "As I look back through the years that I played football, 1952 at North Dallas was the most inspiring - even greater than my senior year at Baylor when we beat Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl.

The Bulldogs of '52 did not have a legacy of football brilliance; our school lost every game in '50 and won only four in '51.

Our '52 team was as undersized as our school, less than 900 students. I remember that Lubbock, our State Semi-final opponent had about 3,000 students. However, in spite of the lack of numbers and size, we could field a starting line-up with a quarterback who had a rifle arm, a running back who left the opposition in disbelief, an All American guard who weighed 145 pounds, great speed at the flanker positions and a fullback with the size of a tackle.

Moreover, our line on both offense and defense was efficient and tough on every down. We lost our first district game to Woodrow Wilson knowing that we played poorly. After that and some soul searching, we won every game until the State Semi-final. We can know that it might have been a different outcome if we had not sustained so many key injuries, but Lubbock had a strong team and a lot more depth. You have got to believe that our '52 team and it's highly competitive culture gave all of us a sound foundation for future challenges."

INTERVIEW WITH BILLY VERBLE OVER THE PHONE -

SORRY YOU MISSED THE 1952 “GLORY DAYS” EVENT - I wish I could have joined you guys at that event.  There was never as good a season as 1952, without question. We had a remarkable team.

WHO WAS THE TOUGHEST OPPOSING TEAM? - Woodrow Wilson game was one of the toughest games until we got to Lubbock,

WHO WAS THE TOUGHEST PLAYER YOU WENT AGAINST?  - It was Glen Branch of Crozier Tech.  He was a 150-pound all city player who was extremely hard to work.  He was a funny guy. I once asked Glen how he made all-city and he told me that after every tackle he would run over and stand near the tackled player and turn his back to the press box so they would see his number.  I still talk to Glen occasionally. 

WHERE DID YOU GO TO GRADE SCHOOL?  I went to James Bonham grade school and Maple Lawn where I pitched softball.

WHERE DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE? I interviewed at Tulsa University with Robert Burgess to see if we wanted to play there after high school.  I decided on Tulsa and played four years there.  Burgess stayed in Dallas and played at SMU.   I became a coach/teacher after graduation.

DO YOU REMEMBER THE SLAP FIGHTS YOU HAD WITH EARL FARLEY?  Yes.  It was a no win for either of us.

DID THEY HURT?  Actually after a while it didn’t hurt any more.  Farley got a scholarship at Rice.  He was a big kidder. Once we were in his backyard having a shooting contest.  We were shooting at an owl in a tree.  No matter how careful I aimed, I missed all my shots.  Later he told me the gun I had was loaded with blanks.

WHAT ABOUT THE COACHES AT NDHS?  I loved Rufus Hyde and Mr. Adkins.  Also Mr. Bollinger was a good baseball coach.  I played first base.  Other memorable players were Red Board, George Poston, Robert Burgess.

I just want to tell all the 1952 players on the NDHS football team that are left that it was a great year.

FROM JERRY POLEN - END - THE 1952 BULLDOG SEASON WAS OUTSTANDING.  WE WORKED HARD AND PLAYED HARD.  EVERY MAN KNEW HIS JOB AND IF ANYONE WAS HURT HIS REPLACEMENT WAS READY TO GO.  WE WERE A TEAM.  MY CHANCE CAME WHEN COACH HYDE SAID HE WAS MOVING DEGRAZIER TO FULLBACK AND HE WANTED TO KNOW IF I COULD PLAY LEFT END.  I SAID YES AND THAT I WOULD NOT LET HIM DOWN.  I DON’T THINK I DID.

SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING PLAYERS WERE:  KINCAID, THE OTHER END, HE KNEW HIS JOB AND DID IT.  BURGESS WAS THE LEADER, DEGRAZIER WAS THE WORK HORSE, WHEN WE NEEDED YARDAGE MANICCHIA WAS THE SPARK PLUG.  IT WAS HARD TO BLOCK FOR HIM---YOU NEVER KNEW WHERE HE WAS GOING TO RUN.

DEFENSE HAD SOME REAL BAD BOYS:  COKER, CHEWNING, VERBLE, FARLEY, KINCAID, HEARNE, HOLCOLM, McGEE.  THESE ARE JUST A FEW, THERE WERE MANY MORE.

THERE ARE TWO PLAYS THAT I REMEMBER WELL.  WOODROW WAS ON OUR 40 YARD LINE—THEY CALLED A RUNNING PLAY RIGHT AT ME.  I KNEW I WAS GOING TO MAKE THE TACKLE, BUT THEIR RIGHT HALF LED THE PLAY.  HE HIT ME IN THE THROAT WITH HIS FIST AND BROKE THE CARTILAGE IN MY ADAMS APPLE.  I WAS SENT TO PARKLAND HOSPITAL AND IN THE AMBULANCE I OPENED MY EYES AND THERE WAS O.S. HOLDING MY ARM AND SAYING I WAS OK AND WE WOULD WIN THE GAME.

THE SECOND PLAY WAS WITH THE UNBEATEN SAN JACINTO GOLDEN BEARS.  IT WAS A DEFENSIVE BATTLE.  I REMEMBER COKER—THE MAN IN FRONT OF HIM KEPT GROWLING AT HIM.  COKER GOT MAD.  THE MAN HAD ONE OF THOSE STEEL FACE GUARDS.  I SAW COKER GRAB IT AND BREAK IT IN HALF.  NO MORE GROWLING FROM THAT GUY.  OF COURSE  THERE WAS THE 62 YARD PASS THAT BURGESS THREW AND KICKED THE EXTRA POINT TO WIN 13 TO 12.

ROAD TRIPS WERE GREAT, GOOD FOOD, GOOD FRIENDS, AND YOU ALWAYS HAD MANICCHIA DOING SOMETHING TO KEEP US LAUGHING.

THE LUBBOCK GAME WAS A DISASTER—WHEN YOUR NUMBER ONE QUARTERBACK AND KICKER IS OUT THE CHANCES OF WINNING ARE SLIM.  WE ALL GAVE IT ALL WE HAD.  I FEEL LIKE WE WERE OUT COACHED.  NONE OF OUR COACHES HAD EVER ADVANCED THIS FAR AND I THINK IT AFFECTED THEM—LUBBOCK’S ROSTER OUT NUMBERED US ABOUT 4 TO 1 TOO.


The 1952 Team (provided by Jerry Polen)
1952

FROM A DALLAS NEWSPAPER - This tells what a great team NDHS fielded in 1952.

 

FOUR BULLDOGS ON COACHES STAR TEAM

      North Dallas, co-holder of the 1952 city championship along with Adamson, placed two lineman and two backs on the Coaches Official All-City football team announced Saturday.

     The coaches’ team, selected by head coaches of the six city high schools in District 4-AAAA coincided for the second straight year with The Times Herald All-City Eleven.

     The North Dallas players, End Jerry Polen and Guard Carl McGee, were the only unanimous choices.  Other Bulldog players named by the coaches were Quarterback Robert Burgess and Fullback Tony DeGrazier.

      Adamson and Woodrow Wilson each garnered two places.  Guard Jackie Wood and Back Freddie Goodman are the Leopard representatives, and Back Bobby Ewell and Tackle David Mitchell, a guard, received three votes at tackle and two at guard to earn a berth as tackle.

      Other players named were End Tommy Kelly, Sunset; Tackle Bill Reinle, Forest; and Center Glen Branch, Crozier Tech.