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HARDIN-SIMMONS The 1940 edition of the Centenary College Football Squad has just finished a season that will long be remembered as the season, which, although not the most successful ever played by the Maroon and White, was one of credit to a new coach and a bunch of Sophomores. The final results showed that the Gentlemen had dropped seven and won three. Coach Hanna and the Squad Four sharpshooters ready to tire STS a ■•: ■ •• -. •■.•• ' . ' ■.•. ' ■:- ' •-.•••■ :••■:■::•;■ ' ■.■ ' .••.■• ' -.■■ ' ' ' ,•■ ' . ' ' -
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AND HIS STAFF The fourth man on the coaching staff this year was a new man, Norman Buckner. Coach Buckner received his athletic experience at Tulane University where he was an Ail-American guard on the football team. His duties were concerned with the Freshmen, whom he coached in both football and basketball. As assistant to Buckner, Centenary retained the services of Alvin Birkelback, captain of the 1939 gridiron squad, who added his college experience to complete the coaching staff. Not a member of the coaching staff proper, but certainly one of the most valuable cogs in the athletic ma- chinery is Marvin " Hoot " Gibson, who for many years has been handling the training of the Gents. " Hoot " is a landmark around the gym and his services to the department are indispensable. .jsmM Norman Buckner, B. ofE. Freshman Coach of E., Tulane University, 1938. Marvin A. Gibson, A.B. Trainer A.B., Centenary College, 1934. Alvin Birkelbach Assistant Freshman Coach Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees Charlton Lyons, Chairman John McCormack Allen Morris Henry O ' Neal Bonneau Peters Athletic Committee of the Faculty Bryant Davidson E. L. Ford John A. Hardin A. Marvin Shaw Charlton Lyons
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FIRST FOE But even this is not so bad when you discover that two of their conquerors were undefeated for the season and that a third was the runner-up in the Southwest Confer- ence race. The Gentlemen squad, composed mainly of a fighting band of Sophomores, opened the season by dropping a heartbreaker to the Cowboys from Hardin-Simmons by a 15-13 count. The Maroon and White warriors fought a brilliant uphill battle, for after trailing by two touchdowns in the first half, they came back to lead the Cowboys 1 ) % Coach Smith 13-12 going into the last few minutes, only to have vic- tory snatched from their grasp by the twenty-five yard field goal of Murray Evans, substitute center. Evans is the same player whose extra point caused the Gentlemen a 7-6 defeat in the 1939 campaign. Although the Gents played their hearts out to win this initial contest, the last-minute kick gave the Texans the game, but in Owen Goodnight and " Scat " Russell, the Gents met two of the finest backs in the Southwest, who went on to lead their team to an undefeated season.
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