Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1940

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Calfee Park, the Orioles clicked on a scoring pass to hang up our hrst win over the Bobcats in a coon’s age. With the ball resting on Radford’s seven yard line and the fourth down coming up, Owens faded back and flipped a pass straight over the middle; Adams caught it in the end zone, nestling it to his chest as the Oriole fans turned loose that tre- mendous victory cheer, stifled since 1931. The winning drive started at Pulaski’s 36 with Captain Berman Gran- tham leading the attack in the best game he’d played that season. With another spectacular victory in the bag, we were ready to push for- ward again, and on October 13 smashed Galax by a distinct overtone of 6-0. The first real disaster of the season occurred on October 20, as Salt ville High took the game in their hands with a re- sulting score of 28-12. However, luck found its way home again on November 3, when we gloriously defeated Chris- tiansburg to the tune of 20-7! Then it was that our schedule pointed out the date of November 10, when we met our greatest rival, Wythe- ville. ’Twas a gala night, and one of the most exciting that Oriole fans had ever experienced. As the colorful motor- cade procession from Pulaski to Wythe- ville left the school, the blare from 150 auto horns rent the air. They were all colorfully decorated in P. H. S. orange and black and were led over the 26 mile route by State Trooper Dalton, being met at Fort Chiswell by Mayor Taylor of Wytheville. Uncovering a deadly, accurate aerial attack that netted hrst downs and scores when thrusts at the line failed, Pulaski ' s Orioles downed the big Maroon eleven 13-7. ' Twas a thrill-a-minute game that kept the tremendous throng, which filled the Evansham held to ca- pacity, continually on its feet. The vic- tory over our traditional rival satisfac- torily avenged our 1938 loss of 14-9 and brought the ’39 Orioles out as one of the best teams Pulaski has ever pro- duced. With the score locked in a 7-7 tie at the end of the third quarter, our Vann- Owens combination again clicked to per- fection on two passes, and in the begin- ning of the last period, Morehead, play- ing a most beautiful game, went over the line to score again amidst the magnani- mous cheering of the thousands that crowded the stadium! That last quarter was the most intense and exciting that any fan could hope for, with the Maroons

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fi fuor OFF THE GRIDIRON Wh EN P. H. S. came out upon the field for the grand and glorious opening of the 1939 gridiron season, our famed eleven was greeted with flying colors mingled with the deafening crescendo of rahs and rahs and sis-boom-bahs that characterize the undying spirit of ye Olde Alma Mater. Several weeks before the beginning of school, our new and, as he’s proved without a doubt, most efficient coach, young John S. Coiner, had appeared up- on the scene; and the boys immediately began training strenuously in order to be in tip-top shape for that first great fight of the season. Coach Coiner is an alumnus of William and Mary, where he coached track and football for a half year. While in college he also starred in foot- ball, baseball, track, tennis and boxing, and participated in various other sports activities. Before coming to P. H. S. he also had a year’s experience in coaching baseball, basketball, and football at Blackstone High School in Blackstone, Virginia. Our curly haired athletic in- structor is a native of Washington, I ). C., and distinctly demonstrated his most attractive personality by immediately gaining the genuine support of every member of our football squad, as well as the sincere admiration of everyone with whom he came in contact. “Actions speak louder than words” was definitely proved by our splendid 1939-’40 sports record. The boys had been training for only a few weeks when, on September 16, they stepped out to their first battle of the year. Morehead, Vann, Owens, Grantham, Hall, Wygal, Hardy, Golden, Huff, Tate, Massie, and Adams were all in that first lineup and, although the Vinton Terriers topped us by a slight margin of 13-6, our undefeated P. H. S. spirit was clearly shown one week later, when we scored a smashing victory over Hillsville and downed them 60-0. Then victory followed victory! On Septem- ber 30, in the first night game our boys had played, Martinsville fell under our victorious charge as we pocketed an- other winning score of 6-0. October 6 found us facing one of our most dreaded rivals. For seven long years the Radford Bobcats had scored successive victories; but this year the tables turned in our favor when, after a sluggish first half under the hot sun at

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steadily battling for the front. But Pulaski staved off a last minute aerial attack that kept hearts in throats, in- tercepted a pass, and as they dashed up the field again, the whistle blew and the game was over! No finer high school football has been witnessed in many a day and the celebration is one to be re- membered always. Even though we met defeat in the last two games of the season with Nar- rows and Marion by scores of 36-6 and 7-6 respectively, we’re exceptionally proud of our team. They licked both Radford and Wytheville in one all-pow- erful, mighty, and glorious stride! Captain Berman Grantham cer- tainly proved his ability in leading his team to so many victories, and every single lineman stood out in the most spectacular plays of the season. John- ny Wygal, one of our most outstanding stars of 1939, was unanimously chosen captain for 1940, and with such a leader we have every reason for looking for- ward to an equally wonderful season next year. Any team with such a record must have had some unusually good managers and so we look to Edward Carney and Ronald Vaughan, his young assistant. Edward has always been interested in sports and certainly did a grand job of managing, while Ronnie’s efficiency was proved when he was selected to be man- ager of both our basketball and baseball teams. VARSITY FOOTBALL SQUA1) LINE BACKFIELD JOHNNY WYGAL IUI. I. HARDY JOHN TATE EUGENE HUFF HOWARD GOI.DEX TOM MASSIE CONNIE ADAMS DONALD MOREHEAD MOODY VANN FORREST OWENS BERMAN GRANTH M FOY HALL

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