Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1940

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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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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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E also had a Junior varsity foot- ball team last fall. George Gerberich was the capable captain of that, and its purpose was to give primary training to those boys who some day hope to make the varsity squad. They played on ly two games and lost both, but their op- ponents happened to be the best teams of this section and we’re proud of them for making the stand they did. Mr. Ralph O’Hair is their most efficient coach and, although this was his first year of coaching experience, he has made excellent progress. And so football season closed as the winter months came on, but we ' ll never forget the grand and glorious times we had on the 1939 football field, nor the fame that was won there for our old Alma Mater! Three cheers for P. H. S.l THE JUNIOR VARSITY PICTURE (Reading left to right) KNEELING EDWARD MANN, Manager BILLY GROSECLOSE, Manager BOBBY STEVENS SECOND ROW Coach O’HAIR KING HARRISON SLICK TENCH DAVID DURMON ROY COLLINS KENNETH FARMER JACK SCOTT H. W. HUFF ULYSSES HULL THIRD ROW BENNIE WEBB EUGENE ADAMS GEORGE GERBERICH DONNIE BRATTON N. D. ARTRIP HERMAN HEARN FOURTH ROW HEZ MALONE MUTT HANEY HERBERT HEARN DICK HAISLIP HERMAN HALL HENSEL HAWKINS REX ANDREWS CLINTON JENNINGS

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