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Superstitious

This happened in 1953, my junior year, which was Coach Moser's first year with the Eagles. We were going up to play Pampa, and we stopped in Childress to spend the night. After dinner at the hotel, Coach Watkins noticed a piano and started playing. We all gathered around to enjoy it, and he was pretty good. The next day, we drove to Pampa and got beat. As everyone knows Coach Moser was a little superstitious, so he announced the following Monday that Coach Watkins was now prohibited from playing the piano on road trips. 

Jim Millerman, Offensive Halfback and Defensive Safety 1952-54

Courtesy of Eagles! the Team of the Century by Ron Luckie 2011

The Gregory Flip

In 1956 the Eagles were playing somebody, I don't remember who, but it was in Abilene at the old Fair Park Stadium. Glynn Gregory had the ball, and was running down his right sideline. Someone on the other team tried to tackle him, straight on, below the waist. When the player hit him, Glynn did a head over heel flip and just kept on running, never missing a step and scored! I have never seen another football player do that. It was the greatest move I have ever seen. In my opinion there has never been a better high school running back. 

Ron Luckie, Offensive Guard and Defensive End 1956-57

Courtesy of Eagles! the Team of the Century by Ron Luckie 2011

Sam Caudle

In 1955, when we played Lubbock High School, Sam had to play nose to nose with the great E.J. Holub. Sam probably weighed 175 pounds, and was 5 foot 9 inches. E.J. was 220 pounds and six foot, three inches. Sam broke his face mask at least three times during that game by sticking his nose into E.J. Holub's forearm shiver. However, Sam never gave up! We won that game 62-7; primarily because he kept E.J. at bay the entire game. Sam likes to poo poo the face mask business, saying that it was never installed properly. I never saw it break in any of the seven games prior to the Lubbock game!

Stuart Peake, Offensive Guard and Defensive End 1954-56

Courtesy of Eagles! the Team of the Century by Ron Luckie 2011

Pushups

Coach Moser was so incensed by the 35-13 loss to Breckenridge (1954) he instituted a new rule! From that time on, including that game, we had to do one push up for every point that the opposing team would score. I still remember how miserable it was doing 35 pushups in full gear, the following week. However, his plan worked! We hardly allowed any more touchdowns the rest of the year, and in the following years. In the 49 straight wins Abilene High School had between 1954 and 1957 the average score was 36-6. Anybody can do 6 pushups!

Stuart Peake, Offensive Guard and Defensive End 1954-56

Courtesy of Eagles! the Team of the Century by Ron Luckie 2011

Fierce Rivalry

I remember in 1957, we were playing in Breckenridge, Texas. The playing field was surrounded by a chain link fence. John Young tackled a Breckenridge player and slid out of bounds, right behind our bench. John's helmet went under the fence, and he was caught. He could not get loose. The Breckenridge fans were kicking him in the head and stomping his hands while we were trying to pull him out. Would you say that was a little fierce rivalry?

Ronnie Engle, Offensive Tackle and Defensive End 1956-57

Courtesy of Eagles! the Team of the Century by Ron Luckie 2011

Dining with Champions

In the 1957 playoffs, we had to play the mighty Amarillo High School Sandies in Amarillo. At the time, they were ranked No. 1 in the state, and were geared to stop our winning streak at 48. We beat them something like 34 to 14!

After the game, at our post game meal, in a large steak house, we were joined by a recently crowned state champion team from New Mexico. These players told us that for winning a state championship, their coach offered them a choice between going to the New Year's Day Cotton Bowl Game in Dallas, or going to Amarillo, Texas to see the Abilene Eagles. They all said "Let's go to Amarillo"

 

Freddie Martinez, Offensive Quarterback, 1956-58

Courtesy of Eagles! the Team of the Century by Ron Luckie 2011