years later, Lynne Ledley sent an e-mail to nearly two dozen other
members of the Class of 1965. Here's part of it. Lynne
still lives in Richwood, where the local high school is now called
you would be interested in this article
in last night's Marion Star. Each week they feature a different
team and this is North Union/Richwood's week to stroll down memory
lane. They interviewed Chris Somerlot, Bob Webb and John Adams
from the 1963 football team.
football game that stands out in my mind is the very first game in
1961, our freshman year. As a band, we goofed off in practice,
so that Friday night when we played Marysville at home, we marched
onto the field in a block, played our music, and marched off.
That was also the time Mr. Shoemaker cussed us out, much to our
parents' horror! We did shape up after that. Oh, those
were the days.
time I see the NU band march, I want to yell at them to pick up
their feet and look sharp. When they parade through town they
look awful! They don't play bright, peppy music like a marching
band should slow, long-haired stuff!
other game I remember is also from our freshman year. We
played Cardington at home; they beat us 52-0, and Sam Smith got
hurt. Cardington had the Crum brothers or cousins, and they
were big guys.
anyone knows some of our other classmates' e-mail addresses, I would
love to add them to my list so we can keep in better contact.
to hear from you. I share some of your your
recollections. I remember Mr. Shoemaker (Mrs. Shoemaker too!!)
and that fact that the band was pretty special under his tutelage.
remember that Cardington game our freshman year, too. As a
student manager, I was on the sidelines.
I recall, Coach Drodofsky had introduced a "box formation"
offense to take advantage of our team's running talents. The
four guys in the backfield were arranged in a square.
don't remember the terminology, but there were two upbacks behind
the guards, and two tailbacks behind them: senior co-captains
#6 Sam Smith and #7 John Morrison, seen here in photos from the 1962 Tigrtrax yearbook.
center could snap the ball directly to any of the four backs.
Usually it went to either the left tailback or the right tailback,
and we then were immediately set up for a power sweep to the opposite
side. No need to wait for a handoff or a pulling guard; the
runner already had the ball, with three other backs out in front of
him to block.
Tigers were 4-0 in 1961 until Cardington came to town and ended the
season for both our starting tailbacks. Sam suffered a
fractured leg, as I recall.
the Monday after a game, team practices always began with the
showing of the game film in the gym. The coach made comments
throughout. But when he came to the play that broke Sam's leg,
he fell silent. He ran the film back and forth a couple of
times so that we could see what happened, and then we moved on.
had to adapt our offense to the players we had left, which meant
that we had to change from a running team to a passing team.
The box formation was modified.
two upbacks remained, but one of the tailbacks was now set out as a
flanker. The other tailback became a shotgun quarterback, with
sophomore #5 Dan Kyle (right) pressed into service in that role.
team won only one more game that year after Cardington.
Thomas, September 28, 2002