Collection: Juanita Robbins Johnson
Scanned by James Whitlow
1933 Team Members
Front row: Coach Buddy Waldron, John Bill Goodwin, Carrol McCarrol, Jessie Wike, Ray Corknaw, Glendon Chaney, Martin Luther Wike, Shannon Albright, Roy Smith
Second Row: Powell Phillips, Sloan Sudduth, Walter whittaker, Merle Curley Shaw, Carl Polston, Thad Felts, Paul Goodwin, Jack McComas, Kermit Kaplen, Unknown, Unknown
Third Row: Warren Smith, Tom McMullin, Gorden Oliver. Sleepy Arbra Polston, Hubert Rooster McLaughlin, Ted Jones, Alfred Chronister, Fred Paxton, H. G. Stanage, Brooks Logan, Dallo Bennett, Unknown
Hoxie Football – Beginnings, Split Term, and Rebirth
Hoxie started their football program in 1924 and continued playing until the 1947 season. At that time, country schools districts such as Arbor Grove, Williams, Minturn, Sedgwick, Pugh, Surridge, Whittaker, Lindsey and others started consolidating with Hoxie School District # 46. With these new country schools, it was decided to have a “Split Term” type of school year. The students would get out of school in the middle of May, just in time to chop cotton. The new school year would usually begin the Monday after the Fourth of July and continue until about the first of September. School would again be out for six to eight weeks so the students could work picking cotton. Cotton was the main cash crop for farmers during this time. A saying that was used during this time was “KING COTTON”. Many families depended on chopping and picking cotton for their living. For this reason, football was discontinued at Hoxie as a school sport. The Hoxie School District continued the “Split Term” from 1947 until the end of 1965 school year. Four years later, in the fall of 1969, a new head football coach from Crawfordsville, Mr. Bobby Watson, revived the football program at Hoxie which has continued to this day with Mr. Tom Sears as the present head football coach.
1933 Football Season
The 2013 Hoxie Mustangs have started their football season with a record of 7-0. This is one of the best starts in Mustang Football history. I’m sure as the 1933 Hoxie Mustangs Football Team started practice eighty years ago, they had high hopes of having a winning season. Things started off well, winning three of the first four games before injuries took its toll. They ended the season with 4 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie. The following is copied from the November 23, 1933 issue of the PARAGOULD SOLIPHONE newspaper which tells about the Hoxie football season:
Paragould Will Invade Foreign Soil This Week
The Bulldogs of the Paragould High School, coached by Jack Dale, are busily engaged this week in preparation for the annual game with the Hoxie Mustangs, which contest will be played Friday afternoon on the Hoxie gridiron. Last year the Paragould team won by a score of 31 to 6 on the Harmon play field gridiron.
Hoxie has had a poor season. The squad has six lettermen from last year’s squad. Injuries have kept three of these six veterans at home or on the bench most of the season. A dislocated knee, a dislocated elbow, a fractured jaw and a broken bone in the foot has crippled four members of the Mustang team.
The Mustangs have met three teams that Paragould has played this year. Hoxie lost to Piggott 14 to 0, lost to Walnut Ridge 20 to 7 and played a scoreless tie at Sloan-Hendrix. Paragould defeated Piggott 19 to 12, lost to Walnut Ridge 12 to 7 and defeated Sloan-Hendrix 50 to 0. The Hoxie team has won three, lost five and tied one. Hoxie defeated Tuckerman 12 to 0, won over Pocahontas 13 to 0, lost to Marianna 20 to 7, defeated Rector 13 to 0, lost to Augusta 13 to 6, bowed to Piggott 14 to 0, lost to Corning 7 to 0, lost to Walnut Ridge 20 to 7 and battled Sloan-Hendrix to a scoreless tie.
The Hoxie starting line-up will be; Bennett, left end; P. Goodwin, left tackle; McMillon, left guard; Shaw, center; Towell, right guard; Sudduth, right tackle; Phillips, right end; Albright, quarterback; J. Goodwin, right half; M. Wike left half and J. Wike, fullback. Teel, guard or tackle, a second year man, and Chancy, a first year man, will see action as each has recovered quickly from a dislocated elbow and fractured shoulder respectively.
According to the ARKANSAS GAZETTE in the Sunday, November 26 issue, A safety in the third period gave the Hoxie Mustangs, coached by Buddy Walden, a 2 to 0 victory over the Paragould Bulldogs. Hoxie scored when Jesse Wike, quarterback, punted out of bounds on Paragould’s eight-yard line from midfield. Hugh Ketchum, Paragould quarterback, fumbled but recovered the ball back of his goal line for a safety.
This is what the ARKANSAS GAZETTE said about the Walnut Ridge- Hoxie game on November 10, played at Walnut Ridge:
Walnut Ridge Wins 20 to 7 Game From Hoxie
The Walnut Ridge Bobcats, without a victory over their neighbor foe, the Hoxie Mustangs, for two years, won here this afternoon, 20 to 7. Kell scored one touchdown and Lessie Halliburton scored two touchdowns for the Bobcats. Craig made two extra points with place kicks. J. Wike scored for Hoxie in the last quarter after a sustained drive carried the ball to the Bobcats’ 10-yard line. Cheney kicked the goal. Captain Ahlsteadt, Corbett, Hillburn, Kelly and Bolin played sensationally in the line for the Bobcats, while Teel and Sudduth were outstanding for Hoxie.
The best of luck to both the Hoxie Mustangs and Walnut Ridge Bobcats as the 2013 regular season and playoffs continue. Just think, eighty years from now in 2093, your children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren could be reading about your heroic play on the ball field.