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Let's start a discussion of games from the field, the lockers, the sidelines and the bleachers ...
Well, there they were. The ball was at the half-inch line, the game on the line. The players were drenched in sweat, some in blood as well. The quarterback called the play in the huddle. The defense was waiting. The offense approached the line and got down in its stance, eyes glinting with purpose.
The defense was on edge, waiting to hold the line and prevent a touchdown that would win the game. The tension in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife.
Both the offense and the defense were ready, glaring at each other across the line, intent on imposing their will on the other; one to snare the win, one to preserve the lead.
The crowd was at full throat on both sides of the stands, some for the home team, some for the invader. The cheerleaders were giving it their all, inciting the crowd to even higher fervor.
The quarterback got under center, looking over the defensive line for any weakness that could be exploited. The defense was looking for any gap in the offensive line that could be breached and preserve the victory, in this the last play of the game.
Then they called the game due to lightning.
I've been attending Etown High School since I was 2, even as a little person I was aware of "Panther Pride", it was something in the air, (hopefully this will appear again in the near future) but regardless of the weather, there was always a pack stadium !!! and I when I got older and went to high school, I couldn't wait to recieve my first "homecoming mum". kinda of sad they don't do that anymore. I was lucky enough to watch teams of the late 60's, 70's, and early 80's, when Gary Inman,Ernie Lewis, Big Chuckie Ratliff, Mousey Johnson, my husband Jackie Dupin, Richard Thomas, Pat Donnelly, Tommy Kerrick, Joe Long, Jon Groseclose, David Tozocko, John Logsdon,the Haire brothers, the Welch brothers as well as Carl Williams, Norman Cleaver, Steve Johnson. Maybe these new Panthers need to meet some of these old Panthers, there's no Panther like an old Panther!! Carol Sanders Dupin, EHS 1976
For me it has to be the Unbeaten Panthers of 1957. I believe the last
E-town High School unbeaten season was 1957. I was lucky to play on this
team. I was a small part of something I consider great. 1957, first
year for a great Head Coach, Bill Hogg. E-town was ranked as one of the
top teams in Ky all year and we beat Shelbyville in "The Burley Bowl"
at Shelbyville for what was considered the State Championship. This
was before the playoff system in place today. Thanks for the memories!
The last undefeated and only state championship for E-town football was in 1969. They had Ernie Lewis, Doug Sexton, Tommy Welch, and Richard Thomas to name a few. I am sure the 1957 team was great too, but the 69' team has the state championship.
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