One Hundred Monkeys in Texas

August 29, 2008

The 300

Filed under: Athletics,High school — alancochrum @ 9:26 pm
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It’s not often that you get to be present for three milestones in your high school alma mater’s history.

In the fall of 1977, my junior year, Arlington’s Lamar High School had a pretty good football program that nevertheless had never made it to the district playoffs. Crosstown rival Sam Houston was ranked fourth in the state of Texas. The Lamar Vikings? Well, not exactly.

But something happened after an offensive shootout with district rival Haltom in which Lamar came off second-best. The following week, Lamar unexpectedly blitzed intracity rival Arlington High, 41-6. The week after that, the Vikings stunned Sam Houston’s Texans, 43-12.

In that fall of 1977, Lamar went to the high school football playoffs for the first time. From my spot in the band, I watched us take a last-minute victory over Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights High School to capture the bi-district crown.

(True, we did have our head handed to us in the regional game with Odessa Permian. But back then, Odessa Permian handed a lot of teams their heads.)

The fall of ’78, my senior year: The Vikings went 10-0 to take their first outright district championship. (The previous year, they had shared the actual title with Arlington but went to the playoffs because they’d defeated the Colts.)

Another bi-district game with Arlington Heights. This time we weren’t so fortunate: a 35-0 loss. But we’d still managed to get those district laurels.

And tonight: With a 41-30 pre-district win over Fossil Ridge High School, Lamar’s Eddy Peach — the only head football coach that the north Arlington high school has ever had — racked up his 300th win. Only a handful of Texas high school coaches can say the same.

And I was there. In the big scheme of things, it’s a small piece of history — but it’s history just the same.

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