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The Johnson Collection - High School Football (1953-5)

Herbert L. Johnson

Silent | 1953

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  •  4A State Championship game between Odessa (wearing red jerseys) and Houston’s Lamar High School on December 19, 1953, at Rice Stadium in Houston. The Lamar Texans defeated the Odessa Bronchos 33-7, winning the state championship and finishing the season with an 11-0-2 record.  
  •  Lamar’s Walter Fondren went on to play at the University of Texas at Austin from 1955 to 1957 as Head Coach Darrell K Royal’s first quarterback. Lamar Head Coach Bob Schultze also joined the Longhorns as part of Royal’s coaching staff.  
  •  The following season, the Odessa Bronchos (wearing white jerseys) host the Pampa Harvesters. Odessa lost 28-14.  
  •  Pampa High School marching band 
  •  Odessa High School marching band 
  •  Odessa (wearing white) shuts out Midland High School 27-0 
  •  Homecoming queen 
  •  Odessa (wearing red) shuts out Pampa 21-0 
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This home movie captures four Odessa High School football games from the 1950s. In the first, Odessa plays Houston’s Lamar High School in the 4A State Championship game at Rice Stadium on December 19, 1953. The next two come from Odessa’s 1954 season, with games against Pampa High School and Midland High School. The latter is Odessa’s homecoming game, with the crowning of the homecoming queen taking place during halftime. While Odessa loses to Pampa in 1954, the Bronchos shut out the Harvesters the following season, as shown in the film’s final game.