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Page 8 Sports & [{d00ao :ation Thursday, September 15, 2011 This is the team photo of Jug-Nuts, who were the winners of the Boys and Girls Club, ffLeF1 )re Countv s FirstAnnual Co-Ed Softball Tourna- ment held on Saturday, Septe toer 10, 2011 at the PARC in Poteau. Con- gratulations is in order!! The Lady Wolves are the 2011 LeFlore County Jounior High Softball Champs. Shown above are Kayle Huckaby, Cheyanne Cranfield, Jodie Hill, Erika Lemay, Christian Schiffner, Kajea Ary, Makenzie Wilson, Tayler Ollie, Shelby Smith, Emily Yandell, Megan Alexander, Makaylee Wilson, S]'d i aey Crase, Mason Shubert, and Abbi Moody. Also pictured are coache s J lodale Sanders and Jennifer Moody. Congratulations on a job well done everyone!!! Davis, 78, Heavener's First Only Pro Player By John Inman Jack Davis has likely been Heavener's best- ', kept secret for years. The former Wolves football star, who went on to play at Oklahoma University, Arizona and later with the Denver Broncos of the old AFL, is living in Poteau after a successful high school coaching career in California. Davis, 78, is Heavener's only pro football player, according to database Football,com. "I was actually drafted by the (Washington) Redskins, but 1 didn't make the team and went back to college to get my Master's degree," said Davis, "There was a pro team in Tucson (Ariz.). I played for The Tucson Rattlers and they moved to Denver. and were renamed the Denver Broncos." Oddly enough an Oklahoma assistant, Pete Elliot, saw Davis as a senior in high school play basketball against Poteau and believed he could play football for the Sooners. Davis was offered a scholarship to OU and was on the freshman team in 1951 when the legendary Bud Wilkinson was head coach. Davis, however, was married and joined the U.S. Marines Corps in 1953 where he also played football in San Diego and Camp Pendleton (Oceanside, CA). After his discharge from the military, OU was on NCAA probation for helping too many married students, according to Davis. Wilkinson helped him obtain a scholarship to Arizona, which had seen his obvious talent on the football field while in the Marines, and agreed he could indeed play football. In high school at Heavener, Davis was a 6- 0, 170-pounder playing for Trent, but he grew into a mature 6-2, 235- pounder by the time he was drafted by the 'Skins. "I was what you call a late bloomer," laughed Davis. lie remembers, however, playing in Denver when players wore "those awful socks," making reference to the striped orange and black socks the Broncos had in 1960. "I spent one year in Denver, got hurt early in the . season, was activated and played in the last five games (of the '60 season). After Denver, I didn't have any money. I moved to Arizona and went into high school coaching," he noted. Earlier when he failed to make the grade with the Redskins he went back to attend Arizona and finish his degree work, he was making more money than if he had made the team in Washington. "'We didn't get any money when I was drafted. "Zero, there' was no money up front when I signed, .we didn't get paid during exhibition games and I would have only been paid $5,000 had I made the team. "(Quarterback) Eddie LeBaron was the highest paid player (in and he only made $12,000 a year, lamented O av i s .................... "So at Arizona 1 was on scholarship, I got paid as a graduate assistant and I got $250 a game for playing with the pro team in Tucson. That was more than I would have made in Washington." With a Master's degree in hand, he was able to find a job in 1959 coaching high school football. As a head his very first year his team in Page, Ariz. finished with a 9-1 record, allowing 14 points all season. "I thought 1 had the world by the tail, but it didn't take me long to find out differently," said Davis. The very next season, he movedto hnperial, CA (southern California) and coached there three years. From there it was to El Centro, and eventually to Oxnard High School, north of Los Angeles. All told, in 37 years with six high schools, he carved a 197-114 won-loss record, claimed a state championship (back in Arizona at Apache Junction, a Class B school) and was inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame. He also coached in the The Heavener Kindergarten students in Ms. Amy's class celebrated Grandparent's Day by singing songs, sharing homemade cards and tak- ...... h tu ing a tour of their classroom. The Grandparents then joined t e s - len Is in the cafeteria for lunch and recess. Aloha Senior Football Classic in Honolulu Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, matching a team of California All- Stars to a 20-7' win over the Hawaii All- Stars in 1972 after having been an assistant the year betbre. After his coaching career and HOF induction, he moved back to Oklahoma in 1993. In his prep days, he played blocking back as a sophomore, center as a junior and end as a senior. He also doubled as a linebacker all three years. He played all three years with Jay Muse (a Heavener resident now) as well as entering the Marines with him. He said Sherman Floyd, former Poteau coach, was "very instrumental" in helping him get a scholarship at OU in 1951. I always played good against Poteau for some reason. Heavener and Poteau were big county rivals in those days," said Davis. He only received scholarship offers to Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant and Central Oklahoma in Edmond after he finished at Heavener. "OU was the only major college offer I had," he said. Davis had kind things to say about his parents, Deborah and Owen Davis. "I have been a lucky man, having a wonderful mother and dad and a wife (the former Barbara Brown) of 49 years with two children. Barbara was the Homecoming Queen the year Jack was the football captain in 1950. "Since her passing, I have remarried another wonderful lady (Sheila) and we have a 15-year-old son." Note: Two LeFlore County products played for the Denver Broncos in 1960. Davis as well as Poteau's David Rolle, a fullback who appeared in 14 games with 0 starts; rushed 130 times for 501 yards and 2 touchdowns; caught 21 passes for 122 yards and 1 touchdown; was third in the AFL in fumbles with 9. Rolle also played at OU. Toll Free Phone: a barn gin i quotelor insurance purpoS? J Hake lndaco Metals your choice for... J | Engineered Building Packages, arports/PatJo overs I Metal Roof Systems Trusses ut to length Trim & Sheets Purlins. Screws. Accessories THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 10:00 A. 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