The '56 Gators won the district title with their win over Van Vleck. The were paired with the Orchard Badgers for the Bi-District Championship. Sugar Land won the coin flip, so they played the game in Sugar Land.
The Gators won in a romp, 53 - 13. In the newspaper account below, you'll see that Orchard was unscored on in district play. Sugar Land wiped out that scoreless streak on the 5th play of the game.
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The '51 Gators still had one game left in their regular season. They played Deer Park, who had a very good team. In fact, some of the old players recall the Houston papers thought Deer Park would win easily. You'll see below an article that appeared a few days before the game.
Notice that Deer Park has just a slight edge in points scored & given up over district play. Also notice the last sentence which points out the Deer run from the T formation, while the Gators use the Notre Dame Box. I was surprised that Sugar Land's team was 11 pounds heavier on average.
Who the heck is Raymond Hall? Anyway, the writer picked Sugar Land to win. I guess a few prognosticators who knew a good thing when they saw it, even if they didn't know his name.
As you'll see in the following recap, the Gators won in the last quarter, 21 - 14. I don't know if it's true, but the caption on The Chronicle photo claims to show Kenneth scoring the winning touchdown.
Back in late 2009 I interviewed some old Gator players & recorded their recollections of this big game. Notice J. B. Kachinski's recollection that Sugar Land's coaching staff made an important half-time adjustment that paid off. I have to believe there were few Class B schools in the early '50s which did that sort of thing.
(Update) YouTube had a problem with the earlier version of this video. I've reloaded another copy. It's working properly now.