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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sugar Land Gator Football in 1953

My last post covered the Gators' opening win over the Katy Tigers on September 14, 1953.  You may recall that Ralph McCord, former star player at SLHS in the early 1940s and 1st cousin of Gator head coach Chuzzy Jenkins, led the Katy team.  Didn't matter because Sugar Land rolled to an easy 40-14 win.

Next on the schedule was arch rival, Missouri City, who had defeated the Gators 12-0 in the previous year.  It was the only loss Sugar Land suffered in their long winning streak during the early 1950s.  Kenneth Hall didn't play in that game due to an injury, but that didn't make the loss any more tolerable.

The Gators avenged their loss with an easy 53-18 victory of the Mustangs.  Hall scored 41 points and pundits began thinking about breaking records.

The following Friday night, September 28th, the Gators played Needville in Sugar Land.  It was an easy 45-7 win with the Sugar Land Express scoring a modest 21 points.  He averaged 30 points per game in the first 3 games of the '53 season.  He needed 129 points to break Dick Todd's state scoring record which was almost 20-years old.

Just a quick plug for the Chautauqua Talk on Thursday, October 17th, at the Sugar Land Auditorium.  Kenneth Hall will talk about his record-setting days at Sugar Land High School.  Admission is free.