Dear Mr. Villegas,

All surviving members of the 1950 WHS state champion football team certainly appreciate the efforts of you, the Wharton Journal-Spectator and Wharton ISD in recognizing something that happened 70 years ago.

In our telephone conversation last week, I mentioned to you that from the time our class was in the seventh grade until we were seniors, Wharton High School did not score a single point against the El Campo varsity football team. Your fine article in last Saturday’s newspaper stated, “We changed that in 1950,” bragged Davis.

That year we were fortunate enough to defeat El Campo 20-19 and break a 10-year jinx. I would like to respectfully point out that a one-point victory after five scoreless years is hardly something to brag about. In fact, bragging about anything was strongly discouraged by our coach Hansel Mangum. The team was thankful, proud and exuberant after that win but respected coach’s teaching: “Do your best and let the score speak for itself.”

We know that you intended no offence and none is taken. Thanks again for helping Wharton people remember what a bunch of old codgers did a long time ago.

Charles Davis

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