Dublin vs Comanche, When A Lion Fights An Indian

Blast From The Past

DUBLIN LIONSThe Dublin Lions and the Comanche Indians have been squaring off as rivals for decades, but today it is the 1960s that interests me.

In 1962, the Indians beat the Lions on the gridiron, and then the well dried up for Comanche.  In 1963, the Lions handed the Indians their heads on their tomahawks, and the same thing happened again in 1964, 1965, and 1966.

By 1967, Coach Houston Jolley and his Comanche Indians were ready, bows and arrows strung in anticipation of going on a Lion hunt!  Sure enough, when the final buzzer sounded, the Indians were able to beat the war drums of success…but just barely…the score 7-6.  Yes, it had been a defensive battle to end all battles!

So who were those defensive Warriors of 1967?


Tom R. Dudley
Ronnie Stanley

Billy Adams
Casey Bradshaw

Ken Cattles
David Tankersley
Kim Cockerham (MG)

Gary Paul Johnson

Defensive Backs
Jimmy Armstrong
Lerron Jones
Jim Kirkland

Billy Jack McDonald

Comanche drew first blood in the game, but that was not until the 3rd quarter, when Ronnie Stanley scored on a 33 yard run. Stanley also made the extra point, making him the only Indian to score on the night.

The only Lion score in the game came on a blocked punt that gave the Lions the ball on the Indian 15 yard line. Alexander from Dublin carried the ball over from the 4. The gutsy Lions opted to go for 2 rather than for the tie, but the attempt failed.

Comanche was ultimately the winner, 7-6.

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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