Tom Noles' grandmother, Verna Herrell, had never seen a football game until Noles was in college.
As his older brother, Danny, starred before him at Lindsay and then Tom moved up as a standout, Herrell's spot was the same each Friday night when Lindsay was playing at home.
She'd sit on her porch near the stadium and listen to the public address system relay the Leopards' accomplishments.
“When I got to OSU, the first game she went to was when we played Arkansas in Little Rock on a Saturday night,” Noles said. “It was supposed to be an equal crowd but it was 50,000 woo-pig-sooie Hog fans and 10,000 OSU fans.
“My mom and grandmother went down and watched me play for OSU at the Astrodome and in Austin. When she went, she went big time.”
But it was at Lindsay where Noles, who went on to coach 11 seasons at Moore, developed a deep appreciation for high school sports.
Noles was a guard on the South squad of the 1966 All-State team.
In observance of the 100th edition of The Oklahoman's All-State football team, to be announced in late December, the newspaper will recognize players from the previous 99 teams.
Noles knows the importance of high school sports.
“I was raised by my mother and grandmother,” Noles said. “Football, basketball and track was an opportunity for me to be around male father figures.”
None of those father figures means more than legendary Lindsay girls basketball coach Charlie Heatly, who coached both the boys and girls teams when Noles was in school.
Heatly was also Noles' junior high football coach.