Who coached Lone Wolf to the 1944 Class C title?
BY RYAN ABER
The Oklahoman archives and the historical material we have are fantastic resources. There are, though, some holes.
I stumbled across one earlier this year when compiling a list of coaches who have guided teams to state football titles.
I found everything from Howard Welborn’s three titles at Medford in the late 40s to Allan Trimble’s nine championships at Jenks.
Here’s what I couldn’t find, though, largely using Ray Soldan’s meticulously hand-written tables: the coach who guided Lone Wolf to the 1944 Class C championship.
That was the first season the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association held football playoffs. Leo Higbe guided Classen to the Class A title, L.J. Anderson coached Garber to the championship in Class B and a coach unknown took Lone Wolf to the Class C championship.
Here’s what we do know about the game, from the Dec. 16, 1944 edition of The Daily Oklahoman:
MEDFORD, Dec. 15–(SPECIAL)–A series of fumbles and pass interceptions on the part of both the Lone Wolf and Medford highschool elevens ended their battle for the state class C championship in a scoreless tie here Friday, but the Coyotes from Lone Wolf sacked up the first official class C title on first downs, 10-9.
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