2011: A SEASON TO REMEMBER

The very best of Alex Longhorn Football (so far)

LonghornThe 2011 Alex Football season was chosen as a time to look back at the history of Alex High School Football and remember our many successes while cherishing the great memories Longhorn Football teams, cheerleaders and fans made at Alex throughout the years.

On September 2, 2011, the jersey of Bryson Braziel, #25, a well-loved Alex athlete and graduate, was retired. Recognition of the best Alex football teams of all time began on September 9, 2011 with the introduction of those teams that played in the State quarterfinals. The two Alex teams that played in the State semi-finals were honored on September 23, 2011. Finally, the only Longhorn Football team to play for the State Championship was recognized on October 7, 2011. Join us now for a look back at our very special Season to Remember:

Quarterfinalists 2002, 2001, 2000 | Quarterfinalists 1987, 1986, 1985 | Quarterfinalists 1978

Semi-finalists 2004, 2003| State Runner-Up 1957


 

Bryson Braziel's jersey is retired

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Bryson Braziel
February 3, 1988 - July 6, 2008

Bryson Braziel was the son of longtime Alex residents Mary Braziel and Andy Braziel and brother of Alex graduates Drew and Kevin Braziel.

A graduate of the Alex High School Class of 2007, Bryson was one of the most decorated athletes to ever attend Alex School.  Bryson’s personality was as big as his smile and he will be forever missed by many.  As shown by his personal accomplishments and those of the teams he played on, Bryson will always be known as being “game” for anything.

Bryson BrazielTrack:
2005 State Champion, 440 Relay
2005 5th Place, 100 Meter
2006 State Runner-Up, 440 Relay

Football:
2003 State Semi-Finalist
2004 State Semi-Finalist
2004 All-District
2005 All-District
2005 8-Man All-Star

Basketball
2005 Grady Co. Tourney Champions
2006 OSSAA District Champions
2006 Longhorn Classic All-Tourney Team
2007 Longhorn Classic All-Tourney Team

Baseball
3 Year Starter

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The Alex Quarterback Club prepares to present Alex School and Bryson's family with his retired jerseys.

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Bryson's family (brother Kevin, left; mother Mary, second from left; and father Andy, right) and Alex School superintendent James Washburn stand with Bryson's retired jerseys.

 

 

Quarterfinalists: 2002, 2001 and 2000 seasons

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Horns Continue Quarterfinal Run in "Rebuilding" Year

The Alex Longhorns went into the 2002 season having to replace their entire offensive backfield and five of eight defensive starters. Seniors returning to play for the horns, the '02 season was quickly thought to be a "rebuilding" year for the team to allow the underclassmen quality playing time to gear up for a big '03 campaign. With solid coaching and talented players however, the 2002 season became a year to remember for the program as the Longhorns would go 10-1, the first one loss team for Alex since 1978.

After a gutsy opening 32-14 triumph over Cyril in the season opener, the horns hit the road with a big hill to climb, playing the #1 Tipton Tigers. The Horns were big underdogs but shocked the entire state by not only beating Tipton, but beating them badly at their house. The final score 56-14. Alex continued to roll through the season going undefeated and notching big victories against quality teams. During their win streak they also managed to shut out four opponents, with three of those games being on the road.

For the opening round of the playoffs, the Longhorns drew a much anticipated rematch with Pioneer, who had knocked the Horns out of the playoffs just two years before. There was offense to spare with 98 total points being scored, but in the end the Longhorns power run game was too much for Pioneer. The final 62-36.

In the quarterfinals the ‘Horns had home field advantage for their matchup with perennial 8-man powerhouse Morrison. Most may have expected another offensive shoot-out, but these coaching staffs had scouted each other well. The game was a back and forth struggle that ended heartbreakingly 24-20 victory for Morrison.

Although it didn't end the way the players, coaches and fans wanted it to, 2002 was a brilliant year for the Horns. Though they didn't get the state title they wanted, the Horns went home with many individual awards including one all-state player, seven all-district players, the district MVP and the district defensive player of the year.

It’s Back to Back for the ‘Horns as they reach State quarterfinals – 2001 season; Record 9-2

Coming off a nine win three loss season a year before, the Alex Longhorns were very visible on the radar of Oklahoma 8-Man Football.   Reaching the state quarterfinals twice in as many years, the hard hitting, power packed ‘Horns would all but breeze through district play.

Traveling to Tipton for a second time in two years would be the only regular season mishap for the ‘Horns.  With the trip to visit the Tigers in week 5, and giving up a touchdown for the first time all season was heartbreaker.  The Longhorns kept pouring on the points, however Tipton’s’ home field advantage would be the difference in the game this night.

The 2001 Football team walked away with many District and State awards again as they had five team members to receive All-District Honors.  In addition, the 2001 ‘Horns had two 8-Man All-Stars, as well as the KBLP Offensive Player of the Year.

The Longhorns won their first round game just as they had done a season before, however had to travel to at the time “The largest school in 8-Man football”, Oklahoma Christian School.  It was all but a numbers game as the fatigued ‘Horns had to face three different groups in the Saints.  OCS had two offensive groups, a running package that would bring in six new players in to run an 8-Man version of the West Coast Offense.  If that wasn’t enough, the ‘Horns had to face yet another group defensive players, few if any seeing time on the Saints offensive squad.

The season ended in what felt at the time disappointing, however these gentleman were breaking ground that would only bigger and better things for future ‘Horns. As underclassman of this team would go on to add another State quarterfinals appearance to their resume as well as two State semifinals appearances.

‘Horns begin a string that will be hard to match – 2000 season; Record 9-3

The 2000 season started off with a question mark loss at Geary, but soon turned around as the ‘Horns racked up wins and home field advantage in the playoffs.  Almost doubling their opponents scoring 464-245, the Alex Longhorns reached the quarterfinals for the sixth time in school history.

Reaching the heights that few teams prior had been able to accomplish, it was very understandable when you look at the likes of two 8-Man All-Stars, one of which would go on to become Defensive MVP of the 8-Man All-Star game, as well as All-District Defensive Player of the Year. These titles were held by two separate teammates.  Awards continue as four more Longhorns receiving All-District Honors.

A minor hiccup mid-way through the season was soon forgotten when a 26-20 double-overtime win on the road at Snyder gave the ‘Horns the upper hand as they prepared to host post season play at Alex Longhorn Field.

Practically walking through the balance of the regular season, the ‘Horns won their first home playoff game in thirteen years.

The season came to a close as the 2000 Alex Longhorns fell what would be the Class B State Champions when they traveled on the road to Pioneer-Pleasant Vale.  It was a close to a season, but it was an opening of a string a playoff appearances the ‘Horns that will be talked about by many for many years.

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Quarterfinalists: 1987, 1986 and 1985 seasons

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‘Horns build football tradition over generations - 1987 season; Record 7-4

The 1987 Alex Longhorns opened the season with a new coach, a new assistant coach and hoping to somehow replace the loss of eleven seniors from the year before.  Despite these apparent deficits, the team still rated a #8 statewide ranking in Class B and it didn’t take long to figure out why.  The ‘Horns roster featured names we’ve all become familiar with.  The heart of the team was the big offensive line two Sophomores and two Juniors. 

The Longhorns banged out of the gate in 1987 with a resounding win over Lone Wolfe and went on to claim the District Championship by beating the all the right teams when it counted.  With ‘Horns garnering one headline after another in area newspapers, Alex sent Erick packing 30-0 in the first round of the 1987 playoffs to earn a chance to meet Welch for the third year in a row in the State quarterfinals.  The ‘Horns fell yet again to Welch on November 21, 1987, in a hard-fought game that was recognized in a letter written by Game Referee Paul Smith as being one of the most exceptional displays of sportsmanship he had witnessed in a high school football game. 

The end of the season saw the 1987 ‘Horns receiving numerous honors including players named to both the All-District Offensive and Defensive teams, one Defensive Back of the Year, a Lineman of the Year and a Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year.

 

Eleven lead ‘Horns to back to back State quarterfinals – 1986 season; Record 7-4

The two winning season and team dedication led the list of reasons for the team of 1986 ti be a CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM.

For the second consecutive year the LONGHORNS went undefeated in their district and qualified for the State Quarter-Finals.

Much of the credit goes to the coaching staff.  Many new plays were added and people given new positions.  Not just every team in the district would have been able to handle such a reconstructive year.

Physical conditioning was stressed as a necessary component of training while quiet time was used before each game for mental preparation.

Probably the biggest reason for the successful season has to be the eleven seniors on the squad.  These young men played together for so long they instinctively worked as a unit.  The results of this successful year was the All-District qualifiers being eight in number; the Defensive Lineman of the Year was from our home town, and three of these young men made the 8-Man All-Star team.  The seasons ending record was seven wins and four losses.  All eleven of these young men made first or second team All-District players of the 1986 season.

Finally, school spirit and team leadership were more evident in this year’s squad.  These players wanted to win, not only for self-satisfaction, but for the school and to represent their community well.

Our hats go off to these young men of today.  They have made good citizens and strong leaders in many instances, but their success can only be contributed to the fine leadership abilities of those in charge.  Administrators, faculty, parents, grandparents, and friends played a very big part in these CHAMPIONS.

‘Horns return to State quarterfinals after seven year absence – 1985 season; Record 9-3

Coming off a 3-7 season in 1984, and with home town graduate Marlon Gay as the new head coach, the 1985 Alex Longhorns began the season looking for success.  After an impressive 51-0 win over Pernell, the Class B eight-man football state champions two of the three previous years, the Daily Oklahoman moved the ‘Horns up to number three in the statewide rankings. 

The 1985 season showcased several powerful Alex underclassmen, 11 strong Juniors and three lone Seniors who would go on to graduate as the Class of 1986. The Longhorns saw their first loss in game four to non-district rival Ryan.  The game was a score fest with 94 total points tallied between the two teams. 

Undefeated in district play, the 1985 ‘Horns were crowned as the Class B-3 eight-man District Champions, the first of five consecutive Alex teams to achieve this mark. 

The Longhorns redeemed their early season loss to Ryan in the first round of the 1985 playoffs, sending the Cowboys to the house after a 12-7 Alex win that propelled the ‘Horns into the quarterfinals for the first time since the 1978 season seven years before.

Alex’s 1985 postseason drive came to an end at the hands of Welch, a team very much on the rise in Class B football.  Ending a successful 9-3 season, all three Alex seniors were named as 8-Man All Stars and many of the underclassmen received County and District honors.

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Quarterfinalists: 1978 season - The Year of the Longhorn

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1978Team achievements

Season record: 11-1
Class C District Champions

The 1978 Alex State Quarterfinalist team was honored in a ceremony held on the Alex, Oklahoma, football field on September 9, 2011. The following team bio was announced by emcee Teresa Moore during the ceremony:

The incredible string of wins that made up the season of 1978, Alex’s second year to play eight-man football, saw the Class C Longhorns make a run into the playoffs for the first time since the 1957 Longhorn team played for the State Championship 18 years earlier. Although ending the season as quarterfinalists, the one loss of the 1978 season stood as an Alex School football record for 24 years until finally equaled during the seasons of 2002 and 2003.  Other Alex teams may have gone farther in the season but none can claim a better record.

The 1978 Alex Longhorns were undefeated when they were crowned Class C District Champions after destroying a pack of familiar teams including Paoli, Central Marlow, Bray, Morrison, Erick, Pernell, Ryan, Oklahoma Christian and Dibble.  The Alex Pep Club was a football-savvy 60 members strong that year, sported matching uniforms, attended every game as a group and loudly cheered each play.  Defeated only by the very best, the 1978 ‘Horns’ first and only season loss came at home to eight-man powerhouse Turpin, which would go on to win the 1978 Class C eight-man football State Championship. 

Alex Sophomores and Juniors contributed significantly to the success of that season but eight seniors anchored the Longhorn eight-man team of 1978.  Those seniors, the Class of 1979, were a precocious group headed by scholar-athletes from a Class that may well hold the Alex School record for academic achievement in addition to their athletic successes. Representing the Year of the Longhorn, six of the eight football players from the Class of 1979 would end the 1978 season with unprecedented honors recognizing their outstanding high school careers in a sport that began for the entire Alex community with 11 men on the field and ended with eight.

From left to right: Holding the banner, Alex 8th graders Koda Jackson and Kyler Thornburg, Greg Moore, Joey Johnson, Tim Ketchum, Brian Brand, Jim Ketchum, Ben Freeny, Jerry Glenn, Greg Brand, Stacy Williamson, Robert Drummond and Kenneth Taylor.

1978 Sophomores, Alex Class of 1981

Kenneth Baker
Johnny Bollman
John Carpenter
Toby Barrington
Brian Brand, a four-year letterman, Brian started at Guard during the 1978 season
Jim Freeman
Russ Florence
Jimmy Ketchum
Ricky Parsley
Boyd Langford
Greg Moore

On a Senior-heavy team, the 1978 Juniors who would go on to graduate in the new decade as the Class of 1980 made an unforgettable contribution to the success of the 1978 season, some as incredible playmakers.  They include…

Delbert Conder
Mark Howe
Joey Johnson
Ray Nabors
Jay Williams
Terry Wolfe

Seniors, 1979

Greg Brand- starting at center until a knee injury during the Oklahoma Christian game ended his season, Greg was honored as an All District Center and was named to the 8-Man All-State team.
Robert Drummond – starting at fullback, Robert was recognized as an All District Back.
Bennie Freeny – starting at Quarterback for the entire season, Bennie received a number of post season awards including All-District Quarterback, 8-Man All-State, Offensive Player of the Year and, having played two years of 11-Man football, he was also named as an Alternate 11-Man All-Stater. Bennie was also honored as the District 5 Oklahoma Scholar Athlete of the Year for all sports in all classes by the Oklahoma Coaches Association.
Jerry Glenn – starting at tailback, Jerry was recognized as an All District Back and was named to the 8-Man All-State team. 
Dusty Ricks – End
Earl Southerland – starting at End the entire season, Earl was honored as an All District End and 8-Man All-State.
Kenneth Taylor –becoming the starting center after the Oklahoma Christian game, Kenneth also played Linebacker
Stacy Williamson – starting at Guard throughout the season, Stacy was recognized as an All-District Guard. 

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Semifinalists: 2004 and 2003

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State runner-up: 1957 season - The Longhorn Standard

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Team achievements:

Season Record 14-2
Class 9-C District Champions
Regional Champions
Eastern Oklahoma Area Champions 
Class C State Runner-Up

The 1957 Alex State Runner-Up team was honored in a ceremony held on the Alex, Oklahoma, football field on October 7, 2011. The following team bio was announced by emcee Teresa Moore during the ceremony:

Only one football team in Alex School’s history served to set what shall be forever known as the Longhorn Standard, that level of achievement against which all other football teams to this very day are judged.  During the 1957 season, Alex Longhorn Football topped all others when Alex played Thomas for the Class C 11-man State Championship and came away the State Championship runner-up. 

Coached by the legendary BM McElroy after whom the Alex field house is now named, the vaunted 1957 Alex team boasted 16 returning seniors on a squad of approximately 38 players.  Back then, football districts were laid out geographically, not strictly by school size, and the Longhorns’ competitors included every football school in Grady County, including Chickasha. Much like today, in 1957, Alex was certainly the smallest dog in the fight.

Led by the Chatter-Ettes pep club sponsored by Frances Baker and Christine Peters, football fever gripped the entire town of Alex in the Fall of 1957.  When school was dismissed before games on Fridays, pep rallies were spontaneous with Alex residents honking their car horns as they lined Main Street from top to bottom while players and students “dragged Main” with their own horns blaring.  Alex pep club members were the first girls ever allowed to wear jeans at Alex because they decorated the goal posts before games.  Our own Frank Hess was the announcer for the Longhorns’ home football games , and all the town’s merchants went together to purchase warm, rainproof jackets for the team, which would go on play their final game on a chill December 6, 1957.  The town of Alex was deserted before playoff games with most businesses closing their doors.  When Alex became only the second football team in Grady County to vie for the State Championship, the team was escorted out of town and through Chickasha by the Chickasha Police and the Grady County Sheriff’s Department.  El Reno was chosen as the neutral site of the 1957 State Championship game and the El Reno police assumed escort of the team halfway out of Chickasha. 

The 1958 Alex yearbook includes this information about the 1957 state championship run, a personal Season to Remember for an entire generation:

“This was our year.  Well, almost.”  Pernell, Elmore City, Blanchard, Cyril, Minco, Rush Springs and Lincoln of Chickasha all fell decisively before the stampeding Longhorns.  Then, there was the crucial game against the Tuttle Tigers to decide the conference championship.  Both teams were undefeated in conference play and after 48 minutes of “rockem-sockem,” Alex was the new champion of District 9-C.  After unexpectedly losing the final regular season game to a “rugged” Maysville team, Alex went on to defeat Yale, 13-6, in Bi-District play. Thanksgiving Day 1957 saw Alex paired with powerful Medford, who the Longhorns “mangled” 26-6 to become Regional Champions.  A hard battle with Beggs that ended with Alex on top 15-12 saw the Longhorns crowned Area Champions of Eastern Oklahoma.  “But all good things must end.”  Deep in the fall, on a neutral field in El Reno, Alex fell to the Thomas Terriers in the State Championship game.  “Still, we were proud to be the second best in all the State of Oklahoma.  Our biggest hand to the fine boys who represented Alex High during the glorious season of ’57.”

Shown in the photo above - Holding the banner: Lois Hughes Foster and Sue Manning Moore. From left to right: Henry Ketchum, Gene Stephens, Bobby Word, Richard Johnson, Charles Aldridge, Pete Brand, Wilson Smith, Larry Foster, Robert Williams, Jerry Ross Goyne, Wayne Moore, Tommy Harris, Don Lyons and Harold Spencer. See the Players tab for information about all ceremony participants.

Cheerleaders

Four cheerleaders led support for the 1957 Longhorns. These included:

Lois Hughes Foster, Sophomore in 1958, of Alex, OK.  Lois was the Grady County Court Clerk at the time of the ceremony. Lois attended the recognition ceremony on October 7, 2011 and held the Runner-Up banner along with Sue Manning Moore, a 1958 Alex graduate, of Alex, OK.
Beth Geyer Pugh, Senior 1958, of Norman, OK, was unable to attend
Gayle Drummond, Senior 1958, of Tulsa, OK, was unable to attend
Wilma Wolfe Sullivan, , Junior 1958, of Windsboro, Louisiana, was unable to attend

Players

  • 1958 Sophomores - Graduating Class of 1960

Unable to attend the ceremony: Donald Lowe, #44; James Ketchum, #84; Lindel Pettigrew, #36; Noel Dean Phillips, #47

Deceased: Jerry Wilkins, #35

Attending
Henry Ketchum, #22
Gene Stephens, #25
Bobby Word, #40

  • 1958 Juniors - Graduating Class of 1959

Unable to attend the ceremony: John Rodgers, #37, of Chickasha, OK; Roy Peters, #51, of Tulsa, OK; Freddie Simmons, #52; Jerry Spears, #62, of Rowlett, TX; Grady White, #82, of Bunker, MO;

Deceased: Dale Mitchusson, #46; Don Tobey, #45

Attending
Charles Aldridge, #72
Pete Brand, #34
Larry Foster, #15 - Foster was the quarterback of the 1957 State Championship Runner-Up team

1958 Seniors

Quotes:
Being a part of the 1957 football team was a great honor and a wonderful memory.  Our success was due first to Coach McElroy, a very special man who let us play as we did on the practice field: Just line up and hit ‘em hard.  Second, we were very good football players because we were all great friends off the field and we played all our high school years together.  We also had great support from the Junior Class and it all combined for one magical year. Wilson Smith, All District Halfback

After we lost the State Championship game 34-0 to Thomas, Coach Mac [Coach BM McElroy] looked us over in the locker room and said...Boys, if we could play 'em again, we would beat 'em...Never one to talk back to Mac, I couldn't help but say...Coach, if we played that team another 10 times, we couldn't beat 'em... Wayne Moore, All District Fullback

Unable to attend the ceremony: #74, James McClellan, Tackle; #48, Roger Schneider, End

Deceased: #75, Don Bagwell, Tackle; #62, Ronnie Cole, Guard; #65, Lloyd Gibbs, Guard; #41, Jerry Williams, Halfback. Jerry was represented during the ceremony by his brother, Robert Williams of Alex. #60, Jerry Wolfe, Guard

The 1957 Alex Longhorns had more players recognized for outstanding achievement during the 1957 season than any other team in the history of Alex Football.  Seven of the nine members of the 1957 Alex All-District team, all graduates of the Class of 1958, attended the ceremony: 

Unable to attend: #12, Mike McElroy of Rush Springs, Quarterback, All-District Back; #70, Clois Reppond of Alex, All-District Tackle

Attending
#80, Jerry Ross Goyne, Amarillo, Texas, All-District End
#39, Tommy Harris, Wilson, OK, All-District Guard
#81, Richard Johnson of Alex; Richard played Tackle and End in 1957 and was named an All-District Tackle
#50, Don Lyons, now of Chino Valley, Arizona, All-District Center
#33, Wayne Moore of Alex, Fullback, All-District Back
#16, Wilson Smith, Austin, Texas.  Halfback, All-District Back
#64, Harold Spencer, Altus, OK,  All-District Guard

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From left to right: Henry Ketchum, Gene Stephens, Bobby Word, Lois Foster, Richard Johnson, Pete Brand, Charles Aldridge, Wilson Smith, Larry Foster, Robert Williams, Sue Moore, Jerry Ross Goyne, Wayne Moore, Tommy Harris, Don Lyons and Harold Spencer.