1930s-1940s Bowie football game preview

During the next 12 months, The Bowie News will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. There will be many activities throughout the year.
Sports Rewind will offer up a few sports headlines from the past 100 years of Bowie News coverage including its predecessor The Bowie Booster.
We begin this column with the some front page Bowie football news items from the 1930s and 1940s that were previews for important late season games.

Nov. 26, 1937, The Bowie News
Headline: Newcastle vs. Bowie Game For Thursday
The “Turkey Day” game will be played at 2:30 o’clock Nov. 25th against Newcastle. This will be sixty minutes of real gridiron thrills for some two thousand fans. Large crowds are expected from Nocona, and Saint Jo since their teams will not be playing Thanksgiving.
The Newcastle Bobcats held Jasksboro to a tie of 7-7 and the Jackrabbits also tied the Jacksboro Tigers 13-13 early in the season. Newcastle is considered by experts to have probably the strongest team in this district. They have a big, fast team with two exceptionally fast men in the backfield. Their backfield is much heavier and larger than ours, having an average of 165 compared to an average of 150 of the Bowie team. However, the Jackrabbits are conceding nothing to the heavier visiting team and will be in there scrapping to the final whistle.
Our team is reported by Coach Hill to be in the best condition it has been in this year, every man ready to play. The Jackrabbits have probably the best line in the district. So this will be a fairly evenly matched, hard fought, game.
Buy your tickets early! Until 10 a.m. Thursday they can be purchased for 20c and 35c; at the gate the price of admission will be 25c and 50c.
The story then posted each team’s roster that included last names, offensive positions, numbers and weight.

Dec. 2, 1949, The Bowie News
Headline: Bowie Plays For Third Regional Championship: Hundreds Will Go to Garland To Back Team; Stores Close at 5
Confident of another big victory and with high expectations Bowie High Jackrabbits, with hundreds of fans from Bowie, will invade Garland in Dallas county tonight (Friday), after defeating Burkburnett by the decisive victory by the decisive victory of 19 to 7 at Wichita Falls Coyote Stadium last Friday.
The Jackrabbits will be trying for their third regional class-A championship tonight (Friday) when they journey to Garland to contest the big Owls for the title.
Bowie the lost flip for the game site in a meeting at Fort Worth Saturday.
The Merchants committee of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce announced that most of the stores have agreed to close this Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., making it possible for anyone desiring to attend the football to leave in time to arrive by game time.
Arrangements have been completed for chartered buses to leave tonight (Friday) at 5 p.m., $3.25 round trip.
A big crowd is anticipated and those driving are urged to start early and to drive carefully.
The game at Burkburnett was featured by a tough Bowie defense that held the Bulldogs to four first downs. Garland on the same night had to use two Arlington fumbles to score two of its four penetrations to win its bi-district game that ended in a 6-all tie. The win was the first for the Garland team in four years as the Irving Eagles have been winning district 12-A each year. Diamond Hill and Handley have been dominating play in 11-A until the Arlington Colts grabbed the title this season. The fine line play by Bowie forwards and three quick scoring plays paved the way for the Bowie win before a large crowd in Wichita Falls. Jack Stamps broke the ice with his touchdowns play and Donald Lee Bloom added the point. Johnny Crane scored for Burk a few minutes later and the half ended 7-all.
In the fourth quarter Bloom passed to Jeffries for a touchdown and later in the quarter Bloom ran Bulldog Boyd’s punt back 73 yards for a score. Bowie was within the Dogs’ five yard zone when the game ended. The victory Friday night was the tenth in eleven games this season for Bowie and left them as one of the sixteen teams left in the class-A state race. The winner of the Bowie and Garland game will meet the winner of the Atlanta and Mineola game next week in the quarter-finals of the race.
Garland will have the biggest team that the Bowie boys have met all year. The offense is built around fleet Pascual Valle, an all-district halfback, and Raymond Wright, its quarterback. Two huge tackles in J. T. Garrison and Carl Brawley along with Bobby Wynn at guard give the Owls a tough line. The tackles weight 235 and 215 and Wynn weighs 190.
Game time will be at 8 p.m. The Bowie High School Band and Pep Squad will make the trip to Garland and a large number of ardent Bowie fans are expected to follow the Rabbits also.