Unsung heroes crucial to championship team

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Championship teams are comprised of a host of talented individuals. Some of the most important individuals often do not receive the recognition they deserve, possibly due to the position they man, like an offensive or defensive lineman.

When you followed the 1972 Uvalde Coyotes all the way to the state football championship, you may have never heard or seen in print names such as, Mike Gallaway, Richard Torres, Billy Sansom, Gilbert Charles, Uvaldo Losoya, Clay Ammerman, Robert Lara, Ernest Lira or Deets Finley.

Coaches will tell you it all starts with the snap. Championship teams can’t get away with mediocrity at the all-important position in the center of the offensive line. Mike Gallaway (5-11, 165) played incognito in the shadows of three all-state linemen, Mike Bingham, Ronnie Rogers, and Randy Gerdes.

Never before or since has a Texas high school football team had three all-state performers that played side-by-side at guard, tackle and tight-end. Therefore Gallaway was obscured primarily because the sports writers didn’t have the courage to make it four in the same line, or even unanimous, across the front.


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