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Lots of images flash at the thought of football. I remember hot August 2 a days, little if any water, plenty of salt tablets, a smelly locker room, rusty barbed wire fences around the practice field and rows of nearby pecan trees. I can recall Carl Madison's stare, the consequences of being late to practice or for falling asleep during film sessions, kids quitting and others achieving, young coaches with bright futures and still others who should have been selling used cars. I can still taste the same pre-game meal we had for 3 seasons. I recall the sound of the band practicing (inspiring by the way) in the distance, several dads showing up for practice to watch their kid (I do the same today), the look in a teammate’s eye who had had enough and another who couldn’t wait to hit someone. I remember back braces, neck braces, collisions, cuts, blood, broken bones and the look of a coach with rabid eyes. I remember things that shaped me to this day. I remember a defining moment when a young Coach - Woody Barnes introduced me and others to Jesus in the fall of 1977. The list can go on and on about a special place and time.
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DK or should I say Danny I'm there with you brother. I too remember those hot 2 days practices or knowing if i can take another step or make another play. Man I really needed to hear that horse song again, I lost my mother this past year and and I remember how that song motivated me on Friday night and I would turn and fine her in stand. We all have lost so much in the past 30 yrs. but I am glad I found this web. site
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Man you hit the nail on the head there I couldn’t have sad it any better I wander what all the old coaches are doing these day’s I here Carl is in Atmore Al. now where is coach mcorvey these days last I seen of him he was at Alabama I wander were he is now. Good to here from everyone

Eddie Cloud
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edcloud wrote:

"Man you hit the nail on the head there I couldn’t have sad it any better I wander what all the old coaches are doing these day’s I here Carl is in Atmore Al. now where is coach mcorvey these days last I seen of him he was at Alabama I w"
Rumor has it Carl and Floyd are RVing & enjoying retirement. Last I heard, Woodrow could be seen pacing the Mississippi State sidelines with the SEC's first African American head coach - Sylvester Croom. Our old DB coach has had quite the college coaching career having served on three national championship staffs - Clemson, Alabama and Tennessee. I wonder which ring he wears the most? if memory serves me correctly - you and Chris W. were two that didn't think twice about hitting someone.
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dk wrote:

"Rumor has it Carl and Floyd are RVing & enjoying retirement. Last I heard, Woodrow could be seen pacing the Mississippi State sidelines with the SEC's first African American head coach - Sylvester Croom. Our old DB coach has had quite the college coa"
Yes, boys Woodrow is offensive corrdinator for my University- Mississippi State. We have spoken and I know several people close to him. Karp, your short story was very well written, did you learn that from Tate or L.S.U.? See you all soon..... Rick W.
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cw702 wrote:

"DK or should I say Danny I'm there with you brother. I too remember those hot 2 days practices or knowing if i can take another step or make another play. Man I really needed to hear that horse song again, I lost my mother this past year and and I re"
Chris ... I'm sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. I'm lucky to get to see Chris frequently since we both work for Baptist Healthcare. If you ever need outpatient surgery, come to Baptist and make sure that Chris is on your case ... one of Tate's finest is now one of Baptist's finest.
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How did no one die or end up in the hospital from dehydration? Remember running as fast as we could from the practice field to Gindl Aggie stadium during two a days to get to a sprinkler head or the pole vault mat to slurp up any water that may have pooled up in the creases before Carl made it to the field? I've never been so thirsty in all my life. Just thinking about it makes me crave some gatorade!!! Go Aggies!
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bperkins wrote:

"How did no one die or end up in the hospital from dehydration? Remember running as fast as we could from the practice field to Gindl Aggie stadium during two a days to get to a sprinkler head or the pole vault mat to slurp up any water that may have"
Bill, indeed it was an all out dash (probably my fastest time in the 40) to the stadium in search of hydration with plan A including a stop off at the baseball field spigot. If a camel or two arrived there first, those of us that followed anxiously looked over our shoulders in desperation. One good swig was worth Carl’s wrath. No wonder we had a bit of turnover those first 2 weeks every August.
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Rick wrote:

"Yes, boys Woodrow is offensive corrdinator for my University- Mississippi State. We have spoken and I know several people close to him. Karp, your short story was very well written, did you learn that from Tate or L.S.U.? See you all soon..... Rick W."
Rick, LSU was a blur so it’s likely genetics and that 11th grade Creative Writing class where I had the good fortune of honing my writing skills. I can’t recall the teacher’s name so it must have been the challenge of my fellow Aggie classmates and the portable building ambiance that motivated me. Speaking of teachers, Biology – Mr. Varner. Now that dude was cool. There wasn’t much that rattled him. I think we were introduced to him his rookie year – motorcycle and all. I’d venture a guess he’s still part of the Tate culture. I think he popped his head in at the last reunion. -Dan
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dk wrote:

"Rick, LSU was a blur so it’s likely genetics and that 11th grade Creative Writing class where I had the good fortune of honing my writing skills. I can’t recall the teacher’s name so it must have been the challenge of my fellow A"
Dan and Bill, I don't know if ya'll remember when I through a large stick at some blackbirds flying low over the practice field before Carl got there and I actually killed 2-3 birds!!!!!! I was the "Black-Bird Kang" for the day. AHH, memory's............. Rick
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Rick wrote:

"Dan and Bill, I don't know if ya'll remember when I through a large stick at some blackbirds flying low over the practice field before Carl got there and I actually killed 2-3 birds!!!!!! I was the "Black-Bird Kang" for the day. AHH, memory's........"
That one escapes me but speaking of animals, I vaguely remember someone vandalizing one of our school owned cows. If I have the story right, the cow was painted a Woodham Titan blue, had a reaction and died as a result. I’ve shared that story with my kids and they look at me like I have three heads.
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DK wrote:

"That one escapes me but speaking of animals, I vaguely remember someone vandalizing one of our school owned cows. If I have the story right, the cow was painted a Woodham Titan blue, had a reaction and died as a result. I’ve shared that story "
"However, we got sweet revenge when we beat them in their own stadium our senior year. I remember "not raising my hand for a fair catch" and getting hit,(and holding on to the ball I may add), and scoring a touch down with minutes left on an off left tackle play that Karp probably blocked for me on." "Now take that with your blue-cow-painting self Woodham.........bring-it. Rick
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Rick wrote:

""However, we got sweet revenge when we beat them in their own stadium our senior year. I remember "not raising my hand for a fair catch" and getting hit,(and holding on to the ball I may add), and scoring a touch down with minutes left on an off left"
Those kind of plays usually resulted in a one on one meeting with Carl. I don’t know how many fingers, hands or arms got in the way of Coach’s clipboard but it was more passes than Bones White and I caught – combined. Tony may have a different count. That clipboard always got my attention. Carl and another “wooden” companion also taught us about being prompt and punctual – particularly when it came to practice. I can still hear his count down while running in the direction of the weight room…..5, 4, 3, 2, 1 as we measured the fate of our backsides. I’d like to think it was his approach to sharing Proverbs 13:24 – Thanks Coach.
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bperkins wrote:

"How did no one die or end up in the hospital from dehydration? Remember running as fast as we could from the practice field to Gindl Aggie stadium during two a days to get to a sprinkler head or the pole vault mat to slurp up any water that may have"
Do you guys remember the short lived “Fun Stick” – a track baton intended to toughen us a bit? It was mano-a-mano with the winner walking away with the baton following a blown whistle and a cloud of dust - likely wouldn’t fly in 2008. The rules of engagement were – no rules. I think I was 0 for 1 after my skull got in the way of my opponent’s shoe. Carl was no more than 5’-9” but coached as if he was 6'-6". I remember we were one angry coach away from practicing minutes after our ’77 homecoming victory once the crowd left the stadium – I can recall thinking at the time - you’re joking right Coach. I remember Coach asking one of the team managers to make certain the stadium lights remained on in case he followed through with his threat. As I recall, the veer offense took it easy on a weak Washington team and Coach was livid. His post game speech was quite colorful and animated. I’ll not share the details. Looking back, I’m able to put his comments in the right context. We DID pay the price the following off week however. As players, we didn’t know any different at the time - we competed with pride AND expected to win. Some may disagree, but I believe he was teaching us, in part, the discipline necessary to be successful – as a team and as future men, husbands and fathers. Coach knew a life full of challenges awaited us and that there would be success and failure along the way. Football prepared me and I am sure others for that reality. Like you, I’ve traveled down many a forked road in the last quarter plus century - been bumped, bruised and experienced amazing grace. DK
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DK wrote:

"Those kind of plays usually resulted in a one on one meeting with Carl. I don’t know how many fingers, hands or arms got in the way of Coach’s clipboard but it was more passes than Bones White and I caught – combined. Tony may h"
Rick/Dan
Woodham - I remember an outstanding fourth down catch made by Mr. Karp(A-left 91 on go, I think I was gald it was not called to the right my side) then I remember an excellent scramble by Freddie (a-left 47 option)to the one yard line with 15 to 20 seconds remaining on clock then Ricky taking the dive play across the goal line for the win. All these plays made possible by the Good Lord and Great blocking by our offensive line... what capped off the game was running through their band and jumping the fence, gettin on the bus and leaving with rocks tossed at the bus. Carl's clip board was painful but the pitching twist of the stomach and the bending of finger backward as he sprayed wisdom in your face will always be remembered. As well as his strive for excellence, which by the way is never an acident, in his profession and in his players. I think we as players learned valuable lessons on playing feild at Tate of how to and how not to handle lifes challenges. What a great experience!

Coach Adams-- "how do spell that last name with two Ws" as we ran our tongues out.
Tony
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dawfcw wrote:

"Rick/Dan Woodham - I remember an outstanding fourth down catch made by Mr. Karp(A-left 91 on go, I think I was gald it was not called to the right my side) then I remember an excellent scramble by Freddie (a-left 47 option)to the one yard line with 1"
Yep, we were all but done with minutes left in that ball game Bones. It was 4th and 14 as the story goes. A two pattern - a flag with a slight hook to the sideline to be precise. Freddy won't admit he over threw it. To this day it was on the money. Luckiest catch I ever made (not earth shattering since I could count 'em all on both hands). A play or two before left me in a panic as I all but threw a perfect pass/ pass interception to a Woodham defender. The guy should have caught it but for the boxing gloves (Coach McCorvey cliche). I should have ran it - scary that I can picture those plays in my head after all these years. Your recollection is on point. Seems like Werhan sneaked in several times during his career. I remember the bus ride there - could have heard a pin drop - all were focused. I remember skipping the pep rally because of the intensity. Largest crowd I think any of us ever competed before - lots of energy and some bad blood. We did have a nice send off from the Titan faithful. We had more formations on the books for Woodham than coach had shotgun shells in his office (seems like he was always getting ready for dove or quail season). I can actually remember studying the game plan that week and having a few brain cramps. You, big John and I spent plenty of time blocking and more time dreaming of balls thrown our way. How many did you catch while I was decoying for you? Part of being locker partners right? Bottom line was - we won games - many - thanks to you and some pretty solid teammates and coaches. Thanks for the memories Bones. DK
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DK wrote:

"Yep, we were all but done with minutes left in that ball game Bones. It was 4th and 14 as the story goes. A two pattern - a flag with a slight hook to the sideline to be precise. Freddy won't admit he over threw it. To this day it was on the money. L"
Everything I have been reading sounds like offense won the game. As I remember it was the awesome defense that held em so we could get the ball back to win the game. I tell these same stories and nobody believes me on how we had to practice and the way Coach Madison ran the team. My son is just starting his high school football career and it brings back a lot of memories. The good ole days! I have a scrapbook of everybody playing ball. I will bring it to the reunion. Keith #25

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keith wrote:

"Everything I have been reading sounds like offense won the game. As I remember it was the awesome defense that held em so we could get the ball back to win the game. I tell these same stories and nobody believes me on how we had to practice and the"
Boys, there is no question that the defense was awsome! You, Keith, Mike Bray, Danny Brown, Norbert, everyone. It was team effort that won games and we all know that. Yes, there was standouts at times, however, we all won or lost, that's the way Coach Madison taught us. Thanks-you all for the stories.......Rick
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keith wrote:

"Everything I have been reading sounds like offense won the game. As I remember it was the awesome defense that held em so we could get the ball back to win the game. I tell these same stories and nobody believes me on how we had to practice and the"
About time some defensive guys added their 2 cents. You guys usually showed up when it mattered most. I think it's fair to state the offense & (SBOTS) drew the crowds and the defensive side made sure we won. I trust Taylor, McCorvey, Gandy and others would agree.
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Rick wrote:

"Dan and Bill, I don't know if ya'll remember when I through a large stick at some blackbirds flying low over the practice field before Carl got there and I actually killed 2-3 birds!!!!!! I was the "Black-Bird Kang" for the day. AHH, memory's........"
I'll never forget the "bird killing". That was unbelievable ! One of the most amazing things I've ever seen. What great times and laughs we had through HS. I loved it. Way to go Rick...thanks for reminding me....I'll never forget the "bird killing"
Mike K
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keith wrote:

"Everything I have been reading sounds like offense won the game. As I remember it was the awesome defense that held em so we could get the ball back to win the game. I tell these same stories and nobody believes me on how we had to practice and the"
You know Keith .....I do remember the "Aggie D" coming up with the big play or the big stop when we needed it the most. I'm busy with seeing lots of games and all sports with my job and I just don't see kids close like we were. We practiced hard, played hard and were close on and off the field. My experiences back then I can say have really helped me with who I am today.
Mke K
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mkillam wrote:

"I'll never forget the "bird killing". That was unbelievable ! One of the most amazing things I've ever seen. What great times and laughs we had through HS. I loved it. Way to go Rick...thanks for reminding me....I'll never forget the "bird killing" "
It's good to hear from you Mike! Hope all is well with you and yours. What's amazing to me in all of this, is that we all still can remember like it was yesterday all of these details. With all that life throws our way, this is good stuff and I really appreciate each and every one of you!!!!!!!!!! Rick
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Rick wrote:

"It's good to hear from you Mike! Hope all is well with you and yours. What's amazing to me in all of this, is that we all still can remember like it was yesterday all of these details. With all that life throws our way, this is good stuff and I reall"
Likewise Rick!....It is good stuff and agree how it seems like yesterday. We all were close and always had something going on. Coach Madison loves to reminisce about the days we played for him. I see him from time to time and he loves talking about all of us. The "Old Ball Coach" is aging some but by no means quitting. There is still alot of fight in him. I see Coach McCorvey two or three times a year at conventions and he occasionally stops by when he is in town recruiting.I sure hope I can make the reunion. I'm scheduled to be out of town that week. Great pictures of you and your family that are posted. You look just like Ricky Werhan. I'll never forget friday nights, shooting dove in your backyard and laughing with each other until it hurt. MK
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mkillam wrote:

"Likewise Rick!....It is good stuff and agree how it seems like yesterday. We all were close and always had something going on. Coach Madison loves to reminisce about the days we played for him. I see him from time to time and he loves talking about a"
Hey Mike, Remember when you, me, Norbert, and Kimmel went downtown in Kimmel's Dad's Lincoln Towncar and we were shopping for clothes for you to wear to your weekend at Auburn. You three "biggies" walked ahead of me and the "drama" began. Or was this the beginning of "MR. BIG"??? The look on that guy's face when ya'll told him that I was Mr. Big was "priceless". Rick
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Rick wrote:

"Hey Mike, Remember when you, me, Norbert, and Kimmel went downtown in Kimmel's Dad's Lincoln Towncar and we were shopping for clothes for you to wear to your weekend at Auburn. You three "biggies" walked ahead of me and the "drama" began. Or was this"
"MR BIG".....I do remember. Haven't thought about that in a long long time. That was a BIG automobile ! It seemed like we could come and go from school when ever we had the notion. How about the trips down to Hopkins Boarding House for fried chicken day ? We were given a lot of rope ! MK
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killam wrote:

""MR BIG".....I do remember. Haven't thought about that in a long long time. That was a BIG automobile ! It seemed like we could come and go from school when ever we had the notion. How about the trips down to Hopkins Boarding House for fried chicken "
Mike, Thanks for the memories...........that's all "good stuff".........Rick
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Rick wrote:

"Mike, Thanks for the memories...........that's all "good stuff".........Rick"
Hey boys!!! I'm setting here reading all of these posts and thinking man how much fun those days were. Danny Mr. Varner is still at Tate and looks the same, and yes the cow did die. Who remembers Carl getting caught in the trees spying on someone we were going to play? Danny I remember all the speeches from Floyd and especially the one (oh my aching back). I coach baseball now with my 13 year old and we're on our way to the world series this month in Southhaven Ms. Baseball is a big part of our life these days and my son loves playing. Those days at Tate helped prepare me for today with my son (excluding the language!!!) of course. Hey Mike does the name pointer ring a bell? He(McCorvey) had a nickname for everyone, some in which I will not post!!! We are going to try and make the reunion.

Everyone take care!
Gus Uebelsteadt
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78aggie wrote:

"Hey boys!!! I'm setting here reading all of these posts and thinking man how much fun those days were. Danny Mr. Varner is still at Tate and looks the same, and yes the cow did die. Who remembers Carl getting caught in the trees spying on someone we "
Hey guys!!I too have been reading all the postings and thinking back to the good old days.Gus i believe carl was caught at woodam hanging out in the trees.having come up from key west to tater country was a real culture shock but you guys made my time at tate very memorable..can anyone say extra sprints ha ha!!hope to see you soon... Keybo
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78aggie wrote:

"Hey boys!!! I'm setting here reading all of these posts and thinking man how much fun those days were. Danny Mr. Varner is still at Tate and looks the same, and yes the cow did die. Who remembers Carl getting caught in the trees spying on someone we "
Yes Gus...."Pointer" is what Coach McCorvey tagged me with during our freshman year. I remember lining up to deep on a play and on the film my rear-end was sticking out from the line of scrimmage. I haven't thought about that in a long long time . That was halarious ! Can't wait to see Coach McCorvey this fall and I'll ask him if he remembers. Mike
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78aggie wrote:

"Hey boys!!! I'm setting here reading all of these posts and thinking man how much fun those days were. Danny Mr. Varner is still at Tate and looks the same, and yes the cow did die. Who remembers Carl getting caught in the trees spying on someone we "
Gus U. - where has the time gone? Coach M. had many creative ways to gain a competitive edge (I still remember listening, as a freshman, to the FWBeach gm on the radio with seconds left...) which all contributed to him being FHSAA's #2 all time winningest football coach, numerous district & state championships and the 1986 USA Today's National Coach of the Year. Not bad for a guy from Atmore, AL. Coach Adams was a great story teller and coach as well. I'd bear crawl over broken glass to tell 'em both thanks for their postive impact. We were both fortunate to learn from Floyd. My 12 year old is much further along as a result. He can easliy "hit his way out of a wet paper bag". Good luck in the WS. Some all time favorite nicknames for me were "HQ", "Cuz" Cooper, "Bones" White, "Bubba or Big Daddy", "Capt'n" Norbie -'79 and "Skeeter" - '77. I'm sure there are others tucked away in my crowded memory. Thanks for confirming the cow story and Varner's whereabouts. Later,
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bulldog wrote:

"Hey guys!!I too have been reading all the postings and thinking back to the good old days.Gus i believe carl was caught at woodam hanging out in the trees.having come up from key west to tater country was a real culture shock but you guys made my tim"
Keybo, we all know the only tree Carl was ever known to climb was that deer stand pine just outside of Atmore, AL - right?