Every Warrior football season I really get excited. Watching the present Warrior teams play always bring back long ago memories of my senior year as a Warrior football player.
There were three games that always bring back cherished thoughts. We opened our season at Cave Junction on a Saturday afternoon. It was a beautiful warm sunny day and we won a hard-fought game against the Cougars.
After the game they invited us to meet them at a local residence for a watermelon feed, which was great. There was a whole pickup load of watermelons to eat.
During the feed I had the chance to meet and talk to the Cougars’ outstanding running back, a young man named Ron Mauer. After graduation Ron went on to Southern Oregon College and I went on to Humboldt so we met again in my first year as a Lumberjack.
After that we both ended up in the Army and while I was in basic training I found that Ron was playing football for Fort Ord and was backup running back behind the great Ollie Matson.
After getting out of the service and returning to Humboldt I was in my last season as a Lumberjack and we were playing Southern Oregon. It was the one game while I was there that I got to be captain. When we went to the center of the field for the coin toss, guess who was the Southern Oregon captain: Ron Mauer.