As I was looking at the names on the old red and white Warrior blanket, it stirred up some fond memories. One of the players listed was Les Horn, a 1948 Del Norte High School graduate.
Les was a running back on the first Warrior team that I played on. I still remember trying to tackle him in practice. I never played with or against another player that could get his helmet and shoulder pads as close to the ground as Les. It seems all you could see when trying to tackle him were his shoe laces. I don’t remember him ever breaking any great long runs, but he always made positive yardage.
During my coaching years I would have loved to have a back like Les when we really needed four or five tough yards. He would have gotten them. Les played three years of football for the Warriors under three different head coaches.
In his sophomore year the coach was Phil Crawford; in his junior year the coach was Talmud Kramer, and during his senior year it was Brick Bralich. He also reminded me that he played one year of lightweight basketball for my dad.