While still a student at Crescent Elk and with a father who taught and coached basketball and baseball at the high school, I had the privilege of watching a lot of high school teams practice.
The 1946 Warrior football team was one I spent a lot of time watching and as a result got to know many of the players.
Eleven-man football was just making a comeback after being dropped during World War II. The team was coached by Phil Crawford, who was only here for one year.
As a former coach myself, I am amazed at the job he did coaching by himself — he had no assistants. Since I had never played football but always wanted to be an end, I took special interest in the Warrior ends.
Henry Perdue, a 1947 Warrior graduate, was one of the starting ends on the 1946 team. The team had a five- game schedule and finished with a 1-4 record, beating Ferndale 14-0.
Henry was a three-sport Warrior, playing football, basketball and baseball. When Henry took to the basketball court he was considered one of the Warriors’ best all-around players. The team was also coached by Phil Crawford, since in the old days a coach was hired to coach everything. The team played 12 games, all against league teams, and won four.