Little did I know that when I wrote the article about the last football alumni scrimmage versus the Warriors, that it would bring back special feelings about another high school alumni contest.
Larry Amos, a long time Del Norte teacher, coach, and athletic director, told an interesting tale. After graduating from Humboldt State, Larry came to Crescent City, taking a position at Crescent Elk where he ran the physical education program and coached the Cougars from 1958 until 1966.
In 1966 Tex Gatlin resigned as the Warrior athletic director and Larry was moved to the high school to take over that position. For the next 10 years Larry guided the Del Norte High Warrior fortunes through all the regular boys programs, but was also involved in the start of regular interscholastic programs for girls.
He also assisted for a time in the junior varsity football program. The story Larry tells about playing in an alumni football game and the effect it had on his future career as an educator is amusing.
Larry graduated from high school in Washington after having a very successful career in athletics. He had always been an end in high school. When Larry enrolled at Yakima Junior College and turned out for the football team the coach decided he was going to make a running back out of Larry.
The move was not successful and he ended up dropping Larry from the roster. Larry became a little discouraged, dropped out of school, and returned home and went to work.
The next fall he played in his high school alumni game. This time back at his old position. He had an outstanding game scoring six touchdowns. After the game the same coach that the year before had dropped him from the squad, called him and offered him a scholarship to come back to Yakima.
Since he had been dropped the year before, he still had two years of eligibility left at the junior college level. During these two years he started every game both on offense and defense and at the end of his second year was named to the Allstate Junior College Team as and end. Legendary Humboldt State coach Phil Sarbue recruited Larry to play for the Jacks. There he had success in both football and track.
Larry is another one of those outstanding individuals that were not Warriors to start with but came here and spent their entire careers working with our youth. He joined Tex Gatlin, Ron Kunstal, Dale Thomas, Chuck Blackburn, and Wally Maciel in that elite group.
Larry like many old jocks, can now usually be found on the golf course with his wife Kookie or on the ocean in his boat the Kookie D chasing the elusive salmon.
Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring. Currently, he is head coach of the Wild Rivers Storm semi-pro football team.