Football Inductees

During the first three years of its existence Panola fielded a football squad, and in 1949–50 the season was climaxed by the Gas Bowl game in Carthage. Some players, under the eligibility rules of that time, played all three years. In 1949–50 the Panola Ponies were champions of the Texas Junior College Athletic Conference. Despite this success, however, a $40,000 deficit caused cancellation of the football program.


Wendell Swan

  • Ponies Football player 1948-49
  • 1948 and 1949 All Texas Team
  • 1948 and 1949 All Conference
  • 1949 NJCAA All-American
  • 1948 and 1949 Conference Champions
  • 1949 Texas Junior College All Star Team
  • 1949 led the conference in receiving yards
  • 1949 State Champions
  • 1949 Gas Bowl Champions
 

Wendell Swan


William J. "Bill" Defee

  • Coached Football, Baseball and Basketball
  • 1948 Assistant Football Coach
  • 1948-50 First Basketball and Baseball Coach
  • 1949-50 Athletic Director and Football Coach
  • 1949-50 TJCAC Division Football Champions
  • 1949-50 TJCAC State Football Champions
  • 1949 TJCAC State Baseball Champions
  • 1949-50 TJCAC Coach of the Year
  • 1949 Gas Bowl Championship
  • 1949 Ponies Outscored Opponents 293-94
  • 1951-55 Amarillo High School Athletic Director and Football Coach
  • 1955-1980 School Services Company
  • 1986 A&M Commerce Hall of Fame
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1949 Panola Ponies Football Team 

1949 TJCAC Eastern Division Champions

1949 Texas State Champions          1949 Gas Champions

1949 Panola College Football Team

11  Bobby Rogers        

14  Horace Horn         

15  Norman Bishop    

     George Bates          

     Glenn Laird           

21 Gilbert Desha        

     Max Whitley         

22  Nolan Suiter         

31  Bill Amburg  

32  Price Martin

33  Ted Miller 

41  Glyn Johnston      

42  James Gray

44  Robert Williams      

51  Guy Broussard              

52  Bobby Myers           

53  Jack Reeves              

61  Bobby Nissen           

62  Oneal Ingram          

63  Roy Anderson          

64  Doyle Armstrong   

65 Jimmy Jones          

71 Doyle Steele

72 Willie Sanders

73  Don Churchill          

74  Mart Crawford         

75  Chapple Dowell

Jesse McDonough

81  Wendel Swann

82  Carson Joines

83  Danny Cowart

84  Ran Holman

85  Buddy Terry

86  Madison Knight

Coaches:

Solon Holt

Bill Defee

Manager:

Eli Davis


1950 Panola Ponies Football Team

1950 TJCAC Eastern Division Champions


 1950 Football Team
 

11  Leonard Arias        

12  Homer Young         

14 Lavelle Brewster     

15  Norman Bishop      

20  Peter Bolton                

21 Gilbert Desha          

22  Durwood Ross       

23  James Higgins        

31  Joe Teague              

32  Price Martin          

33  Ted Miller              

41  Glyn Johnston       

42  James Gray             

44  Robert Williams    

     Herman Fountain       

51  Guy Broussard      

52  Jerrell Terrell          

53  Bobby Myers          

55  Don Smith              

      R. Corley                 

61  Bobby Nissen         

62  Glen Laird              

63  Raul Mata             

64  Doyle Armstrong    

65  Larry Dickerson     

66  Edwin Nusko            

70  Marvin Briggs           

71  James Bogue

72  Willie Sanders       

73  Don Churchill  

74  Madison Knight

75  Jimmy Spruill

81  Jack Reeves

82  James Sanford

83  Danny Cowart

84  Max Whitley

85  Buddy Terry

86  J. Krysa

Coaches:

Solon Holt   

Bill Defee

Manager:

Eli Davis

  
 
 

James "Jim" Gray

  • 1948-1950 Panola Ponies Football
  • 1948-1950 Panola Ponies Basketball
  • 1948-1949 Panola Ponies Baseball
  • 1949 & 1950 TJCAC All Conference Football Team
  • 1950 TJCAC All State Football Team
  • 1948 & 1949 TJCAC Baseball Conference Champions
  • 1949 & 1950 TJCAC Eastern Division Football Champions
  • 1949 & 1950 TJCAC State Football Champions
  • 1951-1952 Played at East Texas State University
  • 1952 NCAA Football All American
  • 1978 Texas A&M Commerce (East Texas State University) Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee

 

James "Jim" Gray