Row 1:Jerry Goney, Wayne Boone, Roy Fish, Danny Perryman, Arthur Taylor, Johnny Mercer, Louis Ripley, Luther Blair, Sanford Richardson, Brad Vaughan, Joe Fussell, Sam Bush, Butch Hodges Row 2:Frank Edwards, Donlad Sandie, John Viers, Doug Whitley, Lewis Huddle, Bill Jennings, Brad Mobley, Rickie Hoggard, Richard Galbreath, Jim Stephenson, Herbie Whitley, Rickie Rawls, Garland Gifford, Walter Tobler Row 3: Coach Ralph Gahagan, Charley Mathis, Kenny Ford, Asa Kelly, David Keffer, David Mullins, Butch Bisese, Tommy Matusiak, Lloyd Conley, George Ryder, Dickie Williams, Larry Todd, Coach Howard Beale, Coach Jim Paine
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Winning Season . . . . . . results from last game win!
Luther Blair really stretched for this reception against the Typhoons.
Ralph Gahagan Head coach
David Huddle-equipment, Bill Strawn-equipment manager, Harvey Myers-team manager
Assistant coaches Jim Paine and Jim Sherrill.
Touchdown pile up during the Granby game. Somewhere under the pile is Bisese with the ball.
Bisese goes for good yardage
aginst Churchland . Number 32 is Mullins.
Biesese snowed under by the Typhoons.
Biesese rolls out for six points against Princess Anne.
Granby defenders put the stopper on Bisese.
Blair on the complication end of a Bisese pass in the Cavalier game.
Tobler driven out of bounds during acting at Great Bridge.
Oscar Smith defender puts the stopper on Bisese.
LETTERMEN: Row 1: Luther Blair, Butch Hodges, Tommy Matusiak, Bill Jennings. Row 2: Walter Tobler, Butch Bisese, David Mullins.
Mullins gathers in a pass for a score against the Norview Pilots.
WILSON 32 - CHURCHLAND 1.4
Before a crowd of 7.500. the Presidents nearly ran the Truckers out of Churchland Stadium with a strong first half that saw them SCOre four times. The final score was 32- 1.4.
In the first quarter, Butch Bisese, on a keeper. faked off left tackle and went wide on a 25-yard touchdown jaunt. Tackle Brad Vaughn recovered a fumble by Churchland's quarterback, Danny James, on the Trucker's 19, and the Presidents needed only two plays to score again, this time on a pass from Bisese to David Mullins. Wilson held a 12-0 lead with the game less than six minutes old.
The Presidents scored on the second play of the next quarter as a result ofa good fake by Bisese, followedby a hand-off to Mullins, who went to the weak side, and scrambled 45 yards into the end zone. A 37 yard pass from Walt Tobler to Mullins added another touchdown for the Presidents, who left the field at halftime with a 25-0 lead.
An 85 yard return of the second half kickoff by Dwight
Smith put the Trucker s on the score board, and they followed up with a drive of 66 yards for another touchdown to cut the Wilson lead to 25- 14. The Presidents, however, controlled the fourth quarter. and wiped out all Trucker comeback efforts by scoring on a 77 yard march that ended with Bisese's seven yard pass to Mullins.
WILSON7 - NEWPORT NEWS7
For the second time in as many years, the Presidents
and the Typhoon of Newport News battled to a stalemate.
This time the score was 7-7; last year both teams were
unable to convert, and the score was 6-6. Newport News got on the scoreboard with 47 seconds remaining in the first half when Jimmy Hogan passed 36 yards to Joel Fisher for a touchdown. This gave the Typhoon a 7-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback Butch Bisese raced 36 yards for the touchdown, in the third period, that tied the score. A few minutes after Bisese scored, Dickie Williams sprinted 54 yards for a touchdown, but it was nullified by a clipping penality.
The Presidents controlled the game, but were unable
to. push across the clincher. In the closing moments, Wilson worked the ball down to the one yard 1ine, only
to have the Typhoon hold on fourth down with less than
a minute to play. The game ended with Newport News in their own territory.
WTLSON 20 - NORVIEW 8
Unbeaten, but once tied. Wilson downed Norview 20-8, before a drenched crowd of 3,000 at Lawrence Stadium.
David Mulllns touched off the scoring with a 58 yard punt return early in the opening Quarter. with Butch Bisese running for the extra point, and a 7-0 lead, Late in the quarter the Presidents increased the lead to 13-0 8S a result of 8 pass from Bisese to Mullins. The Pilots struck back after laking the next kickoff. Brosetto. on a pitchout, dashed for n touchdown that mode the score 13-6.
Two plays later, the Presidents retaliated w-ith another score. From his own 26, Bisese fired a pass to Luther Blair at, the Wilson 45 where the Wilson end eluded defender Mark Mustin and raced the rest of the way to put Wilson ahead. 20-6.
The Pilots came back strong in the second half, and threatened the Prexre'e goal line on three occasions without scoring. They did finally register two points when they tackled Walt Tobler in the end zone after blocking his punt. These were the only points scored by either team in the second half'.
WILSON 7 - OSCAR SMITH 20
Wilson journeyed to the lair of an aroused Oscar Smith Tiger, and came away with the first loss of the season. The score was 20-7.
The Tigers scored twice within two minutes in the opening quarter as Leigh Phelps threw 13 yards to Carl Forsen for the first touchdown, and Jim Inman ran 26 yards with an interception of a Bisese pass for the second touchdown. As a result, Smith led 13-0 at halflime.
Bisese scored on a 12 yard keeper early in the third quarter t.o cut the Tiger margin to six at 13-7. However, the Tigers promptly marched 58 yards, mostly on short gains, to score the insurance touchdown.
It was a frustrating evenmg for the Presidents. who threatened four times, but scored only once. Clever ball handling and running by Bisese kept them in the game until Smith's third touchdown put the game out of reach.
Tobler hauled down after a good gain aginst Maury.
It took two Truckers to put the stopper on Bisese this time.
Bush about to land himself a Cavalier.
WILSON13 - HAMPTON7
Seven thousand fans sat in on the climax of a success-ful Homecoming as Wilson downed Hampton by a score of 13-7.
The evening al so featured the announcement of the prizewinning floats, and the half-time crowning of the Homecoming Queen, Ginny Lou Morin, by Dr. Robert W. Allen.
The big play of the game came in the first half when David Mullins fell in behind guard Herbie Whitley, and broke through the Crabber line to outrun the Crabber secondary. The play covered 50 yards, and proved to be the victory margin. The play was called by Bisese just before a knee injury in the second quarter which was to sideline him for the
next three weeks.
Walter Tobler took over at quarterback, and Mullins moved to tailback, from which position he carried 21 times in the second half, and added 70 more yards to the 61 he picked up in first half. Tobler's 40 yards in 11 carries helped control
the ball most of the second half.
After Bise sets injury, Coach Gahagan's strategy was, "to just cram the ball down their throats" and with Tobler at the helm, the Presidents did just that most of the second half, much to the enjoyment of the members of the 1939 team who sat on the sideline during the entire game.
WILSON 6 - GREAT BRIDGE 40
The Presidents lost to a powerful Great Bridge team that played a near perfect game to extend their un-defeated string to 14 games. A strong Wilson offense just could not get rolling, and the Wildcats came away with an esay 40-6 victory.
Injuries to quarterback Butch Bisese, out as a result from a twisted knee, and to Dickie Williams, who tried to go on an injured knee, proved too big a handicap for the Prexies to
An aggressive Great Bridge offense and defense proved to be too powerful for the Prexies, and the half-time score was 13-0. Wilson came alive in the fourth quarter, but it was a 1ittl e too late. The first Wilson threat of the game was a 35 yard pass from Walt Tobler to David Mullins. The Prexies
used the same combination to Score as
Tobler's 12 yard pass found Mullins in the end zone. This was the extent of any offense for the night, and the Presidents absorbed their worst defeat under Coach Gahagan.
WILSON 19 - MAURY21
Less than 3,000 fans turned out on a cold Friday night to see the Prexies drop a close game to the Commodores, 21-19. David Mullins sprinted 42 yards for the first Wilson touchdown, while quarterback Walt Tobler rolled out nine yards for one President
score, and passed 11 yards to halfback Garland Gifford for another. Only one of three extra points was scored, which spelled the difference between a tie and a loss.
The big play of the game for the Prexies was Tobler's pass to end Luther Blair that covered 61 yards. On fourth down from the nine, Tobler rolled left for the first score. In the final seconds of the first half, a Maury threat was halted when Tobler inter-cepted a pass in the end zone, and ran it back 15 yards.
The game ended in story book fashion for liIaury as Dolly Madison gathered in a pass with just 34 seconds left, and scored the winning touchdown.
Great Bridge back on the move.
Bisese adds extra point aginst Princess Anne.
Tobler picks up good yardage against Commodores.
WILSON28 - PRINCESS ANNE 20
After sitting out two games with an injury, Butch Bisese returned to action in the President's 28-20 victory over Princess Anne. The Cavaliers were kept off balance by Bisese's rollouts and passes. The first two touchdowns were scored by Bisese from seven and twenty yards out. The second score was hi ghlighted by a 16 yard pass to Luther Blair. Bisese also ran for two extra points, rushed for a total of 114 yards, and intercepted a pass to halt the Cavaliers' final drive with 4:02 left in the game.
Excellent defensive support came from an aggressive line that stopped a Princess Anne threat on the Wilson 11 early in the game. Bisese was joined in the scoring department by Walt Tobler, who tallied twice on short runs, and then dashed for two extra points. The key play in this second straight win over Princess Anne was a pass interception by center Butch Hodges, which set up what proved to be the winning touchdown.
Coach Gahagan and offensive starters: Front: Brad Vaughan, Butch Hodges, Tommy
Matusiak. Back: David Mullins, Wayne Boone, Walter Tobler, Butch Bisese, Dickie
Williams, Bill Jennings, Luther Blair
Perryman was wide open on this pass in the Cavalier game.
Oscar Smith defender has Mullins wrapped up on this play
WILSON 12 - GRANBY 23
For the second year in a row. Foreman Field turned out to be a jinx as the Presidents met District Champion Granby. Under the direction of Butch Bisese, the Presidents put up a good fight for most of the game, only to come out on the short end of the score. A scoreless first half for the Prexies left Granby in the lead, 10-0. But Bisese led the Presidents to a touchdown late in the third quarter, and another score, with 5:02 left in the fourth period, gave Wilson a 12-0 lead. At this point the Comets took charge as they first picked up a Tobler
fumble, and then a Bisese pass, to give them a 23-12 lead.
In the face of the two breaks that gave Granby the lead, the Prexies did not fold entirely. Bisese directed a drive that saw him scamper 20 yards to the Comet 9. A 15 yard penalty had helped to set up this play. However, time ran out before the Presidents were able to do any more about closing the 11 point spread, and the final score stood at 23-12 in favor of Granby.
WILSON 13 - CRADOCK6
The Presidents journeyed cross-town to close out their season against the Admirals, and came back with a well-earned 13-6 victory. This could well be called the evening of the Butch's, as Bisese stood out again with his running and passing, and Hodges was outstanding on defense. Bisese did a masterful job of mixing his plays, which included 15 and 22 yard passes to halfback David Mullins in the first half.
In the second period a Wilson punt touched an Admiral as it rolled at the 20 yard line, giving the Presidents possession when Butch Hodges recovered. From this point, Bisese rolled out for the first Score. The second touchdown was a result of a pass form Bisese to end Luther Blair.
Bisese's 18 plays, all but one on the ground, used up the third quarter in moving the the Presidents to the Admiral 10. This drive was stalled when a pass intended for Mullins was intercepted by Cradock's Howell in the end zone. However, a tight Wilson defense held the Admirals in check the rest of the way.
Cradock scored in the final minute of the game as Tommy Dail picked off a Bisese pass, and ran it into the end zone.
Row 1: Gerald Todd, Mike Vicks, Bobby Andrews, Jerry ,Raynor, Mike Waters, Dennis Moser, Ben Pearson, Cary Fields, Doug Whitley, John Sisson, Linwood Jennings. Row 2: Andy Hawkins, Dickie Cuthriell, Buddy Jennings, Lary Johnson, Bill Newbill, Pat Kelly, Reedy Barnes, John Lewis, John Emons, Billy Moran. Steve Kampman. Row 3: Coach Jim Holley, Mike Topler, Lloyd Conley, Robert McCarty, Barry Wagner, David Huddle. Mike Gough, Ricky Rawls, Gary Warren, Brad Mobley, Mike Matusiak, Robert Mosely. Coach Jim Sherrill (absent- Frank Edwards, Ernie Midgette)
Coaches Holley and Sherrill.
1965 Season Record
Wilson 6 .....................................................................................Princess Anne 13
Wilson 13................................................................................................ Maury 6
Wilson 12 ...................................................................................... Great Bridge 6
Wilson 6 ................................................................................................ Granby 0
Wilson 7 ..........................................................................................Oscar Smith 7
Wilson 12 .........................................................................................Churchland 0
Wilson 6 ...................................................................................Norfolk Catholic 6
Wilson 0 ............................................................................................... Cradock 7
(Because it was discovered at the end of the season that Wilson had used an ineligible player, all games were forfeited)
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