Row 1: Thad Parsons, David Midgett, Pat Kelly, Ricky Rawls, Herbie Whitley, Gary Warren, Dicky Cuthriell, Jerry Goney, Kenny Ford, Bill Jennings, John Viers, Asa Kelly, Varon Rollins. Row 2: Lynn Sullivans, Darrell Thompson, Mike Tapler, Monty Mathews, Chuck Hughes, Lloyd Conley, Lewis Ripley, Butch Hodges, Danny Perryman, Artie Taylor, Doug Whitley, Ronnie Waycaster, Mike O'Conner, Robert McCarty. Row 3: Coach Jim Paine, Coach Holley, Steve Kampman, Joe Sears, Randy Hargrave, Ricky Hoggard, Mike Waters, Wayne Boone, Sanford Richardson, David Mullins, Roy Fish, Jim Stepenson, Walter Tobler, Coach Gahagan, Coach Beale
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Faculty & Staff
Break ~ Even Season Plagued by Injuries
1966 Season Record
Newport News 13
Oscar Smith 13
Great Bridge 20
Princess Anne 23
Tobler just did get in for this score against Cradock.
Anxious side line moment during Gramby Game.
Head coach Ralph Gahagan and assistants Howard Beale and Jim Paine.
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Somewhere in the pile-up is Parsons with six points. The opposition is Cradock
Tobler sets his sights on his favorite receiver, Parsons, during Hampton action.
Tobler on a roll-out for good yardage against the Truckers.
Mullins went all the way to pay dirt with this Typhoon punt.
Parsons broke this tackle by a Cavalier for additional yardage.
Mullins reels off a long gainer against Churchland.
Mullins hauled down the Oscar Smith defenders after short gain.
The running of Rollins against Gramby, Virginia State Chapions, was one of the bright spots during the game.
Tobler outruns Hampton pursuers for good yardage.
Jennings, Goney,Tobler, Hodges, and Richardson pause during final workout of the day.
Viers does a good job of stopping Copeland of Maury.
Wilson 27 -
The Presidents opened the 1966 season on a bright note as they handed the Churchland Truckers a 27-14 licking. The game was played at Frank D. Lawrence Stadium before on opening night crowd of 6,000 partisan fans.
Quarterback Walter Tobler led the team with his aggressive rushing and pin-point passing. He rolled up more than a hundred yards on the ground, and threw passes to David Mullins and Thad Parsons for scores in the first half. He also hit pay dirt himself with the help of some outstanding blocks by Donny Perryman and Jerry Ganey.
It would be difficult to point out all the defensive standouts on the unit that held the Truckers to two touchdowns. A good deal of the credit would have to go to Bill Jennings, Butch Hodges, and Sanford Richardson. On offense, the play selection and running of Tobler on option ploys kept the Truckers off balance throughout the entire game. All in all, opening game tactics showed promise of a good season ahead for the Presidents.
Wilson 40 -
Newport News 13
The second game of the season sow the Presidents walk away with a very easy and convincing victory over the visiting Typhoon from Newport News. The final score was 49-13, which was the highest score ever recorded in a series between the two rivals that dotes back to World War I days.
The Typhoon controlled the boll for the first seven minutes of the game as they received the opening kick off, but from then on it was all the Presidents.
Quarterback Walter Tobler connected on four passes to halfback Thad Parsons and end Wayne Boone to put 27 points On the scoreboard. David Mullins then took over with his patented rushes to set up another score on the ground. Alert ploy on the port of Herbie Whitley as he recovered a fumble gave Tobler an opportunity for another Wilson score. The final Wilson score was the result of a 20 yard scamper by Varon Rollins, freshman halfback.
Standing out again was Tobler as he ran and passed for well over a hundred yards for the second straight game.
Wilson 14 -
The Presidents travelled to Chittum Field for their first game on the road, and returned with a 14-13 win aver the Norview Pilots. The first touchdown of the game resulted from a 63 yard scoring jaunt by Walter Tobler in the first quarter. David Mullins added the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Norview countered when Mansfield scored on a twa yard run, and when Mike Day added the extra point, the score stood at 7-7. That was the extent af the scaring in the first half.
In the third quarter Tobler and Mullins again combined their efforts and scoring talents, and the Presidents went out front by a score of 14-7. The lead held up until the tail end of the game when the Pilots scared their secand touchdown. The extra paint attempt was wide to the right with 2: 55 remaining on the clock. The Presidents held on to come away with their third straight win.
For the third straight game Tobler came away with all the rushing honors. Defensively, Bill Jennings, Sanford Richard¬son, Butch Hodges, and Ricky Hoggard all stood out.
Wilson 21 - Oscar Smith 13
Cheered on by 8,000 excited Homecoming fans, the Presidents registered their fourth straight win as they downed the Oscar Smith Tigers by a score of 21-13. Members of the 1940 team sat on the sidelines as honored guests and enjoyed every bit af the action.
Walter Tobler again led the way in the first half as he went 54 yards for one score, and 14 yards for another. He also connected with Thad Parsons on a 69 yard touchdown pitch. David Mullins added all three extra points.
The Tigers were able to close the gap in the second half as they came up with two scores, but a 71 yard drive, topped off by the 14 yard run of Tobler's mentioned above, proved to be the winning margin. The Presidents did threaten again, but the clock ran out with the ball on the Oscar Smith four yard line.
The entire team will have to get the nod for outstanding ploy during the course af this important win.
Hampton 21 - Wilson 7
The Presidents' hopes for on undefeated season come to a jolting end as they crossed the James River to meet the Hampton Crabbers. The score was 21-7, and the only con¬solation for Wilson was that the game was not a conference one.
The only score of the first half belonged to Red Trevillian of the Crabbers who rambled 29 yards for a touchdown. The kick for the extra point was good, and the seven points held up until half time Walter Tobler and David Mullins were held to a total of 56 yards in the first half by a rugged and hard-hitting Crabber defense.
The Presidents showed their only sustained drive of the game as they tied the score in the third Quarter on a ten yard pass from Tobler to Danny Perryman, and a run for the extra point by Tobler. The drive covered 90 yards, starting on the ten yard line as a result of a Hampton punt which was downed at that point. The aroused Crabbers went on to score two more touchdowns, one on a 47 yard pass play, and the other on a five yard run.
This was only the ninth time that Hampton was able to defeat Wilson in a series that dates bock to 1919. The Presidents have won 26 times, and six games have ended in ties.
Maury 14 - Wilson 0
For the second straight week the Presidents went up against on undefeated and formidable foe. This time it was the Maury Commodores. The game was played at Foreman Field, and the Presidents lost their third straight game as they were shut out 14-0.
Maury's Copeland came up with scores in each of the first two periods, which proved to be all the scoring for the night. The Commodores threatened on several occasions in the second half, but the President defense rose to each occasion.
Walter Tobler and David Mullins were kept in check by a rugged Maury defense through the entire game. One of two bright spots for the Presidents was the rushing of Varon Rollins, freshman back, who carried the ball for a total of 77 yards. The other bright spot was the kicking of Herbie Whitley who punted five times, one of which covered 60 yards to give him a forty-plus average for the game.
Great Bridge 20 - Wilson 7
It was out of the frying pan into the fire for the Presidents as they hoped to rebound from the Crabber loss against the Wildcats of Great Bridge, a team which was undefeated at the time, and went on to finish the season without a lass. The second loss for the Presidents was by a score of 20-7.
The Wildcats came up with single touchdowns in each of the first two periods. Each was set up by the passing of Quarterback Rhodes, and resulted from one yard plunges by Lewis Johnston and David Tyson. The Wilson score come in the third quarter when Walter Tobler arched a scoring pass to Thad Parsons. The play covered 56 yards. David Mullins again added the the extra point as he had been doing in all previous games.
As a result of an injury to blocking back Jerry Ganey, Thad Parsons was shifted from flanker to help in this department, but this move proved futile as Roy Fish was hurt very early in the game, and another adjustment had to be made. This was the start of a series of injuries that were to come up in games ahead, and which played such on important part in the losses that followed.
Princess Anne 23 - Wilson 7
The services of Walter Tobler, who was out with a knee injury, were sorely missed as the Presidents went down for their fourth straight defeat at the hands of the Princess Anne Cavaliers. The score was 23-7.
The first score for the Cavaliers resulted from a drive of 46 yards in the first quarter, highlighted by the passing of Robert German. His running and passing were responsible for two other scores during the course of the game.
In the third quarter Varon Rollins sprinted for 34 yards to put the ball on the Princess Anne 17 yard line. From here Mullins drove on down to the one yard line from where John Viers snuck into the end zone, only to have the score nullified by an illegal procedure penalty. The Presidents did finally score in the fourth quarter as Viers, who went all the way to quarter in place of injured Tobler, picked up a fumbled punt and carried it over for a score. Mullins carried for the extra paint, and that was the extent of the Wilson scoring. The last thrust into Cavalier territory was halted by a pass interception.
It was a sad and dejected group that returned to Portsmouth after the game, and more than one fan wondered what the fruits of victory tasted like at this stage, especially with undefeated Granby the next opponent.
Granby 12 - Wilson 6
After four weeks on the road the Presidents returned to the friendly confines of Lawrence Stadium to take on the undefeated Comets from Granby. Before the night was over, the State Champions knew they had been in a ball game as they just did manage to win by the score of 12-6.
The Comets took the opening kick off and marched to a score as Ted Lee skirted end from 24 yards out. This was the only touchdown registered by either team in the first half, and Granby left the field with a slim 6-0 lead.
In the third period Jim Stephenson intercepted a pass on the Granby 40 yard line to set up the Wilsan touchdown. Walter Tobler, back in action after missing the Princess Anne game the week before, fired two passes to Thad Parsons, the second putting the ball on the Granby seven. A penalty moved the ball back to the 20, but the Presidents were not to be denied as Tobler stepped back and hit Parsons again, this time far six paints. Mullins was stopped one of the few times during the season on the extra point try, and the score stood at 6-6. Lee scored again in the final period, and the Comets walked off the field with a hard earned victory, 12-6.
Wilson 47 - Cradock 25
It was a lang time coming, but the final game sow the Presidents get bock on the winning track in a big way as they downed the visiting Admirals 47-25 in a free scoring game. This assured the locals of a break-even season.
The Presidents tallied twice in the first quarter, with David Mullins registering both scores and extra points. In the second period, Walter Tobler went eight yards for one touchdown, and passed to Thad Parsons for another. One of the highlights of this period was a run-bock of some 60 yards of a punt that Mullins gathered in and outdistanced all pursuers.
Wilson tallies in the third quarter resulted from a 16 yard run by Varon Rollins, and a Tobler to Mullins pass. Crodock hod managed two touchdowns in the first half, and was able to close the gop some as a result of effective passing by scoring in the third and fourth quarters.
The Presidents had the satisfaction of closing out the season on a happy note. Had injuries not been as prominent as they were during the course of the season, the team could have probably enjoyed a much better season.
1966-67 Junior Varsity
Row 1: David Lassiter, Cory Fields, Mike Waters, Alvin Williams, Thomas Costner, Richard Dietz, Joe Sears, Dennis Lewin. Row 2: Tommy Ashcroft, Chris Amos, David Huddle, Dennis Moseley, David Dorsey, John Klise, Peanut Waters, Pat Kelly, Mike O'Conner. Row 3: Coach Carl Rhodes, Billy Moran, Steve Kampman, Stewart Allen, Leonard Soloman, John Lewis, Ray McGinley, Robert Pond, Darryl Thompson, Coach Jim Sherrill. Row 4: Steve Steiner, Ricky Jilg, George Boswell, Charles Mullins, Ronnie Waycaster, Martin Morton, Joe Hodge, Richard Webb-manager.
1966 Seasond Record
Priness Anne 7
Indian River 12
Great Bridge 0
Virginia Beach 6
Waters finds going rough on this play.
Trucker runs over Waters on this play.
Waters hauled down after short gain during Gramby action.
Pass intended for Amos is broken up by defender.
Waters just did get this pass off in spite of the Comet rush.
Mullins gathers in a Wilson pass against Gramby.
Waters registers one of his two scores against Churchland.