Local Shriners will celebrate 50th anniversary of first Shrine Bowl on Oct. 11By Rozella Hardin
The Elizabethton Shrine Club will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first annual Shrine Bowl on Friday, Oct. 11, when the Elizabethton Cyclones face off with Daniel Boone in a Cyclone home game. Prior to the ball game there will be a Shrine parade downtown Elk Avenue, and all ballplayers who played in the first Shrine Bowl in 1952 are invited to ride in the parade.
"There's not many of us left," said Howard Ensor, a Shriner and a member of the Unaka team, which played in the first bowl with Elizabethton. "We got our butts beat off," he said.
In the first bowl game, the Cyclones romped to a 33-6 victory over the Unaka Rangers.
The Cyclones were coached by John Treadway, who was beginning his third season at the helm of the Betsy athletic department. Lynn Goddard, who later coached the Cyclones, was coach of the Rangers that year. The prior year, his team had won the Watauga Conference.
"Both Coach Treadway and Coach Goddard are dead. They were two great ones," Ensor said.
Goddard's lineup for the game included Raymond Lowe at left end; Alf Taylor, right end; tackles were Roy Grindstaff, R.C. Blevins, John Cable and Lloyd Williams. Playing the guard position were Jackson Pierce, Hunter Bowers and Roby Oliver. The center was Charles Ensor.
In the Ranger backfield were Wayne Pierce at quarterback; Zaney Taylor and Edd Bare at halfbacks; Howard Ensor at fullback.
Starters for the Cyclones were Paul Bautista and Wayne Riley at left end; Hubert Estep, left tackle; Dale Miller and Howard Bradshaw at left guard; Kenneth Nave and Dean Blevins at center; Bobby Laws and Bill Perry at right tackle; Bo Campbell and Bill Rutter at right guard; Sid Smithdeal and Buddy Nidiffer at right end.
On offense were Bill Hagie, quarterback. The rest of the line consisted of Bob Maupin, Leon Hood, Ronnie Curde, Nicky Hyder and Eddie Sturgill.
In the preceding season, the Cyclones had the first undefeated and untied season in the school's history, winning the Big 5 Conference. The Cyclones lost to Oak Ridge in the Lions Bowl.
The Unaka Rangers in the preceding season had only one loss.
In the 1952 game, the Rangers scored the first touchdown the first time they had possession of the ball. The Rangers recovered a Cyclone fumble on their 35 yard stripe and on first play from scrimmage Edd Bare heaved a pass to end Raymond Lowe, who took the ball on the Betsy 40 and romped all the way to pay dirt. The try for extra point failed.
The Cyclones' first tally went to fullback Nicky Hyder, who took a pitchout and streaked 40 yards down the left side of the field for a touchdown. Hyder scored the second touchdown for the Cyclones and Howard Matherly scored the third touchdown. Other scorers for the Cyclones were Lee Maupin and Edd Bare.
"We hope to have a good turnout for both the parade and the game," said Ensor. The players on the 1952 teams will be recognized at halftime. "We won't be selling programs. This time we want to give something back to the community, which has been awfully good to us over the years," said Ensor, noting that Carter Countians had probably contributed a half million dollars to the Shrine Paper Sale in past years.
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