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40 years later, Big Sandy dominance continues to amaze

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Reading scores out of newspaper articles from 40 years ago, it still doesn't seem real.

"It's a lot fun to sit back and say 'God that was really us?'" said former Big Sandy offensive tackle Jim Norman.

In 1973, the Big Sandy Wildcats became the biggest bully in high school football.

"We wouldn't have been afraid to play Troup or John Tyler that year," said former Big Sandy linebacker Jim Baird.  "In '73 bring them on, we would have beaten the (Dallas) Cowboys."

Winning the first of three straight state championships, the Wildcats began a winning streak that would eventually reach 55 games. Over a 72 game span, Big Sandy football lost just once.

"That record didn't get broken until the late 90's," said former Big Sandy running back Lawrence Harper.   

It's a streak that's even more impressive four decades later.

"To sit back and look at the scoring records," said Norman.  "A lot of kids would have to really work to even match what we did."

It would be nearly impossible to match the 1973 team. Finishing a perfect 14 and 0, the Class B state champions outscored their opponents by a combined 715 to 21. The defense pitched ten shutouts.

"We were just rawboned country boys," said Baird.  "God blessed us with athletic ability."

No team wanted to see the Wildcats during homecoming.

"We showed up to schools having their homecoming and we had a joke," said Harper.  "We're fixing to mess up homecoming tonight."

Fitting that homecoming crashers will be honored at halftime of Friday night's homecoming game.

"Just hearing people cheering and yelling," said Baird.  "Knowing that they're clapping for our state championship team, it's been a long time since a championship team came through Big Sandy.

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