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Olive Branch Football:Historical

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1948 Olive Branch High School Football Team
OLIVE BRANCH'S 1948 FOOTBALL TEAM PRACTICE SESSION

The photo above shows the starting line-up of the 1948 Olive Branch Eagle football team on the practice field.  Other members of the squad can be seen in the background.  The picture was shot looking to the northeast (toward the school and domitory buildings).

The car on the right side of the photo is parked on Blocker Street which is at the intersection with Roberto Avenue in present day.  The large white house in the center of the picture is where Quistor Avenue intersects Blocker Street today.

The black roof structure with the tall chimney, to the right and behind the white house, is the school domitory building (built in 1916) that was torn down in July of 2011.  The large square flat roof building beyond the domitory was the original DeSoto County Agricultural School facility (built in 1912) that served as a school building until 1966 when it was torn down to construct the gymnasium which houses the Middle School campus now.



1928 DAHS Team
1928 D.A.H.S. Team - "Uncle Frank" Brigance (front row holding football)
FRANK ROGERS "Uncle Frank" BRIGANCE - 1928 TEAM CAPTAIN
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Greg "Buz" Phillips ----- "Uncle Frank" Brigance ----- Kyle Brigance

Frank Rogers "Uncle Frank" Brigance, age 95, who was honored during the 2006 football season as the oldest living Olive Branch football captain, passed away April 22, 2007 at Methodist-Germantown Hospital.  Funeral services for Mr. Brigance were held April 28 at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch with burial in the Brigance family cemetery east of the city.

Frank graduated from the DeSoto County Agricultural High School, known today as Olive Branch High School, where he played on both the football and baseball teams.  At the Olive Branch-Horn Lake football game on October 13, 2006, the OBHS Football Letterman's Club sponsored Captain's Night, where past football captains and their widows were recognized.  Frank was honored during pre-game ceremonies as the oldest living Olive Branch football captain, in which he was team captain of the 1928 squad.

Brigance was known to have played on just the second and third football teams the high school ever had.  He did not play during his sophomore year in 1926, when the football program first began at Olive Branch, but started at the right halfback position as a junior and senior in 1927 and 1928.  The football squad at Olive Branch was known then as the DeSoto County A.H.S. "Aggies".  Longtime Olive Branch educator and head coach B. J. "Red" Chain, Sr. came to Olive Branch in 1928, Frank would not only play on Chain's first football team but would also serve as his first captain.

Frank Brigance was the great uncle of OBHS Principal Kyle Brigance and Conquistador Football Statisician & Historian Greg "Buz" Phillips.  During the Captain's Night ceremony, last October 13th, Brigance was presented a plaque of his recognition by his two great nephews.  After the pre-game presentation, Frank was escorted to the fifty yard line for the ceremonial coin toss along with the 2006 football captains - Cannon Smith and K. J. Wright.

Over the years, Frank kept informed on the Olive Branch games and scores through the local newspaper.  The topic of high school football was brought up nearly every year at the annual Brigance family reunion by his nephews.  He enjoyed sports and would often inquire about the OBHS team's progress and outlook each season.  "Uncle Frank" - you will be deeply missed by your family and friends.

(PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMIE MERCER).

 

 

 

 



OLIVE BRANCH'S FIRST FOOTBALL TEAM

Below is a photo of the DeSoto County Agricultural High School "Aggies" Football Team for the 1926-27 school year.  This was Olive Branch's first football team.  Dewey M. Metts was a science teacher at the school and desired that the "boys of the community" be offered the chance to play the sport of football.  In 1926, through this desire, he officially organized the school's football program and would serve as its head coach for the first two seasons.

Pictured - top row - left to right:  Thomas Collins, Johnny Meek, Coach Dewey M. Metts, Ralph Treadway, Rip Gooch & Ralph Hudspeth.
Pictured - bottom row - left to right:  K.C. Glenn, Hiram Winders, Joel Evans, George Murphy, Raymond Lowe, Chesley Sowell & Dick Lee.

(PHOTO COURTESY OF GEORGE COLLINS - CITY OF OLIVE  BRANCH ALDERMAN-AT-LARGE).



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1926 DeSoto County A.H.S. "Aggies" - Olive Branch's First Football Team


 
 

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