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|Huntington memories linger|
I can remember the first Huntington football game I covered — it was actually the first sporting event I ever covered at the Natchez Democrat.
I try not to remember the story itself. It was that bad.
The game was good because Huntington won 38-8 over Natchitoches.
The year was 1974 and Huntington was playing in its newly-built bowl-shaped stadium on Lake Concordia. The concrete bleachers were actually built into the hill. The bleachers remained long after Huntington built a new field at the school. The sight of bleachers in a hill across a big abandoned field must have looked strange to visitors traveling by the levee road.
It was memorable not only because of it being my first game, but also because I thought the mosquitos were going to pick me up and drop me in the mouth of an alligator that was surely peering from some 50 yards away wondering what in the world was going on where he usually is sunbathing.
I actually had to get a ride with Huntington lineman Greg Fondren to and from the game. Yeah, you can bet his name was going to go in the paper. Actually, he would have made it anyway because he had a good game.
Lowery Moak and Pat Hinson starred for the Hounds.
Moak's son Will and Hinson's son Brian would be the subject of several articles themselves as standout athletes for the Hounds down the road.
And that's what Huntington is all about - tradition and passing of the torch.
Of course, the history of Huntington comes back much further.
Huntington began its school and football program in 1970. A bowl-shaped stadium was built just before the school opened on Lake Concordia.
Huntington hosted a jamboree on Sept. 4, 1970 which drew about 6,000 fans.
Tensas defeated Tallulah, Huntington tied Lake Providence and Adams County Christian Academy shut out Natchez-Adams Private School (later Thomas Jefferson) 6-0.
Huntington has had its ups and downs in football through the years. Of course, in 1971, Huntington defeated Riverside 12-0 to capture the Class 2A state championship of the Louisiana Independent Schools Association.
But it hasn't only been football where Huntington teams have excelled.
The softball and girls basketball teams were common sights at state championship events.
David Jones can rattle off several highlights from several years.
The Huntington boys basketball teams made a splash in the state tournament and overall tournament a few years ago.
Mitch Ashmore built one of the top baseball programs in the state.
The 1994 state championship run was filled with excitement and an exciting final series with Tunica.
And, of course, there was the great duel between Todd Ainsworth and Patrician pitcher Eric Dubose (who would go on to Mississippi State and the pros) in the semifinals.
Then there was the unforgettable stretch from 2005-07 in which the Hounds advanced to the state championship three straight years, losing out in three games each year.
And the track teams have brought home plenty of hardware.
Hopefully Abi Brown can put the finishing touches in a grand way on Saturday.
It's really going to be strange to see Huntington School dark on Friday nights in September and throughout the rest of the school year.
But it's been a fun ride. And a very impressive run.
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