Looking back at TAHS football in 1961

Approximately 80 persons, officials of the Tyrone Community Chest, solicitors and guests attended the kickoff dinner preparatory to the house-to-house canvass for the 1961-62 Community Chest collections, at the First Methodist church dining hall.
Benjamin C. Jones was the toastmaster and Rev. Roy O. Bodtorf. host pastor gave the invocation.
Paul H. Schoonmaker, Jr., president of the Chest, Roger B. Branstetter, campaign chairman and Andrew Walls and Arthur W. Freeman, co-chairmen. spoke of the necessity of obtaining the goal of $30,000 inasmuch as the amount was necessary to carry on the work of the agencies during the coming year.
On Monday and Tuesday, Tommy Sands and Fabian were starring in “Love in a Goldfish Bowl” at the Wilson Theatre. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that the proposed Tyrone flood control project would provide jobs for from 100-150 persons over a five-year period. The information came to the Daily Herald following a Herald request through Cong. James E. Vanzandt.
The project, estimated at a total cost of between nine and 10 million dollars, was expected to cost Tyrone borough about $125,000, with the remaining costs shared by federal, state and county governments.
The ballet for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 7, included a space for Tyrone electors to vote for or against giving Tyrone borough council permission to increase the borough debt by $125,000, in order to pay the Tyrone share.
In the 1960 election, a referendum calling for permission to increase the borough debt by $500,000 to support the project was soundly defeated.
Since that time, the engineers had reworked the plans to greatly reduce the local share.
The purpose of the project was to prevent high water damage to Tyrone such as the estimated $1 million flood damage in 1936 and $125,000 damage in 1951. The two most prominent features were 13,000 feet of dredging in the Little Juniata River and a diversion dike above Reservoir Park.
The dike was not to interfere with recreation in the Park. It would divert overflow waters of Sink Run through an 11-foot tunnel underneath the Janesville Pike into Schell Run, which runs past the Ralph Hagg farm and down Shippen Street to the Little Juniata River. To prevent bridges from being washed away and blocking the Bald Eagle or Little Juniata rivers, the piers or abutments of the 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue bridges were to be reinforced.
At a meeting of the Flood Control Committee of the borough council, it was established that no new tax hike would be necessary for the local share or for maintenance afterward. The earliest date for beginning the construction was sometime in 1963. The cost for the borough would not be included until that time and would be divided up over a five-year period.
Wolf Furniture 1222 PA Avenue had convertible beds in Modern, Danish, Contemporary, Classic styles, your choice for $69.59. You could open a Wolf credit account and get a free gift offer of an 8X10 portrait of your child. Schulmans, 1021 PA Avenue advertised boys clothing wear that’s wearable. They had a zip-off head, Mountie coat for $3.97, wool quilted, water ‘N’ snow repellent all sizes 6-16. At Rupert Chevrolet Company, at 215 East 10th Street, there was a “new world of worth” from Chevrolet for lovers of good cars. “What more could you want?” The ‘62 Chevy and new Chevy II 300 four-door sedan gave a feel of luxury with new V-8 power. If Chevy wasn’t your preference, Black Bros. Rambler was at 10th Street and Logan Avenue, where you could buy a 1962 Rambler for $1846. Your ‘62 Rambler brought you 102 improvements, “the world standard of compact car excellence.” Rambler Motor Company boasted that 60 percent of their customers switched from other makes.
The magic number for clinching the San Diego Chargers second straight AFL Western Division was three after the Chargers trounced the Denver Broncos 37-0. Chuck Allen returned a interception 59 yards for a TD and recovered two fumbles and Jack Kemp threw a TD pass to Don Norton to lead the way. Veteran George Blanda threw four TD passes to lead the Houston Oilers to a 28-16 win over the Buffalo Bills, and Gino Capelletti, the AFL’s leading scorer kicked a field goal on the final play as the Boston patriots defeated Dallas 18-17.
In the NFL, the Steelers sprang an upset sending the San Francisco 49ers to their second straight defeat 20-10. The Eagles Sonny Jurgenson tossed a last-minute TD pass to Tommy McDonald to hand the Washington Redskins their 15th straight loss. The Chicago Bears edged the Baltimore Colts 21-20 and Green Bay drubbed the Minnesota Vikings 26-10 to remain on top in the NFL Western Division.
On Friday, Nov. 10, 1961, the Tyrone Golden Eagles football season came to a close with a 39-13 thrashing of Hollidaysburg, at the County Seat.
Chet Wolford rushed for 150 yards and scored 20 points to lead the 8-2 Eagles to their best mark since John Chuckran coached the 1956 Eagles squad to a 9-1 record. It was the Orange and Black’s first winning season since ‘56 and the first time in five years that Tyrone had defeated the Tigers.
After holding just a TD advantage in the first half, Tyrone exploded with 26 second-half points to win going away.
Tyrone led 7-6 at the end of one quarter and 13-6 at the half. Beginning from their own 11-yard line, Tyrone moved the ball out to the T-42, where Tom Miller threw a perfect spiral to senior end Gary Greene for the 52-yard TD. Wolford slammed in for the PAT and a 7-0 lead.
Hollidaysburg took the kick and marched up the field for their own score, but the snap was fumbled on the PAT try, leaving Tyrone up 7-6.
The Eagles added to that slim margin. Wolford brought the ball into Tiger territory with a 19-yard scamper and later added a 13-yard gain. Miller connected with his favorite receiver Greene for a 29-yard gain to the H-16. Miller ran the option pitch to perfection on the next play with Wolford taking the toss and crashing through two defenders near the goal to score the TD.
The Eagles added a third-quarter score with about two minutes left. Wolford put the ball at the H-5 with an 18-yard scamper and Ron Cramer bulled the final yard for the TD. Wolford’s PAT run gave the Eagles a 20-6 lead.
The fourth quarter was fast and furious with Tyrone tacking on three more TDs and Hollidaysburg adding one.
Taking 14 plays, Tyrone scored with Wolford going the final 15 yards on three carries and Miller throwing to Dick Hoyne for the PAT.
Following the second Tiger score, Wolford returned the kickoff 35 yards to the 50 and a 15-yard Hollidaysburg penalty put the ball at the Tigers-35. Wolford took just two plays to cover the distance, including the 15-yard TD.
On the second play from scrimmage, Wolford intercepted a Hollidaysburg pass and with some good blocking went 33 yards for the TD. Cramer rushed for the extra point to set the final score at 39-13.
Wolford finished the season with 1,406 yards rushing and a Blair County scoring title with 126 points, putting the senior running back 17 ahead of second place finisher Johnny Moffa of Bellwood-Antis.