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State High School Playoffs 1941

Up until 1948 Texas High School football crowned one state champion. Class-AA was the top class in Texas, and the only class with a state playoff system leading to a state championship game. The playoff system for smaller schools ended with regional championship games.   

In 1941 the Texas State Championship Game was played on Farrington Field in Fort Worth at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 28, 1941. The principals were the Wichita Falls Coyotes and the Temple Wildcats. The head coach for Wichita Falls was Ted Jefferies, and for Temple, it was Les Cranfill.

The starting lineup for the 1941 State Championship Game

Wichita Falls Coyotes Temple Wildcats
Name Wt Pos Name Wt
Stewart 179 LE Ham 160
Foster 182 LT Marshall 170
Meissner 161 LG Weaver 165
Bolling 163 C Martin 168
Bearden 153 RG Koctar 143
McGaughery 212 RT Teague 170
Davidson, Clif 159 RE Baker 167
Hill 143 QB Heap 183
Smith, R.D. 146 LH Hill 167
Eachman 170 RH Stephens 145
Hair 159 FB Allen 170

The season and postseason record that made Ted Jefferies' Wichita Falls Coyotes one of the principals in the 1941 State Championship Game

Name Score Name Score
Wichita Falls 6 Masonic Home 13
Wichita Falls 26 Breckenridge 0
Wichita Falls 66 Quanah 0
Wichita Falls 28 Vernon 0
Wichita Falls 19 Childress 0
Wichita Falls 6 Amon Carter Riverside 0
Wichita Falls 19 Graham 6
Wichita Falls 20 Electra 0
Wichita Falls 34 Burkburnett 0
Wichita Falls 6 Olney 0
Wichita Falls 30 Lubbock 13
Wichita Falls 21 Ysleta 0
Wichita Falls 13 Sunset 0
Wichita Falls 295 Opponents 32

 The season and postseason record that made Les Cranfill's Temple Wildcats one of the principals in the 1941 State Championship Game

Name Score Name Score
Temple 62 Mexia 0
Temple 19 Austin 13
Temple 28 Bryan 7
Temple 13 Cleburne 0
Temple 13 Ennis 6
Temple 12 Hillsboro 0
Temple 20 Waxahachie 0
Temple 7 Corsicana 0
Temple 13 Waco 0
Temple 13 Breckenridge 7
Temple 14 Tyler 7
Temple 19 Lamar 0
Temple 233 Opponents 40

In 1940 and 1941 Temple advanced to the State Championship Game, but in both years, the Wildcats failed to win the championship. The Amarillo Sandies defeated Temple 20 to 7 in 1940, and Wichita Falls Coyotes defeated the Wildcats 13 to 0 in 1941.


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