Remembering the 1958 Aggie football team

Above: Prior to leaving for their area round playoff game in Corpus Christi last Friday the city of Poteet gave the football team a sendoff. Part of that sendoff included the current Aggies meeting four members of the 1958 Aggies team that, before this year, had been the last Poteet football team to win 10 games in a season and a playoff game. The four former Aggies are Leo Alaniz, Pete Mendez, Wayne Whitley and Morris Cowley CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Above: Prior to leaving for their area round playoff game in Corpus Christi last Friday the city of Poteet gave the football team a sendoff. Part of that sendoff included the current Aggies meeting four members of the 1958 Aggies team that, before this year, had been the last Poteet football team to win 10 games in a season and a playoff game. The four former Aggies are Leo Alaniz, Pete Mendez, Wayne Whitley and Morris Cowley CADE ANDREWS | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The Poteet Aggie Football Team are Bi-District Champions! This is exciting because I’m a Poteet native and former Aggie myself. This is exciting also because a lot of mention and reference has been made to 1958. Let me put a historical twist to this; 1958 was the last time the Poteet Aggies football team has gone this far. As a student at Poteet High School, I walked past that trophy countless times and awed at what that title meant to those boys. I also wondered who those boys were that went so far and made school history. Nobody that I questioned remembered any of the boys’ names. I wondered when the next time would be that one of these trophies would grace our hallways once again. I left school and seldom thought of that trophy.

Fast forward 23 years since I left school in 2019, when I am appointed to the Historical Commission. I meet a man named Morris Cowley, a very sharp-minded man with a skill of storytelling that is unparalleled. Mr. Cowley is what I call Poteet’s unofficial historian and he is also my friend. He knows his Poteet history and he tells it well. As one of my first tasks after my Historical Commission appointment, I started to highlight every county team during their homecoming week on Facebook. I wanted to talk about Poteet’s 1958 team during this project. I asked Mr. Cowley about that 1958 football team and he replied, “Do I know those guys? I was one of those guys!” I was ecstatic that I finally got to meet one of “those boys.” Mr. Cowley reminisced about those days and what a ride they were on that year.

The 1958 Poteet Aggies are ready for action in this composite team photo that ran in the Express after the Aggies bi-district win over Schertz-Cibolo 63 years ago. PLEASANTON EXPRESS FILE PHOTO

The 1958 Poteet Aggies are ready for action in this composite team photo that ran in the Express after the Aggies bi-district win over Schertz-Cibolo 63 years ago. PLEASANTON EXPRESS FILE PHOTO

I once again conversed with Mr. Cowley last Monday about the Poteet Aggies defeating Luling and advancing last week. The excitement in his voice was immediately noticeable. I asked him if it brought back memories for him. He replied, “This team is really special; they’re very good. I see them going further than we did.”

I, as a fan, am glad that the majority of that team is still here to see this moment. They have waited 63 years to be surpassed. That is a long time! History is in the making once again in the Strawberry City.

Right: The bi-district champion trophy that was won back in 1958 by the Poteet Aggies. It took 63 years for another bi-district championship trophy to find its way into the Aggies trophy case. COURTESY PHOTO | POTEET ISD

Right: The bi-district champion trophy that was won back in 1958 by the Poteet Aggies. It took 63 years for another bi-district championship trophy to find its way into the Aggies trophy case. COURTESY PHOTO | POTEET ISD

Martin Gonzales

Atascosa County Historical Commission

 

 

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