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1963 state champs remember playing title game in the snow


Several players from the 1963 Petersburg Buffalo football team celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 2012 Class A State Championship victory over George West over the weekend.

Celebrating at 50 Yard Line Steakhouse, over 40 players from the championship team reminisced about the most decorated season in Petersburg football history.

A number of notable members were on hand, including legendary head coach James Odom, and team captains Terry Scarborough, Gary Loyd and Joe Bob Mayo.

"It's just great to have almost everybody back together," Odom said. "This was truly a special group of young men that season. Petersburg football hadn't had much success and nobody expected us to do anything that season. But these guys showed a lot of heart and the chemistry we had that season is what I think set us apart."

"We had a chemistry that only championship teams possess," Scarborough said. "That chemistry still exists 50 years later. We weren't the best team that season by any means, but it just came together for us. We had played with each other for many years - it almost seemed we were destined to go all the way that year."

"It was cold!" Loyd said, referring to the snow storm that hit Lubbock during the state title game. "But we had to play in the same snow they did and I really feel like we just wanted it more than them. It's awesome to come back and relive it all."

"I think we've actually become better athletes in the last 50 years," Mayo joked. "We weren't expected to win that year, but this is a special group and it's very special getting as many as we can back together to celebrate."

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