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Waco ISD honoring Moore High's 1964 state champions on Friday

Waco ISD honoring Moore High's 1964 state champions on Friday

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Members of A.J. Moore High’s 1964 team pose with their state championship trophy at a 2014 reunion. Bottom row, left to right: Anthony Fulbright, Clyde Foster, Frederick Dooley, Elroy Cross, Willie McDonald. Top row, left to right: James Jones, Joe Smith.

Anthony Fulbright and Lorea Johnson met together on Wednesday afternoon at the East Waco Library to sift through newspaper clippings and prepare for another A.J. Moore reunion.

This one will be extra special.

Waco ISD is honoring the Moore football team’s 1964 PVIL Class 4A state championship squad prior to the University-Mansfield Timberview game on Friday night at Waco ISD Stadium.

Fulbright was the defensive captain, while Johnson was a band member who has become the state championship team’s unofficial sports information director. Johnson has a binder full of pictures, newspaper accounts and other items commemorating the Lions’ state title.

But Fulbright’s sharp memory of the championship moment is more vivid than any of it.

“We won!” Fulbright exclaimed, raising his arms above his head. The East Waco Library might as well have been a football field in Houston, 57 years ago.

“You’ve got to think about the school that we played (Houston Yates) and the enrollment of the schools,” Fulbright said. “We had 600 students in the entire school and they had over 2,000. Ooh, man. I’ll just never forget that.”

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Fulbright will be among about a dozen surviving members of the 1964 Moore team to receive commemorative plaques on Friday. A few more players will be represented by family members at the game. But all will be included. Waco ISD assistant athletic director Ed Trochim said on Wednesday that he has prepared nameplates for 36 team members listed on the roster.

The Moore Lions trailed Yates, 14-13, before James Jones kicked a 22-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Fulbright said the Lions allowed Yates only a couple of first downs the rest of the way as they preserved a 16-14 state championship victory.

The 1964 Moore team was the last Waco ISD football team to win a state championship.

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