On January 1, 1960, several citizens of Chattooga County were in Miami, Florida to attend the 26th Annual Orange Bowl Classic featuring the Georgia Bulldogs against the Missouri Tigers.
Some of the attendees were Lamar Parker (bottom left), principal of Summerville High School; (moving right) Hugh Henderson, Roy Bruce, and Johnny Chandler of Gadsden, Alabama.
Over 75,000 fans attended the game, the last Bulldog game for Georgia coach Wally Butts. Georgia completed only 9 of 16 tosses for a total of 131 yards. Missouri led in total yardage, 264-223.
However, the Missouri Tigers could not contain Georgia's senior quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, who threw two long passes down the middle to Bill McKenny and Aaron Box. With Georgia punter Bobby Walden averaging almost 47 yards, setting a bowl record, the Bulldogs couldn't be stopped. Georgia won 14 to 0.
This photograph appeared in the Chattooga Democrat newspaper and listed the following people, from left to right: Roy Bruce of Trion; Johnny Chandler of Gadsden, Alabama; Hugh Henderson of Trion; Principal Lamar Parker of Summerville High School; Mrs. Mary Ragland of Trion; Mrs. Ross Thomas of Trion; Mrs. James (Sloppy) Floyd; Ross Thomas; Chester Ragland (back); and Rep. Floyd of Chattooga County.
A photograph similar to the one above appeared in the January 6, 1960 edition of the Trion Facts and listed the following, from left to right: Lamar Parker, Hugh Henderson, Roy Bruce, Jack Shamblin, Mrs. Mary Ragland, Johnny Chandler and Chester Ragland. Among the other local folks who attended the Orange Bowl game were T. Emmett Nunn, the Ross Thomases, the Sloppy Floyds, Paul Durham, Mrs. Jack Shamblin, Gene Ash, Paul Stewart, Dr. R.E. Davison, and Nancy and "Bud" Thompson.
Hometown hero Jack Shamblin was a senior left end at Georgia and played varsity for three years and lettered for two. According to the Trion Facts, both his father and grandfather once worked at the Trion mill.
Jack Shamblin returned to Chattooga County as a teacher and head football coach at Chattooga High School. A popular member of the faculty; the 1969 yearbook was dedicated to him. The above photograph was also reproduced in a Chattooga High yearbook.
All of the photographs on this page except the one above were made by Trion photographer T. Emmett Nunn who is shown kneeling with another camera around his neck.
Photographs by T. Emmett Nunn. Courtesy of Chattooga County Library.
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