Football Presented to Former Coach

It was a long time in the making and last Friday night Former Choctaw Coach Archie Worsham was recognized for a championship team he led nearly 60 years ago.  The recognition will become a permanent part of the Red River High trophy case.

Here is the account from the PA announcer:

In 1962, the Coushatta High School Choctaws football team went undefeated in District play, losing only to Winnfield who was not in the district at the time.

However, there was a group of unsung heroes working in the wings as the freshman Choctaw football team.  They, too, were undefeated in district play, going 6-0 just like the high school team. This young team was coached by Coach Archie Worsham, who was assisted by Johnny Ray Norman. The team members signed the football at the time and, in January, 2020, in accordance with the wishes of Mr. Billy McLelland, that group of men decided that the football should be given to Red River High School in honor of Mr. Worsham, who was many things to Coushatta other than their coach.

After he spent time in the military he returned home to become the first male teacher at Coushatta Elementary School and later, became its principal.  He was also Mayor of Coushatta for several years.

Due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to make this presentation at the first game in the newly-refreshed Pat Strother stadium last year, but the team wanted to be certain that we got it done this year.

To honor their wishes and to recognize their hard work as freshmen, I would like to present this football to Mr. Archie Worsham, and to Red River High School Athletics.  This ball will be placed in the trophy case in the Red River High School gymnasium, as its history deserves.

Archie and Emily Worsham and their family then enjoyed the Bulldogs trouncing of the Hornets from Arcadia High.


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