By Kevin Shannahan
On Saturday, October 7, 1967 the then Northwestern State College played a home football game against the Goshawks from Pensacola Naval Air Station. The Goshawks’ quarterback was a little known young Naval Academy graduate who had recently returned from a tour in Vietnam. His name was Roger Staubach.
This week’s installment of Pieces of Our History features the program from that game. My wife was a student at NSC at time and attended the game. The program wound up with some papers and was inadvertently, but thankfully, saved all these years. The program shows the Demon football team sank the Navy 34 to 6 in 1966. Many thanks to Doug Ireland whom the Natchitoches Parish Journal dragged out of his recent retirement to confirm that the Demons won that day in 1967 as well.
Take a look at the program in Kevin’s Gallery. You will recognize more than a few of the names and businesses. Roger Staubach, needless to say, went on to make quite a name for himself in the NFL after leaving the Navy. The week’s Pieces of Our History commemorates the time he played against the Northwestern Demons.