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Stallard: I'll miss talking football with James Street

By Jack Stallard
Oct. 3, 2013 at 11 p.m.

When Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine published its 50th anniversary issue back in 2009, the magazine included a section called "50 Things We Love About Texas Football."

Number 12 on that list was the rivalry between the Longview Lobos and Marshall Mavericks, and the good folks at the magazine asked me to write that story.

The first person I called was former Lobo and University of Texas legend James Street.

I called Street several times over the past 16 years for various articles, and I met him in person when he was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame's 1999 class. As president and CEO of The James Street Group, Street was always on the go but he never failed to return a phone call when I reached out to him.

I'm sure going to miss talking football with him.

Street died on Monday of an apparent heart attack in Austin. He was 65.

The article I did for Texas Football Magazine included several great comments by Street, but space didn't allow for my favorite part of the interview.

Street said he played football, baseball, basketball and ran track against Marshall, and he always knew he was in for a battle against the Mavericks. Those battles, he said, helped prepare him for other big games in college.

What a lot of folks don't know, however, is that Street's roommate in college was from Marshall.

"We ended up getting along great," Street told me, "but my mama never did like him."

Street's funeral is set for 11 a.m. today at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin.

This week's <em>GAME I'D PAY TO SEE IF I HAD TO PAY TO SEE GAMES</em>: Pine Tree at Nacogdoches.

A year ago, this game barely caused a blip on the interest scale outside of the Pine Tree and Nacogdoches communities, but the 2013 versions of the Pirates and Dragons are raising some eyebrows.

When the two teams met in 2012, Nacogdoches was 0-4 and Pine Tree was 1-2. The Pirates rallied from a 21-7 deficit to earn a 28-21 win, but that was the last win for Pine Tree until the 2013 season opener. Nacogdoches never did find the win column in 2012, finishing with an 0-10 record.

Tonight, however, the matchup features a pair of 3-1 teams hoping to keep momentum going as they head into their respective district openers next week.

Pine Tree is coming off a 51-21 win over Lindale, and the Pirates are averaging 41 points per game. The Pirates host Texas High next week to open District 14-4A play, and after a short trip to Hallsville the Bucs return home to face Marshall and Sulphur Springs before closing out the season at Mount Pleasant.

Nacogdoches is 3-1 with impressive wins over Lufkin and Hallsville and a close loss to Class 3A Carthage – ranked No. 1 at the time. The Dragons average 31.7 points per contest, but are allowing 25.7 per outing.

The Dragons open district play at Jacksonville next week.

<strong>WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED</strong>

Check www.etvarsity.com early and often tonight for our scoreboard, and at around 11:15 you can start looking for game stories. You can also follow us on Twitter @lnjsports, @hayden_h and @BrandonOSports.

<strong>FROM ET TO THE NFL</strong>

Former Tyler Lee standout Brandon Pettigrew was selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Detroit Lions in the 2009 draft out of Oklahoma State.

Pettigrew has had a solid career with the Lions, catching 255 passes for 2,504 yards and 14 touchdowns, but his numbers through four games in 2013 are down (12 catches, 92 yards, no TDs).

<em>(Email: jstallard@news-journal.com; Follow on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/lnjsports" target="_blank">@lnjsports</a>)</em>



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