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Cayce, SC - Nineteen sixty-six was an amazing football season for the Brookland-Cayce High School Bearcats.

The season opened with three shutout wins, then a loss, the season concluded with seven straight wins. To the astonishment of the players, coaches, and fans, only 34 points were scored by the opposing teams during that season. The Bearcats had eight shut-out wins that season.

After the second game, Columbia Record News sports writer, Bill Simpson, nick-named the team the “Amaza-Cats”, which fit perfectly especially since the team consisted of 19 mighty warriors. Later in the season, Bill Mitchell, another sports writer, called the team a “Rags to Riches” team. This was due to the fact that the Bearcats in 1965 had a record of 1-9-1 (1 win, 9 losses, 1 tie), so the public did not expect much from this 1966 team. However, the 1966 Team ended the season with a 10-1 (10 wins, 1 loss) record, and was voted the South Carolina AAA State Champions.

The main reasons for the 1966 team’s success were hard work, grit, and determination. The entire year was spent fighting the opponents, and a hard-nosed coach. Coach Bettis Herlong was from the “Old School” of hard work and hard knocks. Coach Herlong, who passed away in 2003, can never be replaced in the hearts of his players.

Tonight we honor the players of the 1966 Football Team, and the Cheerleaders who kept the fans going during each game.


David Bickley

Donny Burgess

Keith Chapman

Phil Curtis

Dean Feaster

Jim Harper

Ed Huskey

Phil Hoffman

George Kennedy

Wade Kleckley

Henry (Dickie) Lawhorne Richie Moye

Barry Oswald

Ralph Phillips

Byron Sistare

Jake Stone

Randy Tate

Jack Taylor

Sammy Temples

Steve Tuten

Bobby Wilson


Woody Collins and Barry Turpin

Varsity Cheerleaders:

Judy Nell Branham

Dunneah Gordon

Vicky Shealy

Kay Smith

Susan Wingate

Bib Branson

Arilla Proveaux

Barbara Kyzer

Tammy Hall

Becky Reynolds

Paulette Chapman

We remember fondly Coach Herlong and the players from the 1966 team who have passed away as well:

Don Bailey, Jim Cleckler, Stan Corley, Jerry Richardson, and Van Smith.

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