Class of ‘66 Lyman Ward football team honored

Cathy Higgins / The Outlook

Representing the Lyman Ward Class of 1966 football team honored during Friday’s halftime activities were Ray “Dog” Blackburn, Jimmy Brittain, Eddie Pope and coach J.D. Gooden.

During Friday’s halftime activities of Lyman Ward’s football game, the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1966 Rangers was celebrated. The football team had a season record of 8-1 (losing only to Eclectic High), a school record that stands today. The team boasted 33 members and 11 alternates. Serving as head coach and athletic director was J.D Gooden, who still attends the team’s home games.

At that time, Lyman Ward held a rivalry with Camp Hill High. For five years a large trophy was awarded and passed to the winning school, with the agreement that the team that held the trophy for three years in a row would retire it.

The Class of 1966 team secured and retired the trophy, which today remains in the Lyman Ward Alumni Center and Museum.

That same trophy was brought out during Friday’s halftime to display with the Class of 1966 Rangers team.