In, I think 1946, Lexington
High had a good football, we lost only two games
that season, admittedly one was a rout. We
played Covington High School on the VMI field,
Covington was a powerhouse that year, (remember
this was just a year or so after the war, and
many returning GI's were finishing up their High
school education and playing sports against kids
several years younger and worlds less
experienced. Two of the horses playing for
Covington were the Zimmerman lads, more commonly
know as "Big" Zimmerman and "Little" Zimmerman!
The program for the game listed "Little" at 210
& he played Halfback! "Big" was the fullback!
For lack of anyone better I was playing in the
LHS backfield and was taken a beating. I also
was running kicks back, I should be eternally
shamed to admit it, but late in the fourth
quarter, behind then 39 to nothing, & after they
had just scored, the kick-off came directly to
me, I made a good catch and then I looked
downfield. Bearing down on me was both "Little"
and "Big" Zimmerman. I dropped the ball and
kicked it out-of-bounds!
The game was over soon after that and I escaped
with my life, for which I am grateful, a few of
the 'scrubs' had somewhat nasty remarks, no-one
who had played said any thing other than, "good
My dad a member of the VMI Staff and a few of
his cohorts were in the Fieldhouse overlooking
the field. They had pulled their chairs up to
the windows and while they had a heck of a view
they could not hear the P.A. System at all. I
was awfully glad for that!