TRIBUTE TO ’77-’78 SHAMROCKS

“They gave us ulcers,
They gave us nervous breakdowns,
But they kept their promise
And gave us the District Crown.”

This verse, which is seen on the a banner in the gym lobby, signifies the 1977 football season perfectly.

In setting a new school season record of 9-3, the Shamrocks brought home the first district title since 1974 and made Byrne’s first appearance in the state finals since 1959.

The ‘Rocks nine game winning streak was also a new school record.

The season seemed to turn around after the third game. Trailing 22-6 at the half to sixth ranked Class A Hull-Daisetta, the ‘Rocks returned from the locker rooms fired up and scored three unanswered touchdowns for the comeback of the year, a 26-22 upset of the Bobcats. From there the ‘Rocks proceeded to win seven in a row, including a 17-8 homecoming victory over Houston Marian, and a trip to Rice Stadium for the State Finals.

In district action, the Shamrocks scored on their very first play from scrimmage and crowned cross county rival Beaumont Kelly 23-12. The followingweek, the ‘Rocks once again came from behind, trailing 16-7, to Galveston O’Connell in Galveston.

Bi-District saw the Marion Colts invading the Shamrock Stadium for the second of the year. And for the second time the Colts were sent home whipped, this time 35-13.

In the State Finals, the Shamrocks-fashioned comeback effort was not enough though, as the St. Pious Panthers (led by Gary Kubiak) downed the ‘Rocks 21-13. Although, it may not have been a fitting end to a perfect season, Bishop Byrne can say what 14 other private schools in TCIL Class 2A can’t. “We were STATE FINALIST in ’77”.

 

Opposition
1977 Football SeasonBishop Byrne
28
Channelview22
20
Hamshire Fannett00
00
Kountze13
22
Hull Daisetta26
08
Deweyville51
08
Marian17
00
Memorial Hall15
12
Kelly23
16
O’Connell17
16
Mt. Carmel28
13
Marian – Bi-District35
21
St. Pius – State Championship13