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1945-1946 PDS Football Team

1945-1946 football team, Coach Bridges stands to the left.

1945-1946 Football Team

During the early part of the 1940s, PDS had only an intramural program. However, just one year after its return to interscholastic sports in the fall of 1944, the 1945 football season at PDS was a "bright spot" in the athletic program. Led by coach William Bridges, the Tigers practiced twice a day, favoring the "T formation," which proved a successful running attack in the team's first six wins. The Tigers' winning season came to a disheartening halt, however, with a 12-6 defeat by Murfreesboro at the homecoming game.

c. 1940s W.A.  Bridges

Yearbook photo of coach William Bridges.

 Coach William Bridges

 The 1946 Volunteer notes Bridges's "patience" as a coach, and boasts of his invention of the "Q formation," which proved to be the Tiger's "most reliable long distance ground gainer and power formation."

1945 Football Letter

 1945 Football Letter

Quarterback Bob Massie ('46) wore this football letter during his senior year.

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