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A Heisman winner on the hardwood

2013-10-02T21:00:00Z A Heisman winner on the hardwoodRON BAILEY Ledger Independent
October 02, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

When the Maysville Bulldogs played host to the Louisville Flaget Braves on Feb. 23, 1952, little did the crowd know that a future Heisman Trophy winner and a national championship coach were playing on the Flaget team.

Paul Hornung tallied 13 points and Howard Schnellenberger had nine points in Flaget's 47-45 victory.

The Bulldogs' Ray Toncray poured in the most points in the game, totaling 20.

Hornung went on to star at Notre Dame on the gridiron and won the Heisman Trophy in 1956. The Golden Boy went on to become a star in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and was named MVP of the NFL twice.

Howard Schnellenberger became a star for UK and an All-American end in 1955 for the Cats. He is best known for building the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes into a national power as he led them to the national title in 1983. He was also the head coach of the Baltimore Colts of the NFL.

In 1985 he returned to his hometown as he resurrected the Louisville Cardinals and later led them to a Fiesta Bowl win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1991.

It is rare that two basketball players on the same high school team would make a huge impact on the national college football scene but these two who played against the Dogs did.

Gene McRoberts, Keith Kirkland and Chris Davis had the correct answer to last week’s question as Paul Hornung played against Maysville.

This week’s trivia question pertains to ESPN and the Louisville Cardinals. What former Louisville Cardinal player became a fixture on ESPN’s NFL Countdown as an analyst? Contact rpbailey@maysvilleky.net.

Texas over Iowa State: This could be a dangerous game for the Longhorns, but they will win by three on the road.

Louisville over Temple: The Cards hit the road to play the Owls in Philly and this game will be over after the coin flip.

Florida State over Maryland: The Terps of Maryland are playing well, but the Noles are too.

Clemson over Syracuse: The Tigers will continue on their quest for an ACC championship.

Nebraska over Illinois: The Huskers are up and down all year, but they will focus in this Big Ten tilt.

Oregon over Colorado: The Ducks have some injury problems to overcome and they will as they blast the Buffaloes.

Georgia over Tennessee: This could be a trap game for the Dogs after last week’s big win, but they win by three on Rocky Top.

Florida over Arkansas: The Gators are back in The Swamp and that means trouble for the Hogs.

LSU over Mississippi State: The Tigers are licking their wounds after last week’s loss; now they put a licking on the Dogs.

Cincinnati over South Florida: The Bearcats regroup after the death of a teammate and they take care of business in Florida.

Oklahoma State over Kansas State: The Cowboys were shocked last week in Morgantown and they are at home to collect this win over the Wildcats.

Vanderbilt over Missouri: The way both of these offenses are going, the win should go to the first team to score 14, and that will be Vandy.

Michigan over Minnesota: Which Wolverine team will show up?

Auburn over Mississippi: This will be a great game to watch but Auburn wins by one.

South Carolina over Kentucky: All you need to know about this game is that the Cats' leading rusher last week was their placekicker.

Ohio State over Northwestern: This game will close for three quarters and then the Buckeyes will dominate.

Georgetown over Faulkner: The Tigers hit the road for a tough contest, but they return with a hard-earned victory.

Eastern Kentucky over Austin Peay: The Colonels were blasted on the road last week but they are back in Richmond to win this OVC game.

Arizona State over Notre Dame: The Irish will have their hands full with the Sun Devils as this game is played in Arlington, Texas.

Baylor over West Virginia: The Mountaineers pulled off a big upset last week but the Bears will be ready this week.

Last week: Eighteen picked correctly out of 20 contests. The season total stands at 91 right out of 100 games for 91 percent.

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