Football: Heavy tribute – Monuments honor Boyd title teams

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Etched in History

ETCHED IN HISTORY – Workers set three monuments outside the north end zone at Yellowjacket Stadium last week. The monuments honor the state championship teams from 1983 and 2004, as well as the regional championship team from 1958. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Perry Carter watched as workers set the three 1,200-pound monuments in the shape of the state of Texas in place last week outside the north end zone at Yellowjacket Stadium in Boyd.

“There’s been a lot of help to get these,” Carter said. “It’s been a nine-month dream.”

The monuments that were shipped from Atlanta, Ga., to Brownwood to get the names etched on the back of the Boyd legends that led the Yellowjackets to state titles in 1983 and 2004. The third monument honors the 1958 Class “B” regional champions. Regionals was the farthest a team could advance then.

“When we presented it to the board, they wanted to honor the ’58 team also. We had a lot of people donate,” Carter said.

Every player and coach is listed on the monuments. Carter said the names were taken from programs during the three seasons.

“They turned out really nice,” said Mark Starnes, who helped with the installation.

The monuments will be publicly unveiled prior to the Yellowjackets’ season opener Aug. 31 against Nocona. Boyd Athletic Director Brandon Hopkins said a dinner will be held for players on the three teams.

“Quite a few of the guys from those teams are coming,” Hopkins said.

The 1983 Yellowjackets beat Groveton 16-8 to capture the 2A title. Twenty-one years later, Boyd took down Newton 17-14 to win a 2A Division I crown.

One of the monuments also includes the list of accomplishments of longtime Boyd coach J.G. Cartwright, who led the Yellowjackets to the titles in 1983 and 2004. He retired after 35 years in 2012 with 274 victories.

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