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1950 Rootstown High School football: Brothers on the gridiron

1950 Rootstown High School football: Brothers on the gridiron


The 1950 Rootstown High School football team featured five different sets of brothers on its roster.

They included:

• Clarence and Harley Hogue

• Bob and Roger Ward

• Jim and Ronnie Staley

• George and Merrill King

• Don and Richard Cheatwood

In an article that was published by the Record-Courier following the end of the gridiron season, it was listed that Clarence and Harley Hogue were standouts for the Rovers, totaling 163 points between the two of them from their halfback positions.

Roger Ward played end for the Rovers, while his brother Bob was a guard. George King was a fullback and Merrill King was a guard. Ronnie and Jim Staley were also both halfbacks. Don Cheatwood was a guard and Richard Cheatwood was a backup quarterback, who was expected to become the starter for the 1951 season.

Cliff Foust was the head coach of the Rovers in 1950, leading the team to a 7-1 record.

In the R-C article, it noted that Foust oftentimes found it confusing to have so many siblings on the team at once. When trying to single out a player by their last name throughout the season, Foust received a common reply, “Which one do you want, coach?”

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