Clifford "Spot" Taylor

Class of 1955

He was a gifted athlete and like most of the MHS male athletes of his day, lettered in football, baseball, basketball, and track.  When I was in the sixth or perhaps seventh grade, I went out for football and had the opportunity to practice with Clifford---around the time Coach Doherty nicknamed him "Spot".  I particularly remember the bullring, I think they called it, where one player would be called to run through the circle while another player would be called to tackle the runner.  On my first turn, I ran straight and collided with the tackler, absorbing punishment in the process.  Then shortly later I watched Clifford run through the circle and completely dodge his tackler, more of a dance through than the bruising experience I had.  It occurred to me that he might know more about what he was doing than I did.   Clifford's played end, and he was on the receiving and scoring end of a lot of James McCabe's passes.  He was also the extra point kicker.  McCabe originally did just about everything, including PATs, but at some point Clifford took over the kicking duties.  Initially, he was just so-so.  But I remember Lee Roy coming home on holiday from the University of Arkansas (where he had a football scholarship) and working with Clifford on his kicking.  He gave him pointers he had picked up from the Arkansas kicking coach.  Whatever it was, it worked, and Clifford's PATs became predictable and contributed many points during MHS's games.   After his final season, he was contacted by Ole Miss and a couple of other football programs, but Clifford declined to pursue a scholarship.  Instead, he opted to join the navy.   Attached are two pictures.  One is Clifford's football photo and the other is of him, Raymond, me, and Lee Roy before he ever got on a football field.    Submitted by Cleve Taylor, Class of 1956

               Clifford, Raymond, Cleve and LeRoy Taylor


Clifford Taylor was an early childhood friend as well as a neighbor on Goodwill Street.
I do remember that Spot was an excellent pass receiver and made the All State Team
of 22 in 1954. He was also selected to the North All Star Team and was a starter in
the 1955 All Star Team in Baton Route, La. along with Bobby Hudson, Douglas, Burt,
Pat Watson, and Jim McCabe. George Doherty was the coach of the North Team. We
had fun living in the "Huey P. Long dorms" built under Tiger Stadium. I have heard the
story that when Long asked for money to build Tiger Stadium it was refused...so he
asked for dormitory money and it was granted. He built the stadium around the dormitory.
That is where the All Star teams were housed. We also met a young Paul Dietzel who was
Coming to LSU for his first year in 1955 later to win a national championship in 1958 with
the White Team, The Go Team, and the Chinese Bandits.

I am enjoying your trip to the 54 team.

Jerry Frasier, class of 1955

 


There is a reliable estimate that approximately 9,000 to 10,000 attended the state championship play-off and approximately 7,000 spectators attended the North Louisiana play-off; both games played at Crimson Tide stadium.

Naturally, the state championship victory over the Behrman Bees was the climax of the season. Jerry Frasier (fullback) scored the first touchdown as he went over the two yard line to climax an 84 yard drive in the first quarter.

The second touchdown occurred during the fourth quarter as James McCabe (quarterback)
ran a Behrman punt 41 yards for the touchdown.

Although the Tide's backfield were unreeling steady gainer's, they did not outshine the brilliant playing of the line. Clifford Taylor (left end) kicked his eleventh and twelfth consecutive extra points to top off a sparkling performance 14-0.