Posted in Football, Program

1944 Football Game Program

Provided by Charlie Sedman

1944 Football Program

This is the earliest Central football program I’ve located thus far.  The program is on a 22 x 16 inch piece of finished paper folded twice, and has team rosters and a double-page picture selection of  Central players on the inside. The inside information also indicates the game was played on Frawley Field.

Comment by Ed Hoback

WOW! The oldest Football Program I have seen or ever heard. Did you put it on the History site?

1944 I would have been 4 years old. I am not sure how old I was when I started going to the football practices and games at Frawley Field.  Frawley field became my play ground since I only lived one block from there on McCallie Ave. I could go out my back door down the alley to N. Lyerly St. to Frawley. I can still see the main gate on McCallie where people paid and came to the games. There was also a gate on N. Lyerly but it was used for the teams coming to play. Had a lot of fun times on that field.

In those days it became a tradition for the Central band to march from school down McCallie to the field. Everyone would gather to watch and listen as they played and marched.

Posted in Football, Graduates, Personal History by Central Alumni

Ray Moss



By Charlie Sedman:  Raymond Earl Moss Jr. was killed in a small plane crash on October 7, 1976, two days shy of his 40th birthday.  His son, Ray (Trey) Moss III was probably a year old when he died.

Ray’s father was a major league pitcher for the Brooklyn Robins (later to become  the Dodgers) from 1926-30 and Boston Braves (1931).  His dad lived to be 96 years old, passing in 1998, and his mother lived to be 101, passing in 2007.  Ray, his father, and brother-in-law started a very successful chain of  convenience stores – The Golden Gallon – in 1959 as an outgrowth of the family dairy, and Ray Jr. was returning from a trip for that business when his private plane crashed near Dalton, GA.

If you saw the recent hit by Jadeveon Clowney for South Carolina in the Outback Bowl that probably allowed his team to win, Ray Moss Jr. made a similar hit on a punt return against Baylor Prep in 1954, with his team trailing 7-6, and picked up the ball, returning it for a touchdown and an eventual 18-7 win; in effect clinching Central’s fourth straight state football championship, and him a scholarship to UT.  I, as an 8-year old, saw and heard it, and it was the most electrifying moment I ever witnessed at a live sporting event.

Posted in Central Athletics, Distinguished Graduates, In Memory

In Memory of Bob McCoy, “The Wauhatchie Express”

Class of 1947
Class of 1947
Senior 1946
Senior 1946
Against City at Engel Stadium
Against City at Engel Stadium
Boxing 1946
Boxing 1946
1946 State Champions
1946 State Champions

Research Information Provided by Charlie Sedman

In his first game as a freshman in 1944, he scored 4 touchdowns and kicked extra point in 31-7 win over Stevenson, AL.  In his second game, he scored on 56-yard punt return and on a 33-yard run against Red Bank.  Later in season, he scored 3 touchdowns against Rome, GA , 3 against Tyner & threw a touchdown pass against Baylor.  He ended freshman year with at least 13 touchdowns and was selected All-City.  He also played basketball and was selected All-City in baseball.

In the Fall of 1945 (not listed as a sophomore or junior), in his first game against Asheville NC, he returned an interception for 60-yard touchdown.  In his second game against Rhea County he returned 2 interceptions for 69 yards and 71 yards.  Went on to score 2 touchdowns against Shelbyville, an 80-yard touchdown against Kingsport,  2 touchdowns against Red Bank and Columbia Military Academy, a touchdown against MBAQ, 3 touchdowns against Soddy Daisy,  a 99-yard touchdown against Birmingham Ensley, a touchdown against Baylor, 3 touchdowns against Tyner, and 4 touchdowns against City.  His season total was 24 touchdowns and 6 extra points–150 points was an all-time record locally.  He was also on the baseball and boxing team that year.

In his 3rd year in Fall 1946 (listed as Senior), in his first game he scored 2 touchdowns against Asheville and 5 touchdowns in the second against Spring City (4, 40, 45, 52, and 80 yards).  Against Louisville Male, he scored a touchdown, and against Kingsport on September 27th, he injured ribs in the 1st quarter.  He missed the next 3 games against Red Bank, CMA, and MBA.  After returning on October 26th, he scored twice against Soddy-Daisy and once against Ensley.  Injured again, he played sparingly the rest of the season, finishing the season with 11 touchdowns.  He did not box or play basketball due to injury, but was All-City again in baseball.

Charlie Sedman’s research indicates he ended his career at Central with 48 touchdowns and was All-City in football and baseball 3 times.


Posted in Central Athletics, Early History, Football

Central’s First Football Team by Charlie Sedman

On Tuesday, September 10, 1907, the Chattanooga Times reported on page 3, “The Central high school is now figuring on a football team.  Among the members of the county high school faculty is Coach (Curtis) Green, formerly of the Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, Tenn….it is believed he will put out a fast team at Central high school, providing money can be secured to start the movement.”

This answers the question, “Which came first, Central or the football team? And the answer is the school, but only by a few days.  The football team did precede classes in the new building by nearly three months.

I’ll have a few followup notes under the 101 Years ago heading, leading to Central’s first two football games in October 1907 against Baylor and City.