Hornets celebrate winning bi-district in 2005 over Fort Worth Arlington Heights.
By Mark K. Campbell
To be honest, Azle football has never been a powerhouse.
However, several Hornet squads have turned in some impressive seasons.
Depending on sources – some of which are highly suspect, especially online – Azle might have played football as early as 1930 where, according to lonestarfootball.com, Azle lost twice to Decatur, the only games of the year.
Those 18-6 and 18-12 losses could not be verified.
After World War II, the Hornets played regularly and didn’t win much.
The only team with a winning record was the 1948 team that went 6-4.
But, in the late 1950’s Azle football took a big jump.
The ‘56 squad finished above .500 thanks to a pair of ties, against Pilot Point and Lake Worth.
The 1957 Hornets won more games than any other Azle team before it, going 8-2.
Only one team advanced to the playoffs back then, and AHS was 4-2 in district.
In ‘58, Azle, coached by Don Hood, lost just one district game, going 2-1-2. Grapevine, a nemesis then, beat AHS 48-26 as the Hornets finished 4-4-2 overall.
The first-ever district championship followed. Not only that, but Azle went undefeated in 1959, finally beating Grapevine 14-6.
The bi-district foe was Olney and, for the first time in two consecutive years, the Cubs beat Azle, 34-8.
No other AHS team has ever won 10 games in a season.
In 1960, the decade started just fine as Azle again went 5-0 to win the district, edging Grapevine 12-6 and Northwest 19-18.
This time Olney beat the Hornets 31-13 in bi-district. AHS won nine games.
There would be one more foray into the postseason in the ‘60’s.
In 1968, Azle won the district with a 6-1 mark. But mighty Plano’s 62-20 spanking kept AHS without a playoff victory.
Success, then a long drought
After an unusual 1970 season where Azle played three ties – against Jacksboro (14-14), Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis (0-0), and Burleson (8-8) – the Hornets lost just one game in district, to Boswell 15-8.
The 4-1-2 mark wasn’t good enough for the district championship, however.
But the 1971 team pulled the feat off. Brewer was the tough game for coach Fred Wier’s squad; AHS won 17-10 thanks to a long field goal and a late game, fourth down stop, Wier recalled.
Azle reached the postseason 9-1. But there was Plano again, led by future Texas A&M/NFL great Pat Thomas.
Read the complete story in the Azle Hornets Football Retrospective, a special supplement of the Azle News, August 28, 2013 edition.