“A family had moved in during my junior or senior year, the Freemans, from California,” Day said. “Their dad was a truck driver, but their son, Robert, was in my grade and knew what football was.”
Freeman helped train his new team and was named team quarterback because of his knowledge on the field.
“A lot of us had never even touched a football before,” Youngblood said.
The beginning of his senior year, Day played the fullback position and enjoyed “busting through the line.”
“Later that season, Coach Morrison told me, ‘the problem is that you graduate this year, and I need you on the line because you’re a fairly good size,’” Day said. “I was upset, but there was nothing I could do about it so I made the switch to left tackle on offense and right tackle on defense.
“I did get to keep No. 23 all the way, because I wasn’t going to give that up. At least I got to do that.”
For some of the younger team members, the upper classmen were seen as role models, showing dedication to a brand new program.
“I felt like our Millsap seniors never really got what they deserved, because some of them really only got to play a year and it was over,”
Youngblood said. “At the beginning, there weren’t many people in the stands. Our family was our faithful, but we feel like we really started something.”
Half a century later, the Bulldogs are continuing on their pigskin journey as they try to build upon the tradition from 1963.
“We’re still a young football program compared to most schools,” current head football coach Kyle Coker, who has been the head coach since 2007, said. “Football is something that we’re still trying to develop here as a tradition.”