The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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October 17, 2012

H.S. Football: Wildcats open district title hunt against Rusk



While it’s a big night because of the 19-3A opener, it’s also homecoming at Palestine Friday.

Before the game, the homecoming queen and court will be announced, while two Palestine legends will be inducted onto the Wall of Honor at halftime.

The team will honor Richard Farris and Ivory Lee Brown at the half, placing them alongside other Palestine legends on the wall of the high school behind the home stands.


Farris (PHS Class of 1958) was an all-state linebacker and guard for Palestine in 1957 as a senior, before going on to play at Tyler Junior College.

He became an All-American linebacker and guard at TJC, before transferring to North Texas State, where he was again named an All-American.

Farris played for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) in 1963.


Brown (PHS Class of 1987) was an all-state running back for Palestine in 1986, setting the career rushing mark in the process.

He went on to TJC, where he also became an All-American, before he went on to Arkansas-Pine Bluff, again becoming an All-American.

Brown played for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals in 1991 and 1992, and the Minnesota Vikings in 1993.

In 2003, Brown finally saw his all-time rushing record fall, at the hands of his nephew Adrian Peterson.


Oct. 22, 2006 —
Montrell Jordan ran for 250 yards and three touchdowns — including one from 87 yards out — as the Wildcats rolled to a homecoming victory over Groesbeck, 46-14.

The Herald-Press is helping the Wildcats celebrate their 100th year on the football field by posting memories from each week of the season. If you have a memory you’d like to share, email

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