Forrest City 1960s hotbed for Hogs

LITTLE ROCK ( - When the 11-0 Arkansas Razorbacks of 1964 picked up some national championship citations after a Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska, the state spent a joyous month or so, and most people would assume the longest lasting celebration took place in St. Francis County in eastern Arkansas.

It happened that four former Forrest City High School athletes were Razorbacks regulars, important contributors, through that season: offensive end Richard Trail, wingback Jim Lindsey, defensive tackle Jim Williams and defensive end Jim Finch.

From 1954-1964, Forrest City's Class AA football teams went 77-36-7, with five conference championships, two undefeated seasons, and at one point, a 21-game winning streak. The 1957 and 1959 squads raged through undefeated.

Coach Jim DeVazier, now 82 and retired in Jonesboro, spent only 11 senior high seasons with the Mustangs.

"I enjoyed coaching, but I wanted to prepare for a college position and not necessarily coaching," he said during a recent phone interview.

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