Seniors from the 2013 Minden High School Crimson Tide football team experienced history Friday as they met many members of the 1963 State AA Championship team.
During a reception, MHS principal Robin Tucker lined up some of the school's team to greet around 20 former players, a coach and the mother of the late quarterback – Fred Haynes – who led that team to a perfect season of football.
"We wanted this opportunity to honor you," Tucker said. "We know, once a Tider, always a Tider."
Thanks to Robert Holloway, video of the championship game with Larose Cutoff played on a DVD player in the alumni room, while on a larger television set, the former players watched video taped interviews of themselves.
Some of the 2013 Tide seniors gathered around the video to watch their predecessors win the championship game.
Runningback Louis Moore, said he was interested in learning about their work ethic during that historical season.
"Was it hard?" he wondered. "And did they talk about the games and all the things that happened? Did they think about playing all the time ... even when they weren't on the field?"
Wide receiver C.J. Elkins was curious about practice, too.
"Did they take it seriously?" he asked. "They had to, or how could they have played like that?"
Tucker read a letter from one of the group's teammates who was unable to attend and gave members a radio broadcast of the final game, furnished by Mark Chreene at KASO Radio and Pattie Cook Odom.