Page two of HOF
The First Inductee - # 2 - Frankie Smith RB-DB
Frankie is a 1987 graduate of Groesbeck High School. He led the 1986 Goats to a regional playoff birth as the main cog in GHS offense that allowed him to rush for over 1246 yards and 12 TD's. Including an incredible 223 yards and 2 TD's in the area game. Frankie played in the Whataburger Texas Senior All Star Game his senior year. Slated to start as a defensive back, an injury to much heralded running back Robert Strait of Cuero, bumped him into the starting Running Back position and he consequently was named the games MVP. He set the games record for rushing yards (previously held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Earl Campbell) and scored two touchdowns. Frankie played college football at Baylor University in Waco and went on to be the second Baylor player taken in the Draft his senior year(after Green Bay All Pro Santana Dotson). Click here for more details on Frankie's professional career.
The Second Inductee - #18 - Lenoy Jones S-WR
Lenoy is a 1991 graduate of GHS. He played safety and wide receiver and was the 1991 Defensive Player of the Year in 3AA as well as receiving for over 800 yards and several touchdowns that year. A three time all state choice and the Waco Tribune Heralds Centex Athlete of the Year, Lenoy recorded 338 tackles and 13 interceptions(four for touchdowns) in his stellar GHS career. Lenoy was also a stellar player on a GHS basketball team that went 18-0 before losing the State Championship game that year. Lenoy plyed his college ball for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University and was SWC Newcomer Of The Year, Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and made the Freshman All American Team. A First Team All SWC pick as a senior Lenoy signed with Houston as a rookie free agent in 1996. Read more about Lenoy's professional career.
Without a doubt the most decorated GHS player of all time, Kenneth Simms would definitely be the greatest Goats player in history if it were not for his off the field troubles in the NFL, which kept him from participating a New England Patriot Superbowl appearance that he had contributed heavily to. However, the numbers don't lie and therefore he is proudly entered into the Goatsfan GHS Hall of Fame.
Playing college football for the University of Texas, Kenneth won the Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the best defensive lineman in College football and the Walter Camp Award which is awarded to the outstanding player of the year who has exemplified the qualities of self-discipline, unselfish team play, desire to excel, mature judgement and respected leadership, after playing two years in the shadow of Chicago Bear legend Steve McMichael. Garnering Consensus All American Honors in 1980 and 1981 Simms was the first pick in the 1982 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Kenneth finished 8th in the Heisman trophy balloting his senior season and garnered 3 first place votes and was the top defensive vote getter in the nation.
The First player to be suggested as HOF Inductee, Thank you Misplaced Goatsfan. Tracey started for the Goats in the ill fated 1990 season. The Goats were rolling along at 5-0 and Mr. Drummond was rolling right along with them, I am gathering stats right now but I am sure he had 1000 yards and several TD's. The Goats I believe had moved into the Top 10 in the State and Tracey was there undeniable leader. Going into the dreaded sixth six week of the season a rash of failures hit the team Tracey was one of them as well as his number one receiver Jimmy Cotton. Well the story does not end there. Both failures came at the hands of the same teacher, and the rumors started to spread rapidly. The Waco paper picked up the story and school board meetings soon commenced. Nothing came out of it,the teacher proved innocent of any wrong doing. However, people today still contend that something was afoul. I am not one of them. Needless to say GHS dropped three games in District and did not make the playoffs. This was the season that the we got to see the debut of future HOF inductee Brandon Bennett. Tracey gave the Goatsfans allot of thrills and is definitely deserving of a HOF spot. Stay tuned for the numbers that will back up all of the words.
Probably my favorite player to ever play for the Goats and in my experience the most fearsome football player ever to take the field in a GHS uniform. "The Deacon" represented the Goats in every possible way, good and bad. He was the rock that Jerry Bomar built a state chapionship team from. As a sophomore and a junior he was a very crazy and impulsive player. He was ejected from several games. As a senior he came under the tutelage of Coach Jerry Bomar and became a model player. The first GHS player that I ever saw listed in the Texas Football list of top players in Texas. He was a deadly force. Deacon went on to play college ball at Blinn JC. Deacon was a 1990 senior and led the team that started the Goats winning ways of the 1990's. He was tragically killed in a drive by shooting a year after he graduated. We all miss him today. The Deacon is one of the greatest players to ever strap on the pads for good ole GHS and meant more to the program than probably any player before him.
Jimmie is the second of HOF inductee to be nominated by an outside party and is more than deserving. Jimmie averaged 21 points a game and just shy of 300 total yards a game(298). Very impressive numbers. In the regular season he averaged 213 passing yards and 85 yards rushing per game. Jimmie passed for 1602 yards and 17 TD's and rushed for 634 yards and 9 TD's in the regular season for 2001 Jimmie was first in Central Texas with 26 total TD's. I credit Mr. Moore with being the number one player in bringing the Goats back from the lethargy of a 1-19 record over the last two seasons. Jimmie missed the first few games due to injury---4 broken ribs & several cracked ribs. He came back strong, considering he played in only 7 1/2 games. Jimmie placed in the top 10 (5th )in passing yards in Central Texas history for a single game with 377 yards passing against Fairfield. He was listed in the National Stats Standouts on www.studentsports.com, Nov. 7, "All Around Performance", 14 of 21 passes for 246 yards and three TD's, and rushed 25 times for 168 yards against Teague. In the playoff game against Diboll Jimmie tacked on an additional 293 yards passing and 93 rushing and 3 TD's. To finish the season with 1951 yards passing and 727 yards rushing 2678 total in 8 games and 29 TD's. This accounted for 174 of the GHS total 257 points for the entire season(68%) and that was playing in only 8 of the 11 games. Congratulations Jimmie Moore on making the www.gogoats.com Hall of Fame.
Well, I waited forever for someone to nominate this guy. The offensive leader of the 1991 GHS State Championship team. Brandon came on in the 1990 season after several GHS players failed. After playing in only the final 6 games of the season Brandon passed for 891 yards and rushed for 250. He had a great season but noone was ready for what was coming in 1991. These stats are not exact however I am remembering about 2350 yards and 25 TD's and First Team All State. Under the tutelage of Jerry Bomar, Bennet put on an aerial attack that was virtually unstopable in leading the Goats to the title. Hooking up with Lenoy Jones and countless fade patterns to Tyrone Brown for touchdowns was something like we may never see again.
Undoubtedly the Goats all time leading rusher. Once again the stats are not exact but it seems like 3 consecutive season of 989 yards, 1357 yards and about 2500 yards. Which would put him right around 4900 total rushing yards for his career. He led the Goats to the Area Finals where they lost to eventual State Champ Sealy and RB Fred Smith. Who could forget the Bi-District Game at Temple Wildcat Stadium, where trailing by 14 at the half to Marlin, Ray came out and on the first drive broke off about a 75 yard TD run in a driving rain and led the Goats to a 16-14 victory. That team also won the regional tilt 28-21 over Rusk and won 10 games. First Team All State and I believe Super Centex MVP Greg Ray was the best pure running back I have ever seen in a GHS uniform.
Well in case you didn't know, we Groesbeck citizens witnessed a great tragedy in 2002, with the injury of William Barton in the opening game against Lorena. Statistically we may never know what kind of player Boo might have been on the field, even though he showed flashes of greatness in the opener, off the field he has shown courage and heart that few if any GHS players will ever have. For this we welcome William Boo Barton to the www.gogoats.com Hall of Fame.
Sometimes in this life you have to do things you don't really enjoy. I loved watching guy play ball and man his statistics were out of site. Tyrone could run the fade like no other and he never missed a pass. I am just off the cuff here, but I beleive he had about 1300 recieving yards his senior year and a bucket load of touchdowns. He was a touchdown making machine. However he always came off as a little arrogant and cocky to me. This is really with good reason though, he was a pretty untouchable receiver. First Team All State in 1991 and an unforgettable character, Tyrone Brown is the 10th inductee into the www.gogoats.com HOF.