Curley Watters

Curley Ray Watters' accomplishments as a football halfback at Carver High School and West Texas State University have earned his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. At Carver High the Tigers capped their 11-year football record with three consecutive district championships in 1963, 1964, and 1965 with Watters being the leading runner on the 63 and 64 teams the latter having the most successful season of any Carver team. Watters scored 27 touchdowns for the 1964 Tiger team, which posted a record of 11 wins and a single loss before falling to Bartlett in the state Class A finals, 8 to 6. He was captain of the team, which scored 363 points in 13 games. In 1963 the Tigers won nine games without a loss, scoring 362 points. However, Carver lost its bi-district contest with McFarlin High of Mineola, 14 to 6. Watters was the leading scorer as a junior and also in 1962 as a sophomore; for his three years he scored more than 40 touchdowns. Attending West Texas State on an athletic scholarship, he lettered three years and set school records for most punt return yards in a season, 368 yards in 1966, and most punt return yards in a career, 743 yards in 1966-68. In 1968 he led the nation in punt return average, 17.5 yards per return, and was sixth in the nation on punt returns, 268 yards. After graduation he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League for one season and then had stints with the Monteray Golden Aztecs and the San Antonio Toros, before beginning his coaching and teaching career. He was at Escobar Junior High School for three years and Kennedy High School for 27 years, teaching biology and coaching track and defensive backs and running backs in football. He and his wife, Arlene, have four children: Alondro, Dana, Ashley, and Angela.