James Rust

James Rust was widely recognized as the lonesome end in an offensive formation effectively used by the 1960 Garland High School football team, which won the District 7-4A championship -- the first district title for the Owls in Class 4A (now Class 5A after being re-numbered). Subsequently, Rust earned three letter awards at Baylor University in 1962, 1963, and 1964. As a senior in 1964, he was captain of the Bears, who finished third in the Southwest Conference race. In 1963, the Baylor team had an outstanding season as it finished second to the national champion Texas Longhorns in Southwest Conference competition with six wins and one loss. The Bears defeated Louisiana State University in the Bluebonnet Bowl, 14 to 7. At Garland High in 1960, Rust served as co-captain of Coach Homer Johnson's Owls. Garland split its six non-district games, before it found its stride as district play began. The Owls easily disposed of district foes, Denison, 38 to 15, and Denton, 30 to 0, and then took a 23 to 14 win over Sherman, which had been undefeated and was victor over Highland Park in league play. Rust caught a pass for Garland's first lead. The Owls were held to a 14 to 14 tie by the Highland Park Scots, but won the district championship by a half game, and moved into the state playoffs against Lufkin. With their regular quarterback out with an injury, the Owls were hindered offensively. In the final period, Garland moved 71 yards in eight plays, principally on a series of passes from reserve quarterback, Buck Stevenson to Rust -- with Rust receiving a pass from Gary Mitchell for the score. However, the extra point try failed, and Lufkin won, 7 to 6. At the conclusion of the season, Rust was named to the All-District team and also to the All-Greater Dallas team. Following his graduation from Baylor University, Rust became a high school football coach and in 1980 coached Pittsburg H.S. to the Class 3A state football championship.