Hardin, Muscles Campbell and Euell “Tater” Sweeten, to name a few.
Later in his career,
Fite coached the Benton Panthers for 15 years. Following his retirement from coaching, Fite served a term as state representative in the Arkansas General Assembly. He and wife, Lou, live in the Bauxite area.
Jon Watson served as head coach at Bauxite for 20 seasons, during which time the Miners brought home the one and only Arkansas High School State Football Championship in 1996.
Watson’s outstanding coaching records are ranked among the highest in the state. He resigned as head coach at Bauxite in 2009 and accepted an administrative staff position with the school district. Watson retired in 2014 and now resides in Little Rock.
Stories of football days gone by were shared throughout the evening as former players and students greeted these special guests. Being a part of this event was a thrilling honor for the former coaches. This was also especially true for Hubert Spann, a former player, as he shared memories of his playing days with the many Bauxite Miner greats.
Once a Miner, always a Miner, the saying goes. It seems 1920 was not so long ago after all and those Miner Memories are not so minor.
Benton junior quarterback Garrett Brown gets set to pass in a loss to Arkadelphia in Week 1. After a bye this past week, the Panthers are getting healthier.
A Bauxite Miner runs during a 33-20 win over rival Glen Rose Beavers this past Friday at The Pit in Bauxite. The 100th Football Season celebration was held as Bauxite played the Beavers for the last time.
Former Bauxite Coach Dwight Fite at the 100th Football Season celebration for the Bauxite Miners at The Pit Friday in Bauxite.