Roy Sanders

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Roy Sanders, a versatile athlete in Coal Township High School and at Millersville State College, made himself most note-worthy as a football quarterback, although he did exceptionally well as a basketball and baseball player and a boxer.

Sanders quarterbacked Coal Township teams that beat some of the coal region’s toughest rivals. Among them was Mahanoy City. C.T. upset Mahanoy in 1928 by a 14-0 score at Maysville. Under Roy’s inspiring pilotship Coal halted four Mahanoy touchdown drives, one of them on the Demon’s three-inch line. In addition to his yeoman job of running the team, Roy tossed two touchdown passes and booted a pair of bonus points.

Sanders was head football coach at Coal Township High in 1946 and served as co-coach with Ed Sutt in 1945. Sanders never wanted to be head coach. He took the job in time of emergency and as a standby favor. Roy performed as a forward in basketball, shortstop in baseball and could box with dexterity. Sanders as a pugilist was might handy with a right uppercut punch. Roy was a big gate attraction at the former Moose Hall at Lincoln and Market Streets when he and Frankie Houser tangled on windup boxing features. Roy was quite a “Joe” – cheerful and jolly and a guy who recognized a person’s good points rather than misgivings and pitfalls.

Categories: 1981 Hall of Fame