Jack Keeney

Jack Keeney
Jack Keeney

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article by Scott Kindberg originally appeared in The Post-Journal on March 12, 2013.

When Ed Trisket, then a freshman, showed up for football practice at Panama Central School more than half a century ago, he was greeted by a new head coach, a 22-year-old by the name of John "Jack" Keeney.

Fresh out of Cortland College, Keeney wasn't much older than some of his players, which often made practice sessions quite interesting.

"The (coaches) were just big kids in '62,'" Trisket recalled in a phone conversation Monday night, "so they actually all decided they would scrimmage against us."

So Keeney and company pulled on the pads, snapped on the chin straps to their helmets and went toe to toe with the teenagers.

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