Three Glendive natives part of Hall of Fame nominated Bobcat team

Hunter Herbaugh Ranger-review Staff Writer
Sunday, November 28, 2021
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Don Hass (left) and Jerry Jimison (right) were two of the three ex-Red Devil players on the 1967 MSU Bobcats football team that is being inducted into the Bobcat Hall of Fame in January. Not pictured, Doug Boyd was the third Glendive native on the team that year.

Three Glendive natives are being inducted into the Bobcat Hall of Fame at Montana State University in Bozeman next January. These inductees include current Mayor Jerry Jimison, Doug Boyd and Don Hass, who are being inducted as part of the 1967 team.

All three are graduates from Dawson County High School, albeit from different years. They played on the starting offensive line up for the Bobcats during some of the team’s best years - 1966, 1967 and 1968. It was during these year’s that the Bobcats won the Big Sky Conference championships three consecutive times.

Of the three, only Jimison, who played as a offensive guard, still lives in Glendive. Hass, the team’s halfback and likely the most wellknown of the group during their days at MSU, is currently living in Tulsa, Okla. Boyd, who took the position of an end, passed away about five years ago.

With the team being recognized for their accomplishments, Jimison said he is honored to be placed in the Hall of Fame along with his friends.

“It’ll be an honor being inducted into the Bobcat Hall of Fame, especially since I will be inducted along with two of my other ex-Red Devil teammates,” he said. “Doug Boyd, Donny Hass and I did our best to represent Glendive at the college level.”

Among the three, Hass is actually already in the Hall of Fame as an individual, having been inducted in 1989. Nicknamed “the Iron Tumbleweed,” he is widely considered one of the best running backs in Bobcats history. He still holds several records and his jersey, number 21, is one of only four to have been retired.

He even had a very brief stint in the NFL, signing as a undrafted free agent for the Dallas Cowboys after graduating in 1967. However, he was cut before he could even play a game.

Reflecting on the team that he will be joining in the Hall of Fame, Jimison believes the thing that makes the 1967 Bobcats so special was their determination and love of the game. While the team had its standouts, he said it was ultimately a team effort that led to their success.

“We had a lot of guys that were good and we worked together as a team. In other words, it was a team effort. We had four or five individual standouts, such as Don Hass, but basically it was just a bunch of blue-collared, hard working guys that played together well. Our schedule back then, if you look at preseason... our preseason games were Fresno State, San Jose State, San Diego State, big schools that are in the FBS Division and we were beating them, regularly,” he said.

Funny enough, Jimison said the only team that beat them in the pre-season that year, that he believes they could have beat if their full back hadn’t fumbled the ball on the three yard line in a game that ended 7-10, was the University of Tulsa, the place where Hass is currently living these days.

The induction banquet for the 1967 Bobcats will be held on January 7, 2022.

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“We had a lot of guys that were good and we worked together as a team. In others words, it was a team effort,”

Jerry Jimison, members of the 1967 MSU Bobcat football team