Unless otherwise indicated all pictures and material in this article are from the Jeannette Bell Collection.
Bob Duffy Review Sports Editor.
Janet, Jeannette and Jerry Bell.
Jerry Bell earned letters for varsity football for 1958-1961 and at least one letter for track in 1960.
Jerry Bell was named to the 1961 All-County Second Team as well as a All-Eastern Ohio Honorable Mention Choice.
The various schools the Potters played got a bit of a break from hearing Bells for awhile. However, that wouldn't last.
Mid to late 1970's
Johnny Bell, Gene Bell Jr, Jerry Browne, Less Browne.
Gene Bell Jr. (1975) won a spot All-County First team as a Defensive back. He had six interceptions that year.
Bell, a quick defensive back who supported the run, was an opponent's best wide receiver one-on-one that is, he caught everything that came his way. Bell was named the area's Defensive Player of the Year, as well as First Team on both the Columbiana County and OVAC honoree's list, along with first team All-State. Little wonder that he went on to a stellar career at the University of Michigan, another great member of the fabled Bell family to excel at ELHS. WE ARE THE POTTERS, 100 Years of East Liverpool High School Football. Frank "Digger" Dawson
Some of the fun examples from 1976 that involved members of the Bell family were:
Senior Johnny Bell -- also the son of a ex Potter -- provided the Potters with speed as he rushed for 82 yards in 21 carries and broke a 75-yard punt return for the second TD of the game in the season opening victory against Youngstown East. WE ARE THE POTTERS, 100 Years of East Liverpool High School Football. Frank "Digger" Dawson
Games 3 and 4 of that year were cancelled because of a teachers Strike, THe next game played was against Alliance.
Jerry Browne & Less Browne
Less and Mattie's first child was Edna (Bell) Browne. Her and her two sons, Jerry and Less Browne.
The man of the hour was Sophomore punt Returner Less Browne, whose whose special teams efforts that evening were highlighted by a 64-yard punt return. WE ARE THE POTTERS, 100 Yeears of East Liverpool High School Football. Frank "Digger" Dawson
The Potters beat Alliance 7-0.
In game nine of that year against Salem:
On its first play from scrimmage, East Liverpool came alive when DeSarro hit tight end Jerry Browne on a 57 yard scoring pass, knotting the game at 7-7. John Bell then followed his blockers for a 35-yard touchdown gallop at just 4:18 into the first quarter. WE ARE THE POTTERS, 100 Years of East Liverpool High School Football. Frank "Digger" Dawson
Lightning-fast Less Browne then demonstrated his skills to the thousands of fans in attendance at Patterson Field when he fielded a Salem punt at his own 30, reversed his field back to his own 15, fumbled, recovered and then took off up field. Before anyone could blink an eye, Browne had gone 85 yards for the touchdown. WE ARE THE POTTERS, 100 Years of East Liverpool High School Football. Frank "Digger" Dawson
For Jerry Browne, it was the end of a great career at ELHS. He received both the Evening Review MVP trophy and the Bill Booth Award at the banquet held at the high school cafeteria following the season. The 6-foot-2, 215- pounder went on to play tight end for the Wolfjack of North Carolina State. WE ARE THE POTTERS, 100 Years of East Liverpool High School Football. Frank "Digger" Dawson
Washington, Bell Claim births on All-Ohio Squad.
Four Potters Gain Mention
Lewis Browne, Janet & Jeannette Bell, Less Browne.
While still at East Jr. high School.
Speedster Less Browne, who went on to set the all-time Canadian professional league interception record holds the ELHS record for the most kick returns for touchdowns with eight. Potterssportsonline, Frank "Digger" Dawson
Less Browne would go on the Colorado State to play football. WE ARE THE POTTERS, 100 Yeears of East Liverpool High School Football.
To Date (Nov. 2011) six members of the Bell family have been inducted into the East Liverpool High School Athletic Hall Of Fame:
Ernie Bell, Tom Bell, Gene Bell, Charlie Bell, Les Browne and Jerry Browne.
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