Bill Steffek was already anxious about officiating his first game even before both teams showed up wearing identical colors.
Del Valle was playing host to Burton in the first week of the 1964 season. LBJ was president, the Beatles had recently invaded America, and Steffek was about to be indoctrinated into a religion called Texas high school football.
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Bill Steffek’s officiating career by the numbers
28-0 — Combined records of Southlake Carroll and Dallas Skyline before their 2011 Class 5A, Division I state semifinal, which Steffek considers the best game he’s ever officiated. Carroll won 28-24.
2 — State championship games Steffek has officiated: the 1981 Class 5A final between Richardson Lake Highlands and Houston Yates and the 1998 Class 2A, Division I championship matching Omaha Paul Pewitt against Brookshire-Royal.
12 — Years Steffek was a high school baseball umpire.
6 — Years Steffek was a baseball umpire in the Southwest Conference.
$22.50 — Paycheck Steffek earned for officiating his first high school football game.
$500 — Largest check Steffek earned as a high school official, for the Southlake Carroll-Dallas Skyline playoff game in 2011.
0 — Players or coaches Steffek has thrown out of a game in 50 years.