Carl Gold, who grew up in Joplin, knows the value of a good coach. “I had the privilege of playing for coach Dewey Combs,” said Gold, a 1976 graduate of Parkwood High School in Joplin and a fullback in Combs’ wishbone offense. “I had a lot of fun playing football,” he said. “Our team was successful. We had a lot of standouts on that team who made me look good.” Under the watchful eye of Combs, the team won the state championship that school year.