Inductees Peoria Manual High School suddenly needed a new football coach in 1949 when Tony Juska, who had gone 8-1-1 to bring the school out of the football doldrums, was hired by Bradley. Heads turned toward the northwest. Coming in from Montana to succeed Juska was a burly young man named Bob Jauron. A former fullback for legendary coach Frank Leahy at Boston College, Jauron was about as devoted to the game as Leahy himself. What happened was perhaps beyond anyone's fondest dreams.
The result was unbeaten seasons in 1949 and 1950 and 22 victories in succession before the streak ended in the midst of a 7-3 season in 1951. A 14-0 loss at Mishawaka, Indiana, ended the streak in the third game of the season. Jauron also left then to fill a variety of football coaching jobs before retiring in Swampscott, Mass.
Jauron's first two Manual teams simply overwhelmed almost every opponent. It outscored the opposition 637-79 in the 20 games with its closest tests 6-0 and 7-0 victories over Kewanee, 6-2 over Spalding, and 7-0 over Pekin. Other teams were totally blitzed: Central 45-0, Spalding 37-0, Decatur 58-6, Lincoln 43-7 among others.
Jauron's teams had fine size, a stout defense, an exceptional fullback in Bob Peake and a bunch of small but quick and deadly running backs. One of the latter was Vern Woosley who played at 5 foot 9 and 135 pounds, making the Greater Peoria first team, later playing at 145 at Bradley.
As a Coach, Bob Jauron was a stern and demanding person. Very innovative, he was far ahead of his time in coaching knowledge, even running from the "I" formation that was unheard of at that time. He even changed Dick Echard, now deceased, a fine pass catcher, to quarterback.
Under Jauron, Manual had four players on the All-Greater Peoria first team in 1949. The following season, after his streak hit 20-0, eight of the 12 players to make the Greater Peoria team were from Manual: end Gene WaIler, tackles Joe Schaab and Elmo Petty, guard Lou Roberts, center Dick Lolrman and running backs Peake, Woosley and Lou Alcaraz.
Ken Hinrichs, later one of the most successful local coaches during a long career at Manual, and the late Eddie Stonebock, Manual's brilliant baseball coach, were Jauron's assistants during the two seasons. Both were admitted to the GP Hall during earlier induction banquets.
Peoria Manual High School suddenly needed a new football coach in 1949 when Tony Juska, who had gone 8-1-1 to bring the school out of the football doldrums, was hired by Bradley. Heads turned toward the northwest. Coming in from Montana to succeed Juska was a burly young man named Bob Jauron. A former fullback for legendary coach Frank Leahy at Boston College, Jauron was about as devoted to the game as Leahy himself. What happened was perhaps beyond anyone's fondest dreams.
|Ron Dwyer, Sr.|
Ron was an All-Conference, athlete in football, basketball, and baseball at Spalding Institute and achieved All-State honors in basketball. He accepted a full scholarship to Western Illinois University for basketball. After his freshman year he transferred to Bradley University on a baseball scholarship. At BU he played baseball for three years and football for two years. In 1964, he was selected for the All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Team. Ron was invited to play on the first Peoria Pacers Baseball Team in the Central Illinois Collegiate League, batting 4th in the lineup and playing 3rd base alongside Don Kessinger, the eventual star shortstop for the Chicago Cubs. After college he shared his sports acumen as an assistant coach for Spalding’s basketball teams that were the state runners-up in 1969 and 1970 Class AA Tournament. He was the pitching coach for the 1974 East Peoria team that placed 2nd in the Class AA Baseball Tournament. Ron was a player/manager in Peoria’s Sunday Morning League for 15 years; for 20 years he served as supervisor of the softball program for the Peoria Park District; for 6 years was active in Little League; and for 2 years helped lead a youth basketball program. He was an umpire/official in baseball, basketball, and football at various levels of competition over 21 seasons.