Inductees The 1954 Peoria Central High School undefeated football team boasted a potent offense and one of the stingiest defenses in city grid history.
Coached by Tony Juska, the Lions finished with a 10-0-1 record to become the first unbeaten Central team in over 50 years, scored 297 points and allowed just 25.
The defense yielded just one touchdown in the first six games, in a 6-6 tie with Woodruff. In all, the Lions produced seven shutouts and never allowed more than one touchdown a game.
The City, Greater Peoria and Big 12 champions were led offensively by halfback Gene Carr who averaged nine yards a carry while producing 922 yards and quarterback Dick Jamieson who ran for 333 yards and passed for another 564.
The Lions honored in the post-season on the Greater Peoria team included:
First team offense: end George Boucher; tackle Brock Hessing; guard Roger Thomson; quarterback Dick Jamieson; halfback Gene Carr.
First team defense: linebacker Gene Carr.
Second team offense: end Jack Lulay; fullback Bernard Wilson.
Second team defense: lineman Brock Hessing; linebacker George Boucher; back Joe Suffield; safety Dick Jamieson.
Honorable mention: end Ralph Mason and Don Tjarksen; tackle Norman Marcus; guard Steve Drury; center Bob Brown; halfback Dick Matarelli.
THE 1954 SEASON
Central 20, Galesburg 0
Central 30, Springfield 0
Central 44, Spr. Lanphier 0
Central 27, Pekin 7
Central 6, Woodruff 6
Central 27, East Peoria 6
Central 28, Spalding 0
Central 7, Decatur 0
Central 23, Streator 0
Central 40, Canton 0
Central 26, Manual 6
The 1954 Peoria Central High School undefeated football team boasted a potent offense and one of the stingiest defenses in city grid history.
|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.