Inductees Ken Hinrichs produced his fourth perfect record team in 1962 when a team he has called “my best ever” swept through a nine game schedule unbeaten.
The team socred 368 points, the most for a Hinrichs’ team in his long Manual career and allowed 77.
“This was the highest scoring team I ever had,” recalls Hinrichs. “I would like to have had the chance to coach it in the state playoffs.”
Manual placed seven players on a 23-man all-conference team.
Selected to the first team all-conference were end Harold Montville, tackle Gary White, guards Henry Faulkner and Edgar Hinton, center Ted Arndt, quarterback Billy Albritton and halfback Jim Thomson.
End Bud Grimm, tackle Virgil Whitaker and fullback Tom Green were accorded special mention while halfback Gene Jackson rated honorable mention.
THE 1962 SEASON
Manual 46, East Peoria 27
Manual 40, Woodruff 14
Manual 45, Limestone 0
Manual 27, Richwoods 12
Manual 30, E. St. Louis Lincoln 6
Manual 58, Spr. Lanphier 0
Manual 41, Pekin 0
Manual 40, Central 0
Manual 41, Spalding
Ken Hinrichs produced his fourth perfect record team in 1962 when a team he has called “my best ever” swept through a nine game schedule unbeaten.
|1977 Metamora HS Football Team|
Led by head coach John Helmick, the 1976 and 1977 Metamora football teams extended the program's Heart of Illinois Conference winning streak to 25 games, culminating with a third straight league title in 1977.
Metamora saw its 30-game win streak snapped in the 1976 state championship game and the 1977 Redbirds also advanced to the state championship game, losing to Geneseo for the second consecutive year to complete a second straight 12-1 campaign. Ranked #1 in the state, the 1976 Redbirds overcame a 21-0 deficit by rallying for a 22-21 win against Momence to kick off its state tournament run, while the 1977 Metamora squad rolled through the first three rounds by a combined 91-6 score against Lisle Senior HS (29-0), Taylorville (44-0) and Charleston (18-6).