Inductees FOLLOWING UP on its unbeaten, untied season in 1963, the 1964 Peoria Central High School football team, again coached by William "Corky" Robertson, a former Lion player, went unbeaten but played a 7-7 tie with Galesburg.
The 1964 team's defense was a bit sturdier than its immediate perfect record predecessor, blanking Woodruff, Main West and Manual while allowing but 58 points in the 10 games.
Six members of the team were selected to the Mid-State all-conference team: tackles Paul Dimler and Fred Haug, guard Jack Reeser, center Jim Elson, halfback Mike Knox and fullback Bob Jockisch. In addition, end Bob Daman, center Dave Norton and halfback Dirk Wellbrock earned special mention and quarterback Randy Kreiling and halfback Guy Potter honorable mention.
Dimler went on to play major college football at Army, Haug at Purdue and Jockisch at Notre Dame.
THE 1964 SEASON
Central 6, Maine West 0
Central 20, Richwoods 14
Central 29, Limestone 6
Central 29, Pekin 13
Central 41, Woodruff 0
Central 20, East Peoria 6
Central 20, Spalding 6
Central 22, Danville 6
Central 7, Galesburg 7
Central 19, Manual 0
FOLLOWING UP on its unbeaten, untied season in 1963, the 1964 Peoria Central High School football team, again coached by William "Corky" Robertson, a former Lion player, went unbeaten but played a 7-7 tie with Galesburg.
|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.