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1967 Spalding Football Team

Front Row: (from left) Bryant Welch, Dave Trinite, Mike Moore, Ken Schaffnit, Mike Ryan, Steve Knezovich, Dave Stickelmaler, Dan Cutt.

Second Row: (from left) Assistant coach Wally Sebuck, Head Coach Merv Haycock, Joe Gilfillan, Steve McGann, John Voorhees, Jim Hinton, Pat Atkins, Mike Nauman, Dan Eckhold, Bob Mishler, Assistant coach Jim Sanders, Assistant coach Ron Dwyer.

Third Row: (from left) Bob Larson, Jim VanBruewaene, Mike Donnelly, Ken Behrens, Jim Brophy, Frank Aylward, Larry Mishler, Marty McGann, Jim Moore, Bill Lucas, Nick Maloof, Jim Hancock, Dan OíBrien, George Coyle, Jim Schmitt.

Fourth Row: (from left) Mike Gilmore, Bernard Brophy, John Conlon, Ron Gschwend, Randy Weaver, George Graves, Doug Stephens, Rick Schaidle, Jim Grow, Tom Pavlons, Rich Lavin, Steve Gorsage, Charles Harper, Bob Elger, Joe Tuerk.

The unbeaten 1967 Spalding High School football team, coached by the late Merv Haycock, was the only team in the school's history to finish 10-0.

The Irish outscored its foes 261-87 and had nine all-conference players and 12 who rated all-state first team, special mention or honorable mention. Highly successful Manual coach Ken Hinrichs, beaten 54-20 by Spalding, said the Irish were "the best team he ever coached against."

Named to the Mid-State Nine all-conference team were end Pat Atkins, tackles Bryant Welch and Mike Nauman, guards Bob Mishler and Larry Mishler, quarterback Joe Gilfillan, halfback Jim Moore and fullback John Voorhees.

Middle guard Dave Stickelmaier was named an "outstanding specialist" while end Dave Trinite and halfback Jim Hinton rated Special Mention and center Ken Schaftnit honorable mention.

Voorhees, the Mishler brothers, Nauman, Moore and Marty McGann went on to play for Northwestern, while Trinite went on to Dayton U.; Atkins and Hinton to Wyoming; Gilfillan and Bill Lucas to Utah; Stickelmaier to Illinois State; Moore to Western Illinois and Welch to the Naval Academy.


Spalding 12, Limestone 6 Spalding 54, Manual 20
Spalding 27, Danville 0 Spalding 21, East Peoria 6
Spalding 20, Richwoods 6 Spalding 27, Pekin 6
Spalding 26, Central 6 Spalding 26, Chicago St. Pat 21
Spalding 41, Woodruff 6 Spalding 7, Bergan 0