Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
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1965 Pekin Football Team

Athletic Director: Dawson Hawkins; Head Football Coach: Joe L. Venturi; Varsity Backfield Coach: Jim Peterson; Varsity Line Coach: Jack Stout; Soph. Coach: Tom Innis; Soph. Coach: Lynn McCann; Freshman Coach: Joe Vucich. Varsity Manager: Don Nieukirk; Managers: Russ Bruns; Ernie Wernowsky; Richard Helmantoler.

Players: Jim Laudenstager, Don Lindsey, Jack Luft, Dave Martin, Brent Miller, Tom Monge, Mike Mucciante, Marol Nash, Gary Newlun, T. Niewkirk, Dennis Simpson, Greg Smith, Dan Taylor, Steve Tumily, Bob Underwood, Nick Upchurch, Bill Van Nattan, John Venturi, Jim Waechter, Gary Barker, Brian Bauernfeind, Bill Bonnette, Russ Bruns, Jim Conley, Barry Cottrell, Bill Cullen, Bert Dancey, Ron Gardner, Paul Green, Larry Hartley, Rich Heimantoler, Larry Higdon, Tim Higham, Steve Hoak, Dennis Hurley, Steve Johnson.


Pekin's 9-0-1 season was Coach Joe Venturi's first undefeated Pekin team and the school's first in 30 years. Led by Dennis Hurley and featuring Jim Laudenslayer and Burt Dancey, this explosive gridiron squad out-scored opponents 259-59, while holding four of them scoreless. Only twice did they give up more than on touchdown. The only tie was a 7-7 standoff with unbeaten Spalding before 10,162 fans at Peoria Stadium.