Inductees RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL, in the midst of a tremendous run coached by Tom Peeler, manufactured its second undefeated season in 1971. The team was ranked No. 5 in the state and won its third consecutive Mid-State Nine title.
The Knights' offense was again a very potent weapon, producing 308 points, scoring 26 or more points in all but two games, the closest call a 12-7 win over Pekin in the second game of the season.
The Mid-State Nine Conference selected offensive and defensive teams for the first time in 1971 and many Knights were honored.
On the Offensive squad were tackle Scott Haynes, guard Ken Wade, and running back Packy Watson. The Defensive squad included linemen Denny Reynolds, Scott Watson and Mike Hoftiezer, linebacker Packy Watson and back Mark Phillips.
Running back John Dismuke was named to the second team while Rusty Davis earned special mention as a defensive back.
THE 1971 SEASON
Richwoods 26, Argo 0
Richwoods 28, Central 6
Richwoods 12, Pekin 7
Richwoods 39, Limestone 28
Richwoods 31, Spalding 14
Richwoods 42, Manual 10
Richwoods 26, Woodruff 12
Richwoods 40, Galesburg 14
Richwoods 20, Bergan 6
Richwoods 44, East Peoria 0
RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL, in the midst of a tremendous run coached by Tom Peeler, manufactured its second undefeated season in 1971. The team was ranked No. 5 in the state and won its third consecutive Mid-State Nine title.
Fred Tuerk earned a reputation as one of the nation's most respected sports journalists in his 36 years as Sports Editor of the Peoria Star. He was also responsible for some of the special promotions which established the Peoria paper as a leader in sponsoring sporting events. He became Sports Editor in 1919 and continued in that capacity until his death in 1954.