Inductees Chillicothe High School, which suffered two losses the previous year, bounced back in the fall of 1957 to post its third unbeaten season in four years.
The 9-0-1 Grey Ghosts outscored their opponents 379-78 while collecting their fourth consecutive Illio Conference title.
The only Chillicothe setback, relatively speaking, was a 13-13 tie at Washington that left the Grey Ghosts 6-0-1. An estimated 4,000 fans attended the contest.
The t957 season was the third in which Ron Taylor played a major role on Chillicothe teams coached by his father, George Taylor.
The younger Taylor began his successful bid for Little All-State honors by completing four touchdowns passes on 12 attempts in the season opener at Princeville.
Taylor and senior ends Jerry Blew and Norb Lumpp were consensus first-team All-Illio selections. Senior fullback Jim Arnold, who scored three touchdowns against Farmington, was named to the All-Illio first team by one area newspaper and to the second team by another.
The younger Taylor continued his playing career at Missouri, where he led the Tigers in passing in 1960 and 1961. He was their quarterback in an Orange Bowl win over Navy after the 1960 regular season.
THE 1957 SEASON
Chillicothe 39, Princeville 0
Chillicothe 52, Morton 12
Chillicothe 45, Tremont 8
Chillicothe 13, Washington 13
Chillicothe 28, Farmington 6
Chillicothe 40, Bloomington Trinity 19
Chillicothe 53, Eureka 6
Chillicothe 37, Wyoming 7
Chillicothe 25, Metamora 7
Chillicothe 47, Dunlap 0
Chillicothe High School, which suffered two losses the previous year, bounced back in the fall of 1957 to post its third unbeaten season in four years.
Larry Leitner was among the state's elite officials for more than 40 years, officiating high school, college and professional sporting events from 1960 through 2003 and he remains involved in sports by serving on the board of directors for the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament, as well as evaluating current officials and moderating IHSA rules clinics.
Among his officiating highlights, Leitner worked more IHSA basketball and football tournament games than any official in the state's history, earning 27 consecutive boys basketball regional assignments. He also worked the IHSA boys basketball state finals in 1973, 1974 and 1976, including the 1976 championship game, and three IHSA football finals, including the first-ever 2A state championship game in 1974. A charter member of the Gateway Conference officiating crew in 1988, Leitner was part of the crew that officiated the 1990 and 1993 NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals and he served as an associate official for the Big Ten Conference from 1984-88.
Leitner also was called upon to officiate two IESA state championship games, the 1990 National Catholic Basketball finals, three Shriner All-Star football games and the 1980 IBCA All-Star Classic, while also working for two seasons in the Midwest Professional Football League.
Leitner is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, Peoria Officials and Bloomington/Normal Officials Halls of Fame.