Inductees MANUAL AND COACH KEN HINRICHS put together a third consecutive unbeaten season in 1960 to go 30-0 for only the third time that has happened in Peoria prep history.
A powerhouse offensive unit again boasting a stingy defense, the Rams scored 354 points while allowing only 52. The defense produced four shutouts and allowed just six points in four other games. Richwoods and Limestone scored 14 points, the most the Rams gave up in any one game.
The Manual attack, led by fullback Billy Harper, scored at least three touchdowns in nine of the 10 games and produced 33 or more points eight times, including 61 against Pekin and 50 against Limestone.
Harper, who set a net yards Mid-State 8 rushing mark with 789, was the city's individual scoring leader and was named the team's most valuable back. Captain Wardell Faulkner scored 22 extra points, the most ever in one season, and scored 31 points in one game. Tackle Thurman Aibritton was the most valuable lineman.
All conference honors went to Harper, Albritton, Faulkner, end Don Poindexter, guard Paul Hauck, guard Larry Cook, center Lem Van Laningham, quarterback Bill Anderson, halfback Ron Newtson, guard Bill Porch, tackle Sam Robinson and end Ron Pitcher. Harper went on to become a starting linebacker at the University of Illinois.
THE 1960 SEASON
Manual 21, Galesburg 6
Manual 7, Spalding 0
Manual 33, East Peoria 0
Manual 34, Woodruff 0
Manual 33, Joliet Catholic 0
Manual 34, Richwoods 14
Manual 50, Limestone 14
Manual 47, Springfield Lanphier 6
Manual 61, Pekin 6
Manual 34, Central 6
MANUAL AND COACH KEN HINRICHS put together a third consecutive unbeaten season in 1960 to go 30-0 for only the third time that has happened in Peoria prep history.
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