Inductees Chillicothe High School zeroed in on its second consecutive undefeated season by opening the year with shutouts of Princeville, Farmington, Eureka, Metamora and Morton.
Washington became the first 1955 opponent to score against the Grey Ghosts, but that touchdown went for naught in a 19-6 decision that raised Chillicothe's record to 6-0.
The Grey Ghosts improved to 7-0 overall and clinched their second Illio Conference championship
in a row with -- what else? -- a shutout of Dunlap.
The high-flying Grey Ghosts scored 85 points in their final two victories to finish the season with 216 points compared to 30 by their nine opponents.
Senior Warren Dew received Little All-State recognition and was joined on the All-Illio first team by fellow Grey Ghosts co-captain Carl Reifsteck.
Sophomore Ron Taylor, who scored the only touchdown in both of Chillicothe's 6-0 victories, led the Grey Ghosts in offense with 896 yards.
THE 1955 SEASON
Chillicothe 27, Princeville 0
Chillicothe 19, Washington 6
Chillicothe 6, Farmington 0
Chillicothe 6, Dunlap 0
Chillicothe 27, Eureka 0
Chillicothe 39, Tremont 18
Chillicothe 26, Metamora 0
Chillicothe 46, Mid-County 6
Chillicothe 20, Morton 0
Chillicothe High School zeroed in on its second consecutive undefeated season by opening the year with shutouts of Princeville, Farmington, Eureka, Metamora and Morton.
|2009 Tri-County Male Athlete of the Year|
In November, Northwestern University senior cornerback Sherrick McManis was selected firstteam All-Big Ten by a media panel, becoming the first player from the Tri-County Area to be an All-Big Ten selection since future GPSHOFer Tim Simpson (East Peoria/Illinois) in 1991. Conference coaches voted McManis, who missed three Wildcats games due to injury, to their second team.