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1958 Manual Football Team

Front Row: (from left) Manager Benny Faulkner, Ed Brooks, Otto Meischner, Jim Carpenter, Frank Whitman, Art Schilling, Jack Purcell, Nick Costa, Jake Kircher, Jim Rathbun, Leon Robinson, Buck Smith, Walt Slaughter, Doug Faulkner, Tom Quinlan, Dave Edwards.

Second Row: (from left) Head coach Ken Hinrichs, assistant coach Ed Stonebock, manager Ron Curry, Don Poindexter, Jim Kerr, Jim Walker, L.C. Pannell, Richard Darling, Wardell Faulkner, Thurman Albritton, Jim Dutton, Chuck Siebel, Bill Harris, Ron Dobson, Bill Harper, Tony Samsa, Don Hunt.

Third Row: (from left) Don Baker, Bill Purcell, Phil Ramos, Jim Liston, Dale Eden, William Guthrie, Joe Sparks, Booker Brown, Bob Burton, Larry Cook, Forrest Lewis, Joe Friling, Paul Hauck, Jack Cline, Wayne Hagel, Bill Porch, Sam Robinson, Lem Van Laningham, assistant coach Lloyd Yentes.


THE MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL football Rams, coached by former Bradley lineman Ken Hinrichs since 1953, started one of the most successful runs in local sports history with the 1958 season.

The Rams swept through a 10-game schedule unbeaten, outscoring its foes 263-63 in the process. The team blanked its first five foes: Galesburg, East Peoria, Decatur Eisenhower, Limestone and Pekin; and had but two narrow wins, 20-13 over Spalding and 13-6 over Richwoods.

Running back Frank Whitman, the Mid-State 8 scoring leader with 86 points, was selected to the Champaign News-Gazette and Chicago Daily News all-state teams. He was also named captain of the Rams and the most valuable back while guard Robert "Buck" Smith was named the most valuable lineman.

All-conference honors went to Whitman, Smith, end Doug Faulkner, tackle Walt Slaughter, quarterback Art Schilling, center Leon Robinson and guard Jim Rathbun.

THE 1958 SEASON
Manual 26, Galesburg 0 Manual 20, Spalding 13
Manual 31, East Peoria 0 Manual 13, Richwoods 6
Manual 27, Decatur Eisenhower 0 Manual 32, Springfield Lanphier 12
Manual 27, Limestone 0 Manual 47, Central 19
Manual 13, Pekin 0