Inductees MANUAL AND COACH KEN HINRICHS rolled to a second consecutive unbeaten season in 1959, producing 249 points while allowing just 45.
The potent Rams blanked Limestone, Spalding, Woodruff and Richwoods and only Decatur Eisenhower was able to score more than one touchdown in a narrow 13-12 Manual win.
Quarterback Art Schilling, named to the Chicago Daily News all-state team, led the Mid-State 8 in passing with a .625 completion average. End Chuck Siebel was named the team's most valuable lineman and halfback Ed Brooks, who set a conference individual scoring record, was the most valuable back.
All-conference honors went to Siebel, Brooks, tackle Thurman Albritton, Schilling, halfback L. C. Pannell, fullback Bill Harper, guard Bill Purcell, halfback Wardell Faulkner, center Lem Van Laningham, tackle Bill Harris, tackle Sam Robinson and guard Bill Porch.
THE 1959 SEASON
Manual 33, Galesburg 6
Manual 19, Spalding 0
Manual 38, East Peoria 6
Manual 25, Woodruff 0
Manual 13, Decatur Eisenhower 12
Manual 40, Richwoods 0
Manual 34, Limestone 0
Manual 14, Springfield Lanphier 7
Manual 13, Pekin 7
MANUAL AND COACH KEN HINRICHS rolled to a second consecutive unbeaten season in 1959, producing 249 points while allowing just 45.
After a successful early career coaching elementary school athletics in the Champaign-Urbana area, Merv entered the Peoria athletic scene in 1962 as football coach at Spalding High School. His first three teams had a combined 24-2-1 record. His 1965 squad went 9-0-1, and in 1967 he was 10-0 followed by an 8-1 year in 1968. His last five Irish teams, 1972-1976, went 35-11-3.