Inductees THE 1969 RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM, coached by Tom Peeler, produced the first unbeaten team in the history of the school when it raced through a 10-game schedule unscathed. The team was ranked No. 1 in the state and won the Mid-State Nine Conference title.
The Knights boasted a torrid offense that averaged almost 40 points a game plus a tight defense that produced five shutouts and allowed just six touchdowns all season. Only Peoria Central was able to score twice on Richwoods in a 20-13 game.
Fullback Bob Hoftiezer, an 185-pound senior fullback, won all-state honors and led a large contingent of Knights on the Mid-State 9 All-conference team.
Others to be honored were quarterback D.R. Phillips, halfback Dan Young, guards Tom Thornburg and Tom Peeler, tackles Eric Young and Bill Elkins and end Ward Eastman.
Special mention went to center Tom LaBarr and end Bob Moseman while halfback Bill Piskorski received honorable mention.
THE 1969 SEASON
Rich Woods 34, Argo 0
Richwoods 20, Central 13
Richwoods 28, Pekin 6
Richwoods 40, Limestone 6
Richwoods 35, Spalding 0
Richwoods 46, Manual 0
Richwoods 48, Woodruff 0
Richwoods 37, Galesburg 7
Richwoods 41, Bergan 0
Richwoods 42, East Peoria 7
THE 1969 RICHWOODS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM, coached by Tom Peeler, produced the first unbeaten team in the history of the school when it raced through a 10-game schedule unscathed. The team was ranked No. 1 in the state and won the Mid-State Nine Conference title.
|Dawdy Hawkins |
"Dawdy" Hawkins, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the nation, directed his teams to state titles in two different states. His Lincoln Northeast High School team won a Nebraska state prep crown in 1948, just before he left to take over at Peoria Central. He quickly forged a powerhouse at Central, his 1952-53 team, led by brilliant center Hiles Stout, making it to the championship game of the Illinois state finals at the University of Illinois' old Huff Gym before bowing to LaGrange, 71-60. Hawkins took three other Peoria Central teams to the state tournament (1954, 56, 59) and then, switching to Pekin, had five other state appearances (1964, 65, 66, 67, 73), including state championship teams in 1964 and 1967.