Inductees George Taylor's 10th season as Chillicothe High School football coach began with a 19-13 victory over Princeville. It ended with another 19-13 Chillicothe victory, this time over Farmington, completing the 8-0 Grey Ghosts' first undefeated season under the future Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
Between the 19-13 bookends that accounted for 68 percent of their opponents' scoring in the fall of 1954, the Grey Ghosts recorded four shutouts and two wins in which they allowed six points.
Chillicothe took a 5-0 record into its Homecoming game in which it trailed Dunlap at the half. Henry "Frenchie" LeGault scored two touchdowns after intermission to help extend a winning streak that included the Grey Ghosts' last four games of the 1953 season.
LeGault finished his senior season with 13 touchdowns to lead the Illio Conference champions in scoring. He was selected the Grey Ghosts' most valuable back and was an All-Illio selection as was senior back Bill Boyer. Tackle Harley Gray and guard John Grogan, also members of the Class of 1955, shared most valuable lineman honors.
THE 1954 SEASON
Chillicothe 19, Princeville 13
Chillicothe 19, Washington 0
Chillicothe 13, Eureka 6
Chillicothe 13, Dunlap 6
Chillicothe 7, Metamora 0
Chillicothe 20, Tremont 0
Chillicothe 6, Morton 0
Chillicothe 19, Farmington 13
George Taylor's 10th season as Chillicothe High School football coach began with a 19-13 victory over Princeville. It ended with another 19-13 Chillicothe victory, this time over Farmington, completing the 8-0 Grey Ghosts' first undefeated season under the future Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
|Jerry & Elaine Reibling|
For four decades Jerry and Elaine have volunteered their time and effort to benefit the runners competing in events within the Tri-County. Just prior to Jerry’s induction into the Steamboat Classic Hall of Fame in 2015, the race’s co-founder, Steve Shostrom said, “Jerry and Elaine are treasures in the running community. They have made substantial, lasting contributions to the Steamboat Classic and the Illinois Valley Striders over the years. They have worked tirelessly at countless local races through heat, rain, ice, snow and wind to get quick, accurate results for runners of all ages and abilities." Jerry was involved with the Steamboat Classic for 35 years and Elaine has been a part of the Race for the Cure for about 30 years. Married over 50 years, the Rieblings helped pioneer the transformation from hand timing to computerized timing for the major running events in the Tri-County area. In addition to the Steamboat Classic and Race for the Cure, they have served at the following events over their decades of service: the IHSA State Cross Country Meet; Illinois Valley Striders events; countless high school invitationals including the Richard Spring Memorial Invitational (Peoria Notre Dame) and the Peoria High Invitational at Detweiler Park; and Bradley University and the University of Illinois cross country meets and invitationals. Jerry has also raised funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the Memphis to Peoria Run and running the satellite event from Canton to Peoria. The dedication and passion of Jerry and Elaine for these events has enabled thousands of others to experience achievement and enjoyment while competing in running events.