My newly published book is

The Great Teams: A History of Wisconsin High School Football

Over 50 years of research and decades of maintaining the Wisconsin high school state football record book have led to this book. By profiling state champions and other impressive teams, going back to Madison's 1897 "national champions", this book tells the story of how the game developed and Wisconsin's incredible impact while recording the accomplishments, innovations and influence of the many players and coaches over the last 130 years.

 

Primarily told through individual team profiles. The Great Teams expands on the impact of players and coaches like William Juneau (grandnephew of Solomon Juneau), Gus Dorais (quarterback for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame who helped modernize the forward pass), Arlie Mucks (first American public high schooler in the Olympics), Win Brockmeyer, Tom Hearden, Alan Ameche, Gerry Uchytil and onto the current giants of Wisconsin high school football.

Contents

1896-1957  1

The Beginning of the Modern Game  1

Early Mythical State Champions  2

Early Schedules  5

The WIAA   7

WISAA and Other Organizations  9

1897 Madison (8-2-1) 11

1898 Milwaukee South (7-0-0) 13

1901-04 Eau Claire  15

1902 Fort Atkinson (6-0-1) 17

Father of the Forward Pass  18

1906 Green Bay East and Madison  22

1907 Sparta (8-0-0) 23

1907-09 Chippewa Falls  25

1908-12 Oshkosh  28

1911 Fort Atkinson (7-0-0) 34

1914-1915 La Crosse  35

1915 Milwaukee East (8-1-0) 36

1916 Edgerton (10-0-0) 36

The Epidemics  37

1917 Marinette (6-0-0) 38

1918-20 Superior Central  39

1920 Green Bay East (7-1-0) 42

1920s Marinette  44

1923-24 Milwaukee West (10-1-2) 46

1924 Green Bay East (9-0-0) 46

Gilford Skenandore – Oct 23, 1926  47

1927 Green Bay West (9-0-0) 48

1927 St Francis Pio Nono (8-1-0) 49

1928-29 Green Bay East  50

1931-33 Watertown  51

1934 Fort Atkinson (7-0-2) 52

1935-39 Green Bay East  53

1937, 1943 Baraboo  55

1939 Milwaukee Washington (8-0-0) 55

1939 Arcadia (6-0-0) 57

Delafield St John’s Military Academy  57

1940s Wausau  63

1942’s Other Teams  66

1943 Marinette (8-0-0) 70

All-State and Player of the Year  70

1943-48 Madison Edgewood  71

1945 Milwaukee Washington (8-0-0) 73

1946-49 Cedarburg  74

1947 Appleton (8-0-0) 75

1949 Marinette (8-0-0) 76

Rivalries  77

1950 Kenosha (8-0-0) 79

1950 Green Bay East (8-0-0) 80

1950 Arcadia (7-0-0) 81

1950 Milwaukee Marquette (8-0-0) 81

1952 Milwaukee Boy’s Tech (8-0-0) 82

1953 Wausau (8-0-0) 82

1951-1955 Green Bay West (8-0-0) 83

1955-56 Kenosha  85

Other Top Players and Coaches  86

1958-1975  95

The Rankings  95

1958 Superior Central (8-0-0) 101

1959 Milwaukee Marquette (7-0-0) 101

1960 Green Bay West (7-0-0) 102

1961 Eau Claire Memorial (8-0-0) 102

1961 Weyauwega (8-0-0) 103

1961-63 Appleton Xavier  104

1963 Wausau (9-0-0) 106

1964 Oshkosh (8-0-0) 107

1964 Superior  107

1964 Platteville (8-0-0) 109

1966 Neenah (8-0-0) 110

Elmwood vs St. Croix Central 1966  110

1967 Milwaukee Boy’s Tech (8-0-0) 111

1969 Eau Claire Memorial (8-1-0) 112

1969 Chilton (8-0-0) 112

1970 Green Bay Premontre (11-0-0) 113

1972 Antigo (9-0-0) 114

The Streaks  115

Wisconsin Football Coaches Association  120

Other Top Players and Coaches  121

1976-1999  127

WISAA Playoffs (1969-1999) 127

WIAA Playoffs (1976-1999) 129

How the Football Play-offs Began  133

The McDonell Flying Circus  135

1978 Antigo (12-0-0) 137

1979-80 Kenosha Tremper  137

1980-81 Cashton  139

1983 Schofield D.C. Everest  140

1984 Manawa (10-1-0) 140

1984-87 Manitowoc  141

1986 Stratford (12-0-0) 143

1989 Marinette (13-0-0) 144

1990s Monroe and Menomonie  144

1992 Appleton West (13-0-0) 147

1994 Hartland Arrowhead (13-0-0) 148

1994 Mayville (13-0-0) 148

1994 Milwaukee Marquette  149

1997 Flambeau (13-0-0) 149

1998 Schofield D.C. Everest (14-0-0) 150

1999 Owen-Withee (14-0-0) 151

The First Touchdown and More  152

Other Players and Coaches  153

2000-2018  159

WIAA State Champions  159

2000 Oshkosh North (14-0-0) 163

2000 Sheboygan Falls (14-0-0) 164

2001 Lancaster (14-0-0) 164

2003 D.C. Everest (14-0-0) 165

2004 Wisconsin Lutheran (14-0-0) 166

2003-08 Stratford  167

2006 Franklin (14-0-0) 170

2007 Owen-Withee (12-1-0) 171

2009 Milwaukee Marquette (14-0-0) 171

2009-10 Edgar  172

2009-12 Fond du Lac St Mary’s Springs  173

2010 Kenosha Bradford (11-2-0) 175

2009-12 Waunakee  176

2011 West De Pere (14-0-0) 177

2013 Shiocton (14-0-0) 178

2013 Black Hawk (14-0-0) 178

2014 Menasha (14-0-0) 179

2015 Amherst (14-0-0) 180

2016 Cedar Grove-Belgium (12-2-0) 180

2013-17 Kimberly  181

2018 Mequon Homestead (14-0-0) 183

2018 Waukesha Catholic Memorial (13-1-0) 184

2019 Stratford (13-1-0) 185

Other Players and Coaches  187

8-Man Football  194

Jamborees  195

2015 Luck (9-1-0) 196

Playoff Champions  196

2018 Sevastopol (11-1-0) 197

The Storytellers  198

2020 and Beyond  200

Acknowledgements  202

Bibliography  203

Appendix  i

Longest Winning Streaks  i

“Perfect” Seasons  ii

Most Consecutive Shutouts  iii

Highest Scoring Seasons  iv

State Championships  v

All-Time Winningest Programs  vii

All-Time Winningest Coaches  viii

Individual Highlights  ix

Player of the Year  xii

Coach of the Year  xvii

Milwaukee Journal Team of the Century (1993) xix