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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2013 12:00 pm

It was 40 years ago that Washington High School celebrated a state championship football season.

To this day, the 1973 Blue Jays are the only team to win a state title, other than cheerleading, at Washington High School.

The Blue Jays were a tough, hard-nosed team that took the personality of their head coach, Jim Scanlan.

They also were a smart team with good quickness who knew how to win games.

Washington claimed the Class 3A state championship with a 14-7 victory over Jefferson City Helias at Rolla High School, capping a perfect 11-0 season.

“I might upset some of the guys by saying this, but I don’t think we were the most physically imposing team,” said Dennis Brune, a senior tight end/defensive end on the team. “We just had a bunch of guys who believed in the Scanlan way. We really bought into it. We made very few mistakes. We didn’t have penalties or turnovers. We just grinded it out and found ways to win, which is exactly how the state championship game went.”

Reunion Night

The 1973 team will gather for its 40-year reunion of the memorable season on Friday, Sept. 6, during the home football opener for the 2013 version of the football Blue Jays.

Vicky Maune and Laura Hillerman, both members of the Washington High School Athletic Association, have done much of the planning for the event.

“This is a big deal. There’s a lot of excitement,” Maune said. “We’re glad that we’re able to bring everyone together again.”

Team members will be introduced to the crowd during halftime of the game between Washington and Timberland. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Prior to the game, a tailgate party for the 1973 team will take place on campus starting at 5:30 p.m.

“Vicky and Laura have done a phenomenal job putting it all together,” Brune said. “A high percentage of players are coming back. We even have the option to buy championship rings. You would have thought we won the Super Bowl.”

Members of the 1973 team also will meet and talk to current members of the WHS football squad.

It will be a big night at WHS as not only will the 1973 team be honored, but the school district will celebrate its first varsity football game on the new turf field.

The festivities to celebrate the new complex, known as Rauch Field at Scanlan Stadium, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Scanlan hopes to be on hand for the festivities.

“It will be a neat opportunity to catch up with the guys. I run into a few of them on occasion, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve seen a lot of them,” said Leroy Eggert, the quarterback on the 1973 team. “I think we’re all looking forward to seeing the new turf field.”

State Title Game

In the 1973 state championship game, Washington trailed Helias 7-6 late in the game.

Ted Stahl, a junior on the team, returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown with 46 seconds left in the game.

Stahl jumped in between four Helias players, grabbed the bouncing ball and raced down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown.

“Before the play, I asked Dennis Brune if I could try to block the punt and he said no. He wanted to set up the picket fence along the sideline and go for the big return,” Stahl said. “The punter shanked it to my left. Helias wanted to down the ball, but I grabbed it and took off. My friend Tim Calvin ran with me the whole time.”

Brune scored the two-point conversion to give the Blue Jays a 14-6 lead.

Eggert scored the Blue Jays’ first touchdown of the game on a one-yard run.

Eggert was one of six players named that season to the Class 3A all-state football team.

Mark Rothschild, Gary Vogel and Brune were named to the first team while Alan Elsenrath, Keith Maune and Eggert were named honorable mention.

Different Game

The way high school football was played in 1973 is much different than today.

“I called our defensive plays. They didn’t come from the sideline, like you see today,” Brune said. “Our defense was pretty straight forward. We mostly ran inside fire or outside fire. Our defense was tough as nails. Scanlan had a way of putting the right people in the right spots.”

Eggert called the offensive plays.

“It was my call most of the time. Coach Scanlan made it a point to give me that freedom,” Eggert said. “We weren’t too fancy with the calls. It usually was three yards and a cloud of dust.”

1973 Season

Washington opened the 1973 season with a forfeit win over Ft. Zumwalt. The Blue Jays followed with victories over Farmington 7-6, Sullivan 18-7, Union 15-7, Pacific 8-6, St. Clair 36-7, Hermann 46-0, St. James 36-0 and Owensville, 31-0.

There were only four teams that advanced to the 3A state playoffs that season.

Washington played against North County of Desloge-Bonne Terre at Rauch Field in the semifinals.

Eggert scored two touchdowns and Tim Calvin added one as the Blue Jays won the game, 20-14, in the rain and mud.

Vogel rushed for 151 yards on 39 carries in the semifinal game.

Washington’s defense held North County to 69 total yards.

“Coaching had a lot to do with our success that season,” Eggert said. “Beyond that, it was a group of kids that bought into the system.”

The 1974 Washington team advanced to the state title game once again, but lost to Boonville.

“The 1973 state championship game was on a beautiful day. The 1974 game was in a foot of snow on the same field,” Stahl said. “We all had the privilege to play for Coach Scanlan, Coach (Ray) Eickmeyer and Coach (John) Carter. Our defense was very good on that 1973 team and we had great leadership from our coaches and our seniors.”

Team Members

The following players were on the 1973 WHS football team:

• Coaches: Head Coach Jim Scanlan and Assistant Coaches John Carter, Ray Eickmeyer, Ken Bebermeyer and Tom Crone.

• Seniors: Leroy Eggert, Terry Vogel, Tim Holt, Gary Vogel, Keith Maune, Daryl Fleer, Alan Elsenrath, Cabbie Berard, Dave Bezold, Dennis Beste, Jack Haberberger, Mark Rothschild, Mark Ditch, Mike Duncan and Dennis Brune.

• Juniors: Ted Stahl, Tim Calvin, Mike Hawkinson, Ryland Hoeft, Carey Curran, Rick Alfermann, Andy Hagedorn, Dave Benz, Kent Miesner, Duane Scheible, John Hillermann, Greg Lohmeyer, Jon Wood, Rick Twellman, Jack Jessup and Dave Homeyer.

• Sophomores: Larry Curran, Mike Benz, Pat Hanneken, Mike Stahl, Brian Toedebusch, Mike Crowe, Tom Hackmann, Kurt Althage, Doug Riechers, Bill Wood, Dave Siebert, Jay Mittler, Dale Hahne, Rodney Sickmann and Tom Siebert.

• Managers: Marty Risch, John Caldwell and Kevin Althage.

• Cheerleaders: Debbie Stahl, Dawn Dozier, Lynn Ingraham, Rose Helms, Toni Veltre, Cindy Hazel, Debbie Hoeman and Laurie LaBoube.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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