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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.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games