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TOP ROW-Mr. Jack Hudnut, head coach, Dick Bon-
bach, Jerry Neff, Jim Ziegler, Bror Nilsson, Tony
Petrilli, Tom Parsons, Larkin Breed, Mr. Robert Bentley,
backfield coach, Mr. Larry Joiner, line coach. SECOND
ROW-David Wednt, Dan Stephan, Ron Mitchell, Gary
Kleinow, Don Smith, John Reddy, Joe Antonazzo,
Jerry Tartoni, Rocky Whitehead, Dennis Bufford.
THIRD ROW-Dave Mitchell, Mike Barents, Dick
Habora, Jerry Jordan, Ray Gaiefsky, Doug Shailor, Ron
Bogoyevac, Roger Davis, Jim Carmichael, Orville Nutt.
FOURTH ROW-Steve Potoczak, Ron Gabel, Don Tar-
toni, Mike Bratherton, George King, Eldon Dillon, Rod
Wills, Jerry Perzvk, Randy Yancey, LeRoy Fahle.
Developing a team after a championship year is usually a
challenge for any coach. This situation was what Head Coach
Jack Hudnut faced in September. Returning varsity men numbered
only a dozen with the rest newcomers.
The Bulldogs opened the season against a powerful Farming-
ton team. The young, inexperienced Bulldogs went down to cle-
feat by the score of i8-8, starting the 1957 campaign off on the
wrong foot. The next week the green-and-white traveled to
Trenton for their first league game. This game ended with a
spectacular pass-play from quarterback Don Smith to senior end
George King with only eight seconds left on the clock. The
final score was l3-l2 with the Bulldogs taking their first league
victory. Last place Redford Union was the Bulldog's next victim.
The Panthers failed to win a game all year and when they met
the Bulldogs, the boys from R.U. met a team full of drive and
leadership and the final score was l3-7. The Allen Park Jaguars
stopped the Bulldogs winning streak at two and started a four
game losing streak. The Jaguars superb power handed the Bull-
dogs a 26-7 defeat. Bentley's only touchdown came on a 60-yard
interception by defensive Jim Carmichael. Plymouth and Belleville
stopped the Bulldogs cold, taking two shutouts from the Bentley
eleven by scores of 38-O, and 20-O. The Bulldogs defense wasn't
as weak as these scores may indicate. Led by co-captains LeRoy
Fahle and Rod Wills the defensive unit was the big part of the
Bulldogs game all through the season.
The league play was over by October 25, the Bulldogs ending
the season with a second place tie with Belleville. The Bulldogs
still had two games remaining, one against the Pioneers from
Dearborn and the final game of the season against Thurston.
Bentley which had failed to score in fourteen quarters finally
pushed over against Dearborn. The six points came too late and
the Bulldogs tasted defeat for the fifth time this season. Bentley's
homecoming game against Thurston was the last game for nine
senior boys. Left halfback Eldon Dillon finished his high school
career by scoring three touchdowns against Thurston. This game
was full of the willingness to win and finished a tough season.
A valuable player on the i957 team was Co-captain LeRoy Fahle.
LeRoy made All-league center and played an important part on
the defensive squad. He was the leader of the Bulldog's attack and
spirited the team when either winning or losing.
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