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° ' ' ’ Andy Barnes, Norman Jones. Don Wrigh. ond Dave Thompson FIFTH ROW: Trainer, Gary Newberry; Managers, Mike Creger and Tom Kimble; Head Coach, Gary Embretson; and coaches. Bill Hardin, Duane Bonsall, David Miller, and Ben Clark. COACH EMBRETSON HANDS cifations to members of .he football squad who were honored a. .he annual football banquet. They are (sitting) Ken Berg. Ken. Thomas. Tom Marcotte. Standing are Steve Paul, Randy En.ler, Rick Miers. Dave Howell. George Hoane, and Coach Embretson. 207
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MEMBERS OF THE 67- 68 football squad are: FIRST ROW: Kent Thomas, Dan Bradley, George Hoane, Mike Creekmore, Larry Day, Tom Kelly, Ed Ear¬ nest, Jim McGee, Tom Marcotte, Ken Johnson, Dave Howell, and Gary Hodge. SECOND ROW: Jeff Edwards, Neal Bunce, John Punkiewitz, Steve Paul, Dave O ' Brien, Dale Bacon, Jerome Jamieson, Doug Clausen, Mike Day, Rick Stanforth, Don Allbritton, Ken Berg, and Jim Bell. THIRD ROW: Mike Gor¬ don, Bill Sowards, Eric Sapinski, Pete Cassini, Cliff Nice, Gary Forslund, Walt Stradley, Randy Entler, Jim Purcell, Charlie Atkins, and Harvey Chaney. Gridders Laude d at Post-Season Banquet Rock island High Schoors varsity football team was honored at the annual banquet in the school cafeteria. Special awards of the evening went to eight members of the team. Selected as honorary co-captains of the 1967 foot¬ ball season were George Hoane and Dave Howell. Se¬ lected as best team man, Ken Berg was the second leading passer in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Re¬ cipient of the most valuable player award, Tom Marcotte was noted for his extra-effort. Kent Thomas selected as best defensive player, was credited with 49 tackles and 3 interceptions during the season. Steve Paul, winner the best blocker award, rounds out the senior standout play¬ ers of Coach Gary Embretson ' s first year. In conclusion of the awards banquet junior Rick Miers was elected as the 1968 team captain and junior Randy Entler was se¬ lected as the most improved player. Don Sharp, sports announcer for WHBF, was master of ceremonies for the program. The Reverend Wallace Harless and Principal F. W. Aspedon also participated in the program. 206
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THIS YEAR S COACHING staff combined the talents of three veteran coaches with the talents of the new coach, David Miller. This year ' s staff in¬ cludes, from left to right, Duane Bonsall, Ben CLark, David Miller, and Bill Hardin. New Coach, " Stars ' ' Highlight Grid Season Under new Head Coach Gary Embretson the Rock Island Varsity football team bettered its previous two seasons with a 4-5 mark. High spirit and a ' ' never say die " attitude enveloped this physically-small team throughout the season. The Rocks, led by quarterback Ken Berg, second leading passer in Mississippi Valley play, first confronted the defending conference champs Cedar Rapids Jeffer¬ son and lost an extremely hard fought contest 19-0. In its second contest against Davenport West, Rocky exhibited a tough defense and Senior Tom Marcotte produced an outstanding running game for a 13-7 win. The Rocks again slipped into the loss column the following week against their city rival, the Alleman Pioneers. The Rocks, in the final two minutes of play and with the score tied at 6-6, were inside Alleman ' s 10 yard line when a fum¬ ble halted their drive. Alleman marched the entire length of the field in the final minute and capped their drive with a touchdown for a 13-6 win. The next two games upped the Islanders ' mark to 3-2 when they defeated the Clinton River Kings 10-0 in the Homecoming tilt and shut out the East Moline Panthers 15-0. Rock Island next took on the powerhouse of the conference, the Moline Maroons. Moline ' s awesome offense and crushing de¬ fense inflicted upon Rock Island a 28-7 loss. The Island¬ ers showed their high spirit in this game when they were able to rally and score in the final period. The next week paired Rock Island and Davenport Central In a quag¬ mire. Again the Rocky gridders were unable to grab a victory despite a fine comeback in the second half. In this contest the Central Blue Devils ground out a 24-3 victory. The following week, the Rocks traveled to Cedar Rapids Washington and received a 41-7 trouncing. First half disasters contributed to the lop-sided score. Yet the Rocks forced the Warriors to use their first string In the second half when the Rocks came out of the dressing room to play ball. The Rock Island Rocks concluded their season on the right foot by coming from behind to down the Little Hawks of Iowa City, 25-14. During this year, his first. Coach Embretson initiated a " star system " whereby each week defensive or offen¬ sive standouts were awarded stars for their efforts. Coach Embretson hoped that this idea would give the players added incentive to do their best. It seemed to work as over twenty Individuals won stars and several obtained more than one. Two of the many gridders who won stars acheived five stars: Dave Howell and George Hoane. As an added acknowledgment of their efforts, Howell and Hoane were elected co-captains of the ' 67 football squad. ' 67 VARSITY SCOREBOARD Rock Island 0 Jefferson 19 Rock Island 13 Davenport West 7 Rock Island 6 Alleman 13 Rock Island 10 Clinton 0 Rock Island 15 East Moline 0 Rock Island 7 Moline 28 Rock Island 13 Davenport Central 24 Rock Island 7 Washington C.R. 41 Rock Island 25 Iowa City 14 208
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