As captain of the 1956 8-0-1
Centralia High School Football Team, he was
a unanimous first team All-State center as
chosen by the Champaign News Gazette. The 5’
10” 200 lb. Senior was the only center
chosen on the All-State team for that
The 1956 team outscored their opponents by
an average of twenty-eight points per game.
The one tie was with Benton, which also tied
the Orphans for the South Seven Conference
title. Crain was also named to the South
Seven All-Conference team.
He also played varsity on the 1955 (4-5) and
1954 (9-1, Conference Champion) football
teams at CHS.