1936 Centralia High School Football
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1983 Team Award Winner
Kent Hasameier, Mr. Corbell, Mr.
Lutz, William Simmons, Sam
Wayne Harper, Roy Adams, Glen
Pfeiffer, Donald O’ Connor,
Francis Smith, Bill Webster, Clayton
Thomason, Charles McMillan, Wendell
Parker, Head Coach A.L.
Assistant Coach T.W.
Front Row- Ernie Eggers, Eldon
Jr., Bill Gambill,
Junior Van Auron, Dixie Griffin,
Jack Frost, Edward Rushing, June
Mooney, Jerome Hasemeier, Donald
Fetgatter, Charles Schifferdecker,
Paul Clifford, Glendall Bush.
Not Pictured Art Lawrence and
undefeated team won 11 games and led the nation in scoring,
outscoring its opponents 429-58.
following is reprinted from the 1937
yearbook The Sphinx:
"The football season in this year was a very successful one. They boys playing under the Cardinal and White captured the North Egyptian Conference Championship thus setting them up high in the eyes of sports followers in this section. The first eleven had the reputation of being scored upon a very few times during the whole season while the second string of men weren’t far behind. The Troutmen Played eleven games and won them all. With the exception of one or two, all the games were won in a decisive manner.
The teams consisted of a hard fighting line followed up with a fleet backfield and at the same time some good blockers. The line was not heavy, the average weight being around one hundred sixty pounds, but the amount of scrapping and digging more than made up for the weight handicap. In all cases when teamwork was needed there was no disagreement about glory and popularity, but all eleven players on the first team and those on the second team really played as one and the result was well worth talking about.
As a result of the teams standing for the year, an invitation was extended to it to compete for the annual Christmas-Day game at Miami which in high school competition is equal to the Rose Bowl game for colleges. After an extensive elimination by officials, Centralia was one of three teams left contending. However, because of its several years of good playing, a Massachusetts team was chosen and there was a great disappointment in the Red Bird ranks. Nevertheless the Cardinal and white team was placed in the spotlight of the nation’s sports writers and fans, which was a good deal.
As usually happens when a good team is got together by a high school coach graduation makes it impossible to repeat the following season with the same team. This happens to the C.T.H.S. eleven since all but one of the first- string men and three on the second team graduate from high school this year.
The team was the guests of the Lion’s Club at the annual Football Banquet. Lynn Waldorf, head coach of football at Northwestern, spoke to the team giving them advice on the different principles of the game along with some films showing the Northwestern “Wildcats” in action.
The team went through a season not only successful in games won, but with a minimum amount of injuries. There were only two boys who received serious injuries, in each case a broken bone. Wendell Parker received a broken collar bone, and Kent Hasemeier a broken wrist. A significant fact is that each man on the first team went over the goal line at least once during the season."
COACH: A.L. Trout.
TEAM MEMBERS: Kent Hasemeier, William
Mooney, Wayne Harper, Roy
Adams, Glenn Pfeiffer, Don O’Conner,
Fancis Smith, Bill Webster, Clayton
Thomason, Charles McMillan, Wendell Parker,
Ernie Eggers, Eldon Mitchell, George Hails,
Jr., Bill Gambill, Junior Van Auron, Dixie
Griffin, Jack Frost, Ed Rushing, June
Mooney, Jerome Hasemeier, Don Fetgatter,
Charles Schifferdecker, Paul Clifford, Glen
Bush Not Pictured: Art Lawrence, and Virgil Robinson.