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Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right

Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right: High School Football in Illinois

Taylor H. A. Bell
Copyright Date: 2010
Pages: 280
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    Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right
    Book Description:

    From small towns like Metamora, Aledo, and Carthage to East St. Louis and Chicago's South Side, Illinois's high school football fields have been the proving ground for such future stars as Dick Butkus, Red Grange, and Otto Graham. In Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right, longtime fan and sportswriter Taylor Bell shares the stories of the greatest players, toughest coaches, most memorable games, and fiercest rivalries in Illinois history. Drawing on dozens of personal interviews, Bell profiles memorable figures such as Tuscola's record-setting quarterback Dusty Burk, Pittsfield's brutally demanding yet devoted Coach Donald "Deek" Pollard, and Evanston's Murney "Mr. Do-Right" Lazier, who coached sternly but without prejudice in the racially charged 1960s and '70s. The book also discusses winning programs at schools such as East St. Louis, Mount Carmel, and Joliet Catholic, as well as long-standing rivalries and memorable games in the state playoff and Prep Bowl._x000B__x000B_The ultimate book for high school football fans in Illinois, Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right is infused with Bell's own love for the game and illustrated with sixty photographs of the players and coaches who made lifetime memories under the Friday night lights.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09003-5
    Subjects: History

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[x])
  3. 1 The Players
    (pp. 1-28)

    Johnny Lattner, who once had his picture on the cover ofTimemagazine after winning the Heisman Trophy for his football exploits at Notre Dame, admits he experienced “one of the biggest thrills of my life” while playing basketball.

    As a senior at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, he was an All-State tailback and captained the football team to the Prep Bowl for the second year in a row. But he also was the captain and leading scorer on a Friar basketball team that beat Tilden at Chicago Stadium for the All-City championship.

    “I enjoyed basketball as much as...

  4. 2 The Coaches
    (pp. 29-70)

    Jim Maddock, who played football for Tony Lawless at Fenwick and Bennie Oosterbaan at Michigan in the 1950s, still remembers calling a play that might have ended his career, something you didn’t do when the coach was known as “Furnace Face” because he got so mad when someone didn’t follow his instructions to the letter.

    Fenwick, nursing a 7–0 lead against DePaul Academy, faced a fourth-and-eight situation with 30 seconds to play in the first half. Maddock called for a punt. But as he broke the huddle, teammate Ed Shannon whispered in his ear, “Why not run around my...

  5. 3 The Teams
    (pp. 71-108)

    Tom Carey recalls how he prepared to become the quarterback of Mount Carmel’s 1950 football team, acknowledged in aChicago Sun-Timespoll as the best in state history.

    Bob McBride was the coach when Carey, an undersized but eager freshman, showed up for the first team meeting at the South Side Catholic school. McBride said the 11 toughest kids in the room would start.

    “Football is a tough, physical sport,” McBride told them, “but if you do the things I tell you to do, I will assure you that you won’t get hurt if you get in shape and keep...

  6. 4 The Games
    (pp. 109-130)

    To this day, there are confusing twists to Glenbrook North’s dramatic 19–13 overtime victory over East St. Louis in the championship game of the 1974 Class 5A playoff that haven’t been explained to everybody’s satisfaction and continue to leave others shaking their heads in disbelief.

    For example, even players who were there wonder if the Western Union telegram that Glenbrook North coach Harold Samorian read during halftime really was sent by Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley. Or was it just another inspirational ploy by Coach Sam?

    “All Chicagoland is pulling for you to bring home the state championship. Ignore...

  7. 5 Small Schools
    (pp. 131-166)

    Michael O’Brien shared the disappointment of his teammates. In fact, O’Brien and the other underclassmen were devastated. Aledo had finished 11–1 in 1998, losing to Stillman Valley in the state quarterfinals. Townspeople said it was the best team in school history, a dominant squad that averaged 40 points per game. Worst of all, there was speculation that Coach Bill McCarty was going to leave. Then he did.

    “McCarty revamped the program and rekindled the tradition,” O’Brien recalled. “He brought us back to the playoffs. He coached from 1990 to 1997 and turned Aledo into more of a football town....

  8. 6 Midsized Schools
    (pp. 167-204)

    Football has always been Mike Burzawa’s passion. But it was Rod Molek’s successful baseball program and the promise of a good education that lured Burzawa to Driscoll Catholic in Addison. The football team had experienced only three winning seasons from 1974 to 1988. Then Gene Nudo arrived and the game changed forever.

    Nudo was a salesman—he once was named Rookie of the Year while working for Kellogg’s food division—and a journeyman coach who assisted at Ridgewood High School in Norridge, his alma mater, guided the River Grove Cowboys to the national semi-pro championship in 1984 and seconds in...

  9. 7 Large Schools
    (pp. 205-240)

    Frank Kiszka enrolled at Chicago’s Mount Carmel a year after football coach Terry Brennan left to join Frank Leahy’s staff at Notre Dame. He obviously liked what he saw. The 1957 graduate spent the last 36 years of his life, prior to his untimely death in 2005, working in the school’s football program.

    Kiszka was most visible walking the sideline at Mount Carmel games, serving as the team’s one and only statistician since 1968. He didn’t take statistics for the opponent, only Mount Carmel. And you didn’t dare argue with his figures. The media guide and record book, which he...

  10. 8 Fourth Quarter
    (pp. 241-256)

    In the early 1970s, a number of football coaches and athletic administrators from throughout the state began to lobby for a state playoff. Every other sport had a postseason tournament. Why not football? Other states conducted football championships. Why not Illinois?

    It wasn’t a new idea. In the early 1960s, Coach Warren Smith of Urbana had proposed a state playoff. He had a plan. But nobody would take it seriously. The argument from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) officials was the plan lacked substance, no tangibles, no blueprint. Logistics wouldn’t allow it.

    But pressure began to build, especially after...

  11. Index
    (pp. 257-268)
  12. Back Matter
    (pp. 269-270)