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Football Team

1953 Football Team

Male Athletics – 2014 Inductees

The 1953 Football Team is the only GHHS football team to go through the entire season without a loss or tie game. Coached by Gene Rothi and Don Constant, the team bonded both on and off the field. To this day, they remain friends, with some living in the area and others scattered throughout the U.S.

The team was recognized by the Detroit Free Press as Mythical State Champs in Michigan for 1953 and was ranked third in the state by the United Press. 1953 was also their first year playing Class A football.

Team members included:  Bill Anderson, Len Anderson, Chuck Arbogast, Bill Barger, Lamar Barger, Troy Barger, Chuck Benes, Joe Bernia, Ron Bloom, Marv Boerma, Peter Bol, Dave Botbyl, Lester Burch (Mgr.), Don Constant (Line Coach), Louie Coon, Don De Vecht , Gene DeKoyer, Jerry DeWitt, Bob Dykman, Pete Fisher, Mike Gruen, Chuck Jackson, Dave Klaassen (Water Boy), Ron Kline, Dave Lake, Bill  Mac Phee, Rich Marod, Bill Munch, Tad Murdick, Bob Newton, Ted Parker, Don Prelesnik, Bill Prince, Bob Purcell, Rudy Rebar, Gene Rothi (Head Coach), Ernie Rouwhorst, Jim Smith, Ed Suchecki, Roger Susterich, John Terrill (Mgr.), Bob Thomas, Gene Van Dongen, Jerry Warner, and Don Zysk.