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Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right

High School Football in Illinois

Taylor Bell

Publication Year: 2010

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.

Published by: University of Illinois Press

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Title Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-viii

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Chapter 1: The Players

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pp. 1-28

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. ...

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Chapter 2: The Coaches

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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. ...

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Chapter 3: The Teams

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pp. 71-108

Carey got the message. He joined the wrestling team to get in shape, to prove he was one of the 11 toughest kids in school. He weighed 117 pounds as a freshman and won the novice championship in the Central AAU competition. As a senior, he was 5–7 and weighed 135, even though he was listed on the football program at 175. ...

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Chapter 4: The Games

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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. ...

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Chapter 5: Small Schools

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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. ...

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Chapter 6: Midsized Schools

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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. ...

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Chapter 7: Large Schools

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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. ...

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Chapter 8: Fourth Quarter

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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? ...


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pp. 257-268

E-ISBN-13: 9780252090035
Print-ISBN-13: 9780252077319

Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 708738112
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  • Football -- Illinois -- History.
  • School sports -- Illinois -- History.
  • Football players -- Illinois -- History.
  • Football coaches -- Illinois -- History.
  • Football teams -- Illinois -- History.
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