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VARSITY FOOTBALL
[BULLDOG IMAGE]
Garfield Heights High School
Class of 1966

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THE 1965 GREATER CLEVELAND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
Football Team Photograph

Bottom Row: Dewey Smith, Lou Corsi, Frank Remesch, Casey Lesiak, John Cigovic, Greg Fox, Bill Sprengel, Harry Celebucki, Dave Straka. Second Row: Coach Leonard Brickman, Manager John Malone, Ron Jedlicka, Bob Geniusz, Chris Geiser, Frank Federico, Pete Geiser, Bruce Ceo, Don Kitson, Bill Sigmund, Bob Carson, Dan Goedecke, Head Coach Clifford Foust. Third Row: Coach Floyd Konet, Manager Doug Hoagland, Milan Mahdinec, Dennis Kalas, Bob Ritley, Frank Harris, Joe Zianno, Wayne Mankowski, Joe Mack, Dan Ebenhack, Bob Johnson, Coach Dennis Fryzel. Fourth Row: Floyd Konet, Rich Karwan, Jim Murowski, John Dombas, Paul Burik, Ray D'Eusanio, Pat Piekarczyk, Stakes, Athletic Director Mr. Walter Williams. Fifth Row: Dave Fryzel, Joe Ventre, Dermot Nolan, Dave Chojnowski, Paul Petrich, Al Novello, Charles Rifici, Dan Mihalik, Dale Thomas. (Note: Members of the Class of 1966 are shown in italics.)

 

TEAM ROSTER
Name of Player   No. Pos. Wt. Yr.   Name of Player   No. Pos. Wt. Yr.
Zianno. Joe
Kitson. Don
Smith, Dewey
Federico, Frank
Straka, Dave
Fryzel, Dave
Chojnowski, Dave
Lesiak, Casey
Cigovic, John
Goedecki, Dan
Geiser, Chris
Kalas, Dennis
Remesch, Frank
Ceo, Bruce
Fox, Greg
Harris, Frank
Corsi, Lou
Sigmund, Bill
D'Eusanio, Ray
Ventre, Joe
Geiser, Pete*
Celebucki, Harry
Petrich, Paul
 

31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53

QB
B
QB
B
QB
E
B
B
B
B
B
E
B
B
B
E
B
B
B
C
E
B
E
170
180
170
140
145
155
195
150
135
165
175
170
165
160
150
149
155
175
165
190
160
140
180
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr..
  Thomas, Dale
Geniusz, Bob
Jedlicka, Ron
Ritley, Bob*
*
Ebenhack, Dan
Mahdinec, Milan
Sprengel, Bill
Konet, Floyd
Nolan, Dermot
Ritley, Mike
Murowsky, Jim
Novello, Al
Carson, Bob
Mihalik, Dan
Rifici, Charles
Johnson, Bob
Karwan, Rich
Mankowski, Wayne
Dombas, John
Piekarczyk Pat
Burik, Paul
Mack, Joe
 

54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
75

E
C
G
T
T
E
B
E
G
B
T
T
G
E
E
E
T
T
B
G
G
CLB
170
190
190
220
210
225
125
195
165
145
182
180
160
165
155
196
230
225
195
195
195
165
Jr.
Sr.
Sr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Sr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr.
Jr
* Captains; * Team MVP, Trophy Donated by the Garfield Heights Aerie F.O.E. 2217;
Managers: Doug Hoagland, John Malone, and Rich Stakes.

 

Greater Cleveland Conference
(Bedford, Berea, Eastlake North, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Midpark)

Season Record (9-1)  Conference Record (5-0)
Date of Games   Scores
Friday: September 10, 1965
Friday: September 17, 1965
Friday: September 24, 1965
Friday: October 1, 1965
Friday: October 9, 1965
Friday: October 15, 1965
Monday: October 25, 1965*
Friday: October 29, 1965
Friday: November 5, 1965
Friday: November 12, 1965
  Garfield Heights 20
Garfield Heights 14
Garfield Heights 12
Garfield Heights 34
Garfield Heights 29
Garfield Heights 25
Garfield Heights 25
Garfield Heights 14
Garfield Heights 6
Garfield Heights 34
Valley Forge 8
Cleveland Heights 6
Euclid 24
Bedford 0
Berea 0
Eastlake North 18
Maple Heights 8
Midpark 8
Mentor 0
Toledo DeVillbis 6
*This game was rescheduled from Friday, October 22 due to inclement weather.

"Best Season in Twenty Years!" exclaimed Head Coach Cliff Foust after Garfield defeated Toledo Devillbis in the season finale at Blaugrund Field. Dedication and the determination to win helped the 1965 Football Team to become one of the best ever to play at Garfield Heights.

The 9-1 Bulldogs won the GCC crown with an undefeated conference record. By defeating Cleveland Heights, Mentor, and Toledo Devillbis, the team was victorious over three non-conference foes that were champions of their respective leagues. The Cleveland Plain Dealer rated the Bulldogs second in the county while the Cleveland Press placed them third. In the state poll, Garfield Heights finished 20th with 15 votes.

A big play offense and a nearly impenetrable defense were the trademarks of the 1965 squad as a number of players were honored as PresStars and Dream Teamers in the Cleveland Sports Media. On offense, it was both experience at skilled positions and excellent chemistry among offensive linemen that allowed the Bulldogs to score quickly with big plays and to control the clock when ahead with long drives. On defense, it was tough linemen, a strong yet agile linebacking corp., and fleetfooted defensive backs that routinely forced the opposition to punt from bad field positions.

Don Kitson was the leading ground gainer with 856 yards and point scorer with 68 points. Bill Sigmund was second in both categories with 642 yards and 56 points. Quarterback Joe Zianno completed 42 passes out of 78 attempts for a respectable 54%. Wide-out Dennis Kalas, who tallied 495 receiving yardage, provided the deep threat that made the offense so explosive.

Nine players were named to the all-league football team. On offensive, it were Dennis Kalas, Bob Ritley, Ron Jedlicka, Joe Zianno, and Bill Sigmund. The all-league defensive players were Bob Johnson, Jr. Rich Karwan, Jr. John Dombos, and Dan Goedecki. Bob Ritley was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Greater Cleveland Conference, named to the first team of the Class AA all-Northern Ohio Football team, and picked for the Ohio North-South game. The Cleveland Touchdown club paid tribute to Bob at its annual awards banquet. Bob Ritley and Dennis Kalas continued to excel in football at the college level.

The leadership of head coach Cliff Foust was recognized by the Greater Cleveland Conference, local sports media, and high school associations. Foust was named GCC coach-of-the-year and received the ninth annual Danny Mormile Award at The Cleveland Press' annual football banquet on January 20, 1966. The Danny Mormile award is presented annually by the Newburgh Council, Knights of Columbus in memory of the award's namesake who coached at Cathedral Latin and Holy Name. Foust was also honored by the executive board of the Greater Cleveland High School Football Coaches Association. He would eventually be named to the Ohio High School Hall of Fame.

Highlights of 1965 Season

Valley Forge at Garfield Heights (gamedate: September 10, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 20 Valley Forge 8

based on articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (9/11/65) and Hartley Sports of the Garfield Leader.

Garfield established itself as a strong contender for the 1965 football season with a 20-8 victory over the Valley Forge Patriots.

The game was dominated by the Bulldog defense. Valley Forge was able to make only four first downs --all of which came in the first half--as the defensive line controlled the Patriot's 1964 LEL scoring leader Mike Textoris. Junior linebacker Floyd (Skeets) Konet recovered two fumbles while defensive end Milan Mahdinec recovered a fumble and blocked a punt.

Mahdinec's blocked punt gave the Bulldogs the ball on the Patriot's 27. From there, it took 7 plays for Garfield to score its first touchdown of the season as Bruce Ceo ran from the one. With Don Kitson's run for a two point conversion, Garfield enjoyed a first quarter 8-0 advantage.

Late in the second quarter, Garfield punter Don Kitson couldn't handle a bad pass from center. When the the ball was finally recovered, the Patriots had possession at the Garfield 5. Textoris carried the ball for a touchdown on the first play and Yurchesten ran for a two point conversion. The first half ended in a tie.

On Garfield's first play of the second half, Dewey Smith threw a short halfback option pass to Dennis Kalas who then ran 73-yards for a touchdown. Smith, who normally played quarterback, was put into the game for this flea-flicker. The offense failed to make a two point conversion.

The game's last score came at the end of the third quarter as Garfield marched 38 yards in six plays. A 15-yard run by Kitson and a 13-yard pass from Joe Zianno to Chris Geiser were the big plays in the series. The touchdown came on a four yard scamper by Kitson. Once again, Garfield failed to make a two point conversion.

Don Kitson led all runners by rushing for 110 yards in 17 carries. Joe Zianno completed two of five passing attempts for 32 yards. Both pass receptions, good for 13 and 19 yards, were made by Chris Geiser.

Game Summary (9/10/65)
Valley Forge (8)
Garfield Heights (20)
0
8
8
0
0
12
0
0
GH--Ceo, 1-yard run (Kitson run)
VF--Textoris, 5-yard run (Yurchesen run)
GH--Kalas, 73-yard pass from Smith (run failed)
GH--Kitson, 4-yard run (run failed)

 

Garfield Heights at Cleveland Heights (gamedate: Septemebr 17, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 14 Cleveland Heights 6

based on articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (9/18/65) and the Cleveland Press (9/18/65) .

Quarterback Joe Zianno used the long pass to set up two scores in a spectacular defensive battle between two ranked teams as Garfield upended Cleveland Heights 14-6. The first touchdown came in the first quarter on a one yard run by Dewey Smith following a 43 yard strike to Dennis Kalas. In the third quarter, Zianno threw a 52-yard bomb to end Pete Geiser that put the Bulldogs on the Tigers' seven yard line. Three plays later, Don Kitson ran the final three yards to close-out the scoring.

The Bulldog's first score came on a safety, not a touchdown. In the first quarter, Garfield's Milan Mahdinec blocked Elliot Schaffer's punt at the Tigers' 21 yard line. The ball rolled into the endzone where Cleveland Heights' tackle Larry Dinda fell on the ball for the safety. Mahdinec injured a knee on the play and did not play the rest of the game.

It was after Cleveland Heights kicked from the 20 because of the safety that Garfield marched 62 yards in 6 plays for what proved to be the game winning touchdown.

Cleveland Heights got back into the game in the second quarter when Garfield's punter Don Kitson got a low pass from center and could do nothing but fall on the ball at the Garfield 15. Three plays later, Tiger fullback Chris Narten broke several tackles as he scored from the six yard line.

Garfield's final touchdown came with 1:06 left in the game. During this scoring drive, Zianno completed passes for 10 and 20 yards to Chris Geiser. But it was a 52-yard bomb to Pete Geiser that setup the score. On the ensuing kickoff, Dennis Kalas recovered a Tiger fumble to end any chance for a Cleveland Heights comeback.

Defensively, the game outstanding. Cleveland Heights' blitzing defense held Garfield to minus 24 rushing yards. In fact, the Bulldogs lost yards on 20 plays. Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs allowed the tigers only six net rushing yards in the second half and 54 for the game.

In this game, passing was the difference. Joe Zianno made the big plays while completing 7 of 11 passes for 138 yards. But it was loses on several sacks that resulted in Garfield's net negative rushing yardage for the game. Tigers' quarterback Jeff Lieberman had more time, but could only complete 2 of 11 attempts as the Garfield secondary provided good coverage.

Entering the game, Garfield Heights was ranked second and Cleveland Heights third in the Plain Dealer weekly ranking of area football teams.

 

Game Summary (9/17/65)
Garfield Heights (14)
Cleveland Heights(6)
8
0
0
6
0
0
6
0
GH--Safety (Larry Dindia tackled in the End Zone)
GH--Smith, 1-yard run (run failed)
CH--NArten, 8-yard run from Smith (run failed)
GH--Kitson, 3-yard run (run failed)

  Gar. Hts. Cleve. Hts.
First-Downs
Net-Yards Rushing
Net-Yards Passing
Total Net Yards
Passes Attempted
Passes Completed
Passes Intercepted by
Fumbles Lost
Punting Average
Penalty Yardage
6
-24
138
114
11
7
0
0
(7) 36.3
42
5
54
31
85
11
2
0
2
(9) 21.3
45

 

Euclid at Garfield Heights (gamedate: September 24, 1965)
Final Score: Euclid 24 Garfield Heights 12

based on articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (9/25/65) and the Cleveland Press (9/25/65) .

The lone defeat of the season came at the hands of Euclid High School. The 24-12 upset was staged by a minute running back named Preston Suminguit.

Playing both ways, the 123-pound senior halfback scored two touchdowns and intercepted three passes before leaving the game with a hip injury early in the second half. Suminguit ran 59 yards for a touchdown on Euclid's first play from scrimmage. Near the end of first quarter, Suminguit intercepted a Joe Zianno pass and ran 59 yards for Euclid's second touchdown of the game. Garfield never recovered.

Halfback Don Kitson brought Garfield to within 6 points with a seven yard run in the second quarter, but Euclid's big fullback Al Tolchinsky increased the margin back to 12 points with a 13-yard power run, capping a 60-yard drive with only seconds left the third quarter. The Bulldog's narrowed the margin to a touchdown with 7:27 left in the game by going 56 yards in 10 plays. The touchdown came on a six-yard pass from Zianno to Dennis Kalas, who made a diving catch in the end zone. Euclid controlled the ball the rest of the way, scoring with 7 seven seconds left on a 24-yard run by quarterback Dale Garris, who scampered around left end on a quarterback-keeper.

"They wanted it worst than we did. They deserved it", said Garfield head couch Cliff Foust. "It was tough to come back from those long touchdown scores."



Game Summary (9/24/65)
Euclid (24)
Garfield Heights (12)
12
6
0
0
6
6
6
0
E--Suminguit, 59-yard run (pass failed)
E--Suminguit, 59-yard interception (pass failed)
GH--Kitson, 7-yard run (pass failed)
E--Tolchinsky, 13-yard run (pass failed)
GH--Kalas, 6-yard pass from Zianno (pass failed)
E--Garris, 24-yard run (pass failed)

 

Bedford at Garfield Heights (gamedate: October 1, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 34 Bedford 0

based on articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/2/65) and the Cleveland Press (10/2/65) .

After suffering the 24-12 upset loss to Euclid, Garfield Heights made an impressive comeback by overpowering the Bedford Bearcats 34-0 in the first game of the Greater Cleveland Conference race.

Don Kitson ran 43-yards to set up his own 19 yard scoring run in the first quarter. Kitson added another touchdown in the fourth quarter while rushing for 139 yards on 13 carries.

Only once did Bedford threaten to score, that on their first possession of the game. A strong defensive effort forced Bedford to turn the ball over on downs at the Garfield five-yard line.

The Bulldogs' stifling defense forced the Bearcats to lose four of six fumbles.

 


Game Summary (10/1/65)
Bedford (0)
Garfield Heights (34)
0
6
0
14
0
0
0
14
GH--Kitson, 19-yard run (run failed)
GH--Kalas, 27-yard interception (run failed)
GH--Sigmund, 3-yard run (Sigmund run)
GH--Kitson, 1-yard run (Straka kick)
GH--Sigmund, 3-yard run (Straka kick)

 

Garfield Heights at Berea (gamedate: October 9, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 29 Beara 0

based on an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/10/65) .

In a game marred by a constant downpour and muddy field conditions, Don Kitson ran for two touchdowns in the closing minutes of the first half to break a scoreless deadlock as Garfield went on to register its second shutout in a row, 29-0. Kitson's first touchdown came on an 18-yard run while his second came on a season long 76-yarder.

In the third quarter, Bill Sigmund scored from the one on a power-dive play. Bruce Ceo made a 7- yard touchdown run to close-out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Berea's only serious scoring threat came on their opening drive as they marched 67 yards before stalling on downs at the Garfield seven yard line.

 


Game Summary (10/1/65)
Garfield Heights (29)
Berea (0)
0
0
14
0
8
0
7
0
GH--Kitson, 18-yard run (run failed)
GH--Kitson, 76-yard run (Geiser pass)
GH--Sigmund, 1-yard run (Ceo run)
GH--Ceo, 9-yard run (Straka kick)

 

Eastlake North at Garfield Heights (gamedate: October 15, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 25 Eastlake North 18

based on articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/16/65) and the Cleveland Press (10/16/65) .

Garfield Heights built a commanding lead, then withstood a furious comeback attempt by Eastlake to drop the Rangers from the ranks of the unbeaten, 25-18, before a standing room crowd of 7000 at Blaugrund field. The victory gave the Bulldogs sole possession of first place in the Greater Cleveland Conference.

The Bulldogs utilized both the pass and run to build a 25-6 bulge by the end of the third quarter. The Rangers scored twice in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 25-18. Their last chance to catch Bulldogs ended with an interception with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Garfield's running game featured Bill Sigmund, who rushed for 136 yards on 26 attempts.

Defensively, junior safety John Cigovic was the star of the game . He recovered an fumble on the Ranger's 39 to set up Garfield's third touchdown, he overtook and tackled Eastlake North's Damon Infalvi at the Garfield 17 on a 61-yard pass play, and he ended the Rangers' hopes of remaining undefeated when he made an interception at the Garfield 40 with 1:32 left to play in the game.

Garfield marched 80 yards to score first on a 12-yard burst up the middle by halfback Don Kitson with Straka kicking the extra point. Eastlake scored in the second quarter on halfback Al Lunder's one yard run, which capped-off a 64-yard drive. But, Eastlake still trailed 7-6 because of an unsuccessful extra point attempt. The Bulldogs pulled ahead 13-6 just before intermission when Joe Zianno capped a 64-yard drive with a 10-yard flare pass to Kitson for the touchdown.

Two third quarter breaks allowed Garfield to score two unanswered touchdowns. Following Cigovic's fumble recovery, Sigmund scored from the two on the second play of the drive. Two minutes later, defensive end Bob Johnson blocked a punt, and when the ball was recovered, Garfield had possession on the Rangers' 31. Once again it took only two plays for Garfield to score as Sigmund ran from the six.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Eastlake North's junior halfback Bob Terrill ran 61 yards for a touchdown. Later in the quarter, with Garfield moving well on the ground and burning time off the clock, Bill Kettunen intercepted a Joe Zianno pass at the Rangers' 15-yard line. Seven plays later, Terrill scored from the 7, cutting the margin to only seven points.

Eastlake had one last chance when it got the ball back on its own 37 with 2:18 to play. But the interception by Cigovic on the second play of the drive preserved Garfield's victory.

"That fourth quarter pass was my mistake." exclaimed Bulldog's Head Couch Cliff Foust. "I called it. We had 'em licked and were moving the ball on the ground. We never should have passed."

 

Game Summary (10/15/65)
Eastlake North (18)
Garfield Heights(25)
0
7
6
6
0
12
12
0
GH--Kitson, 12-yard run (Straka kick)
EN--Lunder, 1-yard run (x-point failed)*
GH--Kitson, 10-yard pass (x-point failed)*
GH--Sigmund, 2-yard run (x-point failed)*
GH--Sigmund, 6-yard run (x-point failed)*
EN--Terrill, 61-yard run (x-point failed)*
EN--Terrill, 7-yard run (x-point failed)*

  Eastlake N. Gar. Hts.
First-Downs
Net-Yards Rushing
Net-Yards Passing
Total Net Yards
Passes Attempted
Passes Completed
Passes Intercepted by
Fumbles Lost
Punting Average
Penalty Yardage
11
153
113
266
12
6
1
0
(4) 30.8
8
16
187
112
299
10
5
1
0
(4) 36.8
45

* How these x-points failed is not given in the newspaper articles.

 

 

Maple Heights at Garfield Heights (gamedate: October 25, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 25 Maple Heights 8

based on articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/26/65) and the Cleveland Press (10/26/65) .

"It's good to win when you look bad," commented Coach Cliff Foust following his Bulldog's 25-8 defeat of neighbor Maple Heights. The victory gave Garfield Heights a share of the Greater Cleveland Conference title.

Because of rain, the game was postponed from Friday, October 23 to Monday to the chagrin of the coaching staff. Foust had always felt that teams are hard to keep focused when a game is rescheduled. Although it may have explained why the otherwise potent offense struggled against the Mustangs, it didn't seem to explain why the defense was so dominant.

Garfield's offense scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach only after the defense gave them good field position on forced turnovers. But quarterback Joe Zianno had his worst outing of the year, completing 3 of 10 passing attempts and throwing an interception, while the offense lost 4 of 5 fumbles.

To add to the woes of the offense were injuries to Bill Sigmund and Don Kitson. Sigmund was out because of a bruised kidney, while Kitson play three quarters with a painful hip pointer. Bruce Ceo, who lost his starting job to Sigmund earlier in the season, did a fine job for the Bulldogs by rushing for 126 yards on 22 carries.

Ceo scored Garfield's first two touchdowns on runs of 31 and 19 yards. The first came in the second quarter with 8:56 left on the clock and the other in the third quarter. It was junior John Dombos' recovery of a fumbled punt return that set up the second touchdown.

Maple Heights quarterback Ken Homa started the game with a knee injury, but had to leave with 3:59 to play in the third quarter with Garfield ahead 13-0. Subsequently, the game went from a tussle to a rout.

Garfield scored two fourth quarter touchdowns within 95 seconds. Dombos, who was playing left linebacker, intercepted a swing pass and ran it back 25 yard for a touchdown. On the first play after the Mustangs fumbled the ball back to Garfield, Zianno hit wide receiver Dennis Kalas with a 30 yard pass to close-out the scoring for the Bulldogs.

Garfield's defense held the Mustangs to minus three yards rushing in the first half, but yielded 129 yards in the second with 100 yards coming on back-to-back runs of 43 yards by halfback Jim Barnes, who fumbled the punt return earlier in the game, and 57 yards by halfback Dan Jankowski, who scored on the play.

 

Game Summary (10/26/65)
Maple Heights (8)
Garfield Heights(25)
0
0
0
7
0
6
8
12
GH--Ceo, 31-yard run (Straka kick)
GH--Ceo, 10-yard run (run failed)
GH--Dombos, 25-intercepted pass ( kick failed)
GH--Kalas, 30-yard pass (kick failed)
MH--Jankowski, 57-yard run (Jankowski run)

  Maple Hts. Gar. Hts.
First-Downs
Net-Yards Rushing
Net-Yards Passing
Total Net Yards
Passes Attempted
Passes Completed
Passes Intercepted by
Fumbles Lost
Punting Average
Penalty Yardage
9
126
62
188
11
6
1
3
(5) 25.4
60
11
178
45
223
10
3
2
4
(2) 39
55

 

Garfield Heights at Midpark (gamedate: October 29, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 14 Midpark 8

based on an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (10/30/65) and the Cleveland Press (10/30/65) .

Garfield clinched sole possession of the Greater Cleveland Crown with a hard fought 14-8 victory over Midpark at Finney Stadium on the Baldwin Wallace Campus.

The visiting Bulldogs mixed passing with the run to storm 70 yards to the game's first touchdown. Bill Sigmund's two yard dive over tackle capped the scoring effort. Left-footed kicker Dave Straka adding an extra point.

Following the kickoff, Midpark marched 70 yards to score a touchdown. Bob Fox ran the ball from the one and added a two-point conversion to give Midpark a first quarter lead 8-7.

With 46 seconds left in the first half , Meteor punter Bob Treadon couldn't handle a bad pass from center as he stood in his own endzone. Defensive end Floyd Konet recovered the ball in the endzone for the Garfield's game winning and championship clinching touchdown.

During post game interviews, the locker room was filled with shouts of ecstatic joy: "We're the Champs! Way to hit, baby!" Coach Foust added: "Great season, BOYS!" Individually, the players found it difficult to express their feelings as they succumbed to the emotions of the moment. Junior Paul Burick exclaimed, "This victory was the greatest thrill of my life." Junior Dan Ebenhack agreed that it was "the greatest thing in the world." Bob Ritley shouted, "When the goin' gets tough, the tough get goin'." Junior John Cigovic remarked, "It was a great season all the way." Junior Dewey Smith added," Victory is the best feeling." Bob Carson summed up his impressions by saying, "It was a great way to end a great season."

 


Game Summary (10/29/65)
Garfield Heights (14)
Midpark (8)
7
8
7
0
0
0
0
0
GH--Sigmund, 2-yard run (Straka kick)
MP--Fox, 1-yard run (Fox run)
GH--Konet recovered fumble in end zone, (Straka kick)

 

Garfield Heights at Mentor (gamedate: November 4, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 6 Mentor 0

based on an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (11/5/65) and the Cleveland Press (11/5/65) .

Mentor's dream of an undefeated came to end as visiting Garfield defeated the Cardinals 6-0 in a titanic battle of defenses that pitted champions of the Greater Cleveland and Freeway Conferences against one another. Except for Garfield's scoring drive in the third quarter, both teams played to a virtual stalemate.

Garfield's halfback Bill Sigmund led all running backs by rushing for 118 yards and scored the games only tally when he ran one yard for a touchdown with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter. He set up his scoring plunge on a 17-yard scamper after Garfield fielded a punt at mid-field.

Mentor's defense stopped several Garfield threats. The most noteworthy was early in the first half when Mentor intercepted a pass in the endzone.

Mentor managed to reach the Garfield 15 before losing the ball on downs as Garfield's defense was also tested on several occasions.

For the game, Garfield rushed for 143 yards and passed for 72 while Mentor rushed for 108 yards and passed for 57. Garfield had 14 first downs to Mentor's 8.


Game Summary (11/5/65)
Garfield Heights (6)
Mentor (0)
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
GH--Sigmund, 1-yard run (run failed)

 

Toledo De Vilbiss at Garfield Heights (Homecoming gamedate: November 12, 1965)
Final Score: Garfield Heights 34 Toledo De Vilbiss 6
based on a Cleveland Plain Dealer article (November 13, 1965) and Hartley Sports of the Garfield Leader.

Garfield Heights halfbacks Bill Sigmund and Don Kitson scored two touchdowns each as the Bulldogs ground attack overpowered the De Vilbiss defense in 34-6 Homecoming victory. From the opening kickoff, the Bulldogs drove 90 yards in eight plays, capped by Bill Sigmund's 39-yard off-tackle run for the first touchdown of the game. The outcome from thereon was never in doubt.

Quarterback Joe Zianno completed five passes in eight attempts for 105 yards. Flanker Chris Geiser was on the receiving end of a 36 yard gain during the opening drive. His brother Pete caught two passes for 16 and 25 yards. Dennis Kalas caught a Zianno pass for 16 yards, but it was his leaping 32 yard reception from Dewey Smith that set up the last touchdown of the game and season.

Kitson and Sigmund rushed for 124 and 121 yards respectively. Bruce Ceo rushed for 61yards,.

The Bulldog defense did not allow a first down until the second half. De Vilbiss gained only four first downs during the game with two coming late in the fourth quarter when the reserves were given an opportunity to play.

Led by workhorse Mike Denman, De Vilbiss scored a touchdown on a 53-yard march with 25 seconds remaining in the game.

During halftime, Gloria Denoto was crowned Homecoming Queen for 1965-1966. Also honored were Homecoming Attendants Karen Blazey, Beverly Fantone, Cathy Lewis, Donna Kraska, Ellen Smilanich, and Anita Thomas. The Homecoming Dance was held the following evening.

Game Summary (11/12/65)
Toledo De Vilbiss (6)
Garfield Heights (34)
0
6
0
13
0
7
6
8
GH--Sigmund, 39-yard run (run failed)
GH--Kitson, 3-yard run (Straka kick)
GH--Sigmund, 3-yard run (kick failed)
GH--Kitson, 10-yard run (Straka kick)
GH--Ceo, 8-yard run (Ceo run)
TD--Denman, 2-yard run (run failed)

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Football Coaches

The Men Behind the Success of the Gridiron . . . The Bulldog Braintrust

Cliff Foust (Kneeling), Head Coach: This was his 17th year of coaching, 13 of those years at Garfield Heights. Mr. Foust served as the Dean of Boys during the 1965-1966 academic year. He graduated from Kent State University.

Floyd Konet (Left): This was his 19th year of coaching, nine with Garfield Heights High School. His duties involved coaching the the linemen. Mr. Konet played for the Cleveland Rams of the NFL after graduating from the University of Florida. Besides coaching, Mr Konet taught Health and Physical Education.

Leonard Brickman (Middle): After an absence of one year, Mr. Brickman returned to coaching as the team's offensive backfield coach. He was the veteran of the staff, having spent 32 years coaching for Cleveland St. Ignasius, Western Reserve University, and Garfield Heights High School. He graduated from John Carroll University where he starred at quarterback. Besides coaching, Mr. Brickman taught Latin at Garfield Heights.

Dennis Fryzel (Right): This was his third year of coaching. He coached the defensive backfield and the ends. Mr. Fryzel graduated from Dennison University. Eventually, he moved on to coach at The Ohio State University under Woody Hayes.

Chuck Satava (Second from the Left) and Robert Wolfe (Second from the Right) coached the Junior Varsity during the 1965 season.

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Seniors Reminisce ... Copied from the June, 1966 edition of the Garfield Mirror.

Don Kitson happily recalls the entire 1965 year of championship football, but especially the Berea game when he made PreStar.

Bob Ritley's fondest memory is of the Midpark football game when Garfield clinched the GCC championship. Bob had worked four long years and he was well rewarded.

Dan Goedecke recalls the Midpark game when the Bulldogs were victorious. Dan made a fourth-down tackle which halted a Midpark drive and bid for a touchdown.

Joe Zianno also remembers the Midpark victory and football championship.

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41 Years of Gridiron History ... (1923-1964)

Football has been part of the rich tradition at Garfield Heights High School since 1923. Over this period of 41 years , the Bulldogs produced 190 victories against losing 129 games and tying 25 times for a .596 win-loss percentage. The average margin of victory was 5.1 points as the Bulldogs averaged 15.1 points per game while surrendering 11.0. They won one county championship, four conference championships, and four conference co-championships.

From 1927-1932, Garfield compiled a 39-5-3 record . The 1927 squad defeated Chagrin Falls 96-0. In 1929, Garfield fielded its finest team of the era. The 9-0 Bulldogs scored 319 points without giving up a defensive score. It was during this season that Garfield earned its greatest margin of victory by defeating Dover 120-0 In 1930, the Bulldogs were again undefeated with a 6-0 record. The only points scored against the defense that year was a field goal by John Marshall. Over the four-year period 1929- 1930, Garfield racked up 843 points (27.2 per game) and surrender only 68 (2.5 per game).

The 1945 squad won the Eastern Greater Cleveland Conference crown and placed 49th place in the state rankings with an 8-0 record. This was the last undisputed championship until the 1963 squad won the Greater Cleveland Conference crown with an 8-2 record.

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A Little Nostalgia:

Coffee, hot dogs, and soft drinks were just a few of the items sold at two refreshment stands, located alongside the south end (towards Turneytown) of the playing field. One stand was in the building adjacent to the main gate, while the other stand, a mobile unit, was positioned on the track just below the main gate.

The refreshment price list was the following:

Hot Dogs
Soft Drinks
Pop Corn
Candy Bars
Gum
Ice Cream
25 cents
10 & 20 cents
15 cents
06 cents
06 cents
12 cents
  Popsicle
Coffee
Hot Chocolate
Candy Apples
Peanuts
Pizza
10 cents
12 cents
10 cents
15 cents
15 cents
20 cents

We may be reminded of the aroma of these refreshments every time we attend a sporting event today, but their prices can only linger in our memory.

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