1961 Football Team
Class of 2022
The Battle Creek Braves football team in 1961 was one of the school’s earliest unbeaten teams, posting a record of 8-0-1. Head Coach Fred Moyer’s squad fielded the gridiron with a defense-first mentality. The Purple and Gold allowed 14 points or less in every game, gave up only 6 touchdowns all season, and held 3 teams scoreless, including a tough undefeated Neligh team to finish the season. Led by All-State Halfback Gene Reeves, the Braves boasted an average scoring margin of 24-7. Without a state playoff format at the time, it’s tough to say if they would have been crowned champions. But those who remember this team can tell you what likely would have been.
FIRST ROW: Rodney Anderson, Doug Barry, Gene Reeves, Jerry Tams, Coach Moyer, Barry Ponton, Roger Hohenstein, Barry Harper, Meredith Volk, Jim Dickmeyer, Don Luebcke.
SECOND ROW: Dan Rath, Jim Hoffmann, Bob Hoffmann, Ronnie Baker, John Massman, Maurice Wegner, Gary Scheve, Bob Zohner, Rodney Maas, Jon Barkdoll, Kenny Werner, Duane Reeves.
THIRD ROW: Ralph Bierman, Rodney Porath, Dennis Roewert, Bill Barry, Jim Tams, Herb Wacker, Fred Prauner, Arvid Borchers, Bob Brandt, Gerald Maas.