Lewis & Clark 1967 Football State Champions

It is not every day that a school, a team, a group of 15 to18 year-old kids are able to win a state championship. The LCHS Class of 1968 and underclassmen did that. But it is about more than just the football, it is about the complete experience that envelopes the team, the coaches, the school, the LCHS alums, the entire community that surrounds LC and beyond. It was a magical time that involved a lot of physical sweat and effort combined with mental commitment, personal dedication and hope. Yes, the football team did it, but the team would not have succeeded without the support of all of you, the rest of our community.

The 1967 LCHS Football Team thanks you for your support, and look, the players even got individual trophies. They may be small, but they are cherished.

*The following content was taken from page 163 in the 1968 LC Tiger yearbook.

Called the greatest team in City League history and ranked number one in the State of Washington by the Associated Press, the Lewis and Clark Tiger football squad chalked up the school’s finest record ever by trouncing every opponent they faced en route to a nine win, no loss season.

This year’s Tiger team made up what it lacked in size and strength with speed and desire and set a record by placing eight men out of eleven on the All-City team. These were: ends, Bruce Johnson and Bob Leslie; guards Scott Simpson and Jim Pearson; center Mike Clarke, a junior; tackle Bill Bagby; halfbacks Bob Minnix and Jim Ivory; and quarterback Bill Etter. Along with this Minnix was chosen All-State for the second year in a row, as was Etter, who later in the year was picked high school All-American by the magazines Coach and Athlete and Scholastic Coach. In February he was named Amateur Athlete of the year. Pearson earned a second team berth on the All-State team.

Outstanding senior Bengal gridders were: John Barkley, Pat Saad, Jon Sager, John Emery, Jeff Watkins, Ron Shepherd, and Jim Kacalek.

Promising underclassmen such as juniors Mike Clarke, Jay Nichols, Paul Nelson, Steve Conley, Dave Nail and sophomores John Etter, Ed Murray, and Rick Maras should give head coach George M. Sullivan and assistants  Robert K. Miller and William D. Denholm another good season.

1967 Lewis and Clark Football History

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LC Team Photo

1967 Lewis and Clark Football Schedule & Scores

Preseason Articles & Information

Week 1: Sept 15, 1967 – Joe Albi Stadium, LC 33 / Ferris 0

Week 2: Sept 22, 1967 – Hart Field, LC 53 / Gonzaga 13

Week 3: Sept 29, 1967 – Joe Albi Stadium, LC 33 / Rogers 7

Week 4: Oct. 6, 1967 – Joe Albi Stadium, LC 41 / North Central 0

Week 5: Oct 13, 1967 – Hart Field, LC 20 / Shadle Park 7

Week 6: Oct 19, 1967- Joe Albi Stadium, LC 32 / Ferris 0

Week 7: Oct 27, 1967 – Joe Albi Stadium, LC 39 / Gonzaga 14

Week 8: Nov 3, 1967 – Rogers Field, LC 40 / Rogers 0

Week 9: Nov 10, 1967 – Hart Field, LC 35 / North Central 7

Postseason Summary

State Championship Articles

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