December 8, 1936
Horace Mann to Receive State Grid Title Trophy
Miller Thinks Gary Team is Class of Lot
'Could Have Beaten Other Contenders Decisively,' He Says
By DICK MILLER
[STAFF CORRESPONDENT I. N. SERVICE]
(Copyright, 1936. by INS.)
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Dec. 8 Horace Mann, of Gary, high school football team, champion of
the Northern Indiana conference, has been selected by the writer as the most outstanding grid eleven
in Hoosierdom in 1936 and awarded the tenth annual trophy "Triumph."
For the fourth time since the first award was made in 1927 the trophy goes to a Gary school. And
for the second time in that period Horace Mann takes the coveted award, the Horsemen
previously gaining the high recognition in 1929. Froebel won the first annual award in
1927 and Emerson, a third Gary school, took the award in 1930. Other winners have
been Clinton, in 1928, 1932 and 1933, Central of South Bend in 1931, Muncie in
1934 and Memorial of Evansville in 1935.
No Perfect Team
The Calumet eleven, coached by Douglas Kerr, was chosen from a group of nine teams, all
with blemished records gained in one of the most hectic campaigns in history, but all of them outstanding
teams in their sectors, in every sense of the word.
The list included Elkhart, Peru, Jefferson of Lafayette, Sullivan, Garfield of Terre Haute, Memorial
of Evansville, New Albany and Lowell. The last four named were also among the outstanding of 1935
and continued their fine play through the season just closed.
In 1927 the Indiana High School Athletic association granted permission to the writer to award annually
the trophy to the most outstanding team of the season, so long as it was made clear
the IHSAA had nothing to do with the designation.
The trophy, custom-built along modernistic lines, featuring a football player in action, bears the inscription
"Presented to Horace Mann High School of Gary, Outstanding Indiana Team 1936. Selected
by Dick Miller, International News Service."
The Gary team was the unanimous choice of Northern critics, coaches and scouts, and the writer
gained the opinion while officiating at games in every section of the state that had the powerful
Gary team met any of the eight outstanding teams in the state in post-season game, the result would
have been a decisive victory for the Horsemen.
Elkhart, co-winners of the Eastern division title of the Northern conference along with Michigan
City, was disappointed at losing the coin toss that permitted Michigan City to
play Horace Mann, Western division champ, for the all-conference title. Elkhart feels confident
the score would not have been 40 to 0 as it was against the Imps. The Blazers defeated Michigan
City, 14 to 0, but lost to Riley of South Bend, a team that was defeated both by
Michigan City and Central of South Bend.
Peru, Central Indiana conference champion, defeated Michigan City, but slipped from the unblemished
team class when it played a tie game with Crawfordsville. a team that should have been beaten,
to place the Tigers in a position for unchallenged recognition.
Jefferson of Lafayette, North Central conference title winner lapsed a time or two and one slip
resulted in a tie game with Technical of Indianapolis.
Sullivan, Southern Indiana conference champ, dropped a 12 to 0 decision to Garfield of Terre
Haute when victory might have meant top honors for the Golden Arrows. Garfield tied with
Memorial of Evansville, and then suffered a 7 to 6 defeat at Oblong, Ill., that cost the
Purple Eagles the Wabash Valley championship.
Memorial, winner of the trophy last year, would have been hard to pass up again, had the Tigers
emerged victorious over Garfield and Reitz of Evansville, but played tie games with both teams.
New Albany lost a chance to tie Sullivan for the SIAC title because of
a game with Bosse of Evansville, ties in that league counting half game loss in the percentage column. The Bulldogs tied with Male of Louisville, too.
Lowell, little Lowell, while stretching its string of games without defeat to 24 consecutive in three years, played a
scoreless tie with Frankfort and did not meet teams the caliber of Horace Mann. Elkhart, etc.
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