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1961 Indiana High School Football Season

A tradition that had started around the turn of the 19th century came to an end in 1961: high school football on Thanksgiving Day. In what was also the school's final game, the Evansville Lincoln Lions tied Burt High School of Clarksville, Tenn., 7-7, in the final Thanksgiving Day game in Indiana High School Football history.

The Reitz Panthers of Evansville finished the season undefeated, untied and unscored upon! This feat has not been repeated since.

Contents

Mythical State Champion


Ev. Reitz (9-0) [AP Media Poll; Litkenhous Ratings; UPI Coaches Poll]

Final Polls


AP
(11/16)
Litk.
(11/14)
UPI
(11/14)
Team (W-L-T)
1 1 1 Ev. Reitz (9-0)
2 2 2 Hammond Morton (9-0)
3 3 3 South Bend Washington (9-0-1)
4 5 6 Anderson (9-1)
5 6 4 Indpls. Cathedral (9-0-1)
6 --- 7 Terre Haute Wiley (9-0)
7 --- 5 Gary Mann (9-1)
8 9 8 Indpls. Broad Ripple (6-0-3)
9 4 --- Lebanon (8-0-1)
10 8 9 Kokomo (6-0-2)
--- 7 --- Mishawaka (7-2)
--- 10 --- LaPorte (6-4)
--- --- 10 East Chicago Washington (4-5)

Conference Champions


Conference Champion
Calumet Gary Edison (6-1)
Capital District
Central Indiana
Eastern Indiana
Mid-Southern
Mid-State
Midwest
North Central Kokomo
Northeastern Indiana New Haven (8-0)
Northern Indiana South Bend Washington 20, Gary Mann 6
East Division: South Bend Washington (5-0-1)
West Division: Gary Mann (6-0)
Northern State New Carlisle (5-0)
Northwest Hoosier
Pocket [8-man football] Oakland City (6-0-1)
South Central Columbus
SIAC Division A Ev. Reitz (7-0)
SIAC Division B Tell City (5-0-1)
Wabash Valley Terre Haute Wiley
Western Indiana Terre Haute Wiley
White River

City Champions


City Champion
Evansville Reitz (5-0)
Fort Wayne Luers (2-1)

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