A Century of Ashland Arrow Football
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1987 - 2002
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Games with Mansfield, AC, & Wooster, but not all were AHS players
Oct. 26 Ellsworth Bryce - 3rd play - 1st touchdown - home games at the Fairgrounds
1st undefeated, untied team (8-0) Paul "Spitz" Ganyard - Capt.
claimed "State Champions" after wins over Norwalk, Barberton, & the Massillon Tigers
YMCA Field off Holbrook & Cleveland Ave. home games
1st 100-point scorer in AHS history Wayne McDowell - 17 TDs, 3 PATs, 1 FG 108 pts
1st Letterwinners were called the "Wearers of the A"
1st league - the North Central Ohio League (1919-1945)
1st Thanksgiving Day game vs Mansfield (1931 last one)
1st football game filmed for AHS at Mansfield on Thanksgiving Day by Joe Henderson
1st post season Football banquet held in the high school sewing & dining rooms
1st AHS Championship team - NCOL
1st radio broadcast (WLBP) vs Mansfield
Dr. Pete's "Sailor Band" began & Murray Beeghly - drum major - in 1929 Art Gorsuch, who played
in the OSU marching band, taught the A & M blocks for the Mansfield half-time show
YMCA or Y-Field changed to (Philip A.) Myers Field
1st Night game Oct 17th vs Bucyrus at College Field (13-13 tie)
1st Rivalry Trophy - American Legion Cup vs Wooster on Armistice Day
1st "Dads" Day vs Mt. Gilead all 33 players played in the 64-0 win
Redwood Stadium built at Ashland College Field
the Kids League began as a feeder program for the high school team
(over 100 juveniles played at Myer Field for the North, East, South, West teams)
1st AHS player to make All-American: Paul "Beany" Johnson at Army, West Point
1st First Team All-Ohioan John Depler (Columbus JCs)
The Alma Mater & the Pep Song written (Sid Boyd, Doc Pete, Sarah Smith, Art Gorsuch)
Fieldhouse at the Y Field - Guy C. Myers Fieldhouse
Night games at College Field
The 7-6 Upset of Mansfield - Lester Hesson scores all 7 pts
1st Lettermen's Day (est. 275) Oct 25 vs Mt. Vernon (Gene Russell, Sid Boyd & Bill McKee)
Nov 3 vs Galion - the Parents, Grads, & Lettermen's Day (266 roll call from 1910-1940)
Penelope, a lady cat, succeeds the Red Lantern as an unofficial team mascot
Bob Dove sets the all-time NCOL record with 32 pts (5TDs & 2 PATS) vs Mt. Vernon
1st Homecoming game Queen Claribel Shriver (Mrs.Bob Rowan of Eau Claire, Wisconsin)
independent schedule after 26 years in the NCO
The Ashland Boosters Club founded. Elected 1st Pres. Les McNary, Bully Rader, Vice Pres.
Gene Russell, Sec. Edwin Holmes, Treas. Board members: Jack Myers & Loren Tibbals
1st Pigskin Preview at Redwood Stadium - 6 qtrs 4 teams - round-robin
1st 1000-yd rusher in AHS history Jim Roseboro 1142 yds in 9 games
return to Myers Field now with lights for football - Bill Mills headed the project
AHS vs Shelby the unbeatens - record crowd (3,800) at Myers Field
back-to-back undefeated seasons 21 straight under Coach Cloyce Taylor
The Orange and Black A's get a new name: the Arrows voted on by the student body
final home game at Myers Field
the only SAM Trophy won by AHS (Shelby, Ashland, Madison)
1st year for the Sweet Sixteen at football games
The Mothers Club founded
Cardinal Conference (1960-87)
final home game at Redwood Stadium
Community Stadium - undefeated season - 15 straight home wins
The Senior Class (1964 graduates) starts the Victory Bell tradition with an 1883 Ashland Fire Dept. bell
4th straight Cardinal Conference championship - Rosey Robinson Ohio Back of the Year again
1st 1000-yd passer in AHS history George Andress 1156 yds in 9 games
longest play in AHS history 103 yds Sam Long - interception return vs Lorain Southview
WNCO pre-game radio program "Football Memories" John James, sports director
the 1st "Looking Backward" column appears in the football program
Stadium improvement project (lights, seats, press box) led by Dave Gray & Russ Harpster
largest home crowd in AHS history (6,500) vs State champs Galion at Community Stadium
Ohio Heartland Conference (1987-2003)
1st OHSAA playoff game vs Cleveland Benedictine
Tim Seder's 30 yd FG in 2nd OT vs Garfield Hts. ends the longest losing streak (16 games)
longest game in AHS history 4 overtimes vs Medina - AHS wins 35-28
Dr. Bill Ihrig revives Arrow Pride Night until 2012
the only Erie Bell win vs Marion Harding
Football Alumni Assoc. originates the Honorary Captains for home games
Ohio Cardinal Conference - 4th league affiliation & 71st year of league competition
2nd OHSAA playoff game vs Avon Lake the eventual Div. 2 State Champs
100th Year of AHS Football Celebration Shelby Game September 8th.
First: 12 win season, OCC title, and home Playoff game and win
Elite Eight lost to the eventual State champs Piqua in the Regional Finals
Back-to-back OCC titles, Regional champs, 12 wins, 3 playoff wins and 422 points (most)
Final Four lost to the eventual State champs Cincinnati Anderson (3rd time in five years)
OCC Champs, Elite Eight and 437 points (most)
Elite Eight, Most passing yards 3817, and most points 521
4th OCC Championship & 6th playoff in the last nine years
1000th game vs. Olentangy playoff game, 491 wins, 469 losses, 40 ties
500th win, 5th OCC Title, 8 OHSAA playoff appearance
Sandusky ends 17 - game streak of 20 points or more


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