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This week in Reitz Football History

1 YEAR AGO: Panthers stop Huskies, 35-6

The Courier's headline, "Pair of brothers propels Panthers", showed how important the Dimmett brothers were in the Panthers' 35-6 victory over the Huskies one year ago. On defense, Cody Dimmett had had nine tackles, one assist and two interceptions, while Cuda, who was voted the Offensive Player of the Week, had three carries for 17 yards, one catch for 15 yards and opened the game with a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: "They have great heart," said Reitz head coach Tony Lewis. "It's great that they're really good football players, but more importantly they're good people, good young men, and that's what's important."

Brandon Kemp also played a big role on defense and was voted the Defensive Player of the Game. He had 17 tackles, eight assists, one sack, one fumble recovery and one pass deflection.

Reitz-North, Stats
Reitz 7 14 7 7-35
North 0 6 0 0-6

First Quarter
Rei - Cuda Dimmett 78 kickoff return (Jeff Hudson kick)
Second Quarter
Nor - Richard Compton 3 run (kick failed)
Rei - Matt McIntosh 11 run (Hudson kick)
Rei - Alordo Bell 10 pass from McIntosh (Hudson kick)
Third Quarter
Rei - McIntosh 7 run (Hudson kick)
Fourth Quarter
Rei - Bell 3 run (Hudson kick)

Teams......Rei Nor
First downs 17 13
Rushes-yards 30-151 37-121
Passing 150 80
Comp-Att-Int 13-24-0 10-22-4
Return Yards 107 96
Punts-Avg. 1-5 2-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 6-67 4-30

RUSHING - Reitz, McIntosh 13-90, Cuda Dimmett 3-17, Martez Banks 2-15, Ramie Rahman 1-11, Alordo Bell 8-10, Jeff Hudson 1-6, Dillon Stutsman 2-2. North, n/a.
PASSING - Reitz, McIntosh 13-24-0-150. North, n/a.
RECEIVING - Reitz, Jeff Hudson 5-50, Alordo Bell 3-49, Morgan Jones 2-20, Nathan Tidwell 1-8, Will Mahan 1-8, Cuda Dimmett 1-15. North, n/a.

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10 YEARS AGO: Reitz shuts out North, 28-0

The Panthers bounced back to shut out the Huskies, 28-0 at Reitz Bowl and improve to 5-2 overall. Reitz is 4-1 in SIAC and 4-0 in city competition.

North-Reitz, Stats
North 0 0 0 0-0
Reitz 2 20 6 0-28

First Quarter
Rei - Brian Gaiser safety (tackled Derenzo Bushrod in end zone)
Second Quarter
Rei - Kyle Anslinger 1 run (Brett Dant kick)
Rei - Todd Mattingly 1 run (Dant kick)
Rei - Tad Brittingham 1 run (run failed)
Third Quarter
Rei - Brett Mackey 5 run (pass failed)'

Teams......Nor Rei
First downs 8 19
Rushes-yards 33-119 40-263
Passing yards 50 138
Comp-Att-Int 7-15-1 9-15-0
Punts 1-26 2-29.5
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-yards 3-25 5-71

QUOTE OF THE GAME: "We had to get something to happen early in the game. We needed something to establish our confidence and undermine theirs. We wanted to do everything we could to get them out of their game and our kids carried out their end." - Reitz head coach Bob Gaddis

25 YEARS AGO: Panthers earn their first win of season, hammer Huskies, 38-2

An 0-5 start is not something that the Panther faithful are used to, so when Reitz finally earned their first victory of the 1985 season, the West Side seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief. The Panthers did it in convincing fashion, as well, downing North, 38-2, at Central Stadium. The Panthers improved to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the SIAC while the Huskies fell to 1-5, 1-5.

Reitz-North, Stats
Reitz 14 0 6 18-38
North 0 0 0 2-2

First Quarter
Rei - Ken Hansen 38 run (Toone kick)
Rei - Jeff Neisz 5 pass from Brad Toone (Toone kick)
Third Quarter
Rei - Hansen 20 pass from Toone (conversion failed)
Fourth Quarter
Rei - Hansen 1 run (conversion failed)
Rei - Johnny Brown 65 punt return (conversion failed)
Nor - Mark Carl safety (tackled Terry Flemming in end zone)
A - 2,000

Teams......Rei Nor
First downs 10 4
Net yards rushing 138 31
Net yards passing 110 55
Total yardsage 248 86
Comp-Att-Int 9-13-1 5-19-1
Punts 4-36.5 7-20
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 4-38 6-40

QUOTE OF THE GAME: "They might be the best 1-5 team anywhere," said North coach Charlie Uhde.

50 YEARS AGO: Panthers win battle of undefeateds, shut out New Albany, 47-0

"Awesome Reitz bloodied previously unbeaten New Albany with three powerful first half haymakers Friday night at Reitz Bowl, and then finished off the groggy SIAC rival, 47-0, with a series of second half scoring jabs." - from Don Bernhardt's article in the Evansville Courier.

Former Reitz Panther Forrest McCaffry was the head coach for New Albany. McCaffry, named to the All-State team in 1938 and a two-time All-City player, later went on to play at Purdue before coming to New Albany in 1952. He remained at the helm of the Bulldogs until 1973, compiling a 122-81-9 record, and was elected to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

Going into the game, Reitz was ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, No. 2 in the UPI coaches ratings, and No. 1 in the Litkenhous Prep Grid Ratings. New Albany was ranked No. 13 in the Litkenhous and received honorable mention in the two human polls.

New Albany-Reitz, stats
New Albany 0 0 0 0-0
Reitz 7 13 13 14-47

First Quarter
Rei - Gary Hahn 22 run (Hahn run)
Second Quarter
Rei - Hahn 3 run (conversion failed), :27
Rei - Dan Hansen 5 run (Hansen run)
Third Quarter
Rei - Larry Hall 50 run with lateral after Hansen 15 run (Pfohl conversion)
Rei - Hansen 1 run (conversion failed), 11:08
Fourth Quarter
Rei - Gary Clark 2 run (Clarke run)
Rei - Paul Huff 8 run (? run), 6:52
A - 4,000

75 YEARS AGO: The 2-0 Panthers had the week off as they prepared for their first ever SIAC game against Bicknell (3-1).


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