1999 – Football: Omaha Tech, 1949

The 1949-50 Omaha Tech school annual staff tried its best to review the football season and make it sound interesting. “It would be virtually impossible to pick out the one outstanding game of the season,” editors concluded. “Every one was thrill-packed.”

Well. To put it a few other ways, every game also was a romp… a flat-out walkaway… a good thumping… a very long night for the opposition. Victories all for the Tech High squad anywhere from 13 points to 46. Coach Ken Kennedy’s team had six shutouts and gave up only two touchdowns in an 8-0 season that was aptly rewarded at the end with the state championship.

This team was behind just once all season long, briefly in the Benson game when Benson scored the first touchdown. Tech won the Missouri Valley championship, the Intercity Conference championship as well as the state title.

“The impressive way the Maroons marched through an undefeated campaign is all happy history for Tech rooters,” wrote The World-Herald’s Don Lee. “They’ll have a right to crow about the Blitz of “49 for as long as they wish.”

Ray Novak, Ralph Brown, Mike Cottrell, Jerry Lawson, Leonard Singer and George Sader all made all-conference, which gives us an idea on how dominating this team was in a strong conference. Brown, Singer and Novak were all-state. Novak was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a pioneer athlete on the same day this team was honored as a golden anniversary team.

Tech High in 1949

Game by Game — 8-0
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 28-0
Omaha North, 13-0
Omaha South, 46-0
Omaha Benson, 34-6
Omaha Central 28-0
Omaha Creighton Prep, 38-0
Lincoln High, 33-7
Sioux City Central, 33-0

Roster:

Eddie Anderson
Dick Artison
Dick Boonstra
Art Erickson
Alfred Brown
Ralph Brown
Clayton Bullard
Bob Caffarelli
Bliss Carlson
Dick Case
Al Cattano
Mike Cottrell
Dick Crounse
Leon Farris
Wallace Gray
Milton Hearn
Jack Howell
Ray Kennedy
Jerry Lawson
Don Madison
James McGary
Don Mosiman
Ray Novak
Bill Olderog
Jack Pearson
Aaron Reed E
Roger Rosenquist
Lou Rusin
George Sader
Leonard Singer
Jack Spina
Norman Swanson
Gene Waldecker
Coach Ken Kennedy

2005 – Football: Omaha Creighton Prep, 1955

Record: 8-0-1. The Junior Jays won 28 straight before playing to a 7-7 tie with Boys Town in the season finale. The team — led by all-staters Frank Zitka, Robert Springer and Leo Von Tersch and first-year coach Don Leahy – was named the state champion after completing its third season without a loss.