I had just got done working out, lifting the Olympic free weights that my brother Marc had left me. I was bench pressing 250 lbs. coming into fall football camp that fall as a freshman got into the Green Ford Galaxy 500, as l was headed up to football practice. I was pulling out of our driveway, on our farm one mile north of Jefferson SD on old Highway 77. As I was driving out the yard I saw my-younger brother Bruce practicing his kick offs with a Brand-new Orange football “T” and a Nice brand-new Football that my older brother Maurice had bought him. I thought to myself, someday all that practicing, Bruce is doing is going to pay off. As time would Latter reveille, Bruce Became an ALL-STATE, KICKER/PUNTER. His Senior year he had 40.2-yard punting average. And it was his 45 yd. field goal, was the deciding factor that put him on the All-State 11-man roster as the Jefferson Blackhawks handed Wagner it only loss in regular season play as Wanger, went on to be state champions and the difference was Bruce Crevier’s 45 yd field goal. This would complete, thee Crevier ALL-STATE football legacy.
I can remember as I entered the doors as a freshman of Jefferson High School back in the fall of 1974, I was 3 years from my brothers Rays INFAMOUS ALL-STATE Football Legacy. I was 6 years from the infamous “ Onida” GAME Marc Crevier ALL-STATE of 1968 season, and the undefeated JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS 34 game winning streak. 6 years away Maurice Crevier’s beginning his HALL OF FAME CAREER at ASHLAND UNIVERSITY.
It was mid-August (of 1974) and starting to get late in the afternoon towards evening. The sun was starting to get low in the sky over the storied Jefferson Blackhawk Football field as the afternoon was slowly turning towards evening. It was hot and humid, and I was way early for my first High School football fall camp experience. (My Brother Ray always told me, to get to practice early so you can think about what you have to do).(“and always come to fall camp prepared and in top physical condition” Ray jr said. As I walked through the front doors of Jefferson High I could smell the academic class room fragrance, mixed with the old football Jersey Smells near the locker room, of distant memories of the GREAT Jefferson Blackhawk football team, that was starting to become a faded memory from long ago. As I walked through the dark halls of Jefferson High School that afternoon, I began to think of the incredible football legacy, and the football Culture of the Crevier name and thee legacy and what it represented before me. How could I fulfill such a monumental daunting task? Months earlier, my brother Marc had left for Minneapolis to begin a new life, after completing an incredible ALL-AMERICAN Football career along with his older brother Maurice. Maurice known as one of the GREATEST linebackers Ever, at Ashland University. Marc had put me on a weight lifting program that he and my brother Maurice had. My brother Ray jr was playing football for the Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland. I felt I had a daunting task before me, and I could begin to feel the weight of this Mantle of sorts that was set before me, “THE CREVIER FOOTBALL CULTURE “and I knew l was living in the shadows of legends. The “Coach” Matt Mottice from the Famed Jefferson Blackhawks (NOW LONG GONE)from years ago. Mottice the Coach “ THE LEGEND “ (THEE FAMED “ONIDA” GAME)left a HUGE VACUUM of memories that Created the Football Culture around Jefferson.
Memories of the past.......... The Infamous, “ONIDA” Game ! A Landmark in History of Jefferson that defined an incredible 33-14 Victory, in the mythical STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL GAME, In South Dakota Sports History. (According to my brother Rays Account, “Lives and Destines were changed forever.”
At Half Time l can remember walking over to the Jefferson side lines and l saw Hershey Bars on the top water buckets, that Coach Mottice had put there, for the Jefferson players for Quick energy. Mottice always thinking of his football players.
Memories After the FAMED “ONIDA“ Game, l was standing beside my Father, watching, as the players greeted each other as they came off the football field. Then my Dad and l saw his Son #35, standing there, using every ounce of physical strength to stand. Every ounce of Crevier’s energy was totally gone. Crevier’s Father watched Him perform like a Gladiator from the days of old. This Battle was fought like the GLORIOUS DAYS OF THE ACCENT TITANS. THESE ACCENT TITANS FOUGHT TO THE DEATH ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF GLORY. This is what the sight of Number 35# Marc Crevier Looked Like. The sight of #35 was spectacular, he looked like a GLORIOUS TITAN, that had FOUGHT to the DEATH, and now had come off The Battlefields of GLORY. Marc Crevier’s face was black with dirt, his eyes were red , from the incredible physical test, To total exhaustion. Blood and scratches on his hands and forearms and dirt and mud all over his face and uniform, what was left of it. Marc Crevier, totally and physically exhausted. He had spent every ounce, physically to win, the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THE “ FAMED “ONIDA”, now, defeated. Number #35 the GLORIOUS TITAN , could barely stand. Coach Kassin From Onida, congratulated Mottice and asked ? “Where is Crevier”? Mottice replied, “ He is over there.” Coach Kassin walked over to # 35 and grabbed his face mask and said “ “SHOUTING ““ You are the toughest *#$#$&*&$#* High School Linebacker l have ever seen “, “ and you’re lucky you won this game. “. “Kassin said “Mottice continued “ Marc Crevier never said much, he did all of his talking on the FOOTBALL FIELD Mottice said “Coach Mottice Continues, and remembers the reply from Marc Crevier gave, To Coach Kassin ” “Mottice continued, Crevier “SHOUTING “Back “If my Brother Maurice had been hear, we would beaten you worse Coach” you’re lucky he wasn’t ”.—“ Marc Crevier replied (Maurice Crevier was a thousand miles away. Maurice had graduated the previous spring of 1968, and was a starting linebacker on a Nationally ranked, NCAA Division II school Ashland University.( I saw and experienced this exchange of words and this entire event FIRST HAND) September 14th, 1968. “ this event took place after the famed “Onida” game, and this incredible exchange of words from an opposing Coach to a football player was unlike anything l had ever seen before! The CULTURE of this, back in those days was unheard of. This account changed my life forever.”)
(BACK TO FALL CAMP JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL)
The evidence of this vacuum was like what happened when l walked through The quiet dark halls of Jefferson High School that fall in 1974 was like that of the founding fathers, when they left the stage and handed the Mantle to their subordinates, a task for future generations of football players to come as was like our young Nation, when it was founded by a few GREAT men, when they gave the task of running a GREAT nation to their subordinates, who had no idea of what they were dealing with. This must have been what their subordinates felt like, when GEORGE WASHINGTON left the stage similar, to Mottice of sorts when Mottice left the stage, on a smaller scale felt like. ALL THESE GREAT MEN were gone and only a few men of average stature, could never fill their shoes or understood the GREAT task set before them .The predecessors had no idea, the mantle “THE GREAT JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS “that they had been given and the responsibility that went with it.(l had many Questions?) What would become the Crevier football Legacy? The Name”Mottice” was now a Legend of a distant past that belonged to the ages, (SIMILAR TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS) these thoughts flooded my mind as l walked through the hallowed dark halls of Jefferson high school in the fall of ‘74, before l began my new venture, thoughts of my older brothers, now, they were long gone, with other thoughts along with other names like Mottice, Trudeau, Gorman, Roach, Johnson,Garvis,Bartek,Nearman, and the Crevier Brothers of the Storied GREAT Jefferson Blackhawks were now nothing but memories that belonged to the ages, of a legacy that was becoming a distant memory. I had butterflies in my stomach as I awaited the incredible task I had at hand. Awaiting, what devious plots thee upperclassmen had for me to be confronted with? I knew they always had initiations for freshmen?
There were so many uncertainties, and so many unknowns? My Brothers were thousands of miles away, they were dealing with the task of the things of starting a new life and a career, and they were far, far away. The GREAT JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS was a far distant memory in their minds by now, of something a long time ago to them, now for the 3 elder Crevier Brothers. Sometimes I felt like Wyatt Earp. The Crevier reputation name, proceeded me like a gunfighter of the old west. (I FELT SO ALONE) I said “God please help me do this” I can’t do this without you “I thought this will test the true measure of a man. What would become of me? Could I do this? I had already met the Coach once. Then I heard the door slam shut. And in walked the Coach. He said , “I heard about you” He looked at me up and down and said, “Good to see you again Crevier.” Are you as good as your brothers”? He said? “We are going to find out what your made of Crevier “What a statement ? My task for the Jefferson Blackhawks had just begun! My Crevier name had begun doing its work already. THE CREVIER REPUTATION THE “””LEGEND”””FOLLOWED ME LIKE NIGHT FOLLOWS DAY.I felt like I was being called out to my first “”gunfight “”on the streets Jefferson South Dakota. There was no turning back now.
My freshman year went by like a flash. And I had a great year. I led the team in tackles that year at 105 in eight games, and 5 TDS. I was defensive player of the year. The weight lifting program that coach Mottice gave us years before turned out to be a blessing in the skies.
This is what kept me going and playing football another whole level.
Thanks to Coach Mottices weight program and a lot of hard work. It all paid off.
I remember when I was in study hall my freshman year, l used to go into the Library and look at the old year books and look from the Football photos, of my brothers from years past. When I went home, my freshman year l asked Dad about the great JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS and the football teams that my brothers played on and He would say “ those were incredible years your brothers were GREAT football players and I was very proud of them and I’m proud of them to this day (“ I REALLY MISS THEM“) Dad would say “Your two brothers were like those two Running Backs for West Point Academy who won the Heisman Trophy in 1945, and 1946. They became legends of college football”, They were renowned like your Brothers are now Son, with the football culture here.” “Those two Running Backs are considered the “ GREATEST” Ever in College Football. This will happen to your brother’s son. Someday they will be Legends. You will follow them, and you will all be storied as GREAT football players in South Dakota. “ l am proud of you and your brother’s son.” “Someday that Jefferson Blackhawk football team will go down in History as the GREATEST football team, to ever play in South Dakota.” “ You are going to follow them in their footsteps son, just keep up the great work “ “ YOUR GOING TO BE A GREAT ONE “. My Dad Compared Matt Mottice to Vince Lombardi. Ray Crevier Sr said “When your brothers played football son , they were unmatched, by anyone who played with them” Maurice and Marc were looking to take people out of the Game” Nobody, played liked them.” “ MAURICE AND MARC PLAYED WITH ALL THIER HEART “I WAS VERY PROUD OF THEM SON” ! Years after the INFAMOUS “ONIDA”GAME My father always would talk about the Onida game, and how he wished Maurice Crevier, had been there, and what The Onida Coach said to Marc Crevier. “You're the toughest LineBacker l have ever seen “—-Coach Gerald Kassin
1967 JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS
(RB) MARC CREVIER (QB) DAVY ROACH (RB) MAURICE CREVIER
(E) J TRUDEAU (G) M BERNARD (C) J TRUHE (G) T COLE( E) T ALLARD
YANKTON DAILY PRESS JEFFERSON HOLDS CLAIM AS ONE OF THE STATE’S GREATEST 8 MAN FOOTBALL TEAMS IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF
SOUTH DAKOTA IF NOT THEE '' GREATEST ''
October 9, 1999
BY HOD NIELSEN email@example.com
Early though it may be, the football season is well under way. That fact not only triggers present emotions but gets avid high school fans to reminisce about which teams were the best in years past.
Several teams stand out as I think back on the dimming years I can remember for example, the undefeated (and almost unscored on) Yankton Bucks of 1930, and the powerhouses with which Howard Wood dominated the ESD with the Sioux Falls Washington Warriors of the 1930s, challenged only by the strong Huron Tigers under George Deklotz, and Bob Burns' fine Warriors teams in the '50s. There are those who acclaim Rolie Greeno's great streak with Wessington Springs and Milbank teams forty or so years back, or Max Hawk's outstanding 30-years with the Yankton Bucks,and there was Bob Schroeder's great Mille teams--and Ollie Heitman string of wins the Wakonda Warriors , almost every area of the state has bragging rights, on one team or another. Many of them owning so called '' mythical state championships'' because they in existence prior to state football play, which had their beginning in 1981.
But regaurdless of loyalties--the Jefferson, Blackhawks of the 1965-1969 era, an eight man football team, must be considered the state's most domineering force to ever play on a football field. Coached by Matt Mottice, who wasn't the state's most popular coach, they put together a 39-game win streak in those years, their 1967 team not only won all of their nine games, they had a season average score per game of 75-3. They did not punt for 3 yrs, Wakonda Warriors was their closest game, and yet they fell 60-7. Three of the Blackhawks wins were 89-0. In the 1968 season Wakonda Warriors left Jefferson's Homecoming game at half time because Jefferson Blackhawks refused to run the football across the goal line, because the score at half time was 39-0. The Blackhawks would not run the football across the goal line because of a promise Mottice Made to his Senior football players on the Blackhawk football team. Most of the Blackhawk games they were ahead so far that they would have to put in the second string. Because of the depth of talent that was on the team, the Blackhawks would be so far ahead that the 1st string was side lined for most of the season because of they dominated the teams in the Tri-Valley conference,and the Blackhawks would put in the 2nd string for the 2nd half of the game. The Tri-Valley conference coaches got together and made a rule against Mottice and his Famed Jefferson Blackhawks called the 40 point rule. The rule was that if Jefferson got ahead 40 point that they would have to put in their 2nd string. This night would not be the case. So Mottice had the Blackhawks run the football all the way down to the goal line and NOT run into the end zone for the Blackhawk touch down, because they were ahead 39-0, and did not want to break the 40 point rule so the Seniors could play the entire game. Rick Johnson was a very fast Running back on the team and in the state that year. Johnson would run to the goal line and NOT run in for a TDs because to the 40 point rule, and back peddleing, and running backwards the entire length of the football field to the other goal line. The Wakonda Warriors chasing Johnson the entire length of the football field and not catching Johnson and making fools of the Wakonda Warriors.Thus Mottice kept his Promise to the Senior class and let them play so they could not score more than 40 points. And the Senior Class got to play until Half time when the Wakonda coach said '' Your not going to make fools of us '' and packed up his bus and left at the Jefferson Homecoming of 1968. This exploit has gone down in south Dakota sport history as the most humiliating sports event in south Dakota sports history.. Thus Coach Matt Mottice was the architect and the Grandfather, behind this incredible feat of the 40 point rule in south Dakota sports history.
Mottice, often accused of '' pouring it on '' had this explanation, '' We didn't have very many players at Jefferson, but those that we had were excellent football players and athletes, We had a great deal of quality and a burning desire to win decisively. Our talent was unbelieveable '' Mottice said '' we not only had speed, we had strength, Marc Bernard could run the 100 yd dash in 10.2 seconds and was 6-2 and 210 lbs, and like a run away freight train, we had so much speed and Bernard played Guard and we used him to run the football once in awhile ''said Mottice '' . We had other speed like Dave Roach, Rick Johnson, Joe Truduea who became ALL-North Central Conference for USD, Tom Allard, was a state champion pole-valter setting a record at the state track meet and set a record at the US Coast Guard Accademy. Rick Lafluer was a state High hurdler and an incredible athlete in basketball and his son Matt Lafluer was a coach at South Sioux City with incredible Coaching statistics following in his fathers legacy and Dan Lafluer was a linebacker at Iowa and is a Hawkeye Hall of famer, and his son Jon Lafluer followed his fathers footsteps into the Hawkeye football Hall of fame. Dave Roach the Jefferson Blackhawk QB had 1265 yards passing and 1155 yards rushing and a career total of 40 TDs plus 19 TDs in one season and a excellent Deffensive back was a ALL-STATE honorable mention, was side lined for half the football games because of the 40 point rule by the Tri--Valley conference coaches , the Blackhawks were so far ahead that the 1st string was sidelined. Rick Johnson was a Honerable mention ALL-STATE runningback , and Linebacker ,and a career total of 45 TDs with over 1000 yards rushing and an outstanding linebacker hard hitter and great athlete for Jefferson Blackhawks, at state track meet runner with numerous gold medals as was Roach a state track meet contender. Bernard and Truduea were both state track contenders and brought home Numerous gold medals and were both 6-2 and could have played in any NCAA Division I School in the country'' Mottice said. '' The Crevier Brothers, Maurice and Marc Could both Bench press free weights well over 300 lbs, with incredible upper body strength were the Core of the Jefferson Blackhawk defensive unit ,only allowed,3 points per game ave, of the 1967 Blackhawks and they averaged 18 and 16 tackles a game and an average of 6.9 and 7 yds per cary average and both finished their careers with 40 and 41 TDs with a total of 81 TDs between the brothers and each had over a 1000 yds rushing''.We adoped the Woody Hayes philosophy on the grid iorn'' Mottice continued. In the off season we would have our team lifting weights and running in knee-deep water on the banks of the Missouri river, to increase leg strength and agility Mottice'' said we had a play called the '' Bernard play '' named after Marc Bernard. Bernard was a 2 time ALL-STATER in football and Basketball for the Jefferson Blackhawks with incredible speed.'' Mottice continued. We
would hike the football to Bernard and there would be a host of Gladiators and leading the blocking assult against a host of terrified opponents Lead by a garrison of stalwarts on the team , Maurice and Marc Crevier, Joe Truduea, and Tom Gorman, and company and Marc Bernard was running off on his rein of terror like a freight train racing down the tracking out of control breathing like a locomotive, chugging away with his heavey breathing and bodies flying in every direction , with purple , black and blue marks and a host of terrified oppenents and they watched, the Galloping titans were on the run like a heard of Black stallions. Mottice said'' everytime we would run the Bernard play we would run for a touchdown.'' We had so much speed and talent and strength on the team.'' Mottice said'' We had speed and strength and no one could play with in our conference, we had incredible strength to execute our plays and we were unmatched. No one could play with us'' Mottice said who was the architect behind the Blackhawks rein of terror in the late 1960s.
Mottice said '' We used to scrimmage Large schools in Sioux city Iowa during the week, we used to play half the scrimmage 8 man and half the scrimmage 11 man.'' The coaches from Sioux city Iowa were always amazed at the depth of talent that we had as a team, we could play with these bigger schools because the players we had a team that was '' once in a life time '' you see something like this. were second to none The greatest Mottice said."" We used to beat these schools like it was nothing Mottice continued. ''
In 1968 there was another power in the state's eight-man ranks--a central South Dakota power that had a winning streak even greater-than Jefferson's the Onida Warriors coached by Jerry Kassin. Kassin badgered Mottice for a game--a showdown he would play----''anytime-anyplace''
So a mythical '' State Championship '' was slated to be played on a neutral site, which was Michell's Kernel field-- a midway point, and they met in late September, 1968 before a huge crowd. Onida boasted a 31 game winning, and Jefferson had won 27 in a row when they, kicked off, After a scoreless first half, Onida scored on the opening kick off of the second half by their state track meet runner Dan Loneheim,ran for a TD. Onida scored another TD from Dan Lamb to Tom Fox and the Blackhawk countered with Dave Roach to Tom Allard and another counter when QB, Dave Roach passed to Joe Truduea, for a 48 yards to tie the score the first touchdown the Warriors had given up in 13 straight games, and Jefferson rolled from there as they continued their unbeaten string with a decisive 33-14 victory. After the Onida game Kassin the Onida Coach said '' Marc Creviers' defensive play was unmatched and he is the toughest High School football linebacker I have ever seen'' Kassin continued. '' Crevier shut the Onida offense down, with his hard hitting and tough play, Kassin said'' and we could not run up against the Jefferson defense.'' Crevier blocked a punt had 4 sacks caused 3 fumbles and had 19 tackles. Rick Johnson had 14 tackles an a interception. Thus the mythical state championship was born.
The Jefferson team included Truduea, who became a USD Coyote Hall of Famer and Tom Gorman, who played college football for Jack Martin and Jack Richardson, of the southern state Pointers , at ends; Marc Bernard was an outstanding fullback at Ashland University and was the fastest player on the football team at the NCAA II school. Terry cole at Guard with Bernard who was a Time ALL-STATE, Joe Truhue at center,Roach was the QB and Rick Johnson was in the Back field with the Crevier brothers Maurice and Marc at the running backs, who both became ALL-AMERICAN football stars at Ashland Univerisity. Said by an AP Reporter of the Creiver brothers. '' Maurice and Marc Crevier changed the face of football Tradition at Ashland Universituy (Ohio known for ''' football ''' Country '') at the NCAA Division II School. Gary Jarvis and Mike Bartek were both defensive backs and were incredibly fast, and both state track meet, and gold medal winners
The Ray Crevier Sr. Family were fore runners of a family who became Jefferson football legends.Ray Sr. was A WW II Pilot and a football ''Star'' for the Army Air-core , and left a Legacy on the Battle fiedl of grid iorn, a legacy of the Glorious Titans, can only be reflected in his sons, a legacy of the legends, and the Five Crevier brothers, in that family were named to ALL-STATE teams,no dought a state first, and only, and a Nations first as well. Matt Mottice said of the Crevier football legeacy. '' In all my years of coaching sports in South Dakota and Ohio, I have never seen or experienced such dedication, and discipline, can only be reflected in their children. by two ordinary parents with extraordinary courage could only be reflected in their children, ''Ray and Patrica Crevier. Mottice said ''. Mottice once said'' that he heard Ray Sr. giving a pep talk to his sons, before a football game. Ray Sr. said '' Try not to hurt any body out their, take it easy on those guys boys.'' Mottice said '' Maurice and Marc used to hit guys out there so hard that referees used to threaten to take them out of the games.'' Mottice continued '' When Jefferson Blackhawks played their opponents they used to get booed from the crowds when they announced the Crevier name at the Starting line up, and the three younger Creviers in latter years used to get as well Ray Jr., Bert, and Bruce used to get booed as well.Mottice said. '' Never saw anything like this family in my life time,'' it was a once in a life time experience.'' Mottice continued '' Those shouts and boos from the opposing crowds has echoed with respect, as the Crevier brothers have come to realize.'' Mottice said.''
Maurice later became an NCAA Division II ALL-AMERICAN Linebacker at Ashland University (Ohio) where he was the leading tackler four straight years Sr. year at 128, Jr. year 108,and soph year 98, and both Creviers are a small number of player who started as freshman. Freshman tackle was 91, and Mauirce is still considered the one of the greatest linebackers to play at the NCAA Division II School. Marc became an ALL-AMERICAN Guard scoring 97% efficiency on his blocking assignments at the NCAA Division II school. Ray Jr. played for the Unided States Naval Academy, and an aggressive hard hitting player was an ALL-STATER for Jeffersons Blackhawks. Bert Out standing , Linebacker at Dakota state University and an ALL-STATER for Jefferson's Blackhawk leading the state in tackes His Sr. year at 172 tackle in 8 games his Jr. Year 138 in eight games as well. Bruce was an ALL-STATE punter who played football for Bethel College in Minneapolis Mn. In high school he punted for a 40.2 yard average, and set a state record in south Dakota, a 45 yard field goal as Jefferson Blackhawks handed Wagner its only loss.
The Jefferson Blackhawks football team of the late 1960s is storied as one of the Greatest Football dynasties to ever take to a football field in the state history of south Dakota, and will be marked among the annals of sports history, a sports legend. Who is the ''Greatest'' football team in sports history of South Dakota ? People will be arguing this for decades to come. If the Jefferson Blackhawks of the 1965-1969 era are not the greatest ? I'm sure they will always be remembered as one of the greatest ones if not thee '' Greatest ''.!
DEAR HALL OF FAME STAFF
20 JULY 1992
FROM THE SPORTS EDITOR SIOUX FALLS ARGUS
“AS THE SPORTS EDITOR FOR THE SIOUX FALLS ARGUS LEADER FOR'' MANY YEARS, I HAVE HAD A CHANCE VEIW MANY HISTORICAL ARTICLES THROUGHOUT SPORTS HISTORY IN SOUTH DAKOTA. IN MY TENURE, AT THE ARGUS LEADER, THERE IS NONE LIKE I HAVE EVER READ, LIKE THE FOOTBALL 🏈 LEGACY OF THE RAY CREVIER SR. FAMILY, OF THE INFAMOUS JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS OF THEIR STORIED FOOTBALL TEAM OF THE LATE 1960s. THAT CREVIER FAMILY, PRODUCED 5 SONS, OVER 14 YEARS, 60s, 70s, 80s, THAT BECAME 1ST TEAM ALL-STATE FOOTBALL 🏈 LEGENDS, THAT NOT ONLY WERE ALL-STATERS, THEY ALL HAD COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIPS AND WERE STANDOUTS. SONS MAURICE CLASS OF 1968, MARC, CLASS OF 1969, RAY JR, CLASS OF 1972, BERT CLASS OF 1978, AND BRUCE 1983, SET AN UNFORGETTABLE FOOTBALL 🏈 LEGACY, IN SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTS HISTORY, THAT WILL BE HARD TO EVER SURPASSES ! THIS STORY, IS ONE OF THE GREATEST SPORTS STORIES IN STATE HISTORY. THIS LEGACY WILL BE MARKED, AS A SPORTS LEGEND FOR THE AGES, AND WILL GO DOWN IN THE ANNUALS SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTS HISTORY, AS ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREATEST SPORTS STORIES EVER TOLD! I RECOMMEND THE CREVIERS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR THE SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTS'' ''HALL OF FAME!”
SIOUX FALLS ARGUS LEADER 1955-1989
DEAR CREVIER BROTHERS, MAURICE, MARC, RAY, JR, BERT, AND BRUCE
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, REVIEWED THE STORIED LEGACY OF THE CREVIER FOOTBALL FAMILY TRADITION, AND I MUST SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE FOOTBALL LEGACYS' EVER TOLD.
THIS IS A FOOTBALL LEGACY, ONE FOR THE AGES. IN ALL THE YEARS OF THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF 5 BROTHERS MAKING 1ST TEAM ALL-STATE FROM ONE FAMILY. THIS IS A TRIBUTE TO YOUR PARENTS AND THE COACH BEHIND THIS FEAT.
WE WISH TO IMMORTALIZE YOUR JERSEYS AND YOUR NUMBERS AND RETIRE THEM HERE AT THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS INCREDIBLE FEAT A FAMILY FOOTBALL TRADITION AND LEGACY FOR THE AGES AND WILL GO DOWN IN THE ANNUALS OF SPORTS HISTORY AS ONE THE GREATEST FOOTBALL TRADITIONS EVER TOLD.
RETIREMENT OF JERSEY AND NUMBERS AND FOOTBALL LEGACY
ALL-STATE HALL OF FAME CREVIER BROTHERS
ALL-STATE CREVIER BROTHERS
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS
(#46) MAURICE CREVIER.....RB/LB/K....1967
(#47) MARC CREVIER.........LB/RB.........1968
(#15) RAY CREVIER JR.......LB/QB/P/K...1971
(#44) BERT CREVIER..........LB/FB/P/K...1977
(#17) BRUCE CREIVER...... QB/P/K........1982
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CREVIER BROTHERS
MAURICE, MARC, RAY JR. BERT, BRUCE
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
JUNE 18, 2020''
SO MANY THINGS TO SAY
FIRST OF ALL, IT IS GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'VE BEEN BUSY SINCE THE '77, '78 SEASON. WE HAD A GOOD TEAM. THE WHEELS CAME OFF AT THE END OF THE SEASON BUT LOTS OF GOOD MEMORIES OF CERTAIN GAMES AND PLAYERS. YOU PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN OUR SUCCESS! AFTER 45 YEARS OF COACHING , YOU HAD THE BEST WORK ETHIC AND ATTITUDE OF ANYONE IVE EVER HAD ON ALL THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS IVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH. BERT REMEMBER '' WAR ON THE BOARDS'' ? I STILL USE THAT EXPRESSION ON OCCASION IN HONOR OF YOU, ON OCCASION. I KEEP THAT IN RESERVE FOR SPECIAL PLAYERS AND TIMES. SECONDLY THANKYOU FOR ALL THE KIND WORDS. I AM TRULY HUMBLED COMING FROM YOU, I KNOW YOU MEAN THEM. I AM PROUD TO SAY IVE COACHED YOU, HAD AN IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND YOUR FLYING CAREER AND A TEST PILOT WOW ! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE CAREER AND I CAN CALL YOU MY FRIEND. YOU'VE HAD AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS IN YOUR LIFE AND FLYHING CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL PILOT AND, IM GLAD JUST TO BE A SMALL PART OF IT. YOUR MOM AND DAD RAISED SUCH A GREAT FAMILY, RAY AND PAT WERE JUST THE GREATEST PEOPLE I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING . I DIDNT KNOW YOUR OLDER BROTHERS, MAURICE, MARC, AND RAY JR. HOWEVER I HEARD OF THE LEGENDARY LEGACY. YOUR OLDER SISTER TANYA , AND THE OTHERS BETH, ANN AND BRUCE YOUR BROTHER WERE THE GREATEST. NEX CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR BROTHERS ON BEING INDUCTED INTO THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME AND YOUR TWO OLDER BROTHERS INTO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. WHAT AN HONOR FOR YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR BROTHERS. IN YOUR LAST PARAGRAPH , YOU MENTIONED HOW I AFFECTED YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES, WELL BERT I ONLY HOPE THAT IS TRUE AND I HOPE I HAVE DONE THAT,, THANKYOU FOR SAYING THAT. I KNOW AFTER READING YOUR LETTER I WILL DO MY BEST AND MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO AFFECT EVERY PLAYER IN A POSITIVE WAY. ALL COACHES HAVE TO BE REMINDED OF THE HUGE ROLE WE PLAY IN DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE. I AM GETTING NEAR THE END THE LINE AS FAR AS COACHING , BUT I WILL SAY IT KEEPS ME YOUNG, I AM SOMETIMES REMINDED THAT A MAN GETS OLDER BUT DOESN'T HAVE TO GET OLD.'' I TRY TO LIVE THAT WAY. AS A MATTER OF FACT I HAVE TO GO OPEN THE GYM FOR AFTER NOON WORK OUTS AS YOU DID LONG AGO SET BY YOUR OLDER BROTHERS EXAMPLE. ONCE AGAIN BERT IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU . YOU MADE MY DAY. YOUR FRIEND......................................................... ..COACH JOE BURKHARD ......REMEMBER BERT.. LIKE THE LEGACY OF YOU AND YOUR OLDER BROTHERS FOOTBALL MECA ......'' WAR ON THE BOARDS'
RC CREVIER (Q(RB)MAB) DAVY ROACH (RB)MAURICE CREVIER
(G) MARC BERNARD
(C) TERRY EDLER (G) TERRY COLE
1966 JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS
This story you might appreciate, when I was in eighth grader back in 1974 I remember that we got to wear the old high school uniforms that the
" GREAT JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS “ State Champions played in when they were the undefeated teams in their GLORY YEARS, in the mid to late 1960s. This was back in the day when The BLACKHAWKS were state champions, anyway after the CLASS of ‘68 and ‘69, graduated from high school they had bought brand new jerseys that Russell Lafleur had purchased. David Roach wore number 15 after Bart Starr.( THAT YEAR ROACH HAD 1165 yds rushing 1200 PASSING WITH A CAREER TOTAL OF 47 TDS) When David Roach Graduated from H.S. With my brother Marc who later became a HALL OF FAMER at ASHLAND U. My brother Ray took over the quarterbacking Duties from Davy Roach and he wore his jersey,
old number 15 jersey and Ray became an ALL-STATE Linebacker for the JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS!
When I was in eighth grader I got to suit up for the H.S. varsity and I saw that old worn out jersey number 15 that the infamous David Roach wore and my brother Ray wore it and David and Ray both were ALL-STATE football players. I HAD MY BROTHERS RAYS NEW SPIKES ON that he made ALL-STATE In.No body had the stats thatRoach had in the state. To me this jersey (No# 15) was like the HOLY GRAIL or the ARK OF THE COVENANT.Anyway when I saw that jersey it was all ripped up and Worn out.(NO ONE NEW THEE History and the IMPACT THAT THIS team made on me and my older brothers and Roach MADE ON ME as a little Boy now fading memories of years past of long ago.I had that jersey on ,old Number “15” Roach.It seemed no one knew the history,The “Onida game” the Legend etc.I asked the coach the next game if I could ware that jersey and he said, we have new ones and old jersey is all worn out. But I insisted and he let me ware that old worn out jersey number 15 my eighth grade and my freshman year in high school while everybody else had New Jersey’s and I knew that Davy Roach and My Brother Ray who was an ALL-STATE linebacker wore that jersey and was on that team who was the GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM In state history. The undefeated JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS .My Brother Ray and Davy Roach both Legends, while everyone else had new ones l
had Worn that jersey with honor and respect,to me that was like royalty. Everybody else had new jerseys but I wanted to wear that old worn out number 15 jersey that was all ripped up been worn out. Anyway, I guess a person had to be there to appreciate this story. This story needs to be told so that , somethings in life you remember when you young little and you never forget how MATT MOTTICE came from Ohio and brought FOOTBALL MAGIC to South Dakota and changed lives FOREVER.This is a Legacy and a Legend and a story that comes once in a life time . The GREAT JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS storied as one of the GREATEST.
MAURICE, AND MARC
Throughout my Coaching career, I had 3 Teams, I thought were in the top in the Country in my Coaching career, that were Nationally ranked in the top 20, UPI, And AP.
The 1967 team was undefeated 8-0-1. We were ranked in the top 20 in the Country NCAA Division lll at the end of the 1967 season. We later went to NCAA Division ll. The 1968 season we lost two games by one touchdown each, in the last minutes of the game. Maurice played a key role, coming in as a starting Linebacker as a freshman and calling defensive signals. He was a GREAT Leader and one of the Greatest Linebackers to play at Ashand University. We should have been undefeated in 1968, because of other factors, it never happened. Ashland was ranked in the Nation in 1968 when, We went 8-2 in 1968.
Our 1972 team was undefeated 11-0 and was ranked in the top 10 in the Country, UPI, and AP, and Marc was the top ALL-AMERICAN on that team. 97% on his blocking. We knew we had to find a place for him as a freshman. Marc and Maurice were incredibly tough. And Marc used his incredible strength to his advantage. I never coached anyone with such discipline and l yield to Ron Blackledge. They were the toughest l have ever Coached. Maurice and Marc played key roles on those GREAT teams 1968, and 1972. It's ironic, that they didn't do it togethfer. Hope this helps.
Head Football Coach
Ashland University 1959-1993
JULY 28TH 2018
'' EACH ONE OF THE CREVIER BROTHERS, MAURICE, MARC, RAY JR. BERT, AND BRUCE WERE STRONG ENOUGH TO EARN 1ST TEAM ALL-STATE FOOTBALL HONORS AND ''ACE'' OF THE WEEK , THUS PERPETUATION THE STRONG CREVIER FOOTBALL TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN SOUTH DAKOTA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS SPORTS HISTORY. THIS FOOTBALL LEGACY, THAT THE CREVIER LEFT, IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. THE FACT THAT 5 BROTHERS WOULD MAKE 1ST TEAM ALL-STATE FOOTBALL, IN THEIR STORIED HISTORY, LET ALONE BEING RECOGNIZED BY A NATIONAL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME. I DOUBT THAT THIS FEAT HAS EVER BEEN, OR WILL EVER BE DUPLICATED NATIONALLY, OR IN SOUTH DAKOTA OR SPORTS HISTORY, ANYWHERE'' !
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH 1959-1993
INDUCTED INTO 8 HALL OF FAME 28 JULY 2018
'RACING THROUGH THE SHALLOWS''
JEFFERSONS' CREVIERS IN A CLASS BY THEM SELVES AS FOOTBALL STALWARTS
ALL-STATE CREVIER BROTHERS AND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
SIOUX FALLS ARGUS LEADER SEPTEMBER 1994
JIM BILLION ARGUS LEADER STAFF
INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME 2012
ALL-STATE CREVIER BROTHERS
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS
(#46) MAURICE CREVIER.....RB/LB/K....1967
(#47) MARC CREVIER.........LB/RB.........1968
(#15) RAY CREVIER JR.......LB/QB/P/K...1971
(#44) BERT CREVIER..........LB/FB/P/K...1977
(#17) BRUCE CREIVER...... QB/P/K........1982
AS THE MURKY WATERS OF THE MISSOURI RIVER SLOWLY SURGED PAST THE TOWN OF JEFFERSON SOME YEARS AGO, THE STEADY DRONE OF INSECTS WAS BROKEN AS THE CREVIER BROTHERS RACED THROUGH THE SHALLOWS.
THEY WEREN'T CHASING SHORE BIRDS OR PASSING IDLE SUMMER HOURS. THEY SOUGHT THE PATH TO FOOTBALL GLORY. FIVE BROTHERS---MAURICE (CLASS OF 1968), MARC (CLASS OF 1969), RAY JR, (CLASS OF 1972), BERT (CLASS OF 1978), AND BRUCE (CLASS OF 1983)----EARNED FIRST-TEAM ALL-STATE SELECTION AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIPS.
''WE'D RUN IN KNEE-DEEP WATER TO INCREASE LEG STRENGTH AND AGILITY'' BERT SAID ''MY BROTHERS' FOOTBALL COACH (MATT MOTTICE) WAS VERY INVENTIVE WITH HIS TRAINING IDEAS. WE'D RUN OBSTACLE COURSES CLIMB PEG BOARDS ANYTHING THAT MIGHT GIVE US AN EDGE''.
MOTTICE LET JEFFERSON ATHLETICS THROUGH THEIR GLORY YEARS IN THE LATE 1960S, WHICH INCLUDED A FOOTBALL WIN STREAK THAT SPANNED THE BETTER PART OF FOUR SEASONS AND 34 GAMES. HE AND THE CREVIERS' PARENTS, RAY SR, AND PAT ARE CREDITED WITH STARTING WHAT WOULD ARGUABLY BECOME THE GREATEST FAMILY FOOTBALL TRADITION IN STATE HISTORY.
''THE SITUATION WITH THOSE BOYS WAS UNIQUE IN THAT THEY NEVER QUESTIONED WHAT THEIR PARENTS OR COACHES TOLD THEM TO DO. THEIR DEDICATION AND DISCIPLINE WAS REMARKABLE'' MOTTICE SAID FROM HIS OHIO RESIDENCE. '' THE OLDER KIDS EMULATED THEIR FATHER AND MOTHER AND THE YOUNGER KIDS EMULATED THE OLDER ONES.'''
THE CREVIERS HAD A CABIN ON THE MISSOURI WHERE THEY OFTEN CAMPED AND WATER SKIED. IT WAS THERE AND ON THEIR FARM OUTSIDE OF JEFFERSON THAT RAY SR. INSTILLED IN HIS BOYS A SENSE OF ETHICS AND THE VALUE OF HARD WORK AND CLEAN LIVING. HIS FAMILY EVENTUALLY SWELLED TO 12 KIDS AND HIS PHILOSOPHY FOR REARING THEM WAS SIMPLE.
'''OUR IDEA WAS TO KEEP THEM OCCUPIED, KEEP THEM BUSY, AND ATHLETICS WAS A BIG PART OF THAT,'' RAY SR. SAID. ''WE'VE GOT SOME AWFULLY GOOD KIDS AND IN ALL THOSE YEARS NOT ONE OF THEM GAVE US A LICK OF TROUBLE.''
THE CREVIERS' FOOTBALL OPPONENTS DIDN'T FEEL THE SAME WAY.
''WHILE MARC PLAYED FOR ME HE BROKE SEVEN BONES (OF OTHER PLAYERS) AND THERE WAS NOTHING DIRTY ABOUT IT. AS A SENIOR HE CRACKED THREE HELMETS,'' MOTTICE SAID ''HE HIT ONE KID FROM VIBORG SO HARD HE BROKE HIS LEG. THE DOCTOR WHO SET IT SAID THE ONLY TIME HE HAD SEEN A BREAK LIKE THAT WAS IN WWII FROM A BULLET. THAT WAS IN THE FALL AND IN THE SPRING THE KID WAS STILL IN A CAST.
'''MAURICE THRIVED ON CONTACT AND ROUGH GOING THE YEAR HE MADE ALL-STATE AS A RUNNING BACK AND LINEBACKER,HE WENT 5 FOOT 10 195 KNOWN AS A HARD HITTING BLOCK BUSTER.THE YEAR MAURICE, WAS WAS AN ALL-STATE RUNNING BACK, AND AVERAGING 6.9 YARDS PER CARRY KICKED 20 EXTRA POINTS WITH A TOTAL OF 490 TACKLE IN FOUR YEARS AS A STARTER. MARUICE WAS REFEREED TO AS '' THE IDEAL FOOTBALL PLAYER'' BY COACH MATT MOTTICE.
AT 5 FOOT 9 190 LBS, MARC WAS CUT IN THE SAME MOLD. AS AN ALL-STATE LINEBACKER HE AVERAGED 16 TACKLES A GAME TO COMPLEMENT 40 CAREER TOUCHDOWNS A 7 YARD AVE. PER CARRY OUT OF THE OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD. MARC HAD A TOTAL OF 509 TACKLES AS A FOUR REGULAR AS WELL.
WHEN MAURICE WENT TO ASHLAND UNIVERSITY ON A RECRUITING TRIP, WITH MARC , THEY GOT IN A PICK-UP BASKETBALL GAME WITH THE FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF. MOTTICE ALWAYS THE COACH, ADVISED THE BROTHER TO BE A LITTLE EXTRA AGGRESSIVE BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE COACHES WERE LOOKING FOR.
''AFTER THE GAME THE COACHES SAID 'WE'LL TAKE THEM BOTH,''' MOTTICE SAID. ''I TOLD THEM THEY'D HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR MARC BECAUSE HE WAS ONLY A JUNIOR.''
BOTH MAURICE AND MARC MADE THEIR WAS TO ASHLAND UNIVERSITY WHERE MAURICE BECAME AN ALL-AMERICAN LINEBACKER AND IS STILL CONSIDERED ON OF THE GREATEST ALL-TIME BEST LINEBACKERS AT THE NCAA II SCHOOL.
''MY PHILOSOPHY WAS THAT YOU BETTER TAKE THE PUNISHMENT TO YOUR OPPONENT OR THEY WILL TAKE IT TO YOU '' SAID MARC.
MOTTICE SAID THE OLDER TWO CREVIERS WERE THE TOUGHEST FOOTBALL PLAYERS HE EVER COACHED.
''MARC CAME TO A GAME ONE TIME WITH HIS HAND BLEEDING AND BANDAGED AND SAID HE HAD AN ACCIDENT'' MOTTICE SAID ,'HE PLAYED THE WHOLE GAME AND AFTERWARDS HE TOLD ME HE CUT JUST THE TIPS OF TWO FINGERS OFF IN THE CORN PICKER AND SAID HE WAS GOING HOME TO TRY AND FIND THEM.''
WHEN RAY JR AND BERT. ENTERED JEFFERSON RAY HAD MOTTICE FOR A COACH JUST HIS FRESHMAN YEAR. MOTTICE HAD LEFT TO COACH IN OHIO, BUT THE DYNAMIC IMPACT HE 'D HAD ON THE BROTHERS REMAINED,.. SO DID THEIR REPUTATION
''RAY AND I USED TO GET BOOED BEFORE GAMES WHEN THEY WOULD ANNOUNCE THE STARTING LINE UP '' BERT SAID , THEY USED TO HIT PEOPLE SO HARD THAT THE REFEREES WOULD THREATEN TO TAKE THEM OUT OF THE GAME''
YET THOSE BOOS ECHOED WITH RESPECT AS THE BROTHERS HAVE COME TO REALIZE.
BEFORE RAY PLAYED ROVING LINEBACKER AT NAVY, HE WAS WAS 180 POUND LINEBACKER WHO LEAD THE STATE IN TACKLES AT 156 IN 6 GAMES WHO WAS SEEMINGLY IN ON EVERY PLAY FOR THE JEFFERSON BLACKHAWKS WITH A 39.7 YARD PUNTING AVE, ONE OPPOSING COACH SAID OF RAY CREVIER. ''RAY CREVIER IS THE BEST FOOTBALL PLAYER IN THE TRI-VALLEY CONFERENCE THIS YEAR ----JIM HOOD IRENE.
ARMED WITH THE DETERMINATION AND FOCUS THAT WOULD BECOME THE BROTHERS' TRADEMARK, BERT PLAYED FULLBACK AT 195 POUNDS BUT WAS BEST REMEMBERED FOR HIS DEFENSE. AS A SENIOR HE MADE 172 TACKLES IN 8 GAMES AND LEAD THE STATE IN TACKLES THE YEAR HE WAS AN ALL-STATE LINEBACKER, WITH A 38.7 YARD PUNTING AVE.
''HE (MOTTICE) GOT US LIFTING WEIGHTS WHEN NOBODY WAS REALLY DOING THAT AS TRAINING FOR FOOTBALL'' BERT SAID. ''WE'D BALE HAY AND DO CHORES ALL DAY THEN GO OUT AND LIFT WEIGHTS AND UN IN THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER WHEN IT WAS 100 DEGREES IN THE SHADE. WE FIGURED IT WOULD MAKE US BETTER BECAUSE NOBODY WAS CRAZY ENOUGH TO DO THAT.''
BERT PLAYED LINEBACKER AT DAKOTA STATE, WERE HE WAS A STANDOUT LINEBACKER CALLING DEFENSIVE SIGNALS.
BRUCE HAD TO WAIT LONGER FOR HIS TIME IN THE SUN. HE WAS SACKED ON THE ONE PLAY HE CAME IN FOR AS A JUNIOR.
HIS SENIOR YEAR HE TOOK OVER THE QUARTERBACKING AND KICKING DUTIES, AS WELL AS PLAYING DEFENSIVE BACK. HE WAS AN ALL-STATE PUNTER WITH A 40.7 YARD PUNTING AVE. HIS 45 YARD FIELD GOAL WAS THE DIFFERENCE AS JEFFERSON BALCKHAWKS HANDED WAGNER ITS ONLY LOSS. HE WENT ON TO PLAY QUARTERBACK AND KICK AT BETHEL COLLEGE IN ST PAUL MINN.
JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL CLOSED ITS DOORS IN 1994, ONLY TO REOPEN AS DAKOTA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WITH A NEW MASCOT, THE PANTHERS AND NEW SCHOOL COLORS,(PURPLE, BACK AND SILVER) SIMILAR TO THE COLORS THAT APPEARED ON THE ARMS AND LEGS OF THE CREVIERS' FOOTBALL FOES AFTER TAKING A RELENTLESS POUNDING.
MOTTICE, STILL COACHES FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL AND TRACK, A THROWBACK TO THE DAYS WHEN THAT WAS EXPECTED OF COACHES. HE CALLS THE PLAYS FOR THE GARAWAY HIGH FOOTBALL TEAM IN SUGAR, OHIO AND HIS JUNIOR HIGH For OOTBALL TEAM, BENEFITING FROM HIS KNOWLEDGE AS THE CREVIER BROTHERS DID YEARS BEFORE, HAVE LOST JUST ONCE IN FOUR YEARS.
MOTTICE HOPES TO RETURN TO SOUTH DAKOTA IN THE NEAR FUTURE TO HUNT AND FISH AND VISIT FRIENDS.PERHAPS IF HE MAKES HIS WAY DOWN TO THE BANKS OF THE '' MIGHTY '' MISSOURI RIVER, HE'LL FIND A NEW GENERATION OF FOOTBALL HOPEFULS RACING THROUGH THE SHALLOWS.