Honoring 50 years of tradition


ROCKSPRINGS — The tradition of Meigs football (and Meigs athletics as a whole) began 50 years ago with the formation of Meigs High School after the combining of Rutland, Middleport and Pomeroy High Schools.

On Friday evening the current Meigs Marauders paid tribute to the first team of Meigs Marauders — the 1967 SEOAL Champion Meigs Marauders.

Members of the 1967 team and coaches were brought onto the field prior to the game, with the name of each team member read aloud. Many team members, along with their family and friends, and family members of those who had passed away were presented with gift bags which included photos and a copy of the 1967 opening game program.

Head Coach of the Marauders for more than 20 years, Charles Chancey led his team onto the field. Chancey was presented with a framed number 67 jersey to represent the year of the first team, as well as the 1967 SEOAL trophy and championship banner by his sons Mike and Rick Chancey, Supt. Scot Gheen and Principal Travis Abbott.

With the 1967 team and 2017 team lining the field, Coach Chancey led the coin toss, flipping a 1967 half dollar.

Coaches of the 1967 team were Head Coach Charles Chancey and assistant coaches John Bentley, Fenton Taylor, Terry Ohlinger, Don Dixon, Dick Well, Russell Moore and Ed Bartels.

The 1967 Marauders finished the season with a 9-1 record, 6-0 in the SEOAL. The team’s only loss was an 8-0 setback to perennial power Ironton in a non-conference game. Ironton would join the SEOAL the next season.

For the season, the Marauders outscored their opponents 218-50. The Marauders were so dominant on defense that only one team scored more than eight points. That was longtime SEOAL kingpin Jackson who found themselves on the short end of a 50-14 setback.

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Members of the 1967 and 2017 Meigs High School Football Teams are pictured together before Friday’s home opener.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_IMG_4409.jpgMembers of the 1967 and 2017 Meigs High School Football Teams are pictured together before Friday’s home opener.

Head Coach Charles Chancey and Assistant Coaches John Bentley and Ed Bartels are pictured with the 1967 SEOAL trophy.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_IMG_4371.jpgHead Coach Charles Chancey and Assistant Coaches John Bentley and Ed Bartels are pictured with the 1967 SEOAL trophy.
Meigs recognizes first football team

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.