Meigs to honor 1967 football squad

ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — Friday night before the Meigs-Gallia Academy football game, the Meigs High School will honor the 1967 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League football champions on its 50th Anniversary. That Marauder team was also the first in the history of the school after Middleport, Pomeroy and Rutland consolidated to become Meigs.

The 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.

Meigs reached into the college ranks to hire Charles Chancey from Marshall University to be the head coach. Chancey was selected the SEOAL Coach of the Year and the Southeastern Ohio District Coach of the Year.

He was assisted by backfield coach John Bentley, defensive line coach and assistant freshman coach Fenton Taylor, assistant freshman coach Terry Ohlinger, offensive line coach Don Dixon, assistant reserve coach Dick Well, reserve coach Russell Moore and freshman coach Ed Bartles.

Individual awards went to dominating tackle and punter Perry Kennedy, Kennedy was a unanimous selection for All SEOAL and picked up the rare distinction of being named SEOAL Most Valuable Player despite being a lineman. He also was selected first team All-Southeast District and Honorable Mention All-State.

Quarterback Rod Gilkey, who moved from Gallipolis over the summer was a First Team All SEOAL selection, second team All-District and was honorable mention All-State. Tailback Lennie VanMeter rushed for 1,017 yards and was selected First Team All SEOAL, Second team All-District.

End Bill Swan was selected first team All-SEOAL and Honorable Mention All-District. Center/Linebacker Pat Story and End Mark Tannehill were both First Team All SEOAL. Tackle Roger Black and Guard Mike Hargraves were both selected Honorable Mention All-SEOAL.

Members of the 1967 team and fans, should get to the stadium early. Players from the 1967 team will sign in across from the ticket window at the main entrance. Line up for the team will be around 6:35, and at 6:40 the team will proceed to the 50-yard line on the main track for introductions and presentations. A team picture will also be taken with the players that have returned for the evening.

By Dave Harris

For Ohio Valley Publishing