Owatonna Football Timeline


Timeline of Owatonna Football History

-Albert L. Sperry returns to Owatonna having learned the game of football from a disciple of Amos Alonzo Stagg.  Sperry decides to organize a team at Owatonna High School.  He schedules a game against Pillsbury Academy, coached by G. B. Bennett, Vice President of Farmer's National Bank and a graduate of Harvard University.  No admission was charged and a collection was taken up to pay for the ball.
-According to an Owatonna People's Press article dated October 13, 1893, Owatonna High School defeated Pillsbury Academy 10-6 in the first football game in school history.
-Guel Morehouse organizes a football team for the 1895 season, but no games are scheduled with other schools.
-Owatonna is defeated by Albert Lea 53-0, the worst defeat in school history.
-Owatonna defeats Wells 93-0, the largest margin of victory in school history.
-The first recorded Football Banquet is held on December 11 to honor the players at the end of the season. Pete Gaveske is elected Captain.
-Ralph Sarff resigns as Head Football Coach to take a teaching and coaching position at West High School in Waterloo, Iowa.  Sarff compiled a 6-6-0 over two seasons. Benny Hall is named Head Football Coach for the 1921 season.
-The final game of the season, scheduled for November 19 against Blooming Prairie, is cancelled due to cold.  It marks the only time a game has been cancelled due to weather.
-Benny Hall resigns as Head Coach after going 3-3-1 in his only season.  Louis Kulcinski is named Head Coach.

-Louis Kulcinski resigns as Head Coach  after leading Owatonna to a 1-4-3 season in 1922.  Lloyd Sundin is named Head Football Coach.

-Owatonna loses to Mankato 0-6 in a challenge game for the Southern Minnesota Championship on Thanksgiving day.  The gate is split and the loser's share is used to purchase bleachers at the new High School Stadium and are used through the 1930's. Games had previously been played at Dartt's Park.
-Herb Joesting sets O.H.S. single season scoring mark with 89 points.
-On October 28, the Owatonna People's Press refers to the Owatonna Football Team as the "Indian City Boys", the first known reference to an Indian nickname for an Owatonna sports team.
-Clarence Kaplan graduates with 158 points scored, surpassing the old record of 122 points by Herb Joesting.
-Schools and businesses close early to celebrate Orange and Black Day (later to become Homecoming).
-A number of players threaten to boycott the basketball team after Coach Sundin makes critical remarks in the Magnet about the effort level of the football team in a season ending loss to Mankato.
-Lloyd Sundin resigns as Head Coach after compiling a 13-3-1 record over two seasons. Lloyd Peterson is named Head Football Coach.  Peterson was a 3 year letter winner in Football at the University of Minnesota.
-Lloyd Peterson resigns as Head Coach to take the position at University High School in Minneapolis. Charles Blodgett, a graduate of Carleton College, is named Head Coach.
-Herb Joesting, Junior Fullback, is named All-American from the University of Minnesota.
-For the second straight season, Herb Joesting is named All-American at the University of Minnesota.
-Rochester, Austin, Mankato, Red Wing,Winona, Faribault, Albert Lea and Owatonna join to form the Southeast Minnesota Conference.  The Conference is unofficially dubbed the "Little Eight" and, eventually, the "Big Nine".

-Spring football practice is discontinued.
-A Football Season Ticket costs $1.25.

-Lloyd Bennes resigns as Head Football Coach after compiling a 3-year record of 7-15-3.  Discussions begin as Owatonna contemplates leaving the Big 9 Conference.  Walter "Butch" Hertz is named Head Football Coach.

-Owatonna formally leaves the Big 8 Conference on December 15. Northfield enters the conference in 1934 to round out the number of schools to 8 again.
-The Indians play their first game ever under the lights at home versus St. Peter on September 13. The game begins at 8 PM and is attended by over 1600 fans.  Extra bleachers are installed to handle the large crowd.
-Ed Steinbauer scores 59 points, the most since Clarence Kaplan scored 85 points in 1924.
Don Mullenmaster earns his 4th consecutive Varsity Letter in the sport of Football.
-For the first time, a Homecoming Queen is selected as part of the Homecoming festivities.
-Butch Hertz resigns his coaching and teaching positions and takes a job in private industry.  Hertz compiled a 30-27 record over 7 seasons. George Roscoe is named Head Football Coach.
-Owatonna returns to the Big 8 Conference after 7 seasons playing an independent schedule. With the addition of Northfield in 1934, the conference now becomes the "Big 9".
-The Indians defeat Mankato 26-0, the first win over the Scarlets since 1898.
-Head Coach George Roscoe is called to duty in World War II.  Long time Track and Field Coach and former Indian player Ed Keefe takes over the reigns as Head Coach for the 1943 season.
-Paul Becker is named Head Football Coach.  Becker also serves as Athletic Director and Wrestling Coach.
-The Indians don brand new blue and gray uniforms after the school colors were changed from orange and black.
-New wooden bleachers are installed at the Stadium.
-O.H.S. offers reserved football seats to the public.
-Bill Kottke scores 28 points versus Winona which sets a new Big 9 Conference scoring record for a single game.
-Paul Becker retires as Head Football Coach with a record of 34-23-7 over 8 seasons.
-Rayburn Chase is named Head Football Coach. Chase played for the legendary Don Faurot at Missouri.

-Don Bengtson is named Captain and starting Center of the South Team in the Minnesota All Star Football Game.
-Herb Joesting is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Nicknamed the "Owatonna Thunderbolt", Joesting played Fullback at the University of Minnesota from 1925-27 and was named All-American in 1926 and 1927.

-The Indians conclude the season with a 14-14 tie with Faribault.  This halts an 18 game losing streak that began in 1954.
-Ray Chase resigns as Head Football Coach after posting a record of 12-28-3 over 5 years.
Neal Davis is named Head Coach.  
-The Indians defeat Winona 21-7 on Homecoming October 4.  This is the first win since OHS defeated Albert Lea on October 15, 1954.
-Neal Davis and Assistant Coach Ken Bey install the Wing-T offense and lead the Indians to a 6-2 record, their first winning season since 1953.
-Charlie Peterson is named All Conference Center at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
-The Owatonna Quarterback Club is founded and includes 300 members. Interested members gather each Monday night at the American Legion Club to review the previous week's game film.

-Mouth guards (called "feather bites") are required for the first time.
-Glen Stoltz is named All-State.
-Owatonna installs a pro passing attack to start the season. Dennis Yule completes 16 passes in 31 attempts in an opening game loss to Austin.  Both marks are still team records. The Indians lose their first three games by a combined margin of 19-86.  Coach Davis and Bey reinstall the Wing T, Noel Jenke averages 10.8 yards per carry, and the Indians win their final 5 games.  

-Noel Jenke leads the Big 9 in scoring with 72 points and is named All-State. 
-Noel Jenke leads the Big 9 in scoring for a second straight year, the first time an individual has done it twice. He is named All-State and Scholastic Coach Magazine All-American, the first Owatonna football player to be so honored.
-Archie Paulson leads Mankato State College in both rushing and scoring.
-Ron Nelson scores 25 points against Mankato.  He will go on to lead the Big 9 in scoring with 99 points.
-Marshall Wright is named All-State.
-Neal Davis resigns as Head Football Coach with a record of 45-28-2 over 9 seasons. He accepts the Head Coach position at newly opened Rochester Mayo High School.  Jerry Peterson, former Head Coach in Walnut Grove and Assistant Coach in Detroit Lakes  is named Head Football Coach.
-Former Coach Walter "Butch" Hertz is inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
-Jon Kuntz leads the Big 9 in scoring with 60 points.
-Owatonna defeats Mankato West 17-14 in overtime on September 26. This is the first overtime game in school history.

-Former Coach George Roscoe is inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Roscoe coached at O.H.S. from 1940-42 before moving on to St. Paul Central High School where he served as Head Football Coach and, later, as Athletic Director for the St. Paul Public Schools.
-Joe Kiley recovers 5 fumbles throughout the season to set a team record.
-Tim Warner leads the Big 9 Conference in scoring.
-Former Coach Neal Davis is inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Davis coached the Indians from 1957-1965 before leaving to start the new program at Rochester Mayo in 1966.
-The Indians finish the season in a three way tie for the Big 9 title with Red Wing and Austin. This marks the first Big 9 Football Title in OHS history.
-Bruce Bates leads the Big 9 Conference in scoring with 56 points in 7 games.

-Owatonna defeats Mankato West 40-20 to cap an undefeated season.  The Indians are the outright Big 9 Champions.
-After dispatching Minneapolis Edison 35-7 and Bloomington Kennedy 7-0 in the State Playoffs, Owatonna falls to Stillwater 27-34 in Prep Bowl I. The loss snaps a 17 game winning streak.
-For the second season in a row, Bruce Bates leads the Conference in scoring. He scores 79 points in 7 games.
-Long time Assistant Coach Ken Bey receives the Butch Nash Award for outstanding service as an Assistant Coach. The award is named after the long time University of Minnesota Assistant.
-Ed Draheim receives the Butch Nash Award. 
-Following a 41-0 victory over Rochester Mayo, Head Coach Jerry Peterson has cancer surgery.  Long time Assistant Coach Ed Draheim takes over as Interim Head Coach and the Indians finish the season 7-3.
-Joey Aul leads the Big 9 conference in scoring with 78 points in 7 games.

-The Indians nickname is officially dropped and Owatonna High School becomes the "Huskies". The new mascot is unveiled at a special ceremony on April 12, 1994.  The other finalists in the selection process are "Lightning" and "Royals".
-After starting the season 1-4, the Huskies win five straight and make an improbable run to the Section Championship game where they are defeated by Lakeville 14-28.
-Owatonna defeats Rochester John Marshall in the Section Semifinals.  The win is the 176th in Jerry Peterson's reign as Head Coach, surpassing John Drews of Rochester John Marshall for most wins in Big 9 history.  Peterson will finish his career with 179 wins overall.
-Owatonna finishes the season with a 3-6 record marking the first time OHS has finished below .500 since 1976.
-Jerry Peterson retires as the winningest coach in Owatonna and Big 9 history with a record of 179-104.  Jeff Williams is named Head Coach.  Williams had been an assistant since 1989 and also served as Head Baseball Coach.
-Neil Thompson leads the Big 9 Conference in scoring with 60 points in 7 games.

-Former Coach Jerry Peterson is inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
-Sophomore Cory Urban leads the Big 9 Conference in scoring with 70 points in 7 games.
-The Huskies score 3 touchdowns in the final 5 minutes and 50 seconds to defeat Austin 21-16 in the Section 1AAAA Finals. This marks the first State appearance for Owatonna since 1982.
-After defeating Mankato East 21-0 in the first round of the State Playoffs, Owatonna returns to the Metrodome for the first time since 1982.  The Huskies score with time running out on a pass from Tim Nierengarten to Mike Lundstrom to defeat St. Thomas Academy 24-20.
-Owatonna falls 20-21 to Hutchinson in the Prep Bowl Finals.
-Owatonna defeats Mayo 21-14 in the final game of the season to gain a share of the Big 9 Championship.  This is the first Big 9 title for Owatonna since 1989.
-Owatonna defeats Rochester Mayo 24-7 to win the Section 1AAAAA Title.  The Huskies fall to Hastings in the first round of the State Playoffs.
-Craig Braaten intercepts 7 passes in the season to set a school record.
-Tailback Cory Urban is named All-Conference for the third time, the first time this has happened in school history.
-Brandon Hagen carries 38 times for 270 yards against Winona.  Both are school records.
-Paul Connaker kicks a 43 yard field goal against Rochester Century to set a new school record.
-Tyson Bramer leads the Big 9 Conference in rushing with 1183 yards in 8 games.