High School Football

Former Belleville West football players needed for 100th anniversary bash

Rusty Lisch, a quarterback at Belleville West in the mid 1970s, went on to a career at Notre Dame and in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears.
Rusty Lisch, a quarterback at Belleville West in the mid 1970s, went on to a career at Notre Dame and in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears.

All former Belleville West football players, cheerleaders, football coaches and cheerleading coaches are being asked to participate in the Maroons’ 100th anniversary of football celebration Oct. 1 at Belleville West.

The celebration will be held before and during the Belleville East at Belleville West game scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at Belleville West. Belleville West (formerly Belleville Township High School) began playing football in 1916 and went 0-4-2 that season under coach John Karch.

The school’s first undefeated season was 9-0 in 1929 and the 1938 Belleville team was 10-0. The school’s only other unbeaten season was 10-0 in 1962 under coach Bob Frala.

All former players will gather near the east end zone before the game. Former PGA Masters champ Bob Goalby, a former football star at Belleville Township High School, will serve as honorary captain and will do pregame coin flip.

All Maroons head coaches from Frala to the present will be introduced at halftime, or a representative for the coach if they are unable to participate. Family representatives for former Belleville West coaches Bruce Arnold and Dick Hood will also be on hand for the celebration.

Coaches, players, cheerleaders and cheerleading coaches will be honored during a halftime ceremony, with historical references to great teams from the past being made throughout the game. Past marching band directors will also be honored that day.

A postgame reception will be held at Fischer’s Restaurant at Belleville with appetizers and a cash bar. Any former players or coaches interested in participating or seeking more information should call 618-222-7665 as soon as possible.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders

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