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1957 Season

Illowa Champions — 7-2 Record

ROW 1: Head Coach Merritt Parsons, Dave Coach, Dale Lehman, Burl Johnson, Dale Kreiter, Bill Sones, Hal Walter, Rick Jacob, Jim Morton, Assistant Coach Carlson. ROW 2: Ron Collins, Joe Wright, Bob McClaren, Rodger Henning, Steve Pirnie, Cecil Ritter, Jim Behrens, Tom Haygood, Steve Sparling. ROW 3: Don Gray, Fred McGhee, Bill Witcraft, John Hoverton, Dave Castro, Mike Grumley, Roger Young, Steve Wagner, Tom Stelk. ROW 4: Bill Soth, Jim Barton, Joe Manley, Ron Panske, Jim Beston, Doug Selby, Gordon Harrison, Chuck Crumley, Chip Levy.

Game Scores/Results

Regular Season
Week #1: (W)
Bettendorf 20, Anamosa 12
Week #2: (W) Bettendorf 27, St. Mary's of Clinton 0
Week #3: (L) Bettendorf 14, Fulton 20
Week #4: (W) Bettendorf 27, Savanna 13
Week #5: (W) Bettendorf 27, DeWitt 14
Week #6: (W)Bettendorf 39, Morrison 6
Week #7: (W) Bettendorf 6, Newman 0
Week #8: (W) Bettendorf 47, Amboy 20
Week #9: (L) Bettendorf 20, Geneseo 21

Illowa Conference
Team Standings

Bettendorf... 6-1 / 7-2
Amboy... 5-2
Fulton... 5-2
DeWitt... 4-3
Newman... 2-4-1
Morrison... 2-5
St. Mary's of Clinton... 2-5
Savanna... 1-5-1

All-Conference Players
:: Offense [or] Defense ::

1st Team: Don Gray - Halfback
1st Team: Ron Collins - [position unknown]
1st Team: Burl Johnson - [position unknown]
1st Team: Dale Kreiter - [position unknown]

2nd Team: Dave Cox - Running Back
2nd Team: Joe Wright - [position unknown]

All-Metro Players
:: Offense [or] Defense ::

1st Team: Don Gray - Halfback

All-Quad City Players
:: Offense [or] Defense::

1st Team: Don Gray - Halfback
2nd Team: Dale Kreiter - [position unknown]

All-Eastern Iowa Players
:: Offense [or] Defense ::

1st Team: Don Gray - Halfback

2nd Team: Ron Collins - [position unknown]
2nd Team: Dale Kreiter - [position unknown]

3rd Team: Burl Johnson - [position unknown]
3rd Team: Joe Wright- [position unknown]

All-State Players

Don Gray - Halfback
5th Team - Des Moines Register

Dave Cox - Running Back
Honorable Mention - Des Moines Register

Captains, M.V.P., Managers

Dale Kreiter, Joe Wright




Bill Grothusen, Larry Pirnie

Coaches & Trainers

Head Coach
Merrit Parsons (3)

Assistant Coaches

Dick Colson



Miscellaneous Information

• 1st Conference Championship in school history
• Coach Parsons named "Quad City Coach of the Year"
• Bettendorf's defense ranked 1st in the state with a total of 1425 total yards allowed
• The defense also only allowed 90 points in Illowa Conference play

Category Player Stats 1 Stats 2
All-Purpose Yards Don Gray 1435 yards Rushing & Passing