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1968 Season

Little 6 Champions — 7-2 Record


ROW 1:  J. Bullington (Student Trainer). P. Ryan, L. Spire, B. Wetzel,  R. Rathjen, S. Trumbo,  S. Schafer, S. Stuart, J. Boesch, S. Rinehart, T. Shick, B. Vaughan, B. Speidel, Trainer D. Meador, Asst. Trainer G. Smith, Coach Habenicht.  ROW 2:  H. Goetsch (Manager), R. Kloppenburg, K. Smith, B. Benningfield, S. Newport, W. Anthony, S. Walker, T. Cederblad, R. Zimmerman,  J. Dunning, M. Quinn, P. Middlecamp, Coach Schlarbaum.  ROW 3:  E. Balzer, T. Clark, M. Gronewald, J. Donnelly, R. Presson, D. Presson, P. Coogan, B. Malito, M. Swanson, G. Dohrn, S. Walker, T. Murray, Head Coach Oles, Coach Thuenen.

Game Scores/Results

Regular Season
Week #1: (L)
Bettendorf 13, Des Moines North 14
Week #2: (W) Bettendorf 34, Alleman 7
Week #3: (W) Bettendorf 24, Ottumwa 0
Week #4: (W) Bettendorf 14, Keokuk 0
Week #5: (W) Bettendorf 21, Burlington 14
Week #6: (L) Bettendorf 14, Clinton 33
Week #7: (W) Bettendorf 46, Davenport Assumption 27
Week #8: (W) Bettendorf 62, Muscatine 26
Week #9: (W) Bettendorf 34, North Scott 29

Little 6 Conference
Team Standings

Bettendorf... 5-0 / 7-2
Burlington... 4-1
Ottumwa... 2-2-1
Davenport Assumption... 2-3
Keokuk... 1-3-1
Muscatine... 0-5

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

1st Team: Ron Presson - Offensive Tackle
1st Team: Pat Ryan - Running Back
1st Team: Tim Cederblad - Halfback
1st Team: Don Presson - Center
1st Team: Pat Coogan - Offensive End

Honorable Mention: Bruce Wetzel - Halfback
Honorable Mention: Wayne Anthony - Linebacker & Wingback
Honorable Mention: John Donnelly - Offensive Tackle
Honorable Mention: Todd Murray - Offensive End

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

1st Team: Don Presson - Offensive Tackle
1st Team: Pat Ryan -
Running Back
2nd Team: Ron Presson - Defensive Tackle
2nd Team: Tim Cederblad - Defensive Back

2nd Team: Pat Coogan - Offensive End
2nd Team: Mark Swanson - Offensive Guard
2nd Team: Pat Ryan - Linebacker
2nd Team: Wayne Anthony - Defensive Back

All-State Players

Pat Ryan - Running Back
2nd Team - Des Moines Register
3rd Team - Iowa Daily Press Association

Ron Presson - Offensive Tackle
2nd Team - Iowa Daily Press Association
7th Team - Des Moines Register

Don Presson - Center
Honorable Mention - Iowa Daily Press Association

Captains, M.V.P., Managers

Tim Cederblad, Pat Coogan


Pat Ryan - Running Back


Hans Goetsch, Ted Smith, Jerry Walker

Coaches & Trainers

Head Coach
Ray Oles (2)

Assistant Coaches

Merv Habenicht, George Thuenen, Tom Schlarbaum

Dan "Doc" Meador,
Jeff Bullington (Student Trainer)

Miscellaneous Information

• Little 6 Champions with 5-0 record
• 1st in Total Offense and Total Defense
• Pat Ryan led the Little 6 Conference in rushing and the Quint Cities with 1319 yards (new record)
• Bruce Wetzel was the leading scorer in the Little 6 Conference with 66 points and 99 total points for the season
• Pat Ryan also was the Leading Punter in the Little 6 Conference with a 36-yard average per punt
• Tim Cederblad was 2nd in the Little 6 Conference for rushing average
• Rick Rathjen was the "Outstanding PAT Kicker" with 28/39 successful kicks
• Pat Ryan earned Times-Democrat "Prep Player of the Week" during the season
• Tim Cederblad was named as the Times-Democrat "Prep Player of the Week" on October 15, 1968

• Former Head Coach Merrit Parsons inducted into the Iowa High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Category Player Stats 1 Stats 2
Rushing Pat Ryan
Bruce Wetzel
1319 yards
[unknown yards]
[unknown average]
8.7 average
PAT Rick Rathjen 28/39 28 points
Punting Pat Ryan 36 yard average N/A kicks
Tackling Wayne Anthony [leading tackler] [unknown solos/assists]