1958 NHS Season Statistics

Evansville Courier & Press Newspapers ALL CITY/METRO Selections

last name first pos ht wt class paper note
Beshear Bill OE 6-0 162 Jr. Courier & Press Both Papers; All SIAC
Bruner Jerry OT 5-9 230 Jr. Courier Honorable Mention; All SIAC
Buck Bill QB 5-9 162 Sr. Courier & Press Press 1st team; Courier Honorable Mention; All SIAC


1958 Season  
Date  Opponent  Score
Sep. 13  Evansville Lincoln Win 12-0
Sep. 19  Mt. Vernon Win 47-19
Sep. 25  Henderson City (Ky.) Loss 12-25
Oct. 10  Evansville Bosse Win 7-0
Oct. 17  Evansville Memorial Loss 6-20
Oct. 24  Boonville Win 49-7
Nov. 1  Evansville Mater Dei Win 14-6
Nov. 6  Evansville Reitz Loss 0-19
Nov. 15  Owensboro Senior (Ky.) Loss 13-19
Nov. 27  Evansville Central Win 14-7


player first pts TD PAT 1 XPM PAT 2 FG S
Beshear Bill 42 7 0 0 0 0 0
Buck Bill 24 4 0 0 0 0 0
McCormick Don 24 4 0 0 0 0 0
Mominee John 24 4 0 0 0 0 0
Bruner Jerry 18 0 18 6 0 0 0
Snyder Larry 12 2 0 0 0 0 0
East Mike 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
Hancock Jack 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lindenschmidt Larry 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nelson Ronnie 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
Pfingston Larry 6 1 0 0 0 0 0


player first NCAA rtg Att Comp % TD TD/att Yds yd/att Int int/att
Buck Bill 104.2 118 50 42.4% 8 6.8% 768      6.5 9 7.6%
Duncan Tom      --     2 1 50.0% 1 50.0% 44    22.0 1 50.0%

Individual stats for rushing and receiving are unavailable at this time.

Highlights included: Beginning the school's second season, Coach Morris Riley returned a veteran offensive line that was amongst the largest in the city.  On this foundation he would build an offense that featured a balanced passing and running attack and surprise everyone but himself by finishing tied with Reitz for second in the city standings.

The offensive line of OT Jerry Bruner & Marv Calloway, OG Dan Rankin & Jerry Dewig, and C Ron Taylor would power an attack that averaged over 150 yards rushing and 80 yards passing per game.   On two different occasions (in big wins over Mt. Vernon and Boonville) the Huskies would run for more than 300 yards.

Two-way star QB/DB Bill Buck would lead the offense to a 6-4 record and develop a chemistry with End Bill Beshear that became the stuff of legend.  Buck connected with the Beshear 31 times for 7 scores and 478 yards.  It would be forty-six years before another Husky receiver would post similar numbers.

Diminutive sophomore RB John Mominee burst upon the scene in the season opening win versus Lincoln.  With the game a scoreless tie and nearing the end of the first half, North forced a turnover on the Lincoln 42 yard line.  Coach Riley had decided to use Mominee, a 137 lb 'scatback', sparingly as he was recovering from a pulled hamstring in summer practice.  Mominee's first two carries as a Husky netted 24 yards and set the stage for a Buck to Beshear 18 yard TD pass as the half expired.

In the fourth quarter, with North nursing a 6-0 lead, LB Jerry Weigard blocked a punt and North recovered on the 15.  In only his fourth carry of the game, Mominee rocketed around end for 14 yards to the one yard line before being forced out of bounds.  QB Buck plunged in for the decisive score on the following play and North won 12-0.

The following week provided multiple players with an opportunity to shine as North hammered Mt. Vernon 47-19.  The Wildcats were making their first venture into 11 man football in 1958 and North gave them an education.  Bill Buck returned an interception 62 yards for one score, threw a 36 yard score to Beshear, and then ran one in himself.  HB Don McCormick added two scores including a 47 yarder and Mominee scored his first of many touchdowns as a Husky from 11 yards out.  When the final gun sounded, North won 47-19.

Against Henderson in week 3, Bill Buck had one of his finest games of the season only to watch North come up short.  Buck picked off two Henderson 'Flash' passes, recovered a fumble, and threw two touchdown passes to Bill Beshear.  In spite of his best efforts, Henderson City won 25-12.

Week four was a first for the program as North won its first city football game 7-0 over Bosse.  HB Don McCormick scored the games lone touchdown on a 13 yard run and the Huskies' defense never allowed Bosse inside its twenty yard line. 

North entered week 5 as a 30 point underdog to Memorial.  The Tigers were undefeated and ranked second in the state--their '58 club would rank amongst their all-time greatest teams.  When DB John Mominee recoverd a fumble deep in Memorial territory, HB Larry Lindenschmidt punched the ball into the end zone from six yards out and gave North the early lead.  Just before half, DT Marv Calloway covered another Tiger fumble and North pounded it's way to the one yard line.  With a chance to go up 12-0 at half, the Huskies had a chance to make a statement that would be heard around the state.  It was not to be, however, as North fumbled the ball away on the one.  Memorial gathered momentum from the stop, came out of the locker room after half with fire in their eyes, and scored two quick touchdowns which sealed the game for them.

The Huskies "came of age"--to quote the Evansville Courier--the next week versus Boonville.  In spite of their strong showing against a powerful Memorial club the week before, North was still an underdog going into their game against the Pioneers.  When the scoreboard read North 35 Boonville 0 at half time, few could argue that the Huskies football program had arrived.  HB John Mominee ran 54 yards for a score on only the fourth play of the game, End Bill Beshear caught two first half touchdown passes, HB Don McCormick scored from 18 yards out on his way to a 134 yard rushing night, and right before half, DT Jerry Bruner recovered a fumble deep inside Boonville territory to set up FB Mike East's 2 yard scoring plunge.  Coach Riley emptied the bench and North came away with a 49-7 "upset".

North got it's first win at the Reitz Bowl the following week although the victory came against Mater Dei's Wildcats.  With both team's playing solid defense, the game reached the midpoint of the second quarter as a scoreless tie.  QB Bill Buck then guided a 9 play, 62 yard scoring drive that would give the Huskies a 7-0 lead with 5:40 to play in the half.  Buck scored on a quarterback keeper from the one yard line.  Mater Dei then took the ensuing kickoff and drove the length of the field to score with only seconds remaining in the half.

When Mater Dei kicked off to start the second half, it was John Mominee who fielded the kick at the 9 yard line.  Faking a reverse hand off, Mominee found an opening and soared down the right hand side line.  He evaded one would be tackler with a spin move at the ten yard line and then showed power that few thought he possessed when he dragged the last tackler across the goal line with him.  When K Jerry Bruner converted the extra point, the two teams had scored the games only points in a six minute span sandwiched around halftime.  The 14-6 lead would hold up and North had their second city victory.

The Huskies wouldn't taste victory again until the season's final game versus Central.  On Thanksgiving Day, North cemented a second place tie in the city race with a 14-7 victory over the Bears.  Neither team overwhelmed the other, but with HB John Mominee providing 50 yards rushing and a score and QB Bill Buck connecting on three long passes at key moments, North controlled the ball enough to hold and guarantee its first winning season and its third city football victory.


player first Att Yds TD Avg
McCormick Don   500 4  
Mominee John   475 3  
Buck Bill     3  
Snyder Larry     2  
Lindenschmidt Larry     1  
East Mike     1  
Pfingston Larry     1  


player first Rec Yds TD Avg
Beshear Bill 31 478 7 15.4
Nelson Ronnie     1  
Hancock Jack     1  

DEFENSE--2 pts each for solo, cause or recover fumble, sack, int, blk kick; 1 pt each for assist and tackle for loss

No Defensive Statistics are available at this time.