1962 NHS Season Statistics
Evansville Courier & Press Newspapers ALL CITY/METRO Selections
|Skupas||Steve||OE||6-3||187||Sr.||Courier & Press||Both papers|
|Risch||Carl||OT||6-2||200||Sr.||Courier & Press||Both papers|
|Sep. 7||Evansville Harrison||Win 59-0|
|Sep. 21||Bloomington||Win 13-6|
|Sep. 28||Evansville Bosse||Win 13-6|
|Oct. 5||Evansville Memorial||Win 12-7|
|Oct. 12||Evansville Mater Dei||Win 12-6|
|Oct. 20||Vincennes Lincoln||Loss 6-14|
|Oct. 26||Evansville Reitz||Loss 0-13|
|Nov. 3||Evansville Rex Mundi||Win 16-7|
|Nov. 9||Evansville Central||Tie 0-0|
|player||first||pts||TD||PAT 1||XPM||PAT 2||FG||S|
Individual stats for rushing and receiving are unavailable at this time.
Highlights included: The '62 Huskies started the season on a roll with five consecutive victories that rocketed them to the top of the SIAC and City raises. During the streak they outscored opponents 109-25 and utilized 11 different players to score their points. Led by junior QB/LB Dean Volkman, North had the largest line the school had ever produced to that point to clear the way. Linemen Carl Risch and Joe Mabrey would both go on to win All-City honors and juniors Ron Hill and Charlie Broyles would make a name for themselves as well. End Steve Skupas developed a reputation as a two-way force to be reckoned with--his five long touchdown receptions (averaging over 27 yards each) and his disruptive defense would earn him honors at season's end as well.
The Huskies had multiple running backs at their disposal and Coach Riley utilized them throughout the season. In the opener, a 59-0 rout of Harrison, Tom Sisk scored the first touchdown of the night on a 49 yard pitchout play less than two minutes into the game. When Harrison fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Sisk repeated the exact same play for a 14 yard score barely a minute later.
Not all the victories came as easy as the Harrison win. After North took the opening kickoff and drove 69 yards for a score versus Bloomington, the game neared its end tied at 7 apiece. When the Panthers recovered a fumble on the North 40 with a few minutes to go, the defense found itself with its back to the wall. On fourth down at the Husky 17, Bloomington attempted a screen play to pick up the decisive first down. LB Charlie Broyles broke through the blockers and tackled the Panther receiver for an 8 yard loss. QB Volkman then hit RB Tom Sisk downfield with a 52 yard pass that brought North to within 25 yards of pay dirt and a minute to play. Two plays later, Sisk then swept right end and rambled in for the winning score.
When Bosse picked off a pass and ran it back 27 yards for a touchdown on the game's opening play from scrimmage, it appeared that an upset was brewing. North calmly battled back and on the strength of two fresh running backs wore down Bosse for a 13-6 win. During the victory, RB Jack Carter toted the rock 30 times for 107 yards and a score. Backfield mate FB Larry Taylor ran 20 times for 94 yards including a 19 yard TD.
Memorial's tough ball club led the Huskies 7-6 as the game's last few seconds ticked away. Memorial had the ball and momentum and made it all the way to the North 31 yard line before the defense stiffened. When North took over on downs only 1:15 remained on the clock. For QB Dean Volkman, that was more than enough time to pull a victory out of the fire. Having advanced the ball to the 43 on two plays, Volkman called a crossing pattern pass play for his two big, rangy ends Keith Kuhn and Steve Skupas. When Kuhn ran underneath Skupas at the 30 yard line, Volkman delivered a perfect pass that Kuhn gathered in stride and ran into the end zone untouched with 50 seconds to play.
Rain marred the season's fifth game against Mater Dei and the Huskies were forced into a ball control game. Volkman never attempted an official pass in the second half and North wasted five different scoring opportunities in the first three quarters of play. North squandered a brilliant display of defense by LB Charlie Broyles who intercepted two passes in Wildcat territory. Sloppy ball handling and a soggy field either caused turnovers or stalled drives until the final moments of the game approached. It appeared likely that the game would end a 6-6 tie when QB Dean Volkman's only pass attempt fell incomplete on fourth and goal from the seven with two minutes to play. A yellow penalty flag was thrown that signaled roughing the passer, however, and RB Tom Sisk carried the game winner into the end zone just seconds later.
Sporting a 5 - 0 record at Vincennes and holding a 6 - 0 lead at half time, it seemed as though the Huskies were going to place themselves squarely into a showdown with Reitz' Panthers the following week with the Conference title going to the winner. Halftime proved to be the high-water mark of North's '62 season, though, as Vincennes scored on the first possession of the second half and took the lead. When the Huskies turned the ball over on the ensuing kickoff, Vincennes converted for the decisive score and a downward spiral began.
After losing to Vincennes and being shut out for the third year in a row by Reitz, the game versus Rex Mundi loomed. Led by future NFL Hall of Fame QB Bob Griese, North prepared for a battle. When LB Phil Boyd picked off his first of two pass interceptions in the game, it put North in position to score its first touchdown in eight quarters of play and Volkman hit E Steve Skupas with a 17 yard scoring toss. DB Ken Thomas recovered a Griese fumble on a punt return and set up a short drive which Volkman ended with a one-yard dive to make the score 14-0. When Skupas then sacked the Monarch QB in the end zone for a safety, the 16-7 final score was in place.
Phil Boyd would also play a key role in the season ending 0-0 tie with Central. The scoreless tie was the first in city play since 1954 and came as the result of a torrential down pour. With both sides slogging it out in what newspaper accounts called "knee deep mud", eleven fumbles were lost in the game--seven by Central and four by North. The Huskies were knocking on the door for a game winning touchdown on fourth and goal from the one when QB Dean Volkman attempted a pass that the Bears intercepted. Central's defensive back took off the other direction as the clock ticked off its final seconds. A convoy of four blockers lined up for the Bear ball carrier and he rambled for the North end zone. Storming across the muddy field, Phil Boyd ran down the ball, busted his way through the blockers, and knocked the ball carrier out of bounds at the 35 yard line. The clock expired before Central could threaten a final score and the Huskies concluded the '62 season with the first tie game in school history.
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.