1976 NHS Season Statistics
Evansville Courier & Press Newspapers ALL CITY/METRO Selections
|Garrett||Cornell||RB||5-9||142||Sr.||Courier & Press||Both papers|
|Irvin||Stephan||LB||6-1||205||Sr.||Courier & Press||Both papers|
|Aug. 28||Henderson County (Ky.)||Loss 14-44|
|Sep. 3||Vincennes Lincoln||Win 27-7|
|Sep. 10||Evansville Memorial||Win 23-19|
|Sep. 18||Evansville Harrison||Loss 25-34|
|Sep. 24||TH South||Win 28-7|
|Oct. 1||Evansville Central||Win 19-14|
|Oct. 8||Evansville Reitz||Loss 0-49|
|Oct. 14||Evansville Bosse||Win 44-20|
|Oct. 22||Providence||Win 28-25|
|Oct. 28||Evansville Mater Dei||Loss 13-14|
|player||first||pts||TD||PAT 1||XPM||PAT 2||FG||S|
Individual stats for rushing and receiving are unavailable at this time.
Highlights included: A pre-season pick to contend for the City title, North adopted a single wing offense in '76 to best utilize the skills of all-star running back Cornell Garrett. The plan looked flawless through the seasons first two games (a 44-14 drubbing of Henderson County and a 27-7 thrashing of Vincennes Lincoln) and North entered week two undefeated. Garrett had back to back 100+ yard games, 3 TD's rushing, and Stoner Gray had thrown a 72 yard touchdown pass.
It was in the season's third tilt that the plan developed problems. Against a stout Memorial team that was ranked #19 and would ultimately tie for the City Title, Garrett was injured in the first half and would miss the rest of the game. Memorial had countered North's single wing with their own 'Notre Dame Box' and the two offenses resembled a throw back to the 1930's in a tightly contested, ball control game. Trailing 19-16 with less than a minute to play, full back John King took the direct snap and completed a 43 yard touchdown pass to Stoner Gray to snatch the victory with 31 seconds on the clock.
Playing without Garrett for the next two games, North lost a tough decision to Harrison in spite of power-back Stephan Irvin's two TD's and John King's 149 yard passing effort. The Huskies did, however, manage a 28-7 win over Terre Haute South which was keyed by the excellent defensive play of Joe Williams and Steve Pence. The two combined for three critical sacks of the South QB--each sack was for 12 yards or more. On the strength of Kevin Wilson and Stephan Irvin's twin 100 yard games, the Huskies entered a huge north-side battle at Central with a record of 4-1.
6,500 fans were on hand to witness the battle for the Inaugural North Side Trophy between the Bears and the Huskies. The newspapers listed Central as a touchdown favorite in the game. With North trailing 19-7 with only 11:00 to play in the game, it appeared that they would be correct. Kevin Wilson had returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touch down, but since that point the game had been all Central's. It wasn't until Tim Hall picked up a fumble and rambled 58 yards for 6 points that the North faithful got their hopes up. John King then directed a scoring drive that was capped off with a Cornell Garrett 21 yard TD that gave North a 19-14 upset victory.
Entering the season's final four games with a 4-2 record gave the Huskies room for optimism, but the remainder of the season had more downs than ups. The high point was Cornell Garrett's magnificent 194 yard 3 TD effort versus Bosse and Ron Jones' two touch down catches versus Clarksville Providence. Against Clarksville, John King tossed a season high 3 touch down passes including the game winner to Jones with only minutes left in the game.
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.