May 24

#TraditionTuesday The Mater Dei Rivalry

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Every year during the final game of the regular season, 12,000+ fans pack the Reitz Bowl to watch two rivals battle it out in an environment many college teams would be happy for. While Reitz has played Mater Dei every year since 1952, it wasn’t until 1970 that the first trophy game for the West Side Nut Club’s Golden Acorn Trophy was played.

The Panthers lead the series, 44 games to 20, but the Wildcats have won the past three, and this rivalry is always a highlight of any West Sider’s calendar.

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May 20

VIDEO: Panthers earn first SIAC crown since 1954 #ReitzBaseball

The Panthers used a 5-3 win over Castle yesterday to earn a share of the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference championship with the Knights.

Reitz won the city title Wednesday after beating Mater Dei.

The co-SIAC champs will battle again on Wednesday in the first round of the IHSAA Class 4A Sectional 16 tournament.

Local coverage
Reitz Wins First SIAC Title Since 1954 (TriStateHomepage.com)

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May 19

Panthers earn city title with 9-5 win over Mater Dei #ReitzBaseball

Reitz defeated their West Side rivals Wednesday evening, 9-5, in a make-up game that was postponed from Tuesday.

The win gave the Panthers the city championship and kept them in contention for the SIAC title. A win over Castle tonight would give the Panthers at least a share of the conference crown.

The Knights will play as host for the Panthers’ regular season finale, and Reitz will take on Castle again next Wednesday in the sectional first round.

Standings through games played May 18:
TEAM       SIAC    CITY    OVERALL
Castle      9-2     ---    17-8
Reitz      10-3    10-2    17-7
Harrison    8-5     8-3    13-8
Central     7-6     6-5    15-10
Memorial    6-6     5-5    15-9
North       5-6     5-4    14-11
Mater Dei   4-10    4-8     8-16
Bosse       0-11    0-11    2-21-1
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May 17

#TraditionTuesday What it means to wear the Silver Helmet

silverhelmetPerhaps one of the most distinguishing characteristics of the Reitz uniform is the simplest. While the silver helmet worn by a Reitz Football player may not be flashy, donning it is a point of pride held dear by those who understand the Reitz Football Tradition.

As stated in “5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Reitz Football Tradition”, the Silver Helmet has grown to symbolize what Reitz Football represents:

Our silver helmet is rather simple and plain and as a coach and former player, I wouldn’t want it any other way! It stands for the CULTURE and TRADITION of Reitz High School. It stands for all of the players who came before us and the foundation they have laid down for us.

Bob Stephenson, Reitz Football Hall of Famer

Every time I put on the silver helmet I would always get a great sense of being part of an honored tradition.

Andy Holder, former coach & all-state player

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May 14

‘Whirlaway’ Siscel dies at age 93

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Siscel pictured from the Reitz team photo, 1942

The Reitz Nation lost a Panther great last Saturday, May 7, as John Siscel Jr. passed away at the age of 93.

As a member of Herman Byers’ first Reitz Football team in 1942, Siscel’s speed and prowess earned him the nickname “Whirlaway” where he became the city’s second-leading scorer for the conference championship Panthers.

Funeral services were held this past Tuesday at Pierre Funeral Home, and Siscel was laid to rest at Saint Joseph Cemetery.

We here at ReitzFootball.com would like to send our condolences to Siscel’s family and friends.

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May 10

Kornell Dash signs with Hanover College

Kornell Dash will extend his football-playing career with Hanover College, it was announced Monday.

Dash, who was voted the Week 3 Player of the Game after helping the Panthers overcome Castle, 35-30, will attend the Division III college this fall.

Dash finished his senior season with 62 tackles and three sacks. He also had an interception and two fumble recoveries, one of which was a 60-yard touchdown return against Memorial. Dash’s score broke a 14-14 tie in a game that the Panthers went on to win, 36-29.

Kornell joins four other Panthers who will extend their football-playing careers:

Congratulations Kornell!

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May 10

#TraditionTuesday Matt McIntosh 65-yard touchdown run against #MaterDei #2009

Check out Matt McIntosh’s spectacular 65-yard touchdown run against Mater Dei in the Panthers’ 59-0 win from the 2009 season.

This game set the record for points scored against the Wildcats.

McIntosh finished with nine carries for 125 yards for two touchdowns. Passing, he completed 7-of-9 for 130 yards and two touchdown passes.

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May 09

Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame announces eight more Reitz inductees

The Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame recently added several more names to their list of inductees into their inaugural Class of 2016, eight of whom are Reitz alumni.

They are:

  • Gene Backes
  • Austin Carlton
  • Brian Claybourn
  • Ricky Crider
  • Billy Hewig
  • Lloyd Pressley
  • Ed Wessel
  • Josh Whicker

They will join 19 others already announced and will be honored at the group’s banquet on Sunday, Oct. 9.

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May 03

Where it all began… #TraditionTuesday

This week’s #TraditionTuesday puts a spotlight on where it all began.

The very first football game ever played by Reitz High School was on Oct. 4, 1919. The team took on the Central High School second team, defeating the Bears, 6-0.

The only score was logged by Ralph Woods (also spelled Wood and Weeds, depending on the source).

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1919 results

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Apr 26

Zach Harris’ senior project helped add to Reitz Football Tradition #TraditionTuesday

ReitzFootball.com is proud to present a new feature, called #TraditionTuesday. Every Tuesday, we’ll post a picture, video, link etc. that helps tell the story of the Reitz Football Tradition.

This week’s #TraditionTuesday features Zach Harris. His senior project was to raise enough money to purchase a giant inflatable Panther tunnel that the team could run through at home games as they took the field.

At $8,000, this was a big accomplishment to shoot for, but that’s just the kind of guy Zach is, always setting big goals for himself.

While Zach, who has cerebral palsy, could not play football, his senior project was a success and he was able to take the field through the tunnel with his team.

This video, never before published, is from that night as the team took the field after running through the giant Panther for the first time.

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