Editor’s note: 2014 & 2015 knocked 1974 down to No. 10 on the all-time list
Next on “The Top 10 Most Offensive Teams in Reitz Football History!” at No. 8 are the 1974 Panthers. Coach Bob Padgett‘s only team to make the Top 10, they scored 369 points in 10 games, averaging 36.9 points per game.
They were ranked No. 3 and 4 overall in the state in the AP and UPI polls, respectively (back then, they ranked teams overall, not by class). Their only loss was by six to Central (20-14), but Reitz still won the West Side Nut Club and city championships.
They were barely edged out of the SIAC title (they finished a half game behind Harrison, who Reitz beat, 28-13) and a playoff berth (only four teams in three classes qualified back then).
Some of Coach Padgett’s other noteworthy teams
- #14: 1971 (averaged 34.40 points per game)
- #19: 1977 (averaged 32.54 points per game)
- #21: 1973 (averaged 30.22 points per game)
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