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Nov 18

This Day in #ReitzFootball History (Nov. 18): Panthers finish first unbeaten campaign, lay claim to state title

ReitzFootball.com proudly presents “This Day in #ReitzFootball History,” as we look back through almost 100 years of The Mighty Panthers.

The Panthers have played four games on November 18:

  • Overall: 4-2
  • At Reitz Bowl (1922, 1933, 1950): 3-0
  • Away (1927, 1939, 1944): 1-2
  • On Friday (1927): 0-1
  • On Saturday: (1922, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1950): 4-1

1922: Reitz 6, Bicknell 0

1927: Central 7, Reitz 6 (Tiny Ten)

1933 *: Reitz 13, Bosse 0

“A crowd of over 5000 packed Reitz Bowl for the contest.

The [city] champions won their title in masterly fashion, showing a rugged defense and the best offensive play of the year. With Bosse shutout, the Reitz goal line remains uncrossed on running plays in nine games.

On the basis of this record Reitz makes a serious bid for the mythical state football championship.”

– Evansville Press, Nov. 19, 1933

George Freeman, who would be honored on the all-state team that fall, scored the Panthers’ two touchdowns.

1939: Memorial 32, Reitz 7

1944: Reitz 26, Bosse 7 (SIAC game)

1950: Reitz 28, Central 12 (SIAC Large Division game)

“Out on the Hilltop, where winning football teams are a habit, Reitz yesterday fashioned its fourth-straight city and Southern Indiana Athletic Conference championships with a 28-12 victory over Central.”

– Evansville Press, Nov. 19, 1950

After a rough 0-3 start, the Panthers won their final six games. George Alvey had two touchdowns for the Panthers.

* – denotes state championship season

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