Jun 08

When were the most points, touchdowns, etc. in school history? #MakingTheCut presented by Bean’s Lawncare Plus

Jackson Ashby (#35) lead the team with two safeties in 2016. Photo courtesy Mike Harp

Welcome back to ReitzFootball.com’ new series called Making the Cut, presented by Bean’s Lawncare Plus. We take a look back at record-breaking achievements and outstanding performances made by the Mighty Panthers from throughout the school’s rich football history.

In this edition, we’re looking at scoring, particularly when there was the most of it.

Most points in a season: 597 in 2007
This team accrued 597 points on their way to winning a state championship. Paul McIntosh was the biggest contributor with 202 points.

Most touchdowns in a season: 85 in 2003
While 2007’s team had 82 touchdowns, 2003 had the most* with 85. Ricky Crider lead the team with 34 touchdowns.

Most field goals in a season: 8 in 1997, 1999 & 2009
There is actually a three-way tie between these three season. J.P. Claybourn had all eight in 1997, his brother Brian had eight in 1999 and in 2007, Jeff Hudson had seven and Josh Colbert had one.

Most extra point passes in a season: 4 in 2008
Jeff Hudson lead with half of those.

Most extra point runs in a season: 8 in 1971
Bob Nelson lead with three.

Most extra point kicks in a season: 67 in 2014
Drew Reuter had 56 and Josh Springer had 11.

Most safeties in a season: 3 in 2016
This past season, 2016, had the most safeties with three. Jackson Ashby had two while Cage Street had the other.

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* While we don’t have all the records yet, our goal is to eventually have this complete. We do have 1971 plus most of 1990 to present day (minus 2000, 2001 & 2012)

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Apr 28

Pair of 95+ yard touchdowns propel 2014 Panthers over Colonels #MakingTheCut presented by Bean’s Lawncare Plus

Welcome to a new series on ReitzFootball.com called Making the Cut, where we’ll take a look back at record-breaking achievements and outstanding performances made by the Mighty Panthers from throughout the school’s rich football history.

With this new series, we are also proud to announce its title sponsor and our newest Community Partner, Bean’s Lawncare Plus.

Owned and operated by Jason Effinger (Reitz Class of 1998), Bean’s Lawncare Plus is a West Side based business and can help with all your lawn care needs plus more!

Aug. 22, 2014
The first edition of Making the Cut looks back at the Mighty Panthers’ 34-13 win over Henderson County. Of course the win was good, but what made it even better was the pair of 95+ yard touchdowns!

#13 Elijah Dunham and #25 Isaac Flowers helped the Panthers beat Henderson County. Photo courtesy Mike Harp

The first occurred right before halftime. With the Panthers trailing, 6-0, Elijah Dunham recoverd a Colonel fumble and returned it 95 yards, giving Reitz a 7-6 lead going into the half. The Panthers would get the ball back to start the second half, and wouldn’t you know it, Isaac Flowers, who caught the kickoff at the 1-yard line, returned it 99 yards!

From our research, this is the only time the Panthers have had two 80+ yard touchdowns in the same game, let alone 95-yards!. From what we can tell, Dunham’s score probably set a school record, and Flowers’ definitely did.

You can watch both scores courtesy of Home Team Friday’s coverage that night. Dunham’s fumble return is at 1:03 and Flowers’ is at 1:21.

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Apr 11

Bishop-Dullaghan Middle School Commuter Football Camp is coming to Reitz High School

Bishop Dullaghan Middle School Camps are for Junior High age players in all football
positions entering grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 in the fall of 2017. It is our 19th year of
running these camps for the purpose of getting these young players “Jacked Up”
about playing the greatest game on the planet.

We drill techniques and fundamentals for every position and the coach to player ratio
never exceeds 10 to 1. We guarantee that the camper will return home better
prepared and more confident in his ability to play both of his positions chosen at our

In 2016 there were over 650 total campers attending the 5 sessions on the college
campuses of: University of Indianapolis, Depauw, Millikin, & Taylor University as well
as Bishop Chatard High School.

Due to feedback received from players, parents and high school coaches, in 2017 we
are expanding our Commuter Camp options with 3 commuter camps with one each in
Evansville, Merrillville, & Indianapolis. All players bring their own helmets and
shoulder pads (players from Michigan and Ohio are not required to wear shoulder
pads but we do ask that they bring helmets) and there is some upper body contact in
drills. We are a working camp and this 3 day, 9 practice opportunity camp is
a very inspiring and fun filled learning experience.

Players are size, age and ability grouped and taking players to the ground in contact
drills is not allowed. Players are grouped by position and each player selects both an
offensive and a defensive position.

The coaching staffs are composed of College and High School coaches and College
players who were former Bishop Dullaghan camp attendees. All of the techniques
taught and many drills used at our camps are available on professionally, produced
Flash Drive’s for purchase in the Locker Room Store on our website. It is highly
recommended campers review these techniques and drills before and after
camp. We believe this will optimize the learning experience for each position.


Camp Brochure – BD Commuter Camp

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Apr 01

Nut Club trophy accidentally broken

Happy April Fools Day!

The West Side Nut Club Trophy is in need of some big repairs after it was accidentally dropped yesterday.

“We were moving the trophy to a new display in the field house when it was accidentally dropped,” said Reitz head coach Andy Hape. “I won’t name any names, but it was the new guy.”

Estimates to repair the trophy range around $800 but it should be fixed in time for the 2017 season.

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Mar 07

Ashby, Brinton named IFCA Region 9 All-Stars

Jackson Ashby and Calvin Brinton were named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Region 9 All-Star team, it was announced by the organization recently.

Ashby, who lead the Panthers with 11 sacks and two safeties, was selected as a defensive end.

Brinton, picked for his contributions at wide receiver, lead the team with 55 catches and 742 yards.

One or both could be selected to play in the group’s annual all-star game, which is usually held in July.

Regardless, both young men will extend their football-playing career. Ashby will play for Marian University while Brinton will go to Hanover College.

Panthers named to IFCA Region 9 All-Star team since 2002:

  • 2002: Andy Kissell
  • 2003: Zach Barrett, Andy Deig, Nick Hart
  • 2004: Andrew Backes, B.J. Fleming, Seth Qualls
  • 2005: Ricky Crider, Wade Mayer, Lloyd Pressley
  • 2006: Mike Head
  • 2007: Craig Austin, Tyler Julian, Paul McIntosh
  • 2008: Tyler Mattingly, Ryan McIntosh
  • 2009: Mike Clem, Tony Ewers, Jeff Hudson
  • 2010: Cuda Dimmett, Matt McIntosh
  • 2011: Rion Irvine
  • 2012: none
  • 2013: Link Dierks, Mike McDowell, Jordan Summers
  • 2014: Trevor Fetscher, Malik Higgins, AJ. Ware
  • 2015: Will Brown, Tristen Clark, Kerrion Ringo
  • 2016: Jackson Ashby, Calvin Brinton

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Feb 28

Reitz Football BBQ Rib Sale

The 3rd annual Reitz Football Rib Sale has begun!  

From March 1st until March 13th Reitz Football will be selling BBQ ribs for $20 a full slab.  All proceeds will benefit the Reitz Football Program!

Rack of Ribs= $20
Orders Due= March 13th
Rib Pick-Up= March 18th, 2pm @ Fieldhouse Parking Lot
Purchasing= Find a Reitz football to place order    OR    email order to tim.shipp@evsck12.com



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Feb 24

Brunson named Mount Vernon’s new coach

Cory Brunson, an all-state player for the Panthers in 1996, will leave Harrison and become the new head football coach at Mount Vernon High School, it was announced yesterday at a press conference.

“I’m looking forward to another opportunity,” said Brunson, who had been the head coach at Harrison, in a 44News interview.

From 2003 to 2007, Brunson was an assistant under former Mount Vernon coach Paul Maier, who resigned in January. Maier had been with the Wildcats since 1998 and had an 88-115 record.

Brunson was also an assistant for the Panthers from 2008 to 2012. In 2013 he accepted the head coaching position at Harrison. At the east side school, he compiled a 21-23 record and was named the 2015 Courier & Press All-Metro Coach of the Year.

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Feb 24

Panthers playing for city championship tonight #ReitzBasketball


The Panthers have a shot to defend their city title tonight when they host the Bosse Bulldogs at Reitz Gym

While the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference title has been secured by Castle (the Knights won with a perfect 7-0 league record), the city boys basketball crown is still up for grabs.

Our Mighty Panthers, 11-10 overall, are 4-1 in city competition. Bosse, 14-7, has already clinched a share of the Evansville championship with a 5-0 record, but a Reitz win would give the Blue & Gray a share of the prize.

Since the 1993-94 season, the Panthers have won the city title five times:

  • 2001-02
  • 2004-05
  • 2006-07*
  • 2014-15
  • 2015-16

Bosse has won eight times in that same span:

  • 1995-96
  • 1996-97
  • 1997-98
  • 2005-06
  • 2006-07*
  • 2010-11
  • 2013-14
  • 2016-17

* The two schools also shared the title in the 2006-07 season.

Tipoff will be approximately 7:00 p.m. at Reitz Gym after the conclusion of the JV contest and is the regular season finale for both teams.

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Feb 15

Ashby, Brinton, Mahan will play college football

Over the past several days, three Reitz Panthers have announced their intentions to play football at the collegiate level.

Jackson Ashby has signed with Marian University while his teammates, Calvin Brinton and Reid Mahan, have signed with Hanover College.

Brinton and Mahan will join Panther alumni Kornell Dash, Class of 2016, at Hanover.

Congratulations to these fine young men and we wish them continued success on the gridiron, in their education and in their lives!

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Feb 06

Andersen elected to NFL Hall of Fame

ReitzFootball.com would like to extend our congratulations to Morton Andersen, the legendary kicker, as he has been elected into the National Football League’s Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Andersen, who was famously known for how few extra points he missed during his career (he only missed four out of 130 in his college career and 10 out of 859 during his pro career), will forever be appreciated by West Siders for the one he missed during the Panthers’ regional championship game against Ben Davis on November 11, 1977.

After building up a 13-0 lead, Andersen was called in to attempt his second extra point of the evening.

The Danish exchange student, who hadn’t missed one all year, did just that. The Panthers, trailing by 13, staged an amazing comeback and went on to win, 14-13, to earn a berth in their first IHSAA state championship game.

But let’s not take anything away from Andersen. His accomplishments are well deserving of inclusion into the NFL’s Hall of Fame. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler. He leads the league in all-time points scored. He only missed 15 extra points in a 30-year career.

However, on one cold November evening, his magic could not work, and the Mighty Panthers emerged victorious.

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