Update: W-G welcomes undefeated Woodhawk teams back for Homecoming

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Members of the 1970 and 71 undefeated Woodward-Granger football teams were honored prior to Friday's Homecoming contest.

WOODWARD — There was a time when the Raccoon River Valley Conference had Adel, Dallas Center, Dexfield, Interstate-35, Madrid, Norwalk, Panora-Linden and Woodward-Granger all vying for football bragging rights.

In the fall of 1969 and 1970, those doing the boasting were the (then) Woodhawks of Woodward-Granger, who cranked out a pair of 9-0 seasons, earning a share of two mythical state championships (official playoffs, with four teams in each of four classes, began in 1972).

Many members of those standout grid squads were welcomed back to Woodward-Granger for Homecoming last week. On Friday, the undefeated Woodhawks gathered at a local diner and then stopped by Uthe Field at Hawk Stadium, where their exploits were shared before a large crowd.

The group gathered for several photo opportunities and had a good time seeing old friends and remembering the time when it was their blood and sweat being left on the grass in Woodward, and their glory that was being earned.

Gathering Friday at a local diner were members of the undefeated Class of 1970 and 1971 Woodward-Granger Woodhawks football team. From left: Jerry Peoples, Coach Ray Wendell, Carl Pruiett, Duane Harney, Dan Geneser, Dennis Benbow, Ed McDaniel, Lowell Elliott, Jat Staker, Matt Crouse, Tim Bice and Jerry Bebout.
The 1970 Woodward-Granger Woodhawks, who would finish the season undefeated. Photo submitted.
After finishing 9-0 and allowing only 18 points in 1969, the outlook for the 1970 was a positive one for the Woodward-Granger Woodhawks. Photo submitted.
Press clippings predict a successful 1969 campaign for head coach Ray Wendel’s Woodward-Granger Woodhawks. Photo submitted.

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