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.