Wahlert was the one team the Bulldogs had not scouted and it showed as the Eagles ran for 320 yards while limiting OHS to 108. Despite sitting out the week with an arm injury, Emanuel threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
“I remember at halftime Coach Grouwinkel telling us if we won that game it would mean something special,” said Emanuel. “If we didn’t win, it would still be a good season but it wouldn’t be special.”
OHS 56, OSKALOOSA 9
With No. 1 Davenport Central and No. 2 Des Moines Lincoln losing, the Bulldogs for the first time in history took a No. 1 ranking in the state into the final home game and then played like it.
Emanuel threw five touchdown passes, three to Ryan (21, 25 and 8 yards), a 36-yarder to Ed McHugh and a 64-yarder to Stater in a record 270-yard passing performance; tackle Laris Roberts returned a fumble 33 yards for a score; and O’Dell and Stater scored on short runs before 4,200 jubilant fans.
Assistant coaches George Magrane and Bill Kramer and Grouwinkel along with Bill Christensen were all dunked in the showers in the wildest locker room celebration in Schaefer Stadium history amid the chant of “We’re number one.”
The mythical state championship was affirmed four days later when both the AP and Des Moines Register made them No. 1 while UPI placed Mount Pleasant ahead of OHS. Mount Pleasant had gone unscored upon but its’ nine opponents were just 28-41 compared to a 38-36 record for OHS foes. Also, The Courier was an AP newspaper; the Mount Pleasant News a UPI paper.
Five Bulldogs were named to the All-Little Six team – Ryan, Roberts, Brinegar, Stater and Emanuel; three more on the second team – Terry Crow, Jim Young and Larry Baugh. Stater and Roberts were named to the IDPA All-State first team; Ryan to the third team and Emanuel to the fourth.