Statistically, the Bulldogs shattered 45 OHS records. Emanuel broke every passing record with 71 of 136 for 1,278 yards and 18 touchdowns; 12 to Ryan who had 36 catches for 606 yards. Stater led in rushing with 756 yards for a 6.9-yard average followed by Chedister (6.5), Baugh (6.0) and O’Dell (5.1).
Grouwinkel would coach OHS one more year, then was off to the college ranks, coaching a combined nine years at North Dakota, Arizona, Iowa, Northwestern and Florida State before finishing an 18-year high school career (184-99-3 and 11 conference titles and 11 play berths) at York in Elmhurst, Ill.
“It was a shame we couldn’t have played Mount Pleasant because we would have beat them,” said Grouwinkel. “I’ve had some real good teams but that one in Ottumwa was the most explosive I’ve ever had. It was awfully special.”