Football 600 win Club
By The Numbers
(Publication Date 2010)
On a cloudy Friday night, October 22 2010, the Chillicothe Hornets
by virtue of a convincing
45-0 win at Cameron High School joined the elite "600 Win"
club. Chillicothe joined Jefferson City, Kansas City Rockhurst and
Webster Groves as the only known schools in Missouri with 600 wins
in school history as of the day of the game. Several other schools
have a chance at obtaining this goal this year or in the next couple
of years. It is estimated that less than 200 schools nation wide
have obtained this goal of 600 school wins. Valdosta, GA is the
national leader with more than 800 football wins in school history.
The Humble Beginnings
The exact date or even the opponent
that became win number one for Chillicothe High School is long since
gone. The only reference to the first season of
football in 1904 is a mention the 1909 Chillicothe Cresset which
referred to the 1904 team as the first organized football team at
the school, and the team went 2-1 in their first season.
Possible opponents would of been Trenton, Carrollton,
Brookfield, Chillicothe Normal School (Later to become Chillicothe
Business College), Maupin College (also a business school in
Chillicothe) or one of the neighboring smaller towns. Football had
made appearances in Chillicothe prior to 1904 at the local colleges,
town teams and traveling teams. A 1891 Chillicothe newspaper made
mention of a "foot ball game at the fairgrounds and all should
attend". It failed to mention the winner, or even the teams
playing. Football prior to 1920 was pretty much a wide open game
with few rules that even fewer people understood.
The First Great Season
After three years of trial and error,
Chillicothe finally figured out the game.
In 1907 under
the guidance of a young man named Malcolm Perryman, the Chillicothe
High School football team went 7-2. It would be 14 years before any
Chillicothe High School Football Team would equal that 7-game win
total. No team would surpass that win total until Bob Fairchild
guided the 1964 team to 8 wins on the season.
Stars of the 1907 team included Halfback William
Bradley, who was listed by the St Joseph newspaper as being one of
the fastest men in western Missouri. Another star was Mervin Jones,
a hard nosed Sophomore that played Right End along with other
positions. Jones would play four years, and after graduation would
coach the team for one year.
Blocking for the men was a line led by Guard Maxwell
Gordon, who was billed as "a man who likely could not be moved
by a cannon ball shot at him."
Another great team of the first decade was the
1909 team which
went 6-1. The team outscored opponents 234-13. The lone loss was to
St Joseph, which refused to play a return game. A "home-home" two
game series in a season was somewhat common place.
The following year the team went 5-1 with the lone loss
coming in the first game, which was played before the team could
secure the services of a coach.
Finding a good football coach in the
early years was difficult. Keeping a good coach was impossible.
Journeymen coaches seldom actually worked at the school, and seldom
stayed more than a couple of seasons. Here's a look at Chillicothe's
top five coaches in win totals.
||Most Wins Over
||1963 - 1997
||1998 - present
||1924 - 1932
||1958 - 1962
||1951 - 1955
||1938 - 1942
1st Win - 1904, other details unknown
100th Win - 11/29/1934 at Trenton 19-0
200th Win - 10/2/1959 at Unionville 19 - 0
300th Win - 10/26/1973 - Kirksville 27 - 8
400th Win - 11/13/1986 Kansas City Southwest 26 - 7
500th Win - 9/4/1998 Kearney 20 - 0
600th Win - 10/22/2010 at Cameron 45 - 0
Chillicothe has enjoyed tremendous
success with 7 Show Me Bowl appearances and 5 Show Me Bowl Titles.
The Hornets have made the state semi-finals 12 times and the state
playoffs 24 times with a play-off record of 33-19. Only Jefferson
City and Rockhurst has more playoff appearances than the Hornets.
The team has won 23 conference titles and finished 2nd 22 times in
74 years of conference competition.
In 107 seasons, the last time Chillicothe failed to win
a game was 1949 when the team went 0-6-3. The Hornets have had just
three seasons where they lost every game: 1905 (0-3), 1912 (0-2) and
1918 (0-3). The 1918 season was shortened due to a nation wide
influenza epidemic that closed schools for several weeks. The
Hornets did have a record of 0-6-2 in 1927, however one loss was
turned into a win after the season when Cameron had to forfeit their
win over Chillicothe due to the use of an ineligible player.
Since 1963, Chillicothe has had just four losing
seasons through the 2009 season.