of the Maroon & Gold
|Russell Houk took over in 1964 and had one of the great teams in school
history, the 1967 squad that went 6-3. Unlike Redman’s running teams this
one’s success rested on the passing arm of quarterback Rich Lichtel. He
threw for 2771 yards, averaging nearly 308 per contest with 26 touchdowns,
and twice passed for five in one game. His favorite target was tight end
Bob Tucker, who shattered school records with 77 receptions, 13 of which
went for touchdowns, and 1325 receiving yards. He caught four touchdowns
passes against Millersville, a feat that was duplicated versus Shippensburg
by the other talented end, Stan Kucharski.
The Big Three from the 1967 team (L to R):
The Huskies would match those six wins only once in the next 17 years,
going 6-4 in 1978. The turn-around in the program began in 1984 under George
Landis when Bloomsburg went 6-5 with their first PSAC Eastern Division
championship. The most dramatic game and single play during this
championship season was at West Chester when quarterback Jay Dedea threw
a 50 yard touchdown pass to Curtis Still on the final play of the game
to give the Huskies a 34-31 victory.
Coach George Landis and QB Jay Dedea
|The following season completed the comeback when the 1985 team won
the PSAC title outright and the most games in school history with twelve.
The Huskies marched through the regular season at 10-0, which included
a 49-14 victory over Lock Haven and an Eastern Division clinching 8-6 conquest
of West Chester.
The PSAC championship game was held on November 23 in Redman Stadium,
with the Huskies facing Indiana (PA), who was coached by 1958 Bloomsburg
graduate George Chaump. The Husky defense picked off five passes and limited
Indiana (PA) to three field goals in a 31-9 victory. Bloomsburg was ranked
number three in the country, and for the first time made the NCAA Division
|Bloomsburg had several more good seasons after 1985, but would not
reach the Division II play-offs again until the 1996 season under coach
Danny Hale. A loss to Indiana (PA) in the second game was followed by nine
consecutive victories, including a 64-0 win over Lock Haven (the second
highest point total against non-high school competition in school history,
bettered only by a 67-0 win over Millersville in 1916), and the new record
set three weeks later in a 74-13 demolition of Mansfield. The following
week the Huskies had their most dramatic game of the season when Irvin
Sigler scored from four yards out with one minute to go to secure a 21-17
win at Millersville.
The most exciting game all year was the regular season finale at home
against East Stroudsburg when Bloomsburg, down 42-37 late in the third
quarter, scored three touchdowns, all by Sigler and the last from 80 yards,
to win 58-42 and secure the Eastern Division title for the third consecutive
year. The 100 total points was the most in school history, and the game
boasted 1,243 total yards and broke a number of NCAA, PSAC, and school
records. It was a memorable game to cap a great season, since the following
week the Huskies lost to Clarion in the first round of the Division II
play-offs by a score of 42-29.
Running back Irvin Sigler