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90 seasons ago, these Pirates were 8-1-1

Losing only to Lima Central High School in season opener

In 1932, 90 football seasons ago, this Bluffton High School football team won the Mid West League championship. The team was among the most successful squads since football records in the school history.

Bluffton HS football records go back to 1920, although there were teams that played prior to that season.

Members of the team, front from left, Deppler, Lora, Coon, Romey, Ludwig, Kibele, Foltz, Peterson, Wenger

Second row from left, Burkholder, Diller, Holden, Swank, Lewis, Diller, Alderfer, Conrad.

Third row from left, Leichty, Lugibuhl, Henry, Corson, Kliewer, Warren, Wampler.

Top row from left, Kohli, M. Diller, Tschantz, Cookson, Davidson.

This team went 8-1-1. The Van Wert game was a tie, but Bluffton won by a forfeit, as Van Wert played an ineligible player.

This team played the first-ever night game. It was versus Bucyrus on the road. This was also the second season for the Mid West League and Bluffton won league titles in 1931, 1932, 1933 and tied for the title in 1934.

Among other season highlights, Ralph Diller ran 60 yards for a touchdown in the final 58 seconds to defeat Wapak. The Shawnee game was played on a snow-covered field.

In the final game of the season Captain Richard Ludwig and “Dutch” Lewis suffered serious injuries in the last minute of play.

Lima Central 0-19

Columbus Grove 19-0

*Wapakoneta 7-0

*Ada 13-6

Bucyrus 18-0

*Kenton 19-0

*Van Wert 6-6

Shawnee 6-0

Pandora 19-0

St. Marys 6-0


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