Crusader 1981 State Championship Football Team: the first Lutheran High School team to win a State championship!
Jeff Angelo, Don Borgmann, Steve Borgmann, Hank Branom, Tony Buford, Terrance Clay, Bobby Edmonds, Edwin Edwards, Rory Green, John Grubbs, John Holiday, Chris Horne, Vernon Huggans, Anton Ivy, Ira Hughes, Jerome Hutchinson, Greg Jacobsmeyer, Jeff James, Eugene Jones, Karl Klein, John Krehmeyer, Greg Miller, Rich Potter, Keith Randall, Kevin Randall, Donald Reeves, Thomas Rooks, Charles Simmons, Andre Smith, Craig Smith, Andre Spears, Darryll Watkins, Mark Fellwock mgr. Deceased: Xavier Ferguson and Kevin Houston.
Head Coach – Mike Russell, Assistant Coach – Carl Holschen
LHSN 14 John Burroughs 0
LHSN 17 Country Day 13
LHSN 28 Lutheran South 0
LHSN 42 Principia 6
LHSN 22 Priory 0
LHSN 21 Jennings 14
LHSN 14 Mercy 20
LHSN 29 Rosary 7
LHSN 10 Hillsboro 6
LHSN 18 Bowling Green 3
LHSN 10 Hillsboro 7
LHSN 14 Jackson 6
State 3A Championship Game (Busch Stadium):
LHSN 14 Marshall 6
The 1981 (Class of 82) football team and the state playoff games will be long remembered by the Lutheran North community. Although the details may grow fuzzy, the memory of becoming the first Lutheran North team to win a state championship will remain clear and unblemished. By the time the playoffs began, the team had developed a strong defense balanced by a big play offense. This combination provided the keys to victory as the last three games were low scoring contests with narrow margins of victory. In the state championship game at the Old Downtown Busch Stadium the defense dominated. And although Marshall struggled back to make it a close game, North was not to be denied its first-ever state championship.
All-ABC League: (1st Team) Tony Buford, Bobby Edmonds, Keith Randall, Kevin Randall, Thomas Rooks, (2nd Team) Don Borgmann, John Grubbs, John Holiday, Chuck Simmons, Andre Smith, Craig Smith, Darryll Watkins, (Honorable Mention) Vernon Huggans, Anton Ivy, Jeff James
All- Metro: (1st Team) Tony Buford, Bobby Edmonds, Thomas Rooks (Post Dispatch Player of the Year)
All-State: Tony Buford, Bobby Edmonds, Thomas Rooks
Tony Buford played linebacker at the University of Tulsa. He played briefly for the St. Louis Football Cardinals.
Bobby Joe Edmonds attended the University of Arkansas and played professional football (six seasons) with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Bucs; and professional baseball with the Detroit Tigers. He was drafted in the NFL fifth round and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie with Seattle.
Thomas Rooks was the all time leading rusher when he left the University of Illinois in 1985. He started in the Rose Bowl in 1983. He tried out for the Minnesota Vikings in 1986 and the St. Louis Football Cardinals in 1987.