Plans have been finalized to honor PHS coach Jim Lewis and celebrate the undefeated 1967 team.
Fifty years ago, the Pratt High School Greenback football team not only had outstanding coaches and went undefeated, but they finished as the #1 team in Class A.
The man who led the charge was legendary head coach Jim Lewis. During his fifteen years as a Pratt Greenback football coach, he led the Frogs to victory 76 times! Among those numerous victories was the 9-0 season of 1967.
To celebrate and honor PHS Coach Jim Lewis, a come-and-go meet-and-greet time will be held in the Pratt High School lobby from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on October 13, 2017. The public is invited to come and visit with Coach Lewis and members of the 1967 football team.
During halftime of the October 13th PHS vs. Hugoton football game, Coach Lewis and members of the undefeated 1967 Greenback State Football Champions will be officially honored.
If a high school football team in the WCKL was going to go undefeated in 1967, it was going to have to get past Dodge City. As anyone familiar with Kansas football lore knows, the Red Demons under head coach JC Riekenberg were a juggernaut in those days. Perhaps the biggest win in PHS’ undefeated season was the 24-20 win over Dodge at Zerger Field.
In 1967, before they were beaten by Pratt High, Dodge City was riding a 19-game winning streak, having gone 8-1 in 1965 and 9-0 in 1966. They went 7-2 in 1967 (the other loss being to Wichita North) and 8-1 in 1968. The 1969 team was also 8-1 and the 1970 team won the State Championship at 11-0.
In other words, the Pratt High victory came during one of the most glorious stretches in Red Demon football history, making it all the more remarkable.