Inductee

HHSS Redmen Football Team 1974

During the 1970’s, Haliburton Highland Secondary School had a football program that was synonymous with excellence. Starting in 1972, the focus was on developing the potential of local football players. The coaching staff, Bob Colliver and Gary Brohman, were intentional about building a football program that could succeed at the regional level. More important was their goal of creating opportunities for as many school athletes as possible. They were rewarded for their efforts as the team grew from 40 to over 80 members by the 1980’s.

Students from all grade levels, spanning from 9 to 13, proudly donned the colours of the Redmen in recognition of their many triumphs. Whether they were participating as team members or cheering their team on from the sidelines, the Pride of the Red was county-wide.

It was a damp fall day in 1974 when the Redmen boarded the bus at Hal High and headed to Lakefield College for the final COSSA, Single A Championship game. Lakefield had home field advantage, but the Redmen came out storming and secured a 16-point lead. By half time, the score was tied, 16 to 16. In a stunning third quarter touchdown and 2 point conversion, the Redmen retook the lead and kept it, with a heroic defensive stand, securing the win and clinching the championship, 24 to 16.

Recognized for excellence, the 1974 Redmen won the hearts of Haliburton County for their determination, hard work and indomitable spirit. Players remember the lifelong friendships they developed thanks to an inclusive team culture, where athletes of diverse talents were appreciated for their contributions. Their success paved the way for an era of distinction for the HHSS football program, later called the Red Hawks, which accumulated many more championships in coming years and became a source of pride for the Haliburton Highlands.

BACK ROW: Gary Brohman, Steve Colliver, Kim Hewitt, Grant Griffin, Dean Minto, Ernie Bain, Greg Griffin, Wayne McGee, Roy Boughner, Wade Stamp, Cleve Roberts, Tim Chambers, Ken Stouffer, Brian Anderson, Larry Watson, Miles Maughan, Jerry Harrison, Brent Colliver, Bob Colliver.

FRONT ROW: Ernie Cooper, Laverne Hobden, Barry Shaw, Brent Winter, Greg Bishop, Shannon Mercer, Kirk Hewitt, Paul Fleming, Blake LaPorte, Lockie Hughes, Kirk Potter, Jim Thompson, Craig Barry, Ray Driscoll, Bob Fletcher.

ABSENT: Roger Bain, Lockie Davis, Ken Griffin, Dale Griffin, Bob English.

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