The 20th century was the defining era of high school football, and during that time a select group of programs across the country solidified their reputations as the nation’s greatest. These programs—with legendary coaches like Paul Brown, Wright Bazemore, Gerry Faust, and Bob Ladouceur—produced national championship teams at schools such as Massillon, Valdosta, Moeller, and De La Salle.
But which of these teams was the greatest?
All the Way to #1 is the first book to thoroughly document the nation’s top high school football teams from the 20th century. Identifying seventeen legendary programs, football historian Timothy Hudak tells the exciting and entertaining stories of how these teams came to prominence on the national stage. Fans will be particularly interested in Hudak’s conclusion about which of these teams was the best.
Filled with 330 black-and-white photos, statistics, and the most comprehensive listing of the 20th century’s high school football champions found anywhere, All the Way to #1 is a one-of-a-kind book that will be perfect for fans across the country.
Timothy L. Hudak is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He has been studying the history of football at the high school and collegiate levels for more than 25 years and is the author of almost four dozen articles and book reviews on high school and college athletics. He has taught courses in the history of college football at local community colleges. Mr. Hudak and his wife, Patti Graziano, live in Cleveland, Ohio. More info →
John R. Pflug, Jr. is a graduate of Brown University where he majored in political science. John’s father Bob was both a high school player in Ohio and a high school football coach in Pennsylvania, both of which earned Bob Pflug high school Hall of Fame recognition. This generated in John an abiding interest in the sport of football. He has spent the last 15 years researching the history of high school football, in particular the high school football national champions of the 20th century. Mr. Pflug and his wife, Carol, reside at “Headquarters”, the family farm in Browns Cove, Albemarle County, Virginia. More info →
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