2015 season - 100th season of St. Joseph Bears football
First team 1913
No Team in 1916, 1917, 1918. (Flu epidemic, and WWI)


St. Joseph Football Conference/Division championships
1927, 1928, St. Joseph Blue Jackets
1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938*, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971*, 1973*, 1974, 1975, 1980*, 1983, 1984*, 1986*, 1987*, 1988*, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2007*, 2008*, 2009
*Undefeated season

1988 Class B Football State Runner up
1988 Class B Region I Regional Champions
1988 Class B Region I District Champions
***St. Joseph Class of 1989 never lost a regular season game from 7th to 12th grade.

1997 Class BB Region 2 Champions
1997 Class BB Region 2 District Champions

1987 Class B Region I District Champions

2007 District Champions
2007 Regional Champions

2009 District Champions

Retired Jerseys (1)

Rob Fredrickson (Class of 1989)

Team Records

THE RECORD BOOK…


Victories
Consecutive, Regular Season only, No Ties

37 - 9/26/86-9/30/89

Consecutive Shutouts, No Ties
4 – 9/14-10/5/73 (Lakeshore, Muskegon Catholic Central, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix)

3 – 10/16-10/30/87  (Portage Northern, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, South Haven)
3 – 9/26-10/10/86 (Benton Harbor, Portage Central, Niles)

Consecutive Winning Seasons
11 - 1982-1992
6 - 1994-1999
Ties
Lowest Scoring Tie Game

0- 9/30/55 vs. Grand Haven (0-0)
    10/4/68 vs. K. Loy Norrix (0-0)

Highest Scoring Tie Game
40- Oct. 11, 1963 vs. Niles (20-20)

Season
2 - 1963, 9/20 vs. Buchanan (6-6), 10/11 vs. Niles (20-20)
2 - 1963, 9/21 vs. Buchanan (13-13), 9/28 vs. Dowagiac (6-6)
Consecutive Ties
2 - 1963, 9/21 vs. Buchanan (13-13), 9/28 vs. Dowagiac (6-6)
Last Tie Game
10/4/68 – SJ 0, KLN 0
Scoring
Game

67 – SJ 67, BCC 35 – 9/19/08
61 – SJ 61, KLN 14 - 10/25/85
59 – SJ 59, BH 8 – 10/3/14**
58 – SJ 58, SH 0 - 10/30/87
57 – SJ 57, SH 0 - 9/5/97
56 – SJ 56, GL 13 – 10/30/09 (playoffs)
55 – SJ 55, NIL 26 – 9/27/13
55 – SJ 55, KLN 7 – 9/17/10
55 – SJ 55, PN 0 - 10/16/87
55 – SJ 55, MAT 7 – 10/9/09
52 – SJ 52, BUC 7 -  11/7/58
49 – SJ 49, MAT 7 – 10/12/07
49 – SJ 49, LKS 14 –10/26/07 (playoffs)
49 – SJ 49, PC 22 - 10/25/74
48 – SJ 48, KLN 0 - 10/26/84
48 – SJ 48, PN 0 - 9/12/97
48 – SJ 48, PN 7 - 9/15/95
48 – SJ 48, NIL 0 – 9/11/09
48 – SJ 48, KC 7 – 8/28/14***
47 – SJ 47, PC 13 - 10/30/70
47 – SJ 47, SH 6 - 9/6/91
46 – SJ 46, SH 19 - 10/28/88
46 – SJ 46, MAT 6 - 10/17/08
45 – SJ 45, BH 0 – 10/10/08
45 – SJ 45, CHI Luther 6 - 9/18/59
45 – SJ 45, NIL 21 - 10/11/96
Lowest Scoring Win
2 – SJ 2, PC 0 – 10/4/85
Safeties in a game
2 – SJ 37, MAR 7 – 8/27/10
Points Season (Min. 300)
377 – 1997
344 – 2008
336 – 1984
329 – 1987
327 – 1988

Fewest Points Allowed – Regular Season (under 80)
43 – 1986
59 – 1961
62 – 1971, 2007
64 – 1973
65 – 1974
71 – 1980
77 – 1962
79 – 1960
Fewest Points Allowed On Defense
43 - 1986
First Downs
171 - 2007
Rushing Yards
2,272 – 2008
2,169 – 1987
Rushing Attempts
334 – 2008
333 – 2013***
Passing Yards
1984 - 1984
Passing Attempts
232 - 2003
Passes Completed
102 - 1984
Fewest Yards Penalized
186 - 1978
Defense vs. Punt Return
-2 - 1987
Defense vs. Rush
484 - 1984
Defense vs. Pass
369 - 1995
Average Punt Return (Total Attempts)
20.0 (12) - 1994
Interceptions Allowed
18 - 1983
Fewest Interceptions by Opponents
1 (5 times) - 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2010
Interceptions by
St. Joseph
19 (2 times) - 1968, 1969
Most Fumbles Lost
23 - 1969
Fewest Fumbles Lost
3 – 2002
4 – 2010
Most Punts
54 - 2003
Fewest Punts
16 – 2008
17 – 2007
Most Blocked Punts
6 – 1983, 2008
High Punt Average
42.8 - 1988
Kickoff Average
53.55 - 1999
Most Shutouts
4 (3 times) - 1984, 1985, 1986


INDIVIDUAL RECORDS…
Passing
Attempts
231-Andy Schueneman (2003)
Completed
98- Ethan Schweir (2007)
Yards
1793-Mike Gillette (1984)
Yards per completion
22.8- Patzer (1970)
Fewest Interceptions
1-Ebon Sanders (1988)/Phelan (1991)
Touchdown Passes
19-Ethan Schweir (2007)
Longest Touchdown Pass
84-Wright (2001)
Receptions
45-Steve Preston (1984)
Receptions (Game)
11-Dan Lafond (2003)
Reception Yards
909-Steve Preston (1984)
Average Per Reception
34.5-Gibeau (1987)
Touchdown Receptions
14-Scott Blasko (1996)


RECORD BOOK (cont.)…
Special Teams
PAT Percentage
100.0-Brett Virgil (2005)
100.0-Ryan Kitron (2011)
95.8-Mike Gillette (1984)
95.0-Josh Akins (2009)
93.3-Brett Virgil (2006)
Most PAT's
38-Josh Akins (2009)
35-Mike Gillette (1984)/Brett Virgil (2007)
Longest PAT Run (2 point conversion)
24-Nisbet (1971)
Field Goals (season)
9-Mike Gillette (1984)
9-Cullen Hoffman (2014)***
9-Cullen Hoffman (2013)
Longest Field Goal
48-Brad Shushman (1999)
Kickoff Average
57.50-Cullen Hoffman(2013)
53.55-Brad Shushman (1999)
Punt Average
42.8-Gary Layton
Field Goal Percentage
100-Phelan (1990)/Smith (1996)/Schweir (2006), Akins (2009)
Longest Kickoff Return for Touchdown
94-Ryan (1974)
Longest Punt Return for Touchdown
96-Keith Demchinski (1994)
Blocked Punts For Touchdown
1-Johnston (1973)
Jones (1973)
Kubicki (1989)
Hobbs (1999)
Radde(1999)
Ty Taylor (2010)


Most Blocked Punts (season)
4-Kubizna (1983),
Josh Weaver (2008)
Rushing
Yards (season)

1,289-Jamaal Jackson (2009)
1,215-Anthony Dunning (2002)
Yards (game)
391 – Jack Turak (11/1/13)
(Playoffs vs. Sturgis (43 carries)
Attempts (Season)
235-Anthony Dunning (2002)
Attempts (Game)
43-Jack Turak (2013) vs. STG
40-Jack Turak (2013) vs. PC
40-Henry Steele (1996)
Yards Per Carry Average
9.5 – Jamaal Jackson (2008)
7.5 – Justin Gambrell (2013)
7.5 – T. Golba (1987)
Rushing Touchdowns (season)
21-Jamaal Jackson (2009)
18-Alex Smith (1980)/
Jason Sandusky (1992)
Rushing Touchdowns (game)
6-Drake Smith (2008)
Offense
Total yards (rush/receiving)
1573-Gary Layton (1990)
Total Touchdowns (run/rec)
21-Jamaal Jackson (2009)
18-Alex Smith (1980)/
Jason Sandusky (1992)
Scoring
Points (season)
139-Alex Smith (1980)
Defense
Tackles (season)
104-Brown (1978)
Tackles (game)
22-Baske (1997)
Sacks (game)
13-Jeff Morris (1982)
Solo Tackles (season)
70-Radde (1999)
Interceptions (season)
8-Ebon Sanders (1989)
Interceptions for Touchdown
2-Olson (1973)/ Lincoln(1973)


CAREER RECORDS
Total Yards
3533-M. Ryan (1972-1974)
Total Rushing Yards
2985-Alex Rutherford (2009-12)
2366-Mike Ryan (1972-1974)
Rushing Touchdowns
35-Alex Rutherford (2009-12)
Total Rushing Attempts
530-Alex Rutherford (2009-2012)
440-Gary Layton (1988-1990)
Total Passing Yards
3,055-Mike Gillette (1982-1984)
Total Passing Touchdowns
29-Mike Gillette (1982-84)
28-Ethan Schweir (2004-07)
Receptions
72-Steve Preston (1983-1984)
Touchdown Receptions
14-Steve Preston (1983-84)/
Scott Blasko (1995-96)
Reception Yards
1368-Steve Preston (1983-1984)
Passes Attempted
376-Andy Schueneman (2002-2003)
Passing Percentage
63.5-Sean Guinane (2007-09)
60.4-Ethan Schweir (2004-07)
Interceptions
12-Ryan (1972-1974)
Tackles
214-Brown (1977-1979)
PAT's Kicked
79-Brett Virgil (2005-2007)
Field Goals
19-Mike Gillette (1982-1984)
Scoring
216-Alex Rutherford (2009-12)
212-M. Ryan (1972-1974)
Cumulative records listed are regular season games only, playoff games do not count in record book, for season/career records.

Single game records are for season and playoff games.

***New record established in 2014


Cumulative records listed are regular season games only, playoff games do not count in record book, for season/career records.

Single game records are for season and playoff games.

***New record established in 2013


Coaching Records

Coaching

Year Coach Record
1913 Whitehead 0-4
1914 Berry 2-6
1915 Gardner 0-6-1
1916-1918 No Teams  
1919-1920 Gordon Gabal 12-6-1
1921-1931 Henry Howe 50-39-11
1932 Fred Harrsen 1-7-1
1933 Henry Howe 4-3-1 (54-42-12)
1934-1935 Ronald Finch 12-3-2
1936-1946 Harry Lee 53-31-5
1947-1948 Jack Petosky 7-5-3
1949-1950 Jay Eldred 8-8
1951-1953 Walt Gephart 10-13-1
1954-1963 Dick Higgs 43-31-7
1964-1967 Willis Koontz 13-22
1968-2001 Ivan "Ike" Muhlenkamp 211-110-1
2002-2005 John Van Wagoner 7-29
2006-2010 Elliot Uzelac 45-13
2011- Gandalf Church 25-14