Football 1961 Archive

Overall: 2-7
MIAC: 1-6 (7th)

Season Review

Young Don Roberts, backfield coach at Gustavus for the previous two years, and a fine halfback on some of the championship Gustavus teams of the early ‘50’s, took the helm of one of the toughest small college coaching jobs in America in 1961. Donnie, in becoming head football coach at Gustavus, stepped into a spot vacated by the highly successful and respected Dr. Lloyd Hollingsworth.

Abruptly, the 1961 Gustavus football fell from a competitive, fairly talented squad which had hopes of making a bid for a position high in the MIAC standings, to a team which was plagued by injuries, some tough luck, a couple of uninspired and disappointing individual performances, and a lack of reserve strength, all of which combined to bring about a somewhat nightmarish season of pain, frustration, and bitter disapointment.

Against Augustana, in the season’s opener, the Gusties started strong and, behind the running of Dick Bakke and John Martens, ground out a 22-8 upset victory, however, as both Bakke and Martens received injuries which were to handicap them the rest of the season. The Gusties lost to St. John’s the following week, beat hapless Hamline, and then proceeded to lose six consecutive ballgames. Injuries and lack of depth, resulting at least in part from an unrealistic administrative athletic policy, shackled this Gustie team as much as any foe.

1961 MIAC Final Standings
Team W L T
UM-Duluth 7 0 0
St. John’s 5 2 0
St. Thomas 5 2 0
Macalester 4 3 0
Concordia 3 4 0
Augsburg 3 4 0
GUSTAVUS 1 6 0
Hamline 0 7 0
1961 Final Results (2-7-0, 1-6-0)
GA Opponent
22 Augustana 8
0 St. John’s 36
28 Hamline 12
6 St. Thomas 28
0 UM-Duluth 70
8 Concordia 26
12 Macalester 28
16 Augsburg 26
6 Youngstown 41
1961 Roster
Number Name Year Position Hometown
80 Chuck Edwards SO End St. Paul, Minn.
88 Ron Severson SO End Braham, Minn.
84 Joe Reese SO End Kensington, Minn.
89 Jim Luther FR End St. James, Minn.
85 Jim Kersten SR End Springfield, Minn.
74 Al Eckloff SR Tackle Cannon Falls, Minn.
79 Dave Spong SO Tackle Minneapolis, Minn.
77 Harvey Winje SR Tackle Minneapolis, Minn.
78 Fred Thunhorst JR Tackle St. Pau l, Minn
73 Bob Young FR Tackle Des Moines, Iowa
71 Al Pearson FR Tackle Missoula, Montana
76 Darryl Schreiber FR Tackle Wells, Minn.
61 Dennis Smith SO Guard Park Rapids, Minn.
63 Kent Krez SO Guard Minneapolis, Minn.
66 John Osmundson SR Guard Litchfield, Minn.
60 John Kallestad FR Guard Wayzata, Minn.
62 Jim Tool FR Guard Mora, Minn.
54 Jim Welte SO Center Big Fork, Minn.
55 J. Pat Hart FR Center Minneapolis, Minn.
53 Jeff Hanson SO Center Minnetonka-Excelsior, Minn.
14 Jim Harder SO QB Litchfield, Minn.
11 Ron Erickson FR QB Hastings, Minn.
12 Roger Amdahl SO QB Mabel, Minn.
38 John Martens SO HB St. Peter, Minn.
25 Dick Bakke SR HB St. James, Minn.
24 Bill Buckner SO HB Chisago City, Minn.
22 Mike Wells FR HB Luverne, Minn.
20 Steve Johnson SO HB Cokato, Minn.
37 Roger Lancette FR HB St. Paul, Minn.
23 Roger Wallentine FR HB Willmar, Minn.
21 Bill Jafvert FR HB Worthington, Minn.
35 Dan Dokken FR HB Cokato, Minn.
48 Mark Skoog SR FB St. Paul, Minn.
45 Gary Rettke FR FB St. James, Minn.
40 Roger Hanson FR FB Bloomington, Minn.
44 Jim Maki FR FB Manahga, Minn.
Head Coach: Don Roberts
Team Statistics
Rushing Gustavus Opponents
Carries
Yards gained rushing
Yards lost rushing
Net yards gained rushing
Ave. per game
TD’s
Passing
Attempts
Completions
Intercepted
Gain
Ave. per game
TD’s
Total Offense
Plays
Gain
Ave. per game
First Downs
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
Total
Scoring
Touchdowns
PAT Kick
PAT Other
Field Goals
Safeties
Total Points
Ave. per game
Penalties
Number
Yards
Fumbles
Number
Lost
Interceptions
Number
Yards
TD’s
Punt Returns
Number
Yards
TD’s
Kickoff Returns
Number
Yards
TD’s
Punting
Number
Yards
Average
Blocked
Scoring/Quarters
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Total
Individual Statistics
Rushing Attempts Gain Loss Net Average
Passing Attempts Completed Interceptions Yards
Scoring TD’s Points PAT Kick Pat Other Field Goals
Pass Receiving Number Yards
Interceptions Number Yards
Punting Number Yards Average Blocked
Punt Returns Number Yards
Kickoff Returns Number Yards