GALLIPOLIS — The 1985 Blue Devil football team was honored Friday night during halftime of the Homecoming game against Athens.
With an overall record of 8-3 and a league record of 4-0, the ’85 team won the SEOAL championship by beating Logan. This was the first time since 1970 that the Blue Devils won the league and was the first playoff team in school history.
According to coach Brent Saunders, “They set a single-game GAHS record for total offense against Marietta and for the 1985 season set a GAHS record for total offense. The defense only gave up an average of 10 points per game.”
The coaching staff consisted of head coach Saunders, assistant coaches Jim Niday, Rick Howell, Steve Surgeon and Kent Shawver. Leading the way for the Devils were tri-captains Bruce O’Rourke, Todd Slone and John Strait. The team consisted of 10 seniors, 18 juniors and 15 sophomores.