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10/30/2012 5:00:00 PM
Yellow Jacket 1971 football squad to be inducted into PVHS Hall of Fame

Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE - Palo Verde Historical Society & Museum will induct Palo Verde Valley High School's 1971 varsity football team into the Palo Verde High School Hall of Fame this Homecoming.

The 1971 season was the year they were co-Desert Valley League (DVL) Champions - known as the best season the school had seen in 20 years.

The 1971 squad started their season off with a 28-0 away victory over AAA powerhouse Cathedral High Phantoms from Los Angeles. The next game was played against Bishop Gorman High School of Las Vegas, Nev. at Scott Stadium. The Gaels put up a little more effort since they were defending their Nevada State Champion title but they returned home to "Sin City" with a 14-9 loss to the Jackets.

The following game sent the Yellow Jackets to meet Palm Springs High School where the two teams battled it out in the first week of league action. The Jackets returned to Blythe being upset 7-12 by the Indians, and possibly dashing their hopes for a title.

Still feeling the sting of the Indians, Palo Verde played against the Brawley Wildcats at home and the contest ended with a 13-7 victory; beginning an eight-game winning streak.

The Yellow Jackets dropped by the home of the Calexico Bulldogs and left with a 57-20 win. Next stop was the Coachella Arabs where Palo Verde rolled over the high school, 44-13.

Back at Scott Stadium the Jackets hosted El Centro's Central High Spartans for Homecoming and in front of a 4,000-plus crowd, sent the Spartans home with 20 points versus Palo Verde's 35.

On the road again, Palo Verde visited the Yucca Valley Trojans and etched out a 2-point lead against the high desert team for the win. PV, 22; Yucca Valley, 20.

In the final regular season game, the Jackets traveled to the home of Rajahs in Indio. The Rajahs scored 10 points against the Jackets but it was not enough. The Yellow Jackets returned to Palo Verde High with 28 points.

Palo Verde reached CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) play-offs and would have to meet the Hemet Bulldogs in their house. With over 900 Yellow Jacket supporters in the stands, Palo Verde sailed to a 36-14 victory. The win was bittersweet due to Palo Verde losing three key players which would prove costly in the next round.

The next round of CIF play-offs for the Yellow Jackets was played at Scott Stadium against the Sonora Raiders where over 4,000 people came into Scott Stadium for the duel. Palo Verde gave their all but the Raiders ended the Yellow Jackets' run after a 21-14 loss in front of the home crowd.

Palo Verde ended their season 5-1 in DVL and 9-2 overall.

Many of the players from that era and spectators who witnessed the final game of the 1971 varsity Yellow Jacket team said that the game against Sonora was "one of the best games ever played."

The roster from that year was Tom Guilin ('72), Bobby Miranda ('72), Ricardo Sanchez, Dickie Vasquez ('72), Mark Stewart ('72), Tom Rushing ('72), Danny Judd ('72), John Shumway ('72), Roger Slater ('72), Paul Bowen ('72), Rusty Duquette ('73), Dean Jones ('74), Warren Clayton ('73), Danny Johnson ('72), Mike Moran, Ron Blythe ('73), Virgil Iler ('73), Greg Friestad ('72), David Rutan ('72), Donnie Hale ('72), J.C. Bowens, Dennis Thomas ('73), Mike Foster ('73), Billy Cook, Daniel Jones ('72), Cliff Mansfield ('72), Dean Morris , Jessie Guilin ('73), Tony Caldera ('73), and Walter McMillian. The co-champions were led by assistant coach Fred Faver and Head Coach Phil Ramsey. Ramsey will also be honored at the ceremony for his feats during his tenure as coach at Palo Verde High School.

Fourteen men ended up receiving some type of DVL honors (All-DVL, 1st Team, 2nd Team, All County or Honorable Mention) at the end of their 1971 season. Ramsey received All-County Coach for his stellar season with the Yellow Jackets.

The 1971 varsity team will be inducted during the PVHS Homecoming pre-game show at 6 p.m. at Scott Stadium on Nov. 2.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Mr. Empty Pants

I'd say the 2004-5 squad was pretty fair. 8-0 going into homecoming. Ranked #1 in Press-Enterprise Small schools ratings on that day. 9-1 regular season, 1-1 in the playoffs if I recall right. A TEN win season! Not too shabby!

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Steve Palermo

I remember these guys and this team, the perfect storm. I remember Dickie Vasquez. The guy's a mountain, off of the field one of the most easy going guys you'd ever want to meet. On the field he would remove your head to make the play.

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Article comment by: Always a complainer

The PV Museum started the Hall of Fame 3 years ago. So in defense of them way to go! The museum is in need of volunteers and help so instead of the haters commenting on this here story maybe you should go to S. Broadway and give them a hand. Great job, museum. Keep up the good work. P.S. If they honored all the great and deserving people who we all feel should be honored we would probably run out of honorees within 10 years....

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Article comment by: Loyal Fan

Let me state that I am a huge fan of the Historical Society and the Hall of Fame Committee. That being said, I believe that more individuals need to be inducted in any given year in order to "catch up" and honor Blythe's greatest athletes/coaches, etc.. Just honoring three or four in any given year leaves out too many who are deserving. Also, with no disrespect intended to the 71 football squad, team inductions should be reserved for CIF Championship teams and not league champions of which there could be many over the years. The City of Blythe and the citizens need to get behind this organization financially and make the museum a more attractive showcase for Blythe's past.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: Rhonda Entwistle

Congratulations 1972 and 1973 team members! The games during the fall of '71 were so exciting and electric! Many '72 members will be here for their 40th, but I wish there was more time to notify my '73 classmates out of town. Please note the following team members did not have their class listed but they are all Class of '73...Mike Moran, Dean Morris, Ricardo Sanchez, J.C. Bowen, and Walter McMillan. Sadly, some of the members of the team have passed away - J.C. Bowen, Mike Foster, David Rutan and Billy Cook, that I can remember.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: Kent Ross

The seniors on this team graduated in 1972. It should also be noted that the PVHS Baseball team of the same class went farther in CIF than any other in PVHS history.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: George C.

Congratulations Chapo, this was a very important part of your life and by all accounts you were the toughest (deleted) on the team and in the league. PVHS football tradition is based on these great players and the legacy their team created.

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

Didn't some of these guys already get elected into the hall of fame? Why are they doing the whole team? The hall of fame is not a team effort it is simply an individual effort that had a good career and good numbers during his career. I would like to say congratulations to the class of 72 but every year it seems that someone is getting elected from that class.. I know there are many individual who played for the yellow jackets that had good careers with fabulous stats. Just because the team didn't make the playoffs is no sign to leave these players off the list. I would love for next year we move up a generation and start looking at other players. Who ever is in charge of putting players into the hall of fame needs to look at the history of all the players that played at PV High. By the way lets go yellow jackets get us a win this friday.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: Small Town Girl, but NOT Small Minded

I remember the Homecoming Game, even though I was young it was my mom's reunion year and the Excitement in the air was Electric. We sat on those old WOODEN Bleachers, Freezing our (deleted) off, but what a proud moment for ALL who were there, both on and off the field. Players played with heart and school pride, coaches with no hidden agendas, just playing the best players in their optimum positions, leaving eveything on the field of battle. WHAT HAPPENED TO PVHS? SAD! JUST PLAIN SAD!

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: a Fan PVHS Yellow Jackets

I remember that day clearly! I made all these plans (in my head) that I was going and all excited about it, then ... my sister came and picked me up to go ,,, babysit! I was SO disappointed, no I was pist-off!
I missed a GREAT game.

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Article comment by: Blythe Lifer

Just one small mistake....It's the class of "72", not "71". Congrats guys for a long overdue, JOB WELL DONE!!!

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