From the Peoria Journal Star:
â€˜When all the stars alignedâ€™
â€œThree excellent playoff opponents and one Class 5A state football championship later, Richwoods High School popularized the impression coach Tom Peeler had of his team considerably earlier in a 13-0 season.
â€œIn the end, a non-specific, over-simplified word was the only way to describe the Knights. They were winners.â€
Or so wrote legendary Journal Star sports writer Bob Leavitt in Nov. 23, 1984 editions about Richwoodsâ€™ 21-14 victory over Deerfield. As 16 more teams look to add state titles to trophy cases across Illinois, the Knights celebrate the 25th anniversary of the cityâ€™s first state crown…..
Chad Eisele, a 41-year-old athletics director and football coach at Knox College.
â€œCoach Peeler is the greatest teacher and leader Iâ€™ve ever known. … You couldnâ€™t find a better coaching staff at any level.â€