Remembering Richwoods: The 25th Anniversary of a Championship

From the Peoria Journal Star:

‘When all the stars aligned’

“Three 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.

“In the end, a non-specific, over-simplified word was the only way to describe the Knights. They were winners.”

Or so wrote legendary Journal Star sports writer Bob Leavitt in Nov. 23, 1984 editions about Richwoods’ 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 city’s first state crown…..

Chad Eisele, a 41-year-old athletics director and football coach at Knox College.

“Coach Peeler is the greatest teacher and leader I’ve ever known. … You couldn’t find a better coaching staff at any level.”