A prelude to a title: 1985 Plainville Cardinals State Football Championship. After the 1st title, plenty of players came back for that 1981 team and they were darn good, going 8-1 in the regular season. But a trip to Hoxie KS in the regional game saw the Indians come away with a 21-0 victory. Silver Lake made it back to the title game, and won it this time....the first of four titles for Coach C.J. Hamilton and Silver Lake. 1982 was a tough rebuilding year, and 1983 saw the Cards compile a winning record, losing to eventual state champion and undefeated Osborne Bulldogs in the district game. But the seeds of the another championship were being sown, as soph. Grady Gaschler became the regular QB midway through the season. Grady was a dynamic athlete and a good leader. He was also a very good basketball player, who, as a sophomore, hit the game winning shot in the 1st round of the state tournament vs. Belle Plaine, and sunk the decisive free throws with five seconds left to defeat Leavenworth-Immaculata to win the third place trophy. They are still, the only wins that Plainville has had in a state basketball tournament. Grady went on to letter at Wake Forest University as a strong safety, in 1988. the 1984 squad was Coach Larry Friend's third team to go undefeated, during the regular season...and they marched into the semifinals vs. Medicine Lodge. But the Indians were too tough, ending the Cards campaign at 11-1. Plenty of quality players returned as seniors Gaschler, Bernie Gehring, Dave McIntire, Ty Lemon and Dave Malin among others, led the way to a 12-1 campaign, and the school's second state title. the 23-2 mark over two years, marked the best two year record in school history. the championship game weather was as cold as the 1980 game day was warm. I should have some more state title game musings, in the next month or so.