Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame

 

Class of 2017

Dudley Childress- Class of 1952


Dudley Childress graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1952. Dudley would play quarterback his senior year leading the team with 21 touchdowns. He still holds the record at HHS for the longest rushing touchdown from scrimmage with a 99-yard run against Blue Springs in 1951. Dudley would lead the 1951 team to a undefeated (10-0) record capping the season with a 14-13 Mineral Water Bowl victory over Higginsville. He played on teams at Harrisonville that were part of a 40 game winning streak from 1950 thru 1954. Dudley would be named to the 1951 Missouri Sportswriter/Sportscasters All-State Team as a 3rd Team Back. He was the 1952 winner of the Brutus Hamilton Award for Outstanding Harrisonville High School athlete. Dudley would also be named valedictorian of his Class in 1952. Upon graduation Dudley would attend the University of Missouri on a football scholarship. He would earn a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Dudley would then receive his Ph. D. from Northwestern University with a major in Electrical Engineering, and a minor in Biomechanical Engineering. Dr. Dudley Childress would go on to become a pioneer in the field of prosthetics and rehabilitation engineering. In 2005 Dr. Childress was inducted into the Harrisonville High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame. Tonight we are honored to induct Dudley Childress into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Dudley Childress.

 

Bob Barrett- Head Coach (1975-1989) Assistant Coach (1974)

Bob Barrett was the Head Coach of the Wildcats football program from (1975 thru 1989), and an Assistant Coach in (1974). During his 15 seasons as head coach he would accumulate a record of (113-35-2) which is the most wins by any head coach in the programs history. During those 15 seasons he would post 14 winning seasons. Coach Barrett would coach (6) one loss teams during his time at Harrisonville (1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1983 and 1984). His teams would win (8) West Central Conference Championships (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1989). Coach Barrett’s teams would make (6) State Playoff appearances (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987). His teams would play for (6) District Championships winning (3) (1981, 1983 and 1984). He would lead the 1981 team to the Class 3A Quarterfinals, the 1983 team to a Class 3A Show-Me Bowl runner-up, and the 1984 team to the Class 4A Semifinal. Coach Barrett would be named as the 1983 Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters Class 3A Coach of the Year. Tonight we are honored to induct Bob Barrett into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame.

 

Fred Bouchard- Head Coach (2002-2007)

Fred Bouchard was Head Coach of the Wildcats football program from (2002 thru 2007). During his 6 seasons at Harrisonville he would post a record of (75-6). Coach Bouchard’s teams would win (6) West Central Conference Championships, and (6) Class 3A District 12 Championships during his tenure at Harrisonville. His teams would make (6) State playoff appearances, 2002 Class 3 Sectional Qualifiers, 2004 Class 3 State runners-up,  2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Class 3 State Champions. He coached the program to a (41) game winning streak from September 9, 2005 through November 24, 2007. Fred was named the 2003 and 2007 Missouri Sportswriter/Sportscasters Class 3 Coach of the Year, the 2007 Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 3 Coach of the Year, the 2005 MoKan All-Star Game Missouri Head Coach, the 2006 Midwest Region Coach of the Year, and in 2006 was one of 6 finalist for National Coach of the Year. After leaving Harrisonville he would win the Class 5 State Championship at Staley High School in 2011. Fred would retire from coaching following the 2015 season with a record of (201 wins, and 47 loses) for his career. In 2016 Coach Bouchard was inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Tonight we are honored to induct Fred Bouchard into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame.

 

Michael Keck- Class of 2007

Michael Keck graduated from Harrisonville High School in 2007. He is the most highly recruited player to ever come out of Harrisonville in the programs history. Michael would play on (3) State Championship teams (2003, 2005 & 2006), and (1) State Runner-up (2004). During his time at Harrisonville would play on teams that accumulated a (53-3) record from (2003 thru 2006). He would be named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association All-State Teams in (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006); the Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters All-State Teams in (2005 & 2006); Kansas City Star All-Metro Teams in (2004, 2005 & 2006); Bobby Bell Award Finalist in 2005; Bobby Bell Award Winner 2006; West Central All-Conference Teams (2004, 2005 & 2006). Upon graduation Michael was named as a 2007 Parade Magazine Parade All-American. He was rated the (#1) overall prospect in the State of Missouri by Super Prep, and the (#1) overall prospect in the State of Missouri by Rivals.com. Michael was ranked by Prep Star as the (#16) overall prospect at any position in the Midlands Region, as well as the (#11) overall weak-side linebacker recruit in the nation. He ranked as the nation’s (#26) defensive line prospect in (2006-2007).
Michael would choose to play college football at the University of Missouri over offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama, Colorado, Kansas State and Kansas. He would “red shirt” his freshman year at Mizzou in (2007) and play in one game in (2008). He would transfer to Missouri State University in (2009). He was twice named Missouri State Defensive Player of the Week. In (2009) Michael was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year. Heading into the (2010) season he was ranked the (#26) Division I-FCS outside linebacker by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview. Tonight we are honored to induct Michael Keck into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame.


Class of 2016

 

Ross Shelton- Class of 1925

Ross Shelton graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1925. He played fullback for the Wildcats for 4 seasons from 1921 thru 1924. During the 1923 campaign he would score 17 touchdowns, and score a total of 25 touchdowns during his career with the Wildcats . He would be named as team captain for his junior and senior seasons of 1923 and 1924. Ross was awarded 1st Team Fullback honors on the Harrisonville High School All-Star Team by the Cass County Democrat. This team was selected from players that played for the Wildcats between 1920 thru 1930. After graduation Ross would play college football at Westminster College in Fulton and Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg. Tonight we induct Ross into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Ross Shelton.



Ben Alburtis- Class of 1954

Ben Alburtis graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1954. He would play for the Wildcats from 1950 thru 1953. The teams he would play on had a record of (37-1) at HHS. During is sophomore season of 1951 he was a member of the (10-0) Mineral Water Bowl championship team. As a senior in 1953 he was named 1st Team All-District End and Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters Association 2nd Team All-State End. After graduation Ben would except a scholarship to play football for the University of Missouri. He would play for the Tigers from 1955 thru 1957, lettering during the 1956 and 1957 seasons. Tonight we are proud to induct Ben into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Ben Alburtis.



Gillis Leonard- Class of 1976

Gillis Leonard graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1976. During his high school career he excelled as a three sport athlete in football, basketball and track. He is the only athlete from Harrisonville High School to be named All-State in both football and basketball. As a member of the football team he was named to the Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters Association Class 3A All-State 1st Team, as a linebacker in 1975, and on the hardwood he would grab Class 3A All-State 1st Team honors as a junior and senior. During his senior season of football Gillis broke the National High School record for average yards per reception with a 26.1 yard average. He would also account for 17 touchdowns during his senior season. Gillis still holds the Harrisonville High School record in basketball for rebounds in a game with (32) against Clinton. Gillis would also be selected to play in the Big Brothers All-Star Game at Arrowhead Stadium to conclude his high school career. Following his high school career he was recruited by Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri. He also prompted inquires from Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Brown due to his academic record. He would choose to play football for the University of Missouri. Gillis would play one season for the Tigers before transferring to the University of Missouri-Kansas City to play basketball for the Kangaroos for 3 seasons. Tonight we are honored to induct Gillis into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Gillis Leonard.



Randy Hartzler- Class of 1985

Randy Hartzler graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1985. Randy was a 3 year starter on the offensive line during his 4 seasons as a Wildcat from 1981 thru 1984. During his high school career the teams he played on had a 39-7 record. These teams would qualify for the state playoffs 3 out of 4 seasons, (1981 Class 3A Quarterfinalist), (1983 Class 3A State Runners-up) and (1984 Class 4A Semifinalist). Randy was twice named to the Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters Association All-State Team. As a junior in 1983 he was a 2nd Team Class 3A Offensive Lineman, and as a senior in 1984 he was a 1st Team Class 4A Offensive Lineman. As a senior Randy would win the Class 3A State Wrestling Title at Heavyweight. He would finish with a (33-2) record with (21) pins that season. After graduation Randy would continue his college football career at the University of Colorado. He played for the Buffalos from 1985 thru 1988. He was a letterman during his final season at Colorado in 1988. Tonight we are proud to induct Randy into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Randy Hartzler.

 

Brett Jones- Class of 1991

Brett Jones graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1991. He played football for the Wildcats from 1987 thru 1990. Beginning in 2003 Brett began researching the history of Harrisonville Wildcats football program. In 2010 he began sharing his research information, and administrating the website www.harrisonvillefootball.com, as well as Harrisonville Wildcats Football on Facebook. Both sites have been mentioned by high school football media outlets 810 Varsity Magazine and PrepsKC as, "One of, if not the best high school football team websites in the Kansas City Metro area." Brett has used these platforms to help with many projects related to the football program, as well help with the promotion of student athletes and alumni at Harrisonville High School. A few of these are the forming of committees to help select the 1980's, 1990's and 2000's All-Decade teams, helping to coordinate the restoration of the 1951 Mineral Water Bowl Trophy, and bringing that team back to rededicate the trophy, doing color commentary for Harrisonville Wildcats football games for 3 seasons with KDKD internet radio, and helping to coordinate the formation of the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Tonight we are honored to induct Brett into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentleman, Brett Jones.



Zach Kendall- Class of 2006

Zach Kendall graduated from Harrisonville High School in 2006. During his time as a Wildcat, teams he played on from 2002 thru 2005 would have a record of 47-6, winning two State Championships in 2003 and 2005, and a State Runner-up in 2004. As a senior he was named Class 3 All-State 1st Team Defensive Lineman by the Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters Association. He was also named Class 3 All-State 1st Team Defensive Lineman by the Missouri Football Coaches Association. Zach was named the 2005 Missouri Football Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Year. He was twice named to the Kansas City Star All-Metro 1st Team Defense as a junior, and as a senior. As a senior he was nominated for the Bobby Bell Memorial Award. After graduation Zach would play his college football for the University of Kansas State. He would make 17 career starts as an offensive lineman for the Wildcats. He would be a two time letterman. During his senior season he was voted as a player representative, and team captain by his teammates. Zach would finish his senior campaign by being voted 2nd team All-Big 12 Offensive Lineman by the Associated Press. Following his college career Zach would play one season of professional football with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. Tonight we are honored to induct Zach into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Zach Kendall.


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Class of 2015

 

 

Hugh Dunn- Class of 1940

Hugh Dunn graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1940. During his days at Harrisonville he ran track and played football from 1937-1940. Upon graduation he would attend Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. He would play one season before World War II began. At that time he would put his college career on hold to join the U.S. Army. While in the service he was twice wounded in battle. He would receive the Purple Heart with cluster and the Silver Star Medal for his valor in combat. Upon being discharged in 1945 Hugh would return to Missouri Valley College to resume his academic, and athletic career. Despite his wartime injuries he would play in the backfield at running back, blocking back and quarterback leading the Vikings to a 41 game winning streak, and two bowl game victories. He was awarded the Williamson Trophy as the Most Valuable Small College Player in the country in 1947. He would begin a teaching and coaching career in football and track at Macon High School that would last over 40 years. Hugh would end his football coaching career at Macon High School with a record of (234 wins, 148 losses and 15 ties), six league championships and four playoff appearances. In 1971 Macon High School named their football field in his honor. In 1972 Hugh was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, 1974 into the Missouri Valley College Hall of Fame, 1992 the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, 1999 into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, 2008 into the Harrisonville High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame, and tonight we honor him with the 2015 Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Hugh Dunn.

 

 

Luke Scavuzzo- Class of 1945

Luke Scavuzzo graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1945. He played running back for the Wildcats from 1941-1944. Upon graduation he would attend the University of Missouri and play football for one season. He would then join the U.S. Navy for two years. After returning from the service he would enroll at Missouri Valley College, and play football from 1948-1950. The 1948 team that he was a member of would win the Small College National Championship. During the 1950 season he was named 1st Team All-Conference Guard. Teams that Luke played on at Missouri Valley College were part of a 41 game winning streak from 1941-1948. He along with those teams were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. After graduation Luke would work in the family grocery business. His first year back in town he would help the football program as an unpaid assistant coach for the (10-0) 1951 Mineral Water Bowl Championship team. Let it also be noted that he was the first assistant coach in the history of the football program. He would later scout for the high school football program in the 1960's. In 1994 Luke was inducted into the Missouri Valley College Hall of Fame, 2010 into the Harrisonville High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame and now becomes a member of the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Luke Scavuzzo.

 

 

Robin Wright- Class of 1953

Robin Wright graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1953. He was a member of the 1951 Mineral Water Bowl Championship team playing wing back. Robin would score both of Harrisonville's touchdowns in the 14-13 win over Higginsville on that Thanksgiving Day bowl game. He was on teams at Harrisonville that were part of a 40 game winning streak from 1950-1954. Robin was named to the 1952 Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters All-State Team as a 1st Team Back during his senior season, and is the first player in the history of the football program to be honored with the 1st Team designation. Upon graduation he would attend the University of Missouri on a football scholarship from 1953-1957. Robin then served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1961 where he quarterbacked two Army National Championship teams. After his military service he would graduate from the University of Missouri in 1961. Tonight we are honored to induct him into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Robin Wright.

 

 

Lloyd Eugene "Gene" Roll- Class of 1953

Gene Roll graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1953. He was a member of the 1951 Mineral Water Bowl Championship team playing fullback. He played on teams at Harrisonville that were part of a 40 game winning streak from 1950-1954 (the longest in the State of Missouri at the time.) In 1953 Gene was the winner of the Brutus Hamilton Award for the Most Outstanding Harrisonville High School athlete. He would attend the University of Missouri on a football scholarship from 1953-1957. Gene would start at fullback for 3 years for the Tigers. He was a four-year letter winner at Missouri, and the leading ground gainer in 1955. He was awarded the "Outstanding Back Award" by the MU Quarterback Club for his performance that season. In 1958 he would join the Marine Corps, where he would play football and win 4 national service championships. In 2007 Gene was inducted into the Harrisonville High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame. Tonight he joins the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Gene Roll.

 

 

Kelly Donohoe- Class of 1986

Kelly Donohoe graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1986. Kelly was a 4 year letterman for the Wildcats and found playing time as a freshman at quarterback. During his 4 years at HHS he would lead his teams to a (38-7) record from 1982-1985. Teams that Kelly played on qualified for the state playoffs 3 out of 4 seasons. Playing in the Class 3A Show-Me Bowl as a sophomore, the Class 4A Semifinal as a junior and Class 4A District Playoff as a senior. During his high school career he completed 321 of 591 passes attempted for a 55% completion rate. He would pass for 4,324 yards and 35 touchdowns for a 13.5 yards per pass average. In 1983 Kelly was named to the Class 3A Missouri Sportswriters/Sportscasters All-State Team as a 2nd Team Quarterback and again in 1985 as the Class 4A 1st Team All-State Quarterback. After graduation he would attend the University of Kansas on a football scholarship. He played for the Jayhawks from (1986-1989), and would pass for 5,382 yards during his career. He still hold the Kansas record for the longest completed pass from scrimmage for a touchdown hooking up with Willie Vaughn in 1987 for a 98-yard strike. After graduating from KU Kelly has gone on to become one of the most successful high school football coaches in the State of Missouri at Blue Springs High School. He has been head coach for 16 years, leading the Wildcats of Blue Springs to three Class 6 State Championships in (2003, 2012 & 2013), and State Runners-up in (2009). Tonight we are honored to have him as a Harrisonville Wildcat once again as he joins the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Kelly Donohoe.

 

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