Carlinville football to start 100th season

Carlinville football to start 100th season

By Daniel Winningham
Carlinville High School’s tradition of football began prior to the start of World War I and has included many memorable moments and seasons.

CHS has a 4-3 record against Blackburn College and earned second place in the state after playoff runs following the 1978 and 1993 seasons.

Basically that first season all CHS had was a coach, 11 participating players and a winning attitude, according to historian Richard McLaughlin.

“The 1913 football season was good considering that every player had to be taught the game,” McLaughlin wrote in his book ‘The Carlinville Cavaliers: The History of Football from 1913 to 1978.’

Carlinville superintendent Harvey White is viewed as the person most responsible for bringing competitive football to CHS.

“Mr. White was an excellent promoter of the sport. He was always on hand when a game was to be played, and he gave constant encouragement to all who liked the game,” McLaughlin says.

The first coach at CHS was William “Bill” Durning, who compiled an 11-4 record in two seasons. Since then, there have been 18 men to hold the title of head coach at CHS.

There was no team in 1918 due to a flu epidemic. The first day of school didn’t take place until Nov. 1.

Quinn Steiner, a CHS football coach who played at Carlinville from 1983-86, discussed the school’s tradition.

“I’ve taught and coached at many different places, and it’s great,” Steiner said. “Football, here, the tradition is just tremendous.”

Carlinville went 34-7 in Steiner’s four seasons, qualifying for the IHSA Class 3A state playoffs in each campaign.

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