Athletic Hall of Fame: 1963 Football Team

The 1963 football team had a perfect 7-0 record under the leadership of Coach Rick Francis and captains Dick Buckley ‘64 and Bob Montgomery ‘64. In the first undefeated (and untied) season since 1895, the Williston Academy team was the highest scoring prep team in New England.

During their incredible run, the Williston football players outscored their opponents 256 to 59. They were led in this effort by Dan Cain ‘64, whose record as leading rusher was 1,007 yards on 148 carries. Mr. Cain had a 6.18-yard average, 16 touchdowns, and 10 bonus points for 116 points in seven games. For his effort, Mr. Cain was named honorary captain and starting left halfback on the New England All-Prep Team.

His teammates were not far behind. John Lyons ‘64 averaged 8.4 yards per carry (for 353 yards on 42 carries) and the defense allowed just nine touchdowns. Rocky Rockwell (tackle), Steve Durant ‘64 (fullback), Robert “Doc” Dionisi ‘64 (guard), and Mr. Lyons (halfback) received honorable mentions for the New England All-Prep team. Mr. Durant also received the Frank Boyden Trophy.

The Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, dinner, and reception will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Register to attend here.

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