Flashback- Spirit of Disappointment ’76

On today’s Hornets Flashback story, KCHI Sports Director Randy Dean takes us back to 1976 and a tough end to the football season.

Next Week, Randy will have a week long salute to Hornet Football Teams that made it to the Show Me Bowl. Monday, we will salute the 1970 State Championship game.


  • Randy,

    That was my senior year. Great year for football and basketball in the fall when we upset Lafayette to win District. You should cover that story, 1977 district bb finals.

    Also, don’t forget Phil’s team going as far in, I believe, 2008?? and losing on a last minute play I believe. That was a good team to and I had just retired from active duty and moved to Savannah, MO for a job and followed the hornets even though my kids were now Savages! I listened to that game barely on KCHI in St. Joe as the signal was hard to get from there.

    Ben Ernst

    • Thanks! I have the ’77 Lafayette game on my list as part of a great season. Lafayette was defending state champs I believe. I remember the 2008 football team very well, will check to see if I did a story on them yet. If not, I definitely will. – RD

  • Randy

    Thank you for remembering the 76 team. We were a team that didn’t have a lot of expectations going into the season, but Coach fairchild brought us together and we continually got better each week. The Memorial game was definitely a heartbreaker. However, I have many fond memories of teammates from that season and that game! Thanks again Randy!


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