Hall of Fame Inductee - Grover Kerr
The "perfect season" is a rare find in the world of high school sports.
Only a handful of sports in Illinois have a "perfect season" in their
record book. Grover Kerr was the first coach in Quincy High history to
achieve this feat. Under Grover Kerr the 1935 Quincy High Blue Devil
football team rolled to a still un-duplicated 9-0 record. The Devils of
'35 were juggernauts on both sides of the ball. On defense, they shut
out their opponents seven times, allowing just 19 points for the entire
season - an average of 2.1 points per game. On offense, the Blue Devils
were equally impressive - racking up 230 points, including a lopsided
56-0 drubbing of Pittsfield. And the Devils scored in a manner decades
ahead of the time - with the forward pass accounting for over 140 of the
final 230 points. Behind it all was a man born in 1892 on a farm just
outside of tiny Mount Eric, Illinois. In a teaching career that spanned
46 years, Kerr came to Quincy after serving his country in World War I.
While overseas Kerr served with the Marine Corps in France, Belgium and
Luxembourg - seeing action in three of the war's major battles. He was
wounded in Chateau-Thierry (France), but remained on the front lines
until long after the Armistice. Kerr earned his B.A. in education from
Illinois Normal College and later received his Masters degree from the
University of Iowa. Kerr, his wife Helen and their two daughters lived
in Quincy until Kerr's retirement in 1958.
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