1969 Football Team

The 1969 football team was the fifth undefeated and untied team in school history and the second 10-0 squad coached by late Prep Athletic Hall of Fame coach Earl Lavery.

“To win takes a complete commitment of mind and body,” Lavery was quoted as saying. “When you don’t have the desire to make that commitment, they don’t call you champ any more.”

That team backed Lavery’s words, rolling to Prep’s fifth consecutive MBIAC title and winning by two touchdowns or better in all but one game, a nail-biting 6-0 triumph over then-arch rival Law in Milford in Week 4.

Led by junior quarterback Chuck Lemieux, all-MBIAC center and co-captain Dave Lincoln, all-MBIAC running back and co-captain Pete Brawley, all-league fullback Greg Gintoff, speedy running back Paul Mitchell, and ends John Ramos and Tim Burns, the Jesuits outscored the opposition 290-56. The defense, anchored by all-MBIAC nose guard Walter Welch and tackles Rich Ryan and Ken Pruzinsky, posted five straight shutouts to start the season and six overall.