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Greatest on the Gridiron: ’79 Warren Central vs. ’66 Temple

Two undefeated teams go head-to-head in the semifinals of the Flashes Region, as the 1979 Warren Central Vikings battle the 1966 Temple Buccaneers.

The ‘79 Vikings featured a dominating running offense led by Carl Blue. The tailback rushed for 33 touchdowns, a Warren County record that still stands 41 years later. The defense posted eight shutouts in 12 games and only one game was decided by less than 27 points.

Warren Central knocked off 1955 St. Aloysius 63-29 in the first round of the Greatest on the Gridiron tournament.

(2) 1979 Warren Central vs. (3) 1966 Temple

  • 1966 Temple (66%, 101 Votes)
  • 1979 Warren Central (34%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 153

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The ‘66 Temple squad, meanwhile, won the first of four Black Big 8 Conference championships in five years for the program. With quarterback William Triplett running the offense and future Jackson State legend W.C. Gorden calling the shots as head coach, these Buccaneers were — and are — a force to be reckoned with.

In the Greatest tournament, the ‘66 Buccaneers beat their predecessors 1964 Temple 56-8.

Voting in the second round of the Greatest on the Gridiron tournament will continue until noon on Thursday, July 16.