Seasons |  1926 |  1944  | 1945

1944 - 45 Football Season

Game Schedule

Richland Broncs 19 Prosser Mustangs 0
Richland Broncs 6 Sunnyside Grizzlies 7
Richland Broncs 0 Pasco Bulldogs 14
Mascot officially changed from Broncs to Beavers
Richland Beavers 18 Kennewick Lions 13
Richland Beavers 34 Dayton Bulldogs 0
Richland Beavers 0 Pasco Bulldogs 0
Richland Beavers 20 Grandview Greyhounds 0
Richland Beavers 40 Dayton Bulldogs 0
Richland Beavers 46 Kennewick Lions 6
Green icons are news stories. News Story  Blue icons are game photos. Game Photo  Red icon is for a Game Program. Game Program

1944 News Articles, Photos and Programs

Football Season of 1944
Give Banquet to Football Players
Kennewick Event Draws 2500 Fans
1944 Richland Beaver Starters
1944 Richland Beaver Team Photo

Notes from the 1944 Season

From Lorin St. John

The first 3 games the mascot was BRONCS. The last 6 games the mascot was BEAVERS. Here is the story (speculation) for the mascot change:

Speculation #1: Col-Hi changed their mascot from Broncs to Beavers after the 3rd football game of this school year. Bill Beaver, one of the Richland football players, was injured in the 1st Pasco game. The Richland football team had players from 26 different states. They were referred to as "the all americans" by many valley newspapers. Many of the players had never played football before. They finished with a respectable 6-2-1 record coached by John Eubanks. He left for Spokane with a new position at the end of the football season. Coach Eubanks (a 1933 grad from WSC) was head football coach at Tekoa High School in 1933 and Prosser High School in 1934 and 1935. This was the first football team since 1926 to represent Richland. When the mascot change was announced; many football players thought or assumed that the change was because of sympathy and respect for the injury of Bill Beaver. The mascot change "caught on" with the ever fast expanding enrollment (due to the build-up of the Hanford Engineering Works) of the student body and remained for the rest of the school year. Many students were enrolled for just part of the year and then moved on. Indeed the student body was in a state of flux.

Speculation #2: The government selected the Beaver mascot for the new high School (as an aquatic animal) to be more in line with DuPont's (the prime contractor of the Hanford Engineering Works) name for the school (Columbia RIVER High School) than the Broncs mascot - plus the school had just opened in April 1944 and the new school probably deserved a new mascot.

The truth is somewhere in there.

Richland played their homes games on a temporary football field by the north side of Lee Boulevard across from the city park alongside of the Columbia River.

Team Photo

1944 Player Roster

No. Name Position Height Weight Grade Files
Bill Beaver          
Lon Blauvelt       12   
Don Bloomer       11   
Dean Canham       12   
Charles Conway       12   
Norman Dam       12   
Richard Diamond       12   
Jim Domrose       11   
Ed Dunham          
George Franceschini       12   
Charles Funk       11   
Kenneth Grubb       12   
Bill Hebbes          
Roger Hughes          
John Hughes       10   
Ray Hultman       10   
John Ingram       12   
Bob Keplinger          
Chuck Larrabee       10   
Jim Loftus       11   
Harold Ludwig       12   
Richard MacDonnell       12   
Jim McClaren          
Dick McCoy       11   
Craig Meier       10   
Lewis Merryman       11   
Sherwin Miller          
Richard North          
Curtis Parke          
R. J. Pederson        
Leroy Pyles       11   
Bob Ross          
Art Sircolumb       12   
Ben Van Clippard       12   
Gordon Weir       10   
Bill Whaley       12   
Charles Williams          
Ed Wood       10   
Joe Wood        

John F. Eubanks

Head Coach

Overall Record 6 - 2 - 1