No. 49: Marana stays unbeaten with rout of Parker to win 1967 Class 2A title


No. 49

CHAMPIONSHIP: Class 2A (known as Class B at the time)

SCORE: Marana 40, Parker 0

DATE: November 22, 1967

SITE: Scottsdale Coronado High School (crowd of 900 attended)

Don Hawkins coached Marana to two state titles as a head coach in 1967 and 1968 (Marana photo)

GAME SUMMARY: Marana coach Don Hawkins’ young team that featured mostly juniors in his starting lineup overwhelmed Parker to end the season unbeaten at 10-0-1.

Seven juniors started on offense, including bruising All-State fullback Cleveland Colter, who rushed for 147 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown on a 20-yard run. He also converted four extra-point attempts. A pair of junior ends accounted for four of the Tigers’ six touchdowns — Ken Sherman caught touchdown passes of 23 and 35 yards from quarterback Larry Kilburn while Ray Alexander caught a 36-yard Kilburn TD pass and scored on a 16-yard run.

Marana, which never had to punt, accumulated 277 rushing yards to Parker’s 54 and passed for 124 yards while the Broncs (8-3) had none.

Cleveland Colter II is one of the best athletes in Southern Arizona sports history (Colter family photo)

DID YOU KNOW: Colter won four state championships as a senior in 1967-86 — football, basketball, baseball and track — and in addition to being the All-State fullback on Marana’s 1967 championship football team.  One of his sons, Cleveland “Cadillac” Colter III, was an All-American at USC and another, Spencer Colter, won a national championship with Colorado in 1990. His grandson, Kain, was a starting quarterback at Northwestern. Cleveland II went on to Phoenix College after completing his Marana career.

BOX SCORE (printed in the Arizona Republic):

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