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September 5, 2013

'77 Berries had flair for the dramatic

“Glory days, they’ll pass you by.

Glory days, in the wink of young girls eye.

Glory days, glory days.”

— Bruce Springsteen

The only texts we knew were textbooks.

Jimmy Carter was in the White House. A gallon of gas was .59.9 cents at the Bonded Gas station.

A spread was something you put on your toast. It was all pro set or power-I, an earlier version of smash-mouth football.

Some of us yearned to see the rest of the world.

“I just wanted to get as far away from Logansport as I could,” said Jeff Jones, a standout wide receiver for the 1977 Logansport Berries.

Some of us never left.

“I’ve been to five states,” said Brian Wilson, a hard-hitting senior linebacker.

But before most of them left, the Berries put together a scintillating season that was one for the record books. Many of the 13 seniors got together this past weekend to reminisce about those glory days as part of the 35th reunion for the LHS Class of 1978. A handful, including Jones, Wilson and Randy Hughes, along with former head coach Don Baldini and assistant coach Lee Gaumer attended Friday’s Peru-Logan game. They were recognized for being co-champs of the North Central Conference.

“It was just a great bunch of kids,” Baldini said. “Tough kids.”

Some were trying to live up to reputations, and some were trying to earn one.

Kevin Lozier, Jones and Duke Tanguy were named to the all-state squad.

From a double-overtime 41-40 win at Kokomo Haworth in the season opener to a come-from-behind victory over Muncie Central in the final regular season game, the Berries had the flair for the dramatic.

“The cardiac kids they called us,” Baldini said.

“I don’t remember the losses,” said tailback Jeff Flowers, who along with Jones earned full rides to Ball State University.

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