A Winning Tradition
“A great life experience.” — John McCleary
For the football players, fans and parents the 1985 season will be long remembered. It did not matter if the team won or lost, they had nothing of which to be ashamed.
Ten weeks before the season started the players began to get in shape. From the hot summer sun to the cool autumn months, the team worked. It was intense physical training which continued into the season six days week.
This season Davis dominated its opponents right from the start. Most of the life games ended with an easy victory for Davis. It was ironic and unfortunate that Weber was our opponent for the beginning and ending of the season. But, as one player stated, “we learned to deal with defeat.”
The coaches felt that all of the players were exceptional an d that everyone made important contributions. Seven of the team members were chosen to 1985 Lakeside Review All-Area football team.
Even if the team didn’t take state, it cannot be forgotten that they were first in region and second in state. They worked hard and accomplished their goals as a team.
Through it all there remained the loyal support of the community . Parents, friends and football fans alike crowded the stands each Friday night. The cheers pushed the team on and their accomplishments rallied the crowd even more. As the old saying goes, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” In this sense, our football team emerged from the 1985 season victorious.
April Turneau (C)
Rusty Shomaker, Clay Singley, Curtis Stoddard, Gordon Strieff
David Wilkes, Greg Willard, Tom Winward, Brad Bowman
Mike Hamblin, Coach Bitner, Coach Cullimore, Coach Dickson
Coach Isom, Coach Robson, Coach Thompson, Kyle Knowles
Richard Waite, Robert Warden
Mike Gardner, Steve Hall
Coach Flint, Coach Gardner
Blake Hart slashing and dodging to reach the goal line. Hart did this many times.
Roger Merrill “Rusty” Shomaker
Birth: Mar. 3, 1969 Ogden Weber County Utah, USA
Death: May 12, 1990
From Travis Higley
Rusty was killed in a headon collision while doing what he loved most, at that time. It happened in Sardine Canyon on his way to ref is first cycling race, around 7AM in the morning. Back then this was a 2-3 lane road, and was notorius for accidents of this nature. He had been riding bikes for a couple years, then decided to get into ref’ing the local events. He has been missed by all of us.
From Klayne Palmer
I wanted to say a word in remembrance. Rusty was a good, kind and fun person. It makes me smile to see a picture of him. That is how he always was–smiling.
He spent many hours after school on the south field at the request of Coach Flint, learning how to throw a javelin (occassionally John Jeppson would show up to investigate after finishing his own workout with the discus/shot). They were fun times. Rusty got pretty good at “throwing a stick” and he competed well at the track meets. Coach Flint was pleased. That year Clay Singley took state in the javelin for DHS. It was great. I remember Rusty well and I am grateful for those enjoyable memories. I reverently give my condolences to his family and loved ones. He was a good, fun person.