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1987's Formidable Falcons

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002

Dunedin should have felt some pressure. When a first-year coach and his team go 12-2 and advance to the state title game, repeating is supposed to be near impossible.

Yet the Falcons did just that in 1987. Returning eight of 11 starters from a defense that allowed 10.2 points a game in 1986, coach Ken Weir and Dunedin completed arguably the best two-year run in county football history.

USA Today ranked Dunedin 20th in its national top 25 poll after a 6-0 start, though the Falcons lost the next game 6-3 to Tarpon Springs. Dunedin rebounded and won six in a row and hosted the Class 5A state title game in consecutive seasons.

Pensacola Pine Forest's defense was even more dominant in the championship game, and the Falcons, a running team that would have no chance playing catch-up with the pass, lost 24-0.

Graduation took a hard toll, and the following year Dunedin went 4-6 and Weir moved on to coach at Leesburg High. Since 1987, the Falcons have not been to the playoffs, have had only two winning seasons (both 6-4) and had not enjoyed a 4-0 start until this season.

"When Weir left, he said, "What's the chances of this ever happening again?"' said current defensive coordinator Mike Anderson, who held the same job in 1987 and was head coach from 1989-94. "I thought he was joking."

THAT WAS THEN: 1987

Top-grossing movie: Three Men and a Baby

Most popular TV show: The Cosby Show

World Series champion: Minnesota Twins

In the news: Iran-Contra hearings

Price of a stamp: 22 cents

Times Player of the Year: Brian Montgomery, RB, Dunedin (1,167 yards rushing, 12 TDs, 5-foot-7)

-- Compiled by John Schwarb.

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