BLUE DEVIL FOOTBALL HISTORY 

(1947-1995)


Forty-nine years ago, eighteen students joined to form Brunswick's first varsity football team, coached by Ralph Stumpf. They won only one game, but played schools with far greater football experience. 

This humble start was the beginning that culminated in 1995 with the team playing for the state championship. Last season's 13-1 record and Pioneer Conference championship included many record shattering performances. Coach Tom Fasko looks optimistically to the golden anniversary fiftieth season, hoping to continue the success of recent years. 

The teams first few seasons featured independent play, with games against Buckeye, Highland, Lodi, Peninsula, Seville, Strongsville and others. In 1956, the school joined the Cuyahoga County Conference and played member schools such as Brooklyn, Cuyahoga Heights, Mayfield and Warrensville. The team had little success against these larger (at that time) schools and returned again to an independent schedule. 

In 1963, Brunswick joined the Chippewa Conference that included Cloverleaf, Highland, Orrville, Triway, Wadsworth and West Holmes. But as the city and school enrollment increased in size, emphasis again shifted to the north and competition with closer, larger schools. 

1977 marked the beginning of the Pioneer Conference, with current members Brecksville, Cloverleaf, North Royalton and Strongsville. Berea and Midpark were added to the conference in 1979. Wadsworth was an original member but left the conference after 1983, replaced by Medina in 1985. The Pioneer is a very competitive conference, rated as one of the best in Ohio. A number of its teams have qualified for the Ohio High School football playoffs, and three of them, Berea, Brecksville, and Brunswick have played in the state championship final game. 

The Blue Devils embark on this fiftieth season with a lifetime record of 216 wins, 241 losses and 9 ties. In the Pioneer, their conference record is 76 wins, 52 losses and 1 tie.

In celebration of this milestone season, our special souvenir program is a compilation of the existing records of the Blue Devils football history. Included are scores of every game played, an index of every school played and the record against that team, coaches records, season and career rushing, passing, receiving, and kicking records, players honored, and numerous miscellaneous records.

FOOTBALL HISTORY UPDATE - FALL 2002

Since 1995, a number of changes have occurred: 
The Blue Devils won 55 and lost only 11 regular season games in the past six seasons.
The all-time won-lost record progressed over .500 (272 wins, 255 losses and 9 ties)
North Ridgeville joined the Pioneer Conference in 1997, replacing Cloverleaf.
Elyria, Normandy, Parma and Valley Forge join in 2003.
Rich Nowak passed Tom Fasko as the winningest Brunswick coach, extending his record to 78-32 = .709 

Notable records were set: 
RB Dave Harris - first player with back to back 1000 yard rushing seasons. 
QB Grant Relic - 4000 career yards - the school's second leading passer. 
K Rob Cruise - 10 field goals - a single season record. 
WR Dan Steck - 10 passes caught in one game. 

Three player's records (Rob Cruise, Tony Minjaric, and Darian Miskewycz) are among the tops in the state and are included on the OHSAA Internet site (oshaa.org). These listings are subject to change as more schools enter their records.