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  Chad Kroell & the 1994 Season ~
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Received a Tweet from Coach Janocko on Saturday ~ 10/21/17 ~
"Great to see Legendary Bison QB Chad Kroell at our game last night" ~
(Chad had attended the 49-7 Bison win at the brand new P-O Mounties Field)

Chad Kroell Quarterbacked the Bison back in the 1990's,
particularly in the undefeated '94 regular season, when he set
three Pennsylvania State passing records ~
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Plaque reads :
CHAD KROELL
1994 QUARTERBACK STATS
PENNSYLVANIA STATE RECORDS
MOST CAREER TOUCHDOWNS 79
SEASON YARDS PASSING 3224
SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSES 49

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Row 1 : Ed Snyder, Mark Solis, Bill Magnuson, Paul Kunselman, Chas. Shaw, Head Coach Janocko,
Chris Wingate, Kevin Bell, Bob Mishler, Dan Putt, Coach Campman
Row 2 : Ross Forcey, Nate Wilson, Greg Dixon, Jason Adams, Mike Sunderland, Chad Kroell,
Wes Dahlem, Adam Gibson, Steve Ogden, Brent Addleman, Travis Wallace
Row 3 : Bob Brickley, Chester Shugarts, Jeremy White, Kris Miller, Tim Wisor, Mike Hutton,
Kevin Wisor, Bob Flood, Nace Howell, Ken Hunt
Row 4 : Coach Moore, Coach De Matteo, Mike Gormont, Ryan Flood, Justin Ingram, Scott Baker,
Shea Thompson, John Holt, Coach Love, Coach Pallo,
Absent - Randy Luzier, Jed Luzier
12 Wins - 1 Loss , League Champs , District Champs , Final 8
3 State Passing records for Chad Kroell
In the above '94 Team photo Chad is 2nd Row, dead center and just behind Coach Janocko.
He is wearing his #4 jersey, the number also worn by his three nephews, the Lezzer
brothers; Jake currently and in the recent past by Ryan and Christian.

1994 was Coach Janocko's tenth season. Even then Coach had accrued the most
years as Bison Head Coach but which pales compared to his current thirty-three.

In his first nine years Coach had achieved a record of 54-41-3 ( .551 )
but had also suffered three losing seasons. The Bison had been to the
post-season before, losing both times ('92 and '93) to Du Bois and 1994
would be the first for them to escape the first round. That year they
beat Punxsutawney (33-10) to claim d9 Honors and State College (35-14) in
the PIAA first round before succumbing to Erie Central in PIAA quarters.

1994's .923 was the best record since 1955's undefeated year though
the .909 (10-1) of 1989 was none too shabby either.

Though the Bison would suffer a few more inglorious seasons in the
years to come, a case could probably be made that 1994 was the
beginning of the team's climb to near dynasty status, the modern
era W/L % as of the end of the 2016 season at .704
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"Big 3" Trophy
Bradford
Brookville
Bald Eagle Area
Punxsutawney
Warren
Philipsburg-Osceola
Lock Haven
St. Marys
Dubois
Curwensville
Punxsutawney (d9 Championship)
State College (PIAA 1st Round)
Erie Central (PIAA Quarters)
Bison Football 1994 Season Record ~
OPPONENT:                                            W/L    Us-Opponent
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
L
46-16
33-13
36-16
33-7
34-14
54-6
22-13
48-20
36-25
28-0
33-10
35-14
6-48












RECORD:  12-1  ~  .923
Putting "Undefeated" Seasons in perspective ~
To folks of a "certain age" (i.e.: old) the 1955 season will always be the zenith of Bison Football accomplishment;
10 Wins and No Losses including six shutouts and maybe just as important, a win over Curwensville
(27-14) for the first time since '52. But there was no post-season then and an unbeaten regular season
remained just that. There had been other good records in recent memory; 1952 had seen a 9-1 tally
with four shutouts and the sole loss (to DuBois) was by only 7 points, 13-6. But '55 was then and remains
the only season which had no losses, no ties - all wins. Today of course to have a true undefeated year
means you have to win not only the regular season but your district and your region and so-on up to
and including a State Championship which has so far eluded our squad.

( Interestingly, back in 1939 though there was no post-season protocol
the unbeaten Bisons [with one tie] were matched up in Mythical State Championship game
with Blythe Township {Schuylkill County, now part of Pottsville ASD} that our boys lost 12-0
.)

Between that super 1955 year and 1976 (.545) there had been only a few more winning seasons
(1956, 1958, 1963). That's three out of twenty - 15 per cent. Truely the wilderness years for the Bison.

Between '76 and '84 ~ nine seasons ~ Coaches Kevin Karrs and John Wiley put up winning
campaigns in six of those including Wiley's 9-2 .818 in 1982 ; things were looking up.

Coach Janocko's era started a bit rocky as well with a .455 in 1985 and a .182 in '87, offset
by a .636 in '86 and a .600 in '88. As mentioned above, 1989's .909 was the best since '55
and was then overshadowed by '94's .923. Maybe predictably, after the wonderful 1994,
1995 was a disappointing 3-7 year. But, every year to date since has seen a winning record.

And that brings us back to "Undefeated" vs. Undefeated. No argument that 1955 is the only
season with no losses, no ties. But there have been a number of years with an undefeated
regulation season and as many or more wins:
1989 ~ 10-1 (.909) ( Regular Season )
1994 ~ 12-1 (.923) ( Undefeated Regular Season plus two post-season wins )
1998 ~ 11-1 (.917) ( Undefeated Regular Season plus one post-season win )
2004 ~ 10-1 (.909) ( Undefeated Regular Season plus one post-season win )
2008 ~ 10-3 (.769) ( two post-season wins )
2010 ~ 13-1 (.929) ( Undefeated Regular Season plus three post-season wins)
2011 ~ 11-2 (.846) ( two post-season wins )
2012 ~ 11-1 (.917) ( Undefeated Regular Season plus two post-season wins )
2013 ~ 13-1 (.928) ( Undefeated Regular Season plus four post-season wins )
2016 ~ 10-2 (.833) ( two post-season wins )
That legendary 1955 Season ~ Coach Marty Koons ~
Opponent                  W/L Us/Opponent
Osceola
Jersey Shore
Dubois
State College
Philipsburg
Punxsutawney
Tyrone
Bellefonte
Northern Cambria
Curwensville
46-0
45-0
32-0
32-0
20-0
33-21
20-0
40-6
19-0
27-14
RECORD:  10-0  ~  1.000
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
W
So, if 1955 is held up as the most outstanding year of
Bison Football it is on the basis of Regular Season
Wins and as shown above there have been six more
teams that had Undefeated Regular seasons, three of
which were 10 game schedules so are just as successful using that same benchmark and all of which included
one or more wins in the post-season to boot.