Facing one of the toughest schedules in Southern Illinois, including five opponents from the powerful South Seven Conference, the Eagles finished the season with a more than respectable 7-2-1 record.
     The Eagles showed great offensive power as they marched to six consecutive victories before bowing to a mighty Princeton, Kentucky, team.  From this point on, the Eagles were never at their best due to a constant plague of injuries.
     After the Princeton game, the Eagles battled Benton to a tie and then pounded Metropolis to become undisputed Southern Illini Conference Champs.
     With the end of conference play, the Eagles, for the first time in history, traveled to Centralia to close the season against one of the State's perennial powers.
     Eagles selected for the mythical All-Conference team were: Jack Muckley, Gary McGowan, Richard Bramlet, Joe Kingery George Wood, Ronnie Phelps, Brian Davenport, and Jack Lane. Richard Bramlet was selected for All-State by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and Gary McGowan was given honorable mention as All-American by THE SPORTING NEWS

Football 1961

Marion 40 7
McLeansboro 32 12
Harrisburg 34 13
West Frankfort 27 7
Johnson City 32 16
Norris City 47 0
Princeton Ky 0 31
Benton 13 13
Metropolis 53 19
Centralia 13 35