Trojan football reunion set for Friday’s game

The proud history of New Prague High School football will be celebrated with an all-years football reunion Friday, Oct. 11, at the Trojans’ home game against Red Wing, with a football reunion.

Former players, coaches, managers, statisticians and cheerleaders from the school are welcome to attend a pregame tailgate party that will be held just outside Trojan Field in the grassy area west of the home bleachers. At halftime, all of those attending the reunion will be invited onto the track and will be introduced in groups by decades.

Among those expected to attend are four former Trojan head coaches, Vernon “Chub” Ebnet, (1955-1967), Steve Collins (1978-81), Dan O’Brien (1981-95) and Tony Buthe (1996-2008). New Prague High School football is a 105-year tradition, and that tradition will see two major changes following this season. Friday’s game will be the last game to be played on the current Trojan Field, which opened in 1978. Beginning this fall, the grass football field, track and light standards will be removed and replaced by a new, modern synthetic surface, all-weather track and new lighting that will allow the field to be used for football, soccer and other activities.

The second change will be a move to a new athletic conference. The Missota Conference, which New Prague joined in 1979, will disband after this school year, and New Prague will join the Wright County Conference beginning next fall.

New Prague High School’s football tradition includes three state championships, Class B championships in 1973 and 1974 under the late John Bush, and a Class A championship in 1985 under O’Brien. The team has four other state tournament appearances and has had 11 undefeated seasons dating back to the 1920s.