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1947 Football

Everett Community College
Class of 2010

Led by coach Bill McLaughlin, the Everett Junior College Trojans fielded one of the strongest junior college football teams in the country in 1947 by completing the season unbeaten and untied in 10 straight games.

By virtue of their unbeaten status, the EJC team was awarded the Washington State junior college football championship. They were also invited to the first ever Evergreen Bowl game (the first game in Everett Memorial Stadium) and were the only undefeated junior college team on the Pacific Coast.

The Evergreen Bowl, created earlier that fall because EJC officials wanted to see how their squad matched up with one of the finest teams on the West Coast, would legitimize — or minimize — the Trojans' undefeated season.

The school invited California powerhouse Santa Rosa Junior College north for a postseason game that would become an annual event over the next few years. By inviting a school from California, EJC was telling the city of Everett that it was ready for the big time, ready to see how it stacked up against one of the nation's best programs.

The Trojans already had won over the city with their rugged style of play and the way they dominated opponents all season. The team was made up primarily of war veterans — approximately two-thirds of the roster had fought in WWII.

Entering the Evergreen Bowl, the Trojans had won their first nine games by a combined score of 246-49. They defeated heavily favored Santa Rosa Junior College 18-6.

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