Tim's Travels: Family Ties

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The Dodgeville High School Dodgers lost their homecoming football game two weeks ago in a nail-biter! But something happened during that game that grabbed the headlines. This is a story about a unique coincidence...75 years in the making!

October 5th. It's the homecoming football game for Dodgeville High School. It's the first quarter and freshman Payton Calvert checks into the game.

“No, I did not expect that especially on homecoming,” said Payton.

It's his first action as a member of the varsity squad.

“I was a little nervous at first but like the first play i got used to it, it was a lot faster than JV,”

Little did he know that 75 years ago, his great-grandfather Bill Singer did the exact same thing.

“Football was my #1,” said Bill.

Today Bill is 89 years old. But back in the day, he played football at Dodgeville too. He was a senior in 1941 and wore #32.

“Well it was the best time of my life I think!” said Bill.

In his freshman year in 1937, during his homecoming football game, Bill was riding the bench.

“Ii had every piece of clothing that I could find in the locker room on try to keep warm sitting on the bench,” laughed Bill.

But when the starting center went down with an injury,he got into the game.

“I was scared to death!” Bill admitted.

It's an uncanny coincidence: Payton and Bill, two freshmen, same school, 75 years apart, playing in their first varsity football game during homecoming!

“It's kind of ironic how everything played out and the parallels that were drawn between how his great-grandpa got to to play and how Payton got that opportunity,” said head football coach Ryan Bohnsack.

“Well that was a surprise to me because he had been JV and had just been moved up to varsity and for him to get in that game why it kind of synchronized with how I got in,” said Bill.

Bill says their stories are similar but when it comes to physicality, Payton has him beat.

“Not in size!” said Bill “Because at the best I never weighed more than 135 pounds with a wrench in my pocket,” laughed Bill.

Bill hopes that over the next four years, Payton makes a lifetime of memories just like his great-grandpa did.

“It was always fun and games,” Bill said speak of his time in high school.”I was never a great student but I did enjoy playing football,”


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