“We never thought we would lose,” said Denny Gabler, an offensive tackle and defensive end on the 1967 Red Tornadoes. “We had a lot of good guys, several superstars like Roy Bell and James Williams, just some guys who loved the game.”
Among the 1967 players who played collegiately was running back Randy Kiesau, who earned a scholarship to Wichita State University.
Kiesau was one of the 31 people killed in 1970 when a charter flight carrying members of the Wichita State football team crashed en route to its game at Utah State. He is one of five members of the 1967 team now deceased.
Kiesau's mom, Tommye, still lives in Clinton and represented her son at the game. Now 87, Kiesau said the 1967 season and team was very special to her son.
“He was very involved in football. That was his life,” Kiesau said. “He did not know what it was to lose.”
Gabler, 62, of Altus, was Kiesau's best friend. He named his son, Randy.
“I think about him all the time,” Gabler said.