We spotlight our 8th player to be inducted into the Eight Man Coaches Football Association Hall of Fame, Mr. Steve Simon of Falls City Sacred Heart High School. More on Steve below his bio.
STEVE SIMON – FALLS CITY SACRED HEART H.S.
Steve was a stand out running back and linebacker for Hall of Fame Coach Doug Goltz in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He was a key player in leading the Irish to the first 25 consecutive wins of their state record 87 game streak. He played on back-to-back undefeated Class D-2 State Championship teams in 1989 and 1990 that are recognized for building the foundation of The Sacred Heart Football Dynasty. During his time in high school, Steve was honored on multiple occasions and was named 1st Team All-Conference 4 times, and 1st Team All-State on 3 occasions. He finished his highly decorated prep career with a school record 4,616 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns. Steve was also a successful multi-sport athlete that played a part in 4 State Basketball Championships and 2 State Track Titles for the Irish. He was also selected to play in the 1991 Eight Man All-Star Game. He went on to finish his athletic career by playing basketball at Northwest Missouri State University. The NEMFCA is honored to welcome him into the Eight Man Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Think of all the great Falls City Sacred Heart athletes that have gone through that school since Doug Goltz started coaching football, basketball and track there. That in itself is mind boggling, but when Steve Simon is one of the first names to come up out of all the early Irish greats, you know the man had to be exceptional.
Steve Simon was a 3 time All-State football selection, helping the Irish to those D-2 championships in 1989 and 1990. As a junior, Simon was part of an All-State backfield that included QB Ken Sander of Humphrey St. Francis and RBs Dale Van Housen-Polk-Hordville and Jay Herman of Hyannis.
That ‘89 Sacred Heart 1-2 running punch of Simon (1,107) and Jeff Schawang (1,051) was hard to defense. Then you had Buck Sells and Darrin Schawang added to the all-state squad, plus a fine Tom Witt.
The ‘90 team was really spectacular with an all-state Simon (1,461 rushing), a monsterous 6-4, 230 pound all-state lineman in Matt Bletscher, defensive player of the year in 165 pound Tom Becker and a supporting cast of Adam Froeschl, Jared Kirckendall and ace pole vaulter Josh Slominski.
When Steve Simon’s football career came to a close, the Irish star had accumulated that 4,616 yards rushing, 960 receiving yards, 927 kick return yards and 624 punt return yards. Sports fans, that is 7,157 career all-purpose yards.
And we haven’t even started talking about his basketball career, where he was also a 3 time All-State selection, and part of 4 State Champion teams. Simon is also the 2nd leading State Tournament scorer of time with his 4 year total of 253 points. Only Wahoo’s Jason Glock had more (260). Simon is also currently listed at No. 61 on the All-Time scoring chart with his career 1,792 points.
Steve was also a standout 100 meters and 110 meter high hurdler on Sacred Heart’s two track championships in ‘90 and ‘91.
If Falls City Sacred Heart had fielded a water polo team back in Simon’s day, he probably would have been an all-stater in that sport three times.