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By Drew Lawson
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Reardan represents at "50 Years of Football"

Hundreds turn out to banquet recognizing coaches Nikkola, Graham, Smith and Clouse


Last updated 4/28/2022 at 12:47pm

Drew Lawson | The Record-Times

Former Reardan football coach Gene Smith (left) offers coaching advice to incoming coach Matt Clouse (right) as former coach Dan Graham and outgoing coach Eric Nikkola (center) listen in. Former coaches offering Clouse advice was part of the "50 Years of Football" event in Reardan Saturday, April 23.

REARDAN-The scent of smoked sausage and sense of Reardan spirit packed Gene Smith Gym as hundreds of current and former football players and community members gathered for a once-in-a-generation "50 Years of Football" banquet Saturday, April 23.

The event served several purposes: Celebrate Eric Nikkola's retirement, honor former coaches Dan Graham and Gene Smith and introduce new head coach Matt Clouse to the Reardan faithful filling the building named after Smith.

Who better to start the night than Reardan's self-proclaimed and community-recognized No. 1 fan, pastor Pat Hogan, who offere...

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