1972 Sultan High School
The 1972 Sultan High Turks football team went 9-0 and outscored opponents 393-44 with four shutouts. Sultan High in those days was a Class 1A team and in their season opener defeated Class 2A Tahoma 52-0. The team had 11 seniors who were starters as sophomores and almost all the roster was filled with players from the previous year’s team. According to Sultan High athletic director Scott Sifferman …. “This was a team that came together and pushed each other. They weren’t just great athletes but great teammates. They practiced as hard on Monday afternoon as they played on Friday.” Although finishing the season unbeaten, this dominant team didn’t have the opportunity to show it was the best because Washington state had yet to create a playoff system. The team’s coach, Ed Alsman, went from Sultan High to coach at San Jose State several years later and then the NFL with the Rams then the 49ers. Later, he coached in the CFL with Calgary.
According to one of the team’s star players, Randy Carberry, …. “Sultan football was a big deal back then. The stands were always packed.”