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Lou D’Achille

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Lou D’Achille is rated one of the most gifted athletes to come out of Beaver Falls High School, but he is best known for his football prowess there and at Indiana University. In high school, he earned nine letters in football, basketball, and baseball from 1946 to 1949. He started his grid career as a halfback in the eight grade but was switched to quarterback the next year. In his junior year (1947), he threw eleven touchdown passes and led the Tigers to an 8-2 record. As a senior, Lou threw twelve touchdown passes and the Tigers compiled a fine 8-1-1 record. He was named first string All WPIAL his senior year and second team All State. Joe threw a touchdown pass in the 1949 Dapper Dan All Star football game and set up two other touchdowns as the Dapper Dans beat the Allegheny County Stars, 18-13. Several days later, Lou was among 30 Western Pennsylvania baseball players picked for the Third Annual American Legion Baseball All Star Game at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. At Indiana University, Lou became known as the “left-handed Lujack” for his passing skill. Highlights of his sophomore season in 1950 included a 91 yard TD pass against Iowa, a record setting 20 completions against Ohio State, and a 20-7 triumph over a Notre Dame team that included his high school teammate, Bucky Mutscheller, the first Hoosier win  ver the Irish in 44 years. Injuries plagued Lou his junior year, but he had a fine senior season in 1952 and played in the Blue-Gray Game. After his college football career, Lou resided in Beaver Falls and was a salesman.