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Dave Jakes

Football ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Although Dave Jakes was one of the finest high school football players in Midland history, he was also prominent in youth sports activities for many years. He is best known as one of the founders of the Midland Midget Football League, in which he served as coach for many years. In that capacity, Dave helped develop many promising young players for Midland High’s football program. A former amateur boxer, Dave organized Golden Gloves competitions in Midland and was also active in organizing youth track teams for Amateur Athletic Union meets. During his high school football career at Midland in the late 1920s and early 1930s, he was a two way end and also played halfback. His versatility and talent earned him All County honors twice and Al WPIAL honors once. Dave was the star of the outstanding 1931 Midland High football team that romped to nine straight victories while outscoring their opponents 205 to 6.; the highlight of that perfect season was a 14-6 upset of Aliquippa. After high school, Dave played semipro football for the Midland Merchants in the Greater Pittsburgh League during the 1933 and 1934 seasons and put his football knowledge to good use during World War II as a training officer at the famous Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Dave served as a Midland police officer for 30 years and retained his interest in youth activities until his death in 1981 at age 65.