Bower was Goshen’s valedictorian in 1989 and went on to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and George Mason University School of law and is now a practicing attorney. He and his wife, Mariana, live in Woodbridge, Va. and have five children between the ages of 17 and 2.
Bower admits that he doesn’t spend much time reminiscing about that championship. He knows there are more important things in life than football. But after 25 years, he’s still proud of the lofty goal that team set and achieved together.
“That experience colored my entire senior year,” Bower said. “Everything was just a little better, a little brighter, a little sweeter because of it. That, in turn, colors all my memories of high school and probably, to some extent, of Goshen itself.”
Tight end Corey Guilfoos developed into an important weapon in 1988. He ended up catching 49 passes for 711 yards and four touchdowns. He now lives in Rialto, Calif. and is a teacher and head football coach at Knight High School.
In 1981, Guilfoos’ brother, Tim, was on the team that lost to Franklin Central, 34-20, in the 2A state final game on a frigid and windy night at Warren Central High School. That 1981 team, Guilfoos said, was the measuring stick for the 1988 team. Avenging that 1981 loss was special for Corey. It also helped point him toward future goals.
“Being a part of that season, made me want to become a teacher and a coach,” Guilfoos said. “If I can have that affect on just one individual like those coaches had on me and my life — to become the man that they helped raise me to be, I will have accomplished my lifetime goal.”
Michael Schmucker, also a sophomore on the team, still lives in Goshen and is co-owner of Schmucker Heating and A/C and M & H Rentals. He didn’t play much in varsity games, but led the JV’s “Dirty Thirty Mythical State Champion” team in tackles.