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2009 Hall of Fame: Mike Williams and Dave Flynn

November 24, 2009

Mike Williams played in the Gonzaga-Georgetown Prep varsity rivalry his sophomore, junior, and senior years. As a sophomore, he was the starting punter, kicker, tight end, linebacker, and defensive captain. Although this was the only year he kicked for the team, he was an All-League punter while also leading the team in receptions. As a junior, he continued to play as starting tight end, linebacker, and defensive end, leading the Gonzaga Eagles to their first victory over Georgetown Prep in 14 years. As a senior and team captain, he helped the Eagles to a hard-fought 13-0 victory over Prep at their field. As a junior and senior, Mike was an All-Metro Conference linebacker, and as a senior he was chosen as an honorable mention Academic All-American. After graduating in 1983, he went on to play football at Brown University. He later received his MBA from the University of Arizona, founded two successful telecommunications companies, and was named to the UA Business School Hall of Fame. Mike lives in Arlington with his wife and their children. His son, Drew, is a freshman at Gonzaga.

Dave Flynn, an All-Metro performer in the fall of 1987, put forth one of the great performances of all time against a well-prepared, ranked Gonzaga team. Being an offensive and defensive lineman, Dave was the leader of the team and led from within the trenches. His excitement and passion for life and the game was contagious and inspired the entire program. On a cold, frigid, and windy November day, Dave led Prep to a 14-6 victory. His performances on both sides of the ball enabled Prep to control the football and keep a high-powered offense grounded. Dave passed away suddenly in 2007. We are proud to honor his memory in the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

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Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.