Provided by Dennis Grall of Escanaba
Ken Hofer, a native of Stephenson, directed the Menominee Maroons to three state high school football championships and ended his coaching career fifth on the state's all-time win list with a 313-141-2 record. A1 Fracassa is No. 1 with 404 victories at Royal Oak Shrine and Birmingham Brother Rice.
Hofer, who was head coach for the Maroons from 1964-71 and 1975-2011, led Menominee to the Class BB state title in 1998 with a 42-6 victory over Haslett. The Maroons also won Division 5 state titles, beating Madison Heights Madison 41-6 in 2006 and repeating in 2007 with a 21-7 conquest of Jackson Lumen Cristi.
A noted practitioner of the single-wing offense, Hofer led the Maroons to 29 straight wins from 2006-2008.
Menominee, entering the 2012 season, ranks fourth among state schools with 598 victories. The Maroons are 598-279-40 since starting football in 1894. Escanaba, which started football in 1897, is fifth overall entering 2012 with a 589-301-37 mark.
Menominee has faced two major rivals in its acclaimed history, playing 105 games against Marinette in the M&M Game in one of the oldest interstate rivalries in the country. It began in 1894. Menominee has played 115 games against Escanaba in a series that began in 1897. Menominee has a 62-51-3 lead in that series through 2012.
Menominee also is third in points scored in a game, amassing 150 against Kingsford in 1929.