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In the first game of the 1966 season, Palm Beach High clashed with the highly touted and state ranked lake Worth Trojans. The Cats emerged from the battle an 18-0 victor behind the brilliant play of Quarterback Bruce Perry and Linebacker Dave Edmonds.

The Cats then went on to a 13-7 victory over Riviera Beach, but in the third game of the season they were handed their first defeat, 13-20, at the hands of the Vero Beach Indians.

After losing to Cardinal Newman, 7-15, and Seacrest, 20-24,  the Wildcats bounced back and downed Dan McCarty, 21-13 with Bobby Baker and Chuck Heninger turning in sparkling performances in the defensive backfield.

Palm Beach High School Wildcat football team

In the Homecoming game Palm Beach put forth one of its finest efforts of the season, only to lose 0-9 to a powerful Orlando Boone squad.

Once again after successive defeats, one to Sarasota Riverview (6-7) and the other to Belle Glade (9-14), the Wildcats came roaring back. This time they spoiled Forest Hill's Homecoming by stopping the Falcons 14-12. Earl Johnson and Benny Rust scored the touchdowns.

Wildcat football seniors

At the end of the season, Dave Edmonds and Benny Rust were chosen to the All-Area Defensive Team. The football banquet was held at the Palm Beach Towers and Chuck Heninger won the Top Cat Award, Alan Emert the Unsung Hero Award, and Benny Rust the Most Valuable Player Award. The Palm Beach High Wildcats of this year will be a team we will never forget and will always be proud of.

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