Cambridge Bowl renamed for legendary coaches

Tom Akers / Cambridge Chronicle
Lori Stahl presented former Cambridge High School football coaches Larry Stahl, left, and Carl Goff, right, with game balls during a ceremony when the Cambridge Bowl was renamed Goff-Stahl Field on Friday, Sept. 1, in Cambridge.

On Friday, Sept. 1, the Cambridge Bowl was renamed in honor of two of the legendary coaches in the area, Carl Goff and Larry Stahl.

Goff taught at Cambridge High School, retiring in 1998. He was the varsity head football coach for the Vikings from 1967 until 1980 when he retired as the coach with an overall record of 76 wins, 36 losses, and 2 ties.

His teams qualified for the IHSA state playoffs in 1976, two years after the system was established, and again in 1978. At the time there were only five classes and only 16 teams qualified for the playoffs in each class.

In 1976 the Vikings won their first playoff game, defeating Southern 21-20 but lost 28-8 the next week to Hampshire. In 1978 the Vikings fell 20-13 to Tiskilwa in the first round.

Stahl took the helm of the Cambridge Vikings in 1980. He also taught at Cambridge High School from 1975 until retiring in 2007.

He coached football for 27 years, amassing a record of 169 -103. His teams qualified for the playoffs 15 times, including one streak of six years from 1985 to 1990 and one of seven years from 2000 to 2006!

He took teams to the quarterfinals in 1996 and 2000. His Vikings made it to the semifinals in 2001.

In 2005 the Vikings made it to the championship and lost 30-28 to Freeport Aquin.