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Will County Bucs 

The Will County Buccaneers existed from 1998 to 2000.
Cheri Kardas was the General Manager.
Jim Nugent ( was the Head Coach.
More details to follow.
Bucs head animation by BB.

I still have a whole raftful of Buccaneers stuff (1998-2000). This what I've scanned so far.
Click an image for enlarged view in a new window. Close the window when done.

Tabloid size newsprint. Original 35mm & digital photography and logo design (except MCFL & Bucs head) by Brian Brazda.
Cover composited using current versions of Photoshop. Converted to CMYK tiff and individual
(halftone) separations printed 11x17 on a HP Laserjet 4V as camera-ready artwork.
Interior pages were B/W created in MS Publisher 97, printed camera-ready on the HP-4V.
Back page artwork was supplied camera-ready by the advertiser.
The center truck was pasted up (anybody remember that? LOL)
Printed 4-color web offset by Arrow Printers (far West suburbs)
Image from photo of cover

Download PDF of entire magazine
(prelim version - needs work)
Image from original .psd file
Image from photo of cover
These were printed 2-color on 11x17 card stock
and cut at Minuteman Press (Countryside, IL).
Camera-ready separations created in MS Publisher 98
and printed 11x17 on a HP Laserjet 4V.
Still have hundreds of these. Tickets-cut
These were printed (card stock) on the same
Epson inkjet used for the Cheetah stuff.
They were then cut manually as needed.
Some were laminated.


This is a cover for VHS tapes produced to memorialize one of the coolest football games I've ever attended.
Dick Goss' account (The Herald News) is below this pic.
The game was recorded on S-VHS (Panasonic AG-456) from the roof of the press box.

Edited on Panasonic AG-1950s through a WJ-MX50 Digital AV Mixer to an S-VHS master, and duplicated onto VHS.
This cover was produced in MS Publisher 98 and printed on the same Epson printer.

From The Herald News  8/16/98

JOLIET - Movies have been made from lesser comebacks than this. Regardless of how many games the Will County Buccaneers win, no victory will be more unlikely than the Mid-Eastern Football League robbery they pulled off Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Lloyd Kerr uncorked the mother of all bombs to wide receiver Mathew Lincoln for a 63-yard touchdown play with 1 minute 5 seconds left to give the Buccaneers a heart-stopping 29-27 victory over the highly touted Dayton Drive.

The Drive came to town 2-0 in the league,
4-0 overall and ranked 15th in the nation among semi-pro teams. The visitors were averaging 50 points per game and were in control all the way Saturday.

So how in the world did the Buccaneers, now 2-1 in the league and 2-3 overall, win this one? Some of the crowd estimated at 800 was gone before the miraculous finish. But even those who remained had a difficult time believing their eyes.

The Buccaneers, after coming from way, way back, still were trailing 27-22 and facing a fourth and 15 at their 37. Kerr, a righthander, avoided a vicious rush and rolled to his left. While on the move, he unleashed a spiral about 65 yards in the air. Lincoln made the catch over his shoulder, fell and bounced into the end zone. Tom Van Anrooy's kick made it 29-27.

"If he (Kerr) doesn't get hurt at Tennessee, I think he becomes Payton Manning," one admiring teammate said.

Said the other Kerr, Marcel, who still may have been the Bucs' player of the game: "That was one heck of a play on Lloyd's part. You won't see many NFL guys who are able to do that. Really."

All Marcel Kerr did, in fact, was catch touchdown passes of 41 and 35 yards from T.J. Bednarke and 80 yards from Lloyd Kerr in the wild, second-half comeback. The Buccaneers were behind 17-0 at half, 20-0 in the third quarter and 27-8 midway through the fourth period, but Marcel was not through spinning his magic.

"We beat a team that played a better game than us," said Buccaneers coach Jim Nugent. "Who would have thought we would use two quarterbacks in the fourth quarter, and that would be the thing that would energize us.

"We had no first downs the first half.
You wouldn't think we would have
a chance to win."

Nugent, whose team finished with a net of minus-39 yards rushing and had no rushing play that gained more than three yards, said he doesn't consider the Buccaneers a big-play team. But he did add, "Marcel made the big plays that turned it around".

Marcel Kerr caught a pass over the middle from Bednarke and raced into the end zone for a 41-yard score with 2:54 left in the third quarter to get the Bucs on the board. Lloyd Kerr, who had been 0 for 8 with an interception In the first half, returned and threw a two point conversion pass to Ernest Crank, cutting the deficit to 20-8.

But Dayton scored again on the final play of the third quarter to make it 27-8. The Buccaneers appeared ready to be had, but defensive coordinator Greg Skowronski's unit wouldn't let it happen.

The Drive had a first down on the Bucs' 17 after a bad snap on a punt attempt, but were turned way. Ditto after an interception put Dayton in business at the Bucs 25.

Finally after a punt into the end zone, it was Kerr to Kerr, Lloyd to Marcel, for an 80-yard bomb down the right sideline. Kerr's conversion pass to Leroy Davis made it 27-16 with 6:23 to go.

Corey Hughes then delivered the hit that caused a Dayton fumble, and Darryl Robbins recovered for the Buccaneers. On the next play, Bednarke retumed and tossed a 35-yard scoring strike to Marcel Kerr to make it 27-22 with 5:16 to go.
The two-point try failed.

My job tonight was to provide a spark," Bednarke said. "Lloyd (Kerr) and I have a good relationship. We really help each
other out."

The Bucs' defense stepped up again after Bednarke's second TD toss, forcing a punt and setting the stage for Lloyd Kerr's miracle finish. "I just knew I had to get the ball there after the play we called broke down and Matt (Lincoln) split the safety," Lloyd Kerr said of the bomb.

"Sometimes you just have to let it all hang out," said Marcel Kerr, who finished with five catches for 170 yards and the three touchdowns. "Our more conservative approach wasn't working. But we have good outside speed. Matt Lincoln is a very good receiver, and I think I'm decent.

"No doubt Dayton wanted this more in the first half, but our defense played real well the whole game."

Lloyd Kerr stated the obvious: "You can't ask for anything better than this."

He said the reason for the unlikely victory was "team unity. That's what makes a champion".

For one night, at least, that team unity made the Bucs the toast of the town.