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Missouri Sports Hall of Fame to induct Adrian’s George Bruto

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper-sponsored Football Luncheon on Oct. 16 also will honor Elite 11

The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame soon will induct former Kansas City Chiefs running back Ted McKnight, Adrian High School coach George Bruto, referee Emry Dilday, Missouri Tigers fan Dr. Jerald Chaffin as well as Greenfield High School’s 1977 State Championship Team and the entire Aurora High School Football Program.

The inductees will highlight the Hall of Fame’s Football Luncheon presented by the Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, set for 11 a.m. on October 16 at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield...

George Bruto – Adrian High School Football Coach

Bruto spent 36 years as a teacher and coach at Adrian High School, including 28 seasons (1986 to 2013) as the head football coach. In that time, his teams were 238-77 – a win total that was good for top 15 all-time among Missouri high school football coaches. His 2002 team won the Class 1 state championship, and his 1987 team was a state runner-up. Overall, Adrian advanced to 10 state semifinals (1987, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005), won 17 district championships and 13 conference championships. As an assistant, he was also part of two state semifinal teams, two district championships and a conference championship. Additionally, Bruto wore other hats, as he coached the school’s girls and boys basketball and track teams at various times. Over 45 sports seasons, he was 430-177 as a varsity coach and 147-50 as a junior high school coach, covering 49 seasons.


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