Before Scott Venvertloh’s junior year in the fall of 1993, the QND football team had suffered through three consecutive 1-8 seasons. By the time he graduated, he was a first-team All-Stater and had helped the Raiders to an undefeated regular season in 1994.
Venvertloh, a 1995 graduate, was a first-team Quincy Herald-Whig All-Area linebacker as a junior and as a senior, recording more than 100 tackles each season. As a senior, he made 114 tackles – a figure that ranked fourth in school history for a single season.
After carrying the ball 120 times as a sophomore, Venvertloh played fullback as a senior and paved the way for Dan Griffard to rush for more than 1,600 yards. He helped the Raiders to their first playoff appearance in 11 years. “Scott is the most important player on our team,” QND coach Bill Connell said after the season’s eighth week. “He does so much for us.”
He finished with 252 career tackles, fifth most in school history, with 1,135 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, and 22 receptions for 275 yards.
Venvertloh graduated from the University of Missouri in 2000. He and his wife, Isabel, live in Denver, where he works for Accenture.