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1913 Yearbook

1913 Yearbook


1913 Yearbook


Foot Ball.
Coach McManus
Ours is now the pleasure to tell of the
heroes on the diamond, gridiron and court. Deeds
of glory there were a-plenty—all deserving of
more worthy record, but space seems precious,
so we must be content with our portion. Yet
we know that our glories have not been unheralded, for the mere approach of St. Ambrose
warriors was sufficient to inspire wholesome
respect, if not fear, in the hearts of our foe-
men. We may say, and in no boasting spirit,
that we are deserving of our reputation. If we
have reached the heights and taken our place
among the first colleges of the Middle West, it
was only after hard and consistent struggles.
All these, however, developed brain and brawn,
and a fighting spirit which augers well for success in the future. Now for a passing glance
at the year's achievements.
First one proud "Hurrah!" for our gridiron warriors of 1912, and that with a
will! At the risk of a trite remark, we would say that it was the most successful season
in our Football history. One defeat, a tie, and five victories, and every team a worthy
foe—that is our record, and well may we point to it with pride.
It was on the evening of September 12th„ in response to Coach McManus, that 25
anxious aspirants pranced out on the field. There were among them veterans of other
years—tried and true—and their presence brought confidence to the enthusiasts on the
side lines. Among the recruits were Cavanaugh, the East Des Moines High School star,
and All State Tackle for two successive years; McGinnis, short-stop of the Baseball
team; and Sies, also of stellar fame in High School circles. Everything seemed promising. Then the nightly grind of Football practice and the season was on.
Scarcely had our boys rid themselves of the summer fatigue, when they were
rushed off to Aledo to meet the fast William & Vashti aggregation. It is here that we
record our only defeat—not a disgraceful defeat, however—for apart from the fact that
our men were unseasoned, they were contending with what proved to be the season's
champion eleven of Illinois. The 24 to 0 score tells the story. We lost our chance to
score when the ball had been advanced within a few yards of the opponent's goal, only
to be lost in the next scrimmage. Cavanaugh was so seriously injured in the early part
of this game that he was forced to remain out of football for the season. He was a
tower of strength on the line, and his loss was for the time disheartening.




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