Football Days eBook

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“This topped checker represents Holt.  He must be taken care of, and it will require two Lawrenceville men to stop him on every play.  I am certain of this for Holt was a marvel last Saturday.”

During the week we drilled secretly and most earnestly in anticipation of defeating Andover.  The game attracted an unusually large number of spectators.  Lawrenceville made it a gala day for its alumni, and all the old Andover and Lawrenceville boys who could get there witnessed the game.

When the Andover team ran out upon the field we were all anxious to see how big Holt loomed up.  He certainly was a giant and towered high above the other members of his team.  Soon the whistle blew, and the trouble was on.  In memory now I can see Billy Dibble circling Andover’s end for twenty-five yards, scoring a touchdown amid tremendous excitement.

This all transpired during the first minute and a half of play.  Emerson once said, “We live by moments,” and the first minute and a half of that game must stand out as one of the eventful periods in the life of every man who recalls that day of play.  No grown-up schoolboy can fail to appreciate the scene or miss the wave of boyish enthusiasm that rolled over the field at this unlooked for beginning of a memorable game between schoolboys.


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This wonderful start of the Lawrenceville team was a goading spur to its opponents.  Johnnie Barnes, an ex-Lawrenceville boy, now quarterback on the Andover team, seemed fairly inspired as he urged his team on.  Eddie Holt was called upon time and again.  He was making strong advances, aided by French, Hine and Porter.  Together they worked out a touchdown.  But Lawrenceville rallied and for the rest of the game their teamwork was masterly.  Bat Geer, who was later a Princeton Varsity player, Charlie de Saulles and Billy Dibble, each scored touchdowns, making three altogether for their school.

Thus Lawrenceville, with the score 20 to 6, stepped forth into a new era and entered the larger football world where she was to remain and increase her heroic accomplishments in after years.

It is needless to say that the night following this victory was a crowning one in our preparatory football experiences.  Bonfires were lighted, speeches were the order of the hour, and members of the team were the guests of honor at a banquet in the Upper House.  There was no rowdy “revelry by night” to spoil the memory of the occasion.  It was just one simple, fine and fitting celebration of a wholesome school victory on the field of football.


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