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Abilene High School had a successful season in football, although not so suc-
cessful as she expected. One cause for this disappointing fact in our program is this:
no match game could be secured until October 17th. There were, however, six match
games, of which number only one was lost and two tied. Our team was really a
championship team and our failure to secure the West Texas Championship is due
largely to the fact that the last game was played on the Plainview field and the snow
was so deep that it would have taken an Eskimo team to defeat them.
The season opened with the annual Army-Navy football game. Much enthus-
iasm was shown by the student body, as this was the contest which decided the players
on the first team. Both' sides fought hard and at the end of the fourth quarter the
score stood 12-12.
The first match game was played with our old enemy, Stamford, at Abilene. We
were very proud of our new men and they did not disappoint us, for the game closed
without a score for either side. The stars in this game were Howard, Sellers, Dilling-
ham, and Goss.
Our next game was played with Coleman on the A. H. S. gridiron. Her team
did fine work for their size, but they were outclassed from the beginning by our boys.
Sellers starred on the defensive, Douglas in line playing and end runs, Roberts and
Howard, in breaking up forward passes and end runs.
Our hardest fought game was the second contest with Stamford at Stamford.
Until the last two minutes of the game the score stood in favor of Stamford, but
Sellers received a pass and made the winning touchdown. The Abilene stars in this
game were Murphy, Howard, and Dillingham. The line men also did splendid work.
Our fourth game was played with Haskell on the latter's gridiron. The ground
was very muddy but the A. H. S. team swam through the contest. The score was 0-0.
This was the second tie game of the season.
Our fifth game, with Merkel, was played on their grounds. The weather was very
disagreeable and the ground slippery but our team easily defeated them. The final
score was 4-0-6.
The last game of the season was played with Plainview, at Plainview. The
game was scheduled for Thanksgiving day, but on account of the heavy snow, was
postponed until the following day. Even then the snow was so deep that none of the
yard lines could be seen. Our touchdown made by Mat Dillingham was disputed,
and rather than cause a scene, our boys manfully accepted the decision of the Plain-
view refree. At the close of the game the score stood 7-3 in favor of Plainview. The
whole team did effective work and it would be hard to select one man who played
better than another, but if stars were selected, they would be Dillingham, Murphy, and
Howard. Howard made the only score on Plainview during the season when he kicked
a field goal and gave us three points. We offered to meet Plainview again, either
in Abilene or on a neutral gridiron, with neutral officials, but she refused. At Plain-
view, Dillingham played the most brilliant game of his career. This is the first game
in two years that A. H. S. has been defeated in foot-ball. The team, the coach, and
many of the Plainview enthusiasts feel that it was really our victory.
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