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The next game, October 14th, was with the Troy Giants at Troy. Here, with-
out a doubt, the teailn showed what team work, what practice, and above all what
fighting spirit could do. Playing against a team composed of four 'professionals
and the rest miners, men of gigantic strength and weight, and playing before a
crowd which waited eagerly for a chance to break up the game with a fight, the
boys fought desperately, fought brilliantly, carried the ball to the enemy's five-
yard line, where the opponents secondary defense held like a stone wall, and
slowly but surely forced them back down the field. How the score ended a tie no
one, not even the team, could tell. Nevertheless it proved we had a team which
deserved our best support.
On Wednesday, October 25, we again met Shurtleff. Although the game was
scheduled with the second team, Shurtleff, wishing to wipe out their defeat,
brought a team composed almost entirely of first team subs, but we didn't greatly
exert ourselves and had the big end of the score-6 to O.
Saturday of the same week we walked all over Edwardsville, tried every play
we had, tried some we didn't have and took them into camp, 34 to 0.
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HEN CAPTAIN ZERWEKH called the football candidates together early
in September he found that of the ten "A" men of 1910 who should have
been there, four were missing. Hope, Weber and Neff left school while
we lost J. Heagler to Western. Smith, Busse, Fisher, Taylor and Perrin,
besides Captain Zerwekh and Hyatt, who did not have a chance to earn his letter,
but who had done good workin the latter part of the 1910 season, were there.
This left five positions Vacant. Of the new candidates were begenhardt, Alexan-
der, from Flat River, Mo., Henry, who entered school from Upper Alton, Dodge,
a member of the Upper Alton Department, and last but far from least Wood, who
decided to play football. So that after all, the prospects were better than were
On October 1st we met East St. Louis there. The boys fought desperately
but the breaks went against them and this, coupled with insufficient practice,
gave us the little end of the score when the whistle blew-6 to 2.
Instead of discouraging the team, this defeat gave them the needed impetus
and the next week they worked harder than ever.
Being unable to get a game for the 7th, Captain Zerwekh sent the team in
against Shurtleffs second for the 10th to keep the team from going stale. They
were no match for us, and we ran through them with little or no trouble. It was
our first chance to try our fakes and trick plays and it also proved that the team
had struck its pace, as was shown by the score-15 to 0.
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But a haughty spirit goethbefore a fall. Saturday, Nov. 4th, we were dis-
graced for the first and only time during the season of 1911. We journeyed to
Carrollton minus Henry, Alexander and Degenhardt-three valuable men-but we
should have beaten them easily but for over-confidence, and even after they scored
the first time, our play lacked that desperate gameness, that never-quit spirit
which had characterized them all through the season. It was one of those inex-
plainable offdays which come unexpectedly upon every team.
The next week, Nov. 11th, we tasted of that revenge for which we had waited
so long. East St. Louis was rudely awakened from the superior feeling which they
had carried ever since the first of the season. With fast, aggressive play, mag-
nificent fighting spirit, Perrin tore away with a forward pass and scored in the
first three minutes of play. When it was all over we had 15, East St. Louis, O.
Just for a little excursion to break the monotony and incidentally to "show"
Edwardsville, we chartered a special car the next Saturday, the 18th, and with
fifty loyal rooters we traveled over to that little burg. When we got back, delight-
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