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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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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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ed with the outing, also better acquainted with the school yells, we were incident-
ally able to relate to our friends that the score was 31 to 0 in our favor.
V Turkey day, the first annual game between the Alumni and Alton High
School was played. A thaw the night before left the field a sea of mud and water.
The Alumni, a team made up of the stars of Alton's past star teams-a team
which contained names dear to every true Alton rooter-entered the game, con-
fident of winning. The game was desperately contested. The condition of the
field made open play, our strongest asset, an impossibility. although it also ham-
pered the use of the Alumni weight. In the third quarter Henry dashed through
the line and went over for a touchdown.
But by far the most spectacular play was Henry's breaking up of the inter-
ference made by two men, and stopping Cuthbertson who had a clear field ahead
of him. When the game was over it was almost impossible to distinguish
one player from another, because of the mud with which they were covered. But
the team was satisfied, the score being 5-0 in our favor.
Thus ended the season of 1911 which, although some may dispute us, we
believe was the most successful in the history of the school. Although the team
of 1905 made a somewhat better showing in a smaller number of games, football
is now played under such very different conditions that that team could not be
classed above the team of 1911.
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