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Page 95 text:
Taylor started the game in 1910 under trying
conditions. The dissensions, which nearly broke
up the team, made a new quarter necessary.
"Nuts", without any previous experience and with
but a short time to practice, went in behind a
reconstructed team and averted the threatening
disaster. In 1911 his handling of punts, his great
forward passes, and above all, his headwork dur-
ing the games, combined with Captain Zerwekh's
work before the games, made the team of 1911
the great and perfect team that it was. Taylor's
piloting of the team through the stiffest battles
was truly marvelous
and without a prece-
dent in the history of
Alton High School.
D0 you know why
Upper Alton was an-
nexed to Alton?
There were just two
important r e a s o n s.
One was, that Tom Henry might play football for
A. H.S. When "P.Zf' brought his material together
in the fall of 1911, the place which needed filling
the most was the middle position, in the back
field. Did he find a fullback! No one who saw
Tom puncture the East St. Louis, Edwardsville
and Shurtleff lines like ag Mauser bullet going
through a lace handkerchief would ask a question
like that. He had starred for Pie Town, but with
the team mates he had here, he compared with
the other fullbacks seen around here the last few
moons, like a forty-eight candle power Tungsten
light compared with a tallow candle. Watch
Henry in 1912.
as true as steel."-HELEN DIDLAKE.
Page 94 text:
Captain Zerwekh, "P. Z. was the first captain
to have entire charge of the Alton High school team,
and he filled his position to a degree far exceeding
the hopes of the most sanguine. "P. Z." found him-
self at the beginning of the season of 1910 when he
was placed at end. In this position he captured
forward passes time after time for gains which were
responsible for many a touchdown and many a
victory. During 1911, as captain, he played left
half. At this position, his end runs were spectacular.
But most notable of all was his splendid handling
of the team. Without a doubt his splendid general-
ship made the team
of 1911 what it was:
the best in the history
of Alton High School
"Punk," the Idol
of Alton High School
and Baseball fans, has
all of the praise that
has been given him.
The lightest and smallest man on the team,
his brain work makes him the greatest forward
going. His swift, unerring tackling stops plays that
start around the right. Football is to him as easy
as living is to us. In fact he plays football just as
he plays basketball and baseball: that is, without
a peer. Great as has been his work this year, un-
doubtedly greater will be his work next year as
leader. For 1912 we predict a peerless team with
the peerless leader.
"A little nonsense now and then
Is relished by the best of men."-MR Mrzrz
Page 96 text:
Now I'll tell you the second reason why Upper
Alton was annexed to Alton. It was that Dodge
could play with A. H. S. Dodge is a Freshman of
the Upper Alton Department and he surely is a
credit to Upper Alton. First he tried center, but
his size never fitted him for the line, so he dis-
covered that the position for which he was de-
signed was right half. The way he circled the
ends and smashed through the line after his big
running mate, Tom, and especially the way, when
on the defensive, in which he bowled over men
that out-weighed him forty pounds, made him a
live wire on the 1911
team. Dodge has
three more years.
With his added ex-
perience and weight,
he will be the back-
bone for several com-
Fischer is one of
those big, solid men
so necessary to foot-
ball. His beef and
muscle won him a
place in the 1910 team in spite of his total lack
of experience. But he overcame his greenness
and made good with a vengeance. In 1911 he,
like all other great athletes, after wandering
around, found his place. Center was invented
for men just like "Susie," or else men' just like
"Susie" were invented for center. "Susie"
could not only handle that little pigskin oval just
right, particularly when Taylor called a punt, but
at the same time he could hold out the line, or,
when on the defense, he could break through be-
fore the other side could get a play started.
"The Eagle sufers little birds to szng Miss Jomss
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