Alton High School - Tatler Yearbook (Alton, IL)

 - Class of 1912

Page 96 of 168

 

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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- ing teams. 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 94

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. l 1 l J "My man'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. 93



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The heaviest man on the team, "Degie," held them out like a rock wall. Always on the job, he made it impossible for an opposing team to gain on line bucks through the left side of the line. When Taylor called a quarter back buck through the left, he merely secreted himself behind Degie's ample dimensions and never stopped till somebody came around from behind and grabbed him. When there was about five yards to go for a touchdown on the third down, Taylor called "left guard back" and the rooters began yelling for the touchdown, because they knew it would come. "Degie" has two years yet, and with his ever in- creasing s p e e d, he ought to make a great full back. And it always did come. Busse got his "A" for the sea- son of 1910, but nobody knew then what stuff there was in him. But in 1911 "they were shown amply and suf ficiently. A physical giant, he stopped those line smashes all right, and when Alton sent a buck through on the right, it wasn't Busse's fault if it didn't go there. He made holes in the other line that the men carrying the ball would either have to be blind or scared to death, to miss. Beside being a great guard it may be said of Busse, that if they had all been Busses, there would have been no dis- putes or dissensions among the players on the teams of 1910 and 1911, a rare and a great tribute to any player. "Better to smoke here than smoke hereafter"-RALPH SMITH. 95

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