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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-
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
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 97 text:
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.
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