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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.
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 98 text:
tackle was needed.
more men like "Alex,"
We'll be glad to bor-
know what he could
do till he tried. A1-
though this isn't very
strange, when Smithy
1 tried something hap-
pened. He came out
was cinched after the
first game. But good as he was in 1910, in 1911
he developed into the best tackle that ever played
for Ruby Red and Silver Gray. The fastest man
on the team, he could break up plays, and on the
defense, his side was never broken throughg
while if a man got loose, "Smithy" could get him
no matter how great the other fellow's speed.
But "Smithy's" greatest worth was shown when
we needed forty yards real bad. All that was
necessary was to call tackle around, and the only
trouble was George didn't always stop at forty,
but pretty often went on through for the touchdown.
first in 1910, and his place
"Sweep on, ye fat and greasy citizens."-ILLINI.
"Alex" entered Alton High at the beginning
of last season. With his previous experience on
the Flat River CMissouriD team, he was immedi-
ately seen to be a find. He was first tried at
half, because of his great speed, but because of
the fact that he lived out of town, which made it
impossible for him to come to practice but seldom,
he could not be used at half. He was next tried
at end, but it was then discovered that a right
"Alex" was placed there
and if ever a man played a great defensive game
at tackle, "Alex" did it. If Flat River has any
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