Alton High School - Tatler Yearbook (Alton, IL)

 - Class of 1940

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Football Lettermen and Coaches D165 ," 1 Louis Coatney, Captain Vic Schwartz, Managers Harold Fay and Henry Heath. Mr. jureziz, Mr. Geddes, Mr. Jackson Football . . . Season of 1939 Football practice opened early in September with many a query as to Alton's chances in '39. No one seemed very enthusiastic about any chance for the Redbirds to go places. However, Coach Jackson set to work along with his new assistant- Geddes. Geddes played his college football at Cregon State. The squad was large and jureziz- another new man on our coaching staff-helped out by taking the boys who were too light or too inexperienced for tough football this year and worked with them looking toward 1940. Coach Jackson had Schreiber, Schwartz, Diaz, Redmond, McCaskill, Lazar, Moore, Stallings, Beane and Wood for a group around which to build. All these men had been regulars or had seen some service in the 1938 campaign. One thing evident from the first day was this-the Redbird outfit was light and how could this be overcome? Then, too, a new center to take the place of 138 lb. Chuck Tackwell must be found. But from prob' lems to the regular season we shall go. Central of St. Louis helped the Redbirds pry off the lid for the 1939 football season. Schwartz and Schrieber at ends, Diaz and Lowery as tackles, Gaines and Ash at guards, Moore, center, Wood at quarterback, McCaskill and Redmond as half' backs, and Lazar at fullback were starters. Before the game had gone very far it appeared that the Redbirds might be a tough team to beat since they were passing accurately, blocking and punting well, and playing smoothly. When the final whistle was tooted the press found Alton had won 25fO while nearly every player on the Alton High squad had had a chance to play. Madison was the first opponent in conference play and they threw up such a strong defense that the lirst quarter had Alton fans wondering what might happen. In the second quarter passes began to fly with Lazar, Redmond, McCaskill and Schwartz having much to do with this "air" barrage. Thirtyfive Redbirds saw service in the game and our third string players were on Madif

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Football Lettermen L' 75wasL2ffrg'3giS?Wx?i75iQfL Afjglsigl555ffgmbiiwfaifwhiiiiiff George Lazar, Ted Vambaketes, Bill Gaines James Stallings, Bob Diaz, Matt McCaskill, Hugh Lowery. son's 2 yard line when the game ended. Touchf downs were scored by McCaskill, Redmond, Lazar 2. Madison had lost 28fO. Edwardsville Tigers were all set to go places in the conference this year and owned some nice wins when the Redbirds journeyed there for the third game of the season. Using the L'airways" in the third quarter, Wood, Schwartz, Redmond, Lazar and McCaskill tossed, passed over, around and past Edwardsville so effectively that the Tigers had to eat L'crow" while McCaskill took the touchdown pass for what proved to be the victory. Late in the fourth quarter the Tigers drove to the Alton 3 yard line but Stallings and Moore played a hand in giving Alton the ball. Stallings replaced Schreiber at right end when Bob was injured in this game. Jim never gave up his line position during the remainder of the year. A Redbird victory 6fO. Wood River brought a good and heavy team to Alton and at least 1200 fans. Secret practice sessions for a week had the Oilers at their best. They were all set to stop Schwartz as a pass receiver. So-the Alton lightfweights played straight football on the ground. Near the end of the lirst quarter McCaskill caught the "coffin corner" and the ball went out of bounds on the Ciler 1 yard line. Joe Astroth punted to the 29 but Alton carried the ball to the 2 yard line as the quarter ended. Two plays in quarter 2 netted an Alton touchdown by McCaskill. In the fourth quarter Lazar recovered an Oiler fumble. He shot an unexpected pass to Schwartz on our Hrst play that was stopped on the 11 yard line. Lazar

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