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Arms 13 Deerfield Academy I. V. 0
On October 20 the Arms team ioumeyed to Deerfield Academy where in
the pouring rain and mud they defeated the Iunior Varsity 13-0. The first
touchdown was scored after Gerry carried the ball 70 yards to the 7-yard line.
On the next play Arms fumbled. the ball rolled over the goal line. and Arms
recovered for a touchdown. Gerry's fine kicking with a slippery ball and the
playing of Pratt, Doore, and Tomasini were outstanding.
Stockbridge 20 Arms 7
A strong and definitely physically superior Stockbridge "Aggie" team was
victorious over Arms on October 28. Stockbridge scored twice in the first half
and once in the last, while Arms scored late in the second half. Arms was
unable to gain any yardage through the heavy Stockbridge line during the
first half. In the second half Arms took to the air, scoring one touchdown and
gaining over 100 yards through completed passes.
Arms 14 Huntington 12
On Friday, November 4. the Arms team joumeyed to Huntington where
they defeated Huntington High School 14-12. The game proved to be a rough
one. and tempers flared up freely on both sides in the last quarter. Arms
scored first on an end run by Pratt, but Huntington retumed the next kick off
80 yards for a touchdown. Gerry scored the second Arms touchdown, and his
two successful points after touchdown proved to be the winning margin.
Deerfield High 21 Arms 18
The final game of the year was played in the "Onion Bowl" at South Deer-
field on Armistice Day. Although Arms was defeated 21-18, the game fur-
nished many thrills which will long be remembered. This contest was broad-
cast over the radio. and many listeners commented on the unusual thrills.
South Deerfield scored first on a reverse early in the second quarter. Shortly
after the second half opened, Pratt intercepted a Deerfield pass and sprinted
55 yards for a touchdown. Deerfield scored twice in the third quarter. With
the score 21-6 against them. Arms came back with a beautifully completed
forward-lateral play. Gerry to Marble to Giguere, with the play going 65
yards for a touchdown. A few minutes later the most unusual play of the
season was completed. Boron was carrying the ball around Arms' right end
when Gerry came up from the secondary apparently to tackle the runner, but
instead he dumb-founded the crowd by snatching the ball from Boron and
running 50 yards for a touchdown. With time running short. Deerfield froze
the ball to prevent any more scoring opportunities for Arms.
On December 9 football letters were given out in assembly. The following
received varsity letters: Co-Captains Harper Gerry and Ioseph Tomasini. Arthur
Tumer. Francis Stone. Iames Rice, Everett Coutu. Alvin Pratt, Harold Mills.
Howard Marble. Leverett Doore, Harold Caron. Peter Giacapuzzi, Henry
Giguere, Archie Ainsworth, and Manager Rowland Bardwell.
At the same time the following received Iunior Varsity letters for faithful
service throughout the season: Robert Iohnson, Romeo Paoletti. Alan Finck,
Benjamin Doore, Iames LaPlant, Fredrick Urban. Martin Rancourt, Ioseph
Giguere, Alonzo Tirrell. and Assistant Managers. Robert Lincoln, Iames DuBois,
and Aldo Lunardi.
In December when the All-Westem Massachusetts eleven was chosen.
Arthur Tumer and Henry Giguere received honorable mention, which is very
good considering the large number from which they were chosen.
At a meeting of the lettermen Alvin Pratt was chosen as captain of the
1939 football team.
Rowland Bardwell, Manager
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The call for football candidates was issued on September 8, and about
twenty boys reported. Six lettermen were available from the 1937 squad,
these being: Co-Captains Harper Gerry and Ioseph Tomasini, Harold Mills.
Henry Giguere, Howard Marble, and Francis Stone.
Following is a summary of the games played:
Arms 7 Greenfield 0
Arms opened her season on September 30 with the Greenfield High School
Seconds. This game was played shortly after the famous New England hurri-
cane of September 21, 1938, and many of the boys worked for the New England
Power Company the week before the game. Because of this, the team had
only four different running plays to use during the game. The only touchdown
of the game came in the second quarter when Henry Giguere scored on an
end run alter Harper Gerry had returned a punt from midfield to the 20-yard
Turners Falls 6 Arms 0
On October 7 a hard-fighting Arms eleven was defeated by the Turners
Falls Seconds in a well-played game. Arms dominated the play in the first
half, having the ball within Tumers' 10-yard line twice, but failing to score. A
series of completed passes in the third quarter brought about the winning
touchdown for Turners Falls. The Arms team showed great improvement
throughout the game.
Deerfield High 19 Arms 6
The following Wednesday, October 12, brought forth Arms' second defeat
of the year, as Deerfield High School scored a 19-6 victory. The first score of
the game came in the second quarter when Mills intercepted a Deerfield pass
and carried the ball to the two-yard line where Giacapuzzi scored on the next
play. lust before the half ended, Deerfield completed a pass for a touchdown
and scored again in the third period when an Arms pass was intercepted.
Harper Gerry was unable to play because of a knee injury received in the
Tumers Falls game.
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Easily the highlight of the 1938-1939 basketball season was the surprising
24-21 victory which Arms captured from South Deerfield High in the opening
contest of the Hampshire League. Arms had won three straight games before
this, all non-league, but was credited with little chance against an experienced
Deerfield five who many believed were the potential league champions. Deer-
field led at half time 13-9, but Arms came back in the second half to wrest the
lead away from their opponents and to stay out in front by a narrow margin
during a thrilling last quarter. It was the first basketball victory over South
Deerfield in many years.
The Arms team kept up the good work by taking over Orange in the next
game 25-20. These league wins were especially pleasant from the standpoint
of the two previous lean league campaigns. Hopes soared for a successful
showing in the league on the evidence of these victories. but a machine-like
Hopkins team dropped Arms in the next game 24-13, and Smith Academy
followed with a crushing defeat. 57-15. Arms rebounded from these defeats to
pin Amherst down at home, 31-15. Smith School defeated Arms at Northamp-
ton, 33-23, and South Hadley came out on top 34-29 in a wild game at home to
finish the first half of the league season. Arms finished in a tie for fourth place
with South Hadley and South Deerfield, all with three wins and four defeats.
The second half of the league schedule proved a disappointment. Arms
had only one victory to show for six defeats.
16 Arms 22-Williamsburg 27 Arms 23-Deerfield Academy
20 Arms 26-Alumni 31 Arms 20-South Deerfield
22 Arms 26-Charlemont February
Ianuary 3 Arms 25-Orange
4 Arms 24-South Deerfield 7 Arms 16-Hopkins
5 Arms 25-Orange 10 Arms 23-Smith Academy
10 Arms 13-Hopkins 14 Arms 29-Amherst
13 Arms 15-Smith Academy 17 Arms 21-Smith School
17 Arms 31-Amherst 21 Arms 17-South Hadley
20 Arms 23-Smith School 28 Arms 49-Sanderson Academy
24 Arms 29-South Hadley
Winfield Peck, Manager
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