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To the spectator in the stands football may seem all play and no work but actually it is just the opposite. Let ' s spend an imaginary day or so with the football squad. The scouts have just returned from watching next week ' s opponents play a game. The reports and statistics that they have brought with them mean a headache to the players for these accounts list the entire oppon- ent ' s team, their ages, weights, heights, numbers, positions, etc. Each individual player must learn all of these. Then come the opponent ' s plays. It was enough trouble learning their own plays of offense and de- fense but now the boys have to learn each play of each team that they play, and each team is different, twelve games means thirteen sets of plays, counting their own. All of the work is not mental, however. Practicing the arts of blocking and tackling as well as the opposite arts of dodging the blocker and tackier is no easy task. A " coupl ' a laps " around the field just to keep in shape; a few scrimmages to try out offense and defense; a few hard hits at the tackling dummy; all of these and lots more go into an afternoon of practice. The Gents meet their new coach. The boys come to the dorm dragging, tired, maybe some of them injured at practice. Supper and then study some more plays, lessons if there is time, bed and " lights out " at ten. To top all of this off, when hot weather rolls around, the boys are up and scrimmaging on the field before breakfast. Brother — you try this out and if this football business still seems all play and no work, you had better see a doctor. SEASON BEGINS
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Bob Banie, Weenie Eynum, and Cotton Barnes, backfield aces, limber up their arms. The 1939 Centenary Gentlemen While Centenary did not have a winning team this year, there were several standout players that really de- serve mention. First, there was Weenie Bynum who for three years has held his share of the limelight with his swivel-hipped running; Cotton Barnes, a back who moved to the front ranks this year with his bullet-like passes; Dub Partin, 240 pound senior tackle who always let the opponents know just how much he did weigh; Curtis Jones, senior and the other tackle, one of the fastest men to go down under punts that has ever been seen in these parts; Banjo Holloway, injured all saason, but one of those boys you just cannot keep out of the game; Claude Teel and Leon Apgar, a pair of defensive ends any team would be proud of; Joe Steeples, guard, a little man for a football lineman, but he made up for it; and Ed Whitehurst, smashing full- back. THE FOOTBALL
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THE OPENING KICKOFF Alvin Birkelbach Captain Murphy, end or the Genls, and a Southwestern delense man reach ior a high one. James Barnes Back J. F. WlLKINS Back Football, which has been clamoring for atten- tion during the past years, dropped to its lowest ebb during the 1939 schedule. The Gents lost nine straight games, tied one and won two. Those downstate Demons from Louisiana State Normal, supported by a rooting-tooting train- load of enthusiastic fans, invaded Shreveport and Centenary most successfully for the open- ing game of Centenary ' s season. This game was played under lights and was a great dis- appointment for the players as well as the en- thusiastic fans of the Gents. Boasting the best team in years, Normal was pointing to this game as second to none in importance and let nothing stand in the way of their goal. The Gentlemen were at a loss from the first kickoff to the blowing of the final whistle.
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