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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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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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Lloyd Hearne Tackle Bob Barrie Back Weenie Bynum Back Nedd Looney End Next on the Gents ' long and hard schedule were the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys. The Gentlemen came through the game at the short end of a 7-6 score after outplaying the Cowboys in every way, shape and form. It was a tough break for the Gents and a thrill for the spectators when McKinnon, Hardin-Simmons quarter- back, received a kickoff on his own five yard line and ran 95 yards for a touchdown, a few seconds after Centenary had scored on the visitors and failed to kick the extra point. On September 30, Trainer Gibson packed the suits of the Gentlemen and they journeyed to College Station where they were defeated by the nation ' s leading football team, 14 to 0. With jarring John Kimbrough scor- ing both touchdowns against the bandaged Gents, the Cadets hit the jackpot for the first time in seven games between the teams and decisively buried the long jinx before 10,000 home fans. Kimbrough ' s destructive power made the difference in this game. It was not easy going, but the Texas Aggies combined sheer power with a running attack to put the Centenary team to rout. After losing their third straight game the Gents caught the train for a game with Rice Institute of Houston. Ernie Lain, Rice halfback, pitched the Owls to a 13-0 victory over the well drilled Gents in the game in Houston Saturday night. The Owls simply had too many guns for the badly outweighed, crippled Cente- nary team that nevertheless stopped effectively Rice ' s vaunted running attack. Twice during the game the sturdy Centenary defense turned aside serious Rice scoring threats. Throughout the game, the Gentlemen impressed the 12,000 crowd with their daring and with their utmost disregard for Rice ' s physical advant- ages.
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