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First row: Mr. Brozak, first team coach, Keeler 66, Ottosen 50, Lane 44, Kenyon 33, Banash 77, Garrison 99, John
Coleman 55, Mr. Goodell, second team coach. Second row: Bechtel, manager, Brown 00, M. Thomas 88, R. Thomas 60,
Stamm 30, H. Fuller 40, Townsend 22, Gray 11, Hewitt, manager. Third row:Frandsen 12, P. Myers 2, L. Fuller 7,
Grable 8, Benham 11, Foster 13, F. Bush 15, L. Keeler 3, Hill, manager. Fourth row: Kinney 5, Blough 16, James
Coleman 4, Gies 10, Baymond Bennett 8, Cortright 10, Abbey 17, Manker 9, Long 14, Hinman 6. Absent from
picture: O. Bush, Ayres.
First row: John Coleman 7, Ayers 14, R. Thomas 19, Ottosen 10, Garrison 1, Capt. Kelly 6, Stamm 12, Townsend 9,
Myers 4, M. Thomas 11, Banash 17. Second row: Hewitt, manaber, Foster 21, Frandsen 8, Endsley 13, Payne 5,
Martin 18, Lane 15, Basey 16, Beck 22, O'Donnell 3, Brown 2, Bechtel, manager. Third row: Mr. Brozak, assistant
coach, Mr. Goodell, coach. Absent from picture: Wilcox, Goggins.
The Hastings football squad had a very
successful season under the leadership of
Coach Goodell and Captain Kelly. The
Saxons scored 138 points against their oppon-
ents 13 which speaks well for the Saxon line
and proves that they were one of the best
class B teams in the state.
Lettermen back this season were: Kelly,
Stamm, Garrison, Wilcox, Goggins, Banash,
B. Thomas, M. Thomas, Ottosen, Myers and
The first game of the season was against
Lowell September 18 at the fairgrounds.
Hastings' smashing attack brought them
twice within a few feet of the goal line in the
first half. A series of fumbles gave Lowell
possession of the ball on the Hastings 30
yard line, and from there a long pass allowed
them to score. The try for extra point was
good. During the last quarter the Blue and
Gold climaxed a 60 yard drive with a pass
from Wilcox to Coleman for the touchdown.
The Saxons outgained their opponents by
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72 yards. Tl1e encounter was also disheart-
ening for they lost the services of Goggins
who was injured during the game.
Hastings journeyed to Greenville Septem-
ber 25 weak from injuries, losing two of their
prize backs. The Saxons drove down the
field to Greenville's 1 foot line only to lose the
ball on a fumble. Greenville then kicked
out of danger. Both teams showed strong
defensive play, so that neither team's offense
would work. The game ended i11 a scoreless
October 2 the powerful Hastings machine
overpowered Marshall by a 19-0 count,
Wilcox doing the scoring. The Saxons' line
held the supposedly strong Marshall eleven
In the only afternoon game of the season,
the undefeated record of the Zeeland Chicks
was shattered by a 12-0 victory for the Saxons
October 9. Hastings started the game off
with a dazzling drive to the Zeeland 13 yard
line where a pass, Banash to Coleman,
scored the first touchdown. The extra point
attempt failed. Early in the second period,
after another long drive, Wilcox went over
for the second marker. Again the try for
extra point failed. This ended the scoring
for both teams. Throughout the whole game
there were no penalties called on either team
which, to our knowledge, no Hastings team
ever had to its credit.
The following week Hastings defeated our
traditional rival Charlotte, on a muddy field
14-0. Charlotte, although on the tail end of
the score, was no soft touch. On the run
back of the kick-off, Matthews carried the
ball to Hastings 10 yard line, but the Saxons'
forward wall held. Hastings then drove
down the field to score. The second touch-
down was made during the third quarter after
sweeping runs by Banash and Myers and line
plunges by M. Thomas. Wilcox took the
ball over from the Oriole 2 yard stripe.
Hastings played Allegan at the fairgrounds
on October 23. Eight plays after the kickoff,
Hastings scored. At the half they were ahead
38-0: in the third quarter they scored but one
touchdown, but in the last they scored four
more. The final score read 69-0.
On October 30 Hastings went to Ionia
where the field was in terrible condition.
The mud and lonia's eight-man line all but
stopped Hastings' offense. loniais touch-
down was the result of a blocked punt deep
in Saxon territory. Two quick passes brought
them within 2 ft. of the goal line from where
they carried it over. They did not make the
extra point. In the third quarter Hastings
scored with a pass from Banash to Coleman.
Under ordinary conditions the game would
have been an entirely different story. The
final score was 6-6.
.The last and most important game of the
season was on November 6 with Belding, the
West Central League co-championship being
at stake. It was also the last time that a lot
of the boys ever played ball for Hastings. On
the third offensive play, a 45 yard pass from
Banash to Kelly was responsible for the first
touchdown. ln the last quarter Wilcox
smashed over from the 3 yard line making
the final score 14-0.
At the close of the season, the team
selected Dick Thomas as the captain of the
,44 squad and also as the best blocker.
Wilcox was chosen as the team's most
When Coach Joseph Brozak, new cage
mentor, issued the call for first practice, he
was greeted by seven lettermen including
Captain Kenyon, Garrison, Banash, Lane,
Stamm, Dean Keeler, and O. Bush. Along
with these were eight promising reserves:
John Coleman, M. and D.Thomas, Townsend,
Ayres, Ottosen, Brown, and H. Fuller.
The first game was played against the
Saxons' ancient rivals, Allegan, on November
27. The Saxons presented a new type of
lightning offense not seen in this part of the
state before. The results proved very favor-
able for the Saxons as the final count showed
Hastings holding down the long end of a 61-
29 score. Banash was the big gun on offense
clicking for 17 points, while Captain Kenyon
proved to be a defensive demon.
On December 4 the Saxons journeyed to
Lowell to search for new worlds to conquer.
They promptly found them and conquered
the Maroons by the score of 71-30. Lane
and Banash scored 19 and 12 points respec-
tively. Kenyon and Garrison starred on
The following week the Saxons took on
their first league opponent which was Ionia.
This was a rough game, but the Saxons
proved to be the superior team and defeated
the Bulldogs by a 46-20 count. Banash
connected for 16 points as Capt. Kenyonis
floor game excelled.
In the Saxons' second league encounter,
they tangled with Belding. This game was
billed as a crucial affair, but the Saxons
proved too powerful in downing the Redskins
by a 48-31 count. Banash and Lane again
countered 19 and 12 respectively. Kenyon
and Garrison played their usual tight
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