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The three weeks of practice and drill were climaxed when the In- dians travelled to Lock Haven to open the 1939 foorhall season atrainst an ever-threateninij team which the Indians had failed for many seasons to conquer. The Lock Haven team took the Indiana eleven into camp by the score of 7-0 durint a continuous downpour which added to the difH- culties of the lighter Indiana team. Indiana won the toss, elected to re- ceive, taking and fumbling the ball on their own forty-five. Lock Haven recovered and two plays later also fumbled this time with Indiana recovering. Two exchanges of kicks found Indiana with the ball on the opponent ' s thirty-four yard line. On three successive first downs the Indians took the ball into enemy territory to the four-yard line but lost the ball on downs. Two more exchanges of kicks and the Indians again had the ball on Lock Haven ' s forty-yard line, starting another drive which ended on Lock Haven ' s eighteen after two successive first downs. Out to avenge the previous Saturday ' s defeat the Indians rode rough-shod over a big Bloomsburg team to the tune of 33-0. Time after time Ted Grundy and Fred Ruthko ripped off large gains against the Bloomsburg line. Credit for the touch- downs went to Ruthko, Killen, Grundy, Stokes, and Nosal. Miller McElliocs Harklcroad Brant Schwing Hovanec Where to now, little man ' 129
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1 t ' %.- Balionis Sariscak Schmucker Grundv Nosal Hill The Indiana Indians for the first time in history returned to school two weeks early to go into training for the season. Over fifty men turned out to seek positions on the squad. The coaching staff was bol- stered by the addition of Robert Timmons, former All-American end at Pitt, as line coach and assistant to head coach, George P. Miller. Earl Prugh continued as coach of the reserve squad. Coaches Miller and Timmons had the tough assign- ment of filling positions vacated by last year ' s seniors. The squad this year had a great group of fresh- men such as Fred Ruthko, Lee Brant, Vernell Harkleroad, Matthew Hohn, Fred Stokes, Bill Hauth, and Fred Gezich. Coach Miller announced an eight game schedule against an all State Teachers College lineup. Veterans back were Joe Sariscak, Bob Killen, Walter Nosal, Simon Cicero, Ted Grundy, and Charlie ZofFuto. The outlook for the season was far brighter at the onset of this year than it was last. Due to an injured back received last year, Svbinskv was to be forced to the sidelines for at least half of the season, while Albert Hovanec was unable to participate in the first few games be- cause of a broken arm. Three young freshmen, Harkleroad, Brant, and Ruthko seemed destined to be in the starting lineup. Come on, Indians, block that kick ' 128
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S. Cicero Gezich Stokes Carter Killen Svhinsk The following Saturday the In- dians won their first home game against Edinboro 20-0. Early in the first half the Redskins were deep in Edinboro territory. Fred Ruthko plunged savagely off tackle for the first tally followed by Ted Grundy ' s kick making the score 7-0. Late in the first half Nosal ran 37 yards for a second tally with Ted Grundy once more converting to make the score 14-0. In the fourth quarter Grundy circled the end and went over for the final tally. Next came the celebration of the year, Home- coming Day, with Slippery Rock providing the competition and what competition it turned out to be, for the visitors scalped the home team 13-0 in a sea of mud. Although the Indians acquired more first downs than did the opponents, they lacked that scoring punch. It was in the lirst quarter that Johnny Kaufman hitting off his own right tackle broke through the Indiana forward wall and ran 37 yards to score for the Rockets. Kline ' s kick for the extra point was good, putting Slippery Rock in the lead 7-0. It was then that Denbow in the second period hitting off tackle went over for the final enemy score, making it 13-0. Indiana threatened only one time during the game, that being in the third quarter. The hrsf two are the toughest. 130
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