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GEORGE SHOWALTER. Guard
If anyone ever showed their sticking qualities “Tiny” sure did. For two seasons he had tried and in both cases "Fate" had been cruel to him hut this time lie broke the jinx. A big man and a real guard is all we can say for him.
LEO FAUNCE. Guard
"Mick" was the big noise in the line. Built for his position and with a year of college experience to his credit he was right at home. He was a little too anxious on many plays and cost us many yards for off side but he always managed to even it up and leave
some to spare.
HOWARD BRUNDSON, Tackle
A new man on the team but not a new one at the game. He plays it for his love of the sport and every game seems to see him at his best. A good man on both offense and defense is the rating he receives. He will be here for some more of the good old game.
MILLARD BELL, Tackle
"Big" Bell came here expecting to tear things up from the very start and he certainly did. He took his first football training at Beatrice and soon cinched a position on the line. He played one of his best games at Wayne and showed his ability at following the ball by picking up a fumble and getting away to a touchdown.
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FRED ROTHERT, Halfback (All-State)
“Fritz" finished up his second season in a Peru uniform with a great brand of football. He was the best man on the team when it came to leading interference. He was a good plunger and a good man on the defense as very few passes were completed in his
CLARENCE HANSEN. Guard
“Chick," yes full-feathered and no team even so much as plucked a pin feather out. He was always in the thick of it and always got his man. They couldn't keep him out and he was never content until he had the man with the ball.
GROVER MILAM. Tackle (All-State)
“Dub” is a natural football man. The more they pile in the longer he could hold that hole open. On the defense he was a terror to all opposing teams. A punter sure had to hurry them or “Dub" was there. He was a real tackle from the very start.
GLENN GILKESON. End
“Gilk" knew that he had football experience enough to make good and started right in to it. He was a very good man in his position as he took passes from all angles, went down under punts like a ten second man and defied all smashes around his end.
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I3I)e football Season of 1922
When Coach Speer gave his call for football candidates the resulting squad looked none too good. There were Capt. Willy, Rothcrt, Bitzie, Frary, Faunce and Pomeroy to begin with but the other twenty were an unknown quantity. Coach Speer went at it as he always does in that determined way and the team soon began to show championship form.
The first test came on the home field with York as the opponent. It was an ideal game from Peru’s standpoint. Although half the team were new men they played as veterans. Capt. Willy, Rothert, and Bitzie advanced the ball yard after yard. Frary and Gilk showed their ability to share passes and the line was a stonewall at all times. The final score was Peru 43. York 0.
The following week found our team on foreign soil. After a tiring auto ride they wound up at Maryville, Mo. Here they met their first real opposition. The game see-sawed for the first half with most of the playing in middle field. In the third quarter Peru worked the ball down to the goal and was balked twice by being offside. Bitzie then dropped back and booted a drop kick. It appeared as though Peru was to be held to a 3 point lead until in the closing minutes of the game Bitzie intercepted a pass and was off to a touchdown. Although we were victorious the game came very near being a costly one as Capt. Willy was injured and could not return with the team.
October 20, our sister college arrived for the annual battle. Kearney was near the top of the ladder and brought a heavy team to take the measure of our Bobcats. There was no feeling of confidence in Peru as the game started. Willy was still out and the team missed his leadership. Kearney pushed to the 5 yard line at the very start but were held for downs. Peru could gain but little and Kearney was punting at every chance. Delzell as safety was having trouble holding their punts and they kept the ball in our territory a good share of the time. It was not until the third quarter that Peru found herself. They then went down the field and Frary took it over on a pass. We scored another touchdown in the closing minutes of play the game ending Peru 12—Kearney 0.
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