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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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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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Our next game was with Midland. It was a championship game as both teams were undefeated. Comparative scores showed that they were well matched. The day was a poor day for football as a high wind was blowing making punts and passes hard to guage. The Lutherans played for end runs and off tackle smashes. Their line was hitting low and their interference was too much for Peru. On the other hand Peru could not get started. They sifted through and got our man before the play was hardly started. The final count was Midland 30—Peru 0. We had lost our first game and furthermore it was our only loss. The game was a success in one way in that it brought out the best in many of the fellows and showed them what they could do when called on. Frary at end and F. Bell at half played the best defensive game.
On November 3. we met old time rival Doane. The teams were out to show how well they could come back after a loss. Peru started their match from the very start and scored in the first quarter Bitzie going over on a line plunge after a series of plunges and passes had placed the ball on the 3 yard line. Peru scored one touchdown in each quarter, the game ending Peru 27—Doane 0. This was another game won because we had a team working as one man.
On November 17. Peru met Wayne on their field in the game that was to decide the champion of the Nebraska State Teachers’ Colleges. The game was close and neither team could get away for any long gains. In the second quarter M. Bell picked up a fumble and was off to a touchdown. Soon after. Bitzie smashed through for another counter. The second half was scoreless and so Peru had won again. That 14 to 0 score gave us the championship of the Teachers’ Colleges and placed us where we were sure to land in second place at the close of the season.
The last game of the season was with Cotner on November 24. If Peru took this one it meant that we stood next to Midland. The team lost no time in piling up a lead. They fairly ran themselves down. Before the game ended every sub got a taste of real stuff. They felt that a good score would also help our standing and so finally stopped at 47 to 0. This ended a most successful season with six victories and one lone defeat. Every game that Peru won was decisive as Midland was the only team to score against us.
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