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Public Ledger, Philadelphia
November 11, 1924

Stan Cofall's Coal Miners Continue Victory March on Gridiron by Trimming Shore Team

POTTSVILLE HUMBLES ATLANTIC CITY ROSES

Strong Anthracite League Machine Plays Snappy Football, Handing Shore Eleven 22-0 Reverse -- Forward Passes Worked With Effectiveness

Atlantic City, N.J., Nov. 9. -- Two bands were here from Pottsville today. One played smart music and the other smart football. Against this combination, the Roses, gridiron pride of Atlantic City, were baffled and Pottsville won, 22-0.

Pottsville, heralded as one of the greatest football machines ever evolved in Pennsylvania's Anthracite League, revealed plays as snappy as the sea breezes that blew over the airport.

Right smart football brought Pottsville three touchdowns and a safety, ripped the sturdy defense of the Roses and thrilled 10,000 persons.

In the Pottsville line-up there is much brawn. Also there is much brain. The stalwarts from the coal regions used both with convincing effect against the Roses.

The Roses were out there fighting to hold the powerful Pottsville machine, and for a while their efforts cheered the onlooking natives.

Fumbles Costly

Two fumbles paved the way for the first touchdown. A well-executed forward pass earned the second sixpointer [sic]. An extra two points was [sic] made through Hackney being thrown to his own goal line for a safety. Another snappy forward pass accounted for the third touchdown.

It was Johnny Scott, former Lafayette quarterback, who hurled the forward passes with fine precision.

Chief Newberry, just recovering from a smash-up in the game against Stapleton, didn't go after one of Pottsville's punts with his usual confidence in the first period and fumbled the ball.

 Came another fumble, this time by Red Allen, which gained Pottsville the ball on the Roses 15-yard line.

Then the up-Staters got off to one of their vaunted marches, driving down the field to the 1- yard line. Barney Wentz, Bots Brunner and Carl Beck were the wrecking crew.

Wentz First to Score

Wentz, a former Penn State fullback, who was in the thick of all the plays, had the honor of crashing through the Melrose defense for the first touchdown. Pete Henry, the All-American tackle from W. and J., who, despite his massiveness, swinging a neat toe, drop-kicked for the extra point.

Hackney, who went into the game with much vigor and dash in place of Chief Newberry, was responsible for Pottsville scoring a safety in the second period.

He caught one of Sonnenberg's punts while on the run. The ball was sailing over his head, but he darted back to the 5-yard line and plucked it from the air.

The Pottsville warriors began to close in on Hackney, and in the hope of eluding them he ran behind his goal line. Larry Conover, quicker than the other Pottsville pursuers, darted in and threw Hackney behind the line.

There was a time in the game that the Roses stiffened their defense and battled with great courage to keep Pottsville from a touchdown.

This was in the third period. On their 20-yard line the Roses put up so much fight that they took the ball away from Pottsville on downs. It looked as if the Roses might spurt a bit, with the stopping of their foeman to encourage them.

A Break

Came on one of those costly breaks, a fumble by Hackney, losing the ball to Pottsville.

Back stopped Johnny Scott and heaved a forward pass to Bots Brunner that gained 17 yards. On this play Barney Wentz, quite as aggressive as ever, collided with someone and was so badly shaken that he was relived from further duty for the day. He was replaced by Latone.

The Pottsville punch became evident. Carl Beck and Latone were carriers of the oval in the march that brought Pottsville to the 2-yard line.

Right then and there the sturdy grid warriors from the slopes of Pennsylvania discovered there was plenty of fight in the Roses' outfit.

Bots Brunner had a tough time to make one more yard. Latone, Carl Beck and Brunner all tried to push the ball across, but each of them found it couldn't be done. Pottsville had only one more down.

A Penalty

Those Atlantic City rooters were cheering the Roses to "hold" and they were doing that very thing when Mayor Edward L. Bader, headlinesman [sic], detected one of them offside.

Instead of the ball being moved back for the customary 5 yards, the up-Staters chose to have the ball moved up one-half yard from the goal line, which gave them a first down.

With only half a yard to go and with four chances, Pottsville threw everything it had into their first plunge. First Brunner tried to buck the line. He failed. The Roses packed in and held him.

On the next play, Carl Beck, charging like a speed wagon on an open highway, went around Melrose's left end with four players crashing into him just as he went over the line for the touchdown. Beck was tackled with such force that he was disabled and had to be carried off the field.

Due to the penalty inflicted upon Melrose for offside, it took Pottsville six terrific lunges to put the ball beyond the goal line -- which gives an indication of the fierceness with which the Roses were fighting at this juncture.

Nice Toes

Another one of those accurate Johnny Scott forward passes led to Pottsville's third touchdown in the fourth period. The Anthracite warriors had the ball on the Atlantic City 35-yard line. With much poise, Scott backed to the 45-yard mark, took aim and heaved the pass to Vic Emmanuel, who was waiting on Melrose's 20-yard line.

Emmanuel was near the edge of the gridiron and it looked as if he would be forced out of bounds before reaching the goal zone, but Victor went into action right promptly.

He ran on a straight streak right up the field for 20 yards and the coveted touchdown. The same forward pass was tried by Pottsville for the extra point, but this time it was grounded.

It would be hard to slight any of the Pottsville players in serving praise of their individual showing. Victorious over Millville the day before, Stanley Cofall's Anthracite football charges ended a successful invasion of New Jersey in brilliant fashion.

Beck Plays Well

Carl Beck, erstwhile Harrisburg Tech and _?_ star of much renown played a "wam" of a game. The Atlantic City natives received a full afternoon of football quivers watching his piston driven legs, which brought his knees high into the air and made his charges formidable for oncoming tacklers.

Pete Henry, a young man of much bulk and reputation through having scintillated in college ranks at W. and J., entertained with some good kicking, which belied his massiveness. He gave the onlookers an added quiver when he attempted a drop-kick from midfield and came so close to a field goal the spectators thought Pete had made it.

The game was clean, hard fought and fast. It was the second defeat this season for the Roses, who previously lost to Stapleton in a strenuous conflict.

The Roses faced Pottsville with a line-up that was a bit battered. Chief Newberry, the Indian All-American from Syracuse, started the game in poor condition, and when he had to be removed the Roses lost a great deal of their power. Fritz Henrich, who outfields for the Phillies and is the regular quarterback for the Roses, was injured in the game with Coaldale and couldn't start. His loss was felt in the shore backfield.

Summers and Graff Hurt

"Fimp" Summers, an Atlantic City lifeguard, started at left end for the Roses, but was injured so badly in a hard play he had to be carried off the field. Dutch Graff played a whiz-bang game, but also numbered among the casualties. Taylor, a towering Atlantic City warrior, did some starring and thrilled with his version of a roving center's play.

Red Allen, former P. M. C. backfield star; Endicott, who gained his football knowledge at Swarthmore; Cornell, also a former wearer of the Garnet, and Newcomb acquitted themselves well. In fact, the entire shore team was on its toes, but the invaders had their foemen outmatched.

Several hundred Pottsville followers, headed by the Pottsville Third Brigade Band, added a sort of collegiate touc hto [sic] the game. The band was led by Charles Hoffman, who leads the Pottsville musicians only when the team is away playing. Other times the able Mr. Hoffman devotes his time to city treasurying in Pottsville.

Next week Pottsville meets Gilberton ion the beginning of the second round of the Anthracite League championship, which it seems t ohave [sic] pretty much sewed up. The next game looming for the Roses is a return contest with Stapleton.

A Smart Attack

Pottsville

Atlantic City

Julian
Sonneberger
McNamara
Conover
Henry
Emmanuel
Robb
Brunner
Carl Beck
Wentz

left end
left tackle
left guard
center
right tackle
right end
quarterback
left halfback
right halfback
fullback

Summers
Endicott
Johnson
Taylor
Newcomb
Adams
Newberry
Allen
Cornell
Eble

   Pottsville

7

2

7 6 22

   Atlantic City

0 0 0 0 0

Touchdowns: Wentz, Carl Beck, Emmanuel. Safety: Hackney.
Officials, referee, Tripican, Bucknell. Umpire, Bennis, Penn. Field Judge, Dirago, Atlantic City High. Headlinesman, Bader, Mayor Bader.
time of periods, 15 minutes.
Substitutions: Atlantic City, Hackney for Newberry, Kennedy fot Summers, Archer for Endicott, Muller for Cornell, Mackenzie for Taylor, Groves for Muller, Newberry for Hackney. Pottsville: Scott for Robb, Latone for Wentz, Lebengood for Beck, Bihl for McNamara, Marhfka for Brunner, Yost for Sonnenerg, Miller for Julian, Strigel for Henry, Robb for Emmanuel, Yeasted for Scott.