The Philadelphia Record
December 1, 1924
ROCHESTER WINS FROM POTTSVILLE
Visiting Eleven Hands First Defeat of Season to Coal Region Champions.
ALEXANDER IS THE STAR
Former All-American Player Picks Up Blocked Kick and Races for Touchdown.
Pottsville, PA., Nov. 30. -- Having passed through the entire season without a single defeat, winning the championship of the Anthracite Football Association with hands down and defeating many other clubs of national reputation , Pottsville today clashed with "Shag" Sheard's Rochester team of the National League and was defeated by a score of 10 to 7.
The Rochester team was made up for the most part of Syracuse University stars, but contained several players who have had experience on coal region teams. The game was played with the temperature too low for spectators' comfort, with a light snow drifting across the field.
With Joe Alexander at centre and with Smythe, Griggs and King, all of Gilberton, the visitors showed a much stronger offensive power than was expected. These four men were largely responsible for Pottsville's defeat, especially in the case of Alexander, who picked up a blocked kick and ran almost 90 yards for a touchdown. King kicked the field goal that completed the victory.
Pottsville's scoring was accomplished when one of Rochester's backs fumbled and Lebengood fell on the ball on the visitors' 10-yard line. Three plays then took it over, Carl Beck making the touchdown, Henry kicking the goal.
During the first period Rochester was easily outplayed and the game assumed the aspect of the usual Pottsville victories with complacent fans, but the visitors began finding themselves in the second period. Alexander's run for a touchdown for the first point scored against the locals on their home ground this season took away Pottsville's confidence.
In the third period Rochester several times had the ball on Pottsville's 20-yard line as the result of Pottsville fumbles, but were unable to score.
|Touchdowns -- Carl Beck, Alexander. Goals from touchdowns -- Henry, King. Field goals -- King. Referee - Bennis, U. of P. Umpire - Keaty. Head linesman - Bader.|