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The Philadelphia Record
November 3, 1901


Philadelphia Professional Team Beats Them, 23 to 0.


Ball Was Kept in the College Team's Territory Most of the Time and They Were Unable to Hold Home Eleven.

Lafayette College football team made their first appearance on the gridiron in this city this season at the Philadelphia Ball Park yesterday afternoon, when they met the Philadelphia professional team, and were beaten by the score of 23 to 0., the professionals scoring four touchdowns and kicking three goals.

The defeat came as a surprise to Lafayette followers, but the fact that the college men were unable to score came as a surprise to both the Philadelphia team and the collegians. Lafayette presented practically the same team as that which held Princeton down to one touchdown, and before the game their followers were willing to bet 2 to 1 that Philadelphia would not score.

Lafayette's line was outweighed by the professionals, but supporters of both sides calculated that the superior condition of the former would enable them to do about as they pleased with Philadelphia in the second half, but the pros plowed through the college line at will in both halves, and made gains of from 3 to 35 yards at every attempt, and were only compelled to kick once. Lafayette had the ball very little, and only once or twice succeeded in making long gains, never having the Philadelphia goal in danger.

The management deserve censure for the manner in which the crowd of 3000 or more present were treated. In the first place the advertised time for starting the game was 2 o'clock. There was no attempt made to begin at that hour, and it was nearly 3 o'clock before the players came on the field. Then fully 10 minutes more was consumed in wrangling about the length of the halves, no consideration being taken of the fact that the spectators had already been sitting in the cold for over an hour. Unless one happened to know the players there was no method of telling what was going on in the field. There was neither score-board nor announcer, and no one on the grounds could tell who had the ball, what the distance was to be made and who it was making the brilliant plays with which the game abounded. Both of these shortcomings could easily be remedied. A little business hustling would enable the players to begin the games on time, and the expenditure of a few dollars for a score-board or an announcer would add much to the interest of the people who pay.

Lang proved to be the bright particular star of yesterday's game. In the previous contests Philadelphia has been handicapped by the need of a first-class full-back. Lang, who is the coach of Susquehanna, which played here last Saturday, went into the game in that position yesterday and his work was a revelation. Ever time he was given the ball he made substantial gains excepting once. He made frequent brilliant runs of 20 or 30 yards and then when he was downed he would squirm along the ground for additional distance. Three of the four touchdowns were scored by Lang.

In addition to the great game put up by the full-back, McCloskey, Roller, Smith, Wallace and Kennedy were conspicuous by there hard all-around work. Foe Lafayette Bachman, Ernst and Cure played the best game.

Lafayette defended the north goal in the first half. Roller kicked off for Philadelphia to Pritchard on Lafayette's 25-yard line. After gaining 20 yards the college boys lost the ball on a fumble on their opwn45-yard line. Philadelphia then started straight for the visitor's goal and carried the ball steadily forward. After Wallace made eight yards Lang went through for 10 yards and then Wallace was given the ball again, cleared the Lafayette team and was within one foot of the visitor's goal when Cure downed him. Roller was given the ball on the next line-up and went over, Philadelphia getting the first touchdown after six minutes of play. Roller failed to kick the goal.

The next touchdown came after 18 minutes of play. After some mass plays there was an exchange of punts and Washburn, who caught the ball on Philadelphia's 20-yard line, rushed it 20 yards by clever dodging. Lang went around the end for 25 yards; Roller made no gain, and then Lang made 20 yards, being downed two feet from the goal. He went over on the next play and Roller kicked the goal.

No more scoring was done in this half, which after Washburn got the ball on Philadelphia's 10-yar line became a succession of first downs, the home eleven making gain after gain, one of them being 35 yards by McCloskey, and had the ball within seven yards of Lafayette's goal when time was called. The score at the end of the first half was: Philadelphia, 11; Lafayette, 0.

Philadelphia started the second half with the same whirlwind ground-gaining that had marked the end of the first half. They got the ball on their 30-yard line on the kickoff and after 4 1/2 minutes play, in which they carried it straight ahead, Lang made a 20 yard run for a touchdown. Roller kicked the goal. Coach Newton then began to send in substitutes, but they were unable to stem the rush, and in five minutes Lang had again been sent over for a touchdown, and Roller kicked another goal. Lafayette up to this time had not had the ball in this half.

Captain Wallace seemed contented with the score, and no further effort was made to pile up points, but the rest of the game was devoted to exchanges of punts and attempts at end running, which always furnish thrills for the spectators.

After the game the opinion was universal that the Philadelphia team had given about the nicest exhibition the game had ever seen in this city. The players themselves expressed surprise at Lafayette's play, as all expected a much stronger game. The college men were weak in defense, and their tackling was very high, and consequently ineffective.

The line-up: 




Wallace (Capt.)

Left end
Left tackle
Left guard
Right guard
Right tackle
Right end
Left half-back
Right half-back

E. Haldeman
W. Haldeman
Bachman (Capt.)
Faulkner. Ernst
Raub, Platt
Iseman, Pritchard
Scannell, Cure

Referee -- Charles J. McCarthy, Germantown Academy. Umpire -- E. J. Stearn, U. of P. Timekeeper -- Dr. J. K. Shell, U. of P. Time of halves -- 27 1/2 and 25 minutes.