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REVIEW OF THE SEASON OF 1908
(Continued from Page One.)
squad was put through hard practice
the next week by Coach Benet'and the
College of Charleston was defeated on
the tenth to the tune of 17-o. The
Varsity showed some signs of im
provement, but the lack of experience
was fully shown this early in the sea
son. This was practically the first
game of the season of 19o8.
With the University of Georgia on
October xoth the boys realized they
had a tough proposition. At Athens
the Carolina bunch tasted a bitter de
feat. Twenty-nine points were made
against six. The Crackers played star
ball and experience told the tale of
The Charleston athletes journeyed
to Columbia on the 22nd and. placed
another defeat on the University
schedule by a score of 15-4. The Ath
letics outweighed the Game Cocks and
were men, of experience and who had
played star ball before. This game
proved to the University that experi
ence was the whole cheese in the grid
The fair week game with Davidson
in this city was the hardest fought of
the season apd the Carolina Varsity
showed its best form, especially in the
last half. The Tarheels had a strong
bunch and defeated both Cletniviv aid
Carolina. The 22 points of Davidson
were made in the first half, and in the
last the Carolina team got in the game
and held their opponents. The Game
Cocks were not able to cross the goal
line of Davidson for a single point.
The style of ball played by the North
Carolinians put the Columbia boys on
to some of the fine points of the game.
The University met the Georgia
Meds in Augusta on November 4th,
and defeated them 19-5. The team
played good ball and showed signs of
much improvement over the past.
This made Carolina's second victory
out of six games played. She had lost
three and tied one.
. On November 4th Bingham School
of North Carolina played the boys on
Davis' field and dealt them a defeat.
The visitors made ten points and Car
olina only made six. This was the
closest contest of any of the games
lost during the season. The Bingham
bunch was composed of old stars,
against which the raw material of the
Game Cocks could not cope.
The University of North Carolina
was played at Chapel Hill on the 14th
of November and, the boys from Co
lumbia went down in defeat by the
same score that Davidson had dealt
them fair week. The boys were
bunged up pretty badly on this trip.
I'he game was played on a wet field
in the rain.
The season closed with the Citadel
Thanksgiving in Charleston. The Uni
versity closed the season by defeating
the cadets in the'last game. This add
ed one moi-e to Carolina's victories,
making three. The game with the Cit
adel was played under the S. I. A. A.
rules and some of the old Varsity
players were cut out. However, in this
game the boys played good football
and added much to their credit.
SIn the nine games played this sea
son, 103 points were scored against
the University's 65. Three games
were wn. five lost arid onetfied. The
loyal old Garnet and Black tasted de
feat this year probably as it never has
before, but it has stood its own against
adverse circumstances. The majority
of games played were with institutions
that have been playing successful foot
ball for the past ten years. It was
thought best to play colleges of high
standing so that the University could
hold her place among the larger col
leges of the South.
Most of the Varsity players will be
back next year and with the addition
of the new material, a good team can
be gotten out. Carolina will profit
much by her experience this season,
and the Varsity will put up better bat
tles than it did this year. It will take
a couple of years for the University to
command her prestige in the football
world that she possessed four years
The men who were on the football
field this season are:
Dargan, who played fast ball at all
positions. He was tried and will be
missed next year.
Sheppard, who played in the back
field on the Varsity and on the Scrub
also. He showed much improvement
in his playing the last of the season,
and only needs a little more training.
Marion, M., a live man, somewhat
slow, but steady. He will not be back
* * **
Young Marion has played aggres
sive football and never failed in his
duty. He scarcely missed a practice.
Belser has won much credit for
himself. The fullback and tackle, ag
gressive work made him a star in all
the games. Belser probably gained
more ground than any man on the
Hammond showed up well this sea
son. He is an old football player and
the boys are glad to know he will be
back next season.
* * *
W. B. Perrin has always played
'good ball at right halfback. He, too,
will be back next season and is a
comer with a little more experience.
DesPortes, Izlar, Herbert and
Lumpkin, at ends, played fairly good
ball. This is these men's first year in
the game at the University.
* * *
Carter and Wynne, as guards, did
sp)lenldid work. They will be back next
year. Both have had experience in the
game at Clemson.
Big Crope~h can hold his own against
any of 'em. If the giant could get
around a little faster he would be a
* * c
Beverley has played in the back field
and showed up fine against the Cita
Caldwell has worked on the Varsity
only a short time, but is a hard work
Cain played in only one Varsity
game. He is fast and weight is his
Mobley at center has played a good
game the season through.
Holmes and Gonzales showed good
form during the time they played on
Sharpton, Blake, Hart, Warren,
Simpson, who played scrub ball, will
all be back next year.
Coach Benet and Assistant Coach
McKay worked steady with the foot
ball men and did all they could to put
out a good team. Benet is a football
man of much experience. He played
star ball both at the University of Vir
ginia and Carolina. He has been
coaching the University team for a
long time. McKay won his fame un
der Coach Benet at South Carolina
College and has been a football man
of much ability ever since he left Caro
The friends of Mr. A. B. Covey are
glad to know that he has returned to
college after recuperating from an at
tack of fever.
Senior Sheppard (at the mess ta
ble)-"Whenever I go swimming I
always like to lie on my back and ad
mire the deep blue sky and the incan
descent beauty of the rippling waters.
* * *
Professor Snowden-"Mr. Hart,
what is the largest and wealthiest city
in Italy ?
"Fresh" Hart-"It's Holland, isn't
Professors Baker and Colcock went
with the tean to Charleston last week.
We are glad to see our professors tak
ing so much interest in our athletic
Mr. J. Roy Fant, 'o6, was on the
campus shaking hands with friends
several days ago. Mr. Fant is one of
our successful young graduates who
is doing well in manufacturing lines.
* * *
Professor Davis-"Mr. Metts, what
was one of Cooper's works ?" V
Fresh Metts (scratching his head in
deep thought)--"Well, professor,
didn't she write the 'Sky Pilot'?"
* * *
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Fresh Hames, coming across the
campus and seeing the surveying class
sighting with their instrument, said:
"Wait, boys, until they shoot ; then wve
"Fresh" Hart has recently devel
op)ed into a beautiful singer. While
in Sumter on Thanksgiving he delight
edl large audiences in the* street by
singing catchy songs. Mr. Hart has a
dleep bass voice and we predict a
brigl,it future for him.
T ie following are some of the Caro
lina boys who are at the Medical Col
lee of Charleston: T: M. Those,
?07 Theo. Croft, McDaniel, C. E.
Owens, Vaughn, Wolfe, R. K. Foster,
Sam Friedheim. All of these were
supporting the Garnet and Black
The friends of Mr. J. H. Johnson
are glad to see him out again after his
John Shakespeare Hoey received
the glad hand when he returned to the
campus last week. Hoey :journeyed
with the team to Charleston and did
* * *
F. G. Cain returned to college last
week. He was sick and did not get to
play against the Citadel.
The Citadel rooters referred to
Buie as fatty and John Hoey as spor
ty. Fatty and Sporty stood their
own against the onpour of the cadets.
J. H. Hammond spent a few days
last week at his home in Blackville, but
Jimmy had to stop at the renowned
place of Bamberg. There's some at
traction surely in the berg.
Josh Ashley passed his Thanksgiv
ing holiday at his home in Aiken.
* * *
Professors Colcock and Baker ac
companied the boys to the city by the
sea. -Owing to sickness Professor Col
cock had to leave during the game.
J. 0. Sheppard ate some of the good
Edgefield turkey Thanksgiving.
John Lee made a flying tackle at
the Citadel game trying to beat Shep
pard to goal. He did the flying, but
the ground completed the play by
tackling Lee's face. The signs of
rough play were evident for days
"Varsity Players Ineligible"
At a meeting of the advisory board
it was decided to rule all men out of
the class football games who had par
ticipated in any Varsity games during
the season of 19o8.
This was discussed by the board and
was unanimously carried. The ruling
of these men out of the class games
works a hardship on the Junior class
especially, for their team was com
posed of some good football players,
who played in sonic Varsity contests.
The class is very much put out by the
action of the board. Tile championship
would no doubt have been in the hands
of the Juniors. after tile games wvere
played, if thleir teanm had nlot been
It is hlard for the third year men to
receive suchl a blow, but tile action of
tile board will be for tile good of foot
ball in the future. Many men will be
influenced to come out, whlere as b)e
fore they were backward, because the
boys who played all the season had
them outclassed. As it -is now the
class football participants are on an
equal footing and are not up against
old, experienced players.
The Fresh and Sophs play Friday,
Juniors and Seniors Saturday, and the
championship game the following
Tuesday. Those who made Varsity
"C's" will be given out Monday morn-.