Springfield High School, 1904

Football Team, Class of 1904


It is unnecessary to say that the football season of 1903 was the most brilliant and successful in the history of the school. A team was turned out which was undefeated in the entire season, that being a feat which has never before been accomplished in S.H.S.

Manning's playing was quite noticeable, and the work of Ruxton and Southmayd was particularly fine all through the season, and especially Ruxton's ninety-yard run for a touchdown in the Hartford game will long be remembered. Unfortunately Stone, one of the ends, hurt his knee, and was unable to play but every little throughout the season. Then, too, Stearns was taken sick with typhoid fever, and Kidder moved from town, so that the team was rather handicapped, but the fellows persevered and won out in spite of it all.

The great success of the team is due largely to the way the fellows turned out and trained. There was a squad of about thirty-five men out for practice and they put lots of hard work into it. A second team was turned out which played several games and was undefeated. A great deal is owed to Mr. Pollard, who put much time and hard work into his coaching. The credit of the fine schedule of games secured is due to Flynt, the manager. Although many of this team leave school this yearm there is a great deal of promising material for a winning team next year. It is hoped that the fellows will work hard and do all they can to turn out a team which Battey, our fast little quarter and next year's captain, may be proud to lead on to victory for old S.H.S.

Following is the line-up of this year's team:

                Hunn, lt
                Coe, lg
                Lombard, Hayes, c
                Lincoln, Hayes, rg
                Stearns, Coe. rt
                Ruxton, re
                Battey, Smith, qb
                Kidder, Littlefield, Marshall, lhb
                Southmayd (Capt.), rhb
                Manning, Marshall, fb

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