HARVARD 18; AMHERST 0.
The centre which has been very weak all the season naturally showed its improvement to the best advantage; but the rest of the rush line had plainly made a gain, especially in the tackling, which Mr. Lathrop has charge of. The individual improvement of the men, then. was noteworthy all through the game, while in the last half the eleven got well together and played something like a team game.
The centre, however, and one end are still weak, and it will require some tremendously hard work to develop them into anything like the strength which Harvard had in those positions last year. The other weakest point is quarter back. Burgess and Gage were both tried in the position on Saturday. Burgess at preset of course, understands the capabilities o the position better; and he does good work in following the ball and in tackling. Gage, who is new to the place, was a trifle weak in passing, and he cannot do any tackling yet. But he is very active, guards his half backs well and keeps his head. His work is promising.
Gray is a good all around man; running strongly and swiftly and tackling well. Lake also played his position with all his old life and force.
Amherst played a very fair all around game. His heavy centre men bettered their opponents in the first few minutes of play; but after that had their hands full. Captain Lewis who played at snap back, very frequently tried to form his men into a wedge on the ordinary down, but he did not gain much by it. For almost all his effective rushing, though his tackles gained some ground with the ball, he had to rely on half back Jackson, whose play all around was as skillful as any on the field. Amherst kicked the ball only once, and preferred to lose it on four downs than to trust to a punt.
Only two twenty minutes halves were played. The elevens lined up as follows:
Miller, (1. e.) G. S Raley.
Emmons, (t.) Alexander.
Vail, (+++) Penney.
Bangs, (c.) Lewis. Cap.
Rantoul, (g.) Hess.
Newell, Grant, (+++) Baldwin.
Hallowell, (r. e.) Griswold.
Collamore, (r. e.)
Burgess. (q. b.) H. L. Pratt.
Lake, (l. b.) Jackson.
Gray, (r. h.) F. J. Raley
Trafford. (f. b.) G. Pra t.
J. S. Cranston, referee; G. M. Johnson of Amherst, umpire.
Amherst had the lower side of the field and the ball. She started in play with the wedge which Harvard broke well. Then Jackson and Raley were sent through the centre and between the tackles and ends, for very preceptible gains each time. The two tackles were also sent through with the ball, and before Harvard had settled down to work Amherst had the ball, on the crimson's 20 yard line.
She lost it on four downs, as Harvard woke up to the situation; and Captain Lewis' men were obliged to take the defensive. Lake and Gray took the play back to the middle of the field, and on the second down Trafford kicked, Hallowell followed it well, and, when the Amherst full back tumbled, got the ball and took it five yards nearer Amherst's goal. Lake ran through and made the touch down. Goal.
From the middle of the field Amherst could not gain, and Harvard took the play down the field again to the 25 yard line, where Trafford failed in his try for a goal from the field. Just before time was called Raley made a long run for Amherst around Hallowell's end.
In the next half Harvard had the ball and moved it steadily up the field. Gray went through the centre for the second touch down. Goal.
During the last few minutes Amherst tried in vain both her wedge play and runs around the ends. She could not gain and Harvard again took the aggressive. Trafford made the last touch down. Goal. Score, 18 to 0.