For the first time in years, Harvard Stadium sat silent on Registration weekend. The Ivy schedule is a little late this year; action doesn't begin until this Saturday. (Every seven or eight years, the Ivy schedule will have to be "updated" and brought forward by one week to make up for calendar lag.)
This season, beginning Saturday with the Lehigh game in the Stadium, will end with the Yale game in New Haven on Nov. 25, the Saturday, after Thanksgiving--not the usual tradition.
The break this weekend gave the Varsity players a two-day rest after the three weeks of double-session pre-season training. And it gave coach John Yovicain's staff a chance to scout the Crimson's first opponent.
Reports from the coaches, always pessimistic at the beginning of the season, showed that Lehigh is "much better" than the 14-6 loss to Delaware indicated. Tovicain et. al. came back with special praise for Lehigh's highly touted pair of senior tackles--Captain Mike Semcheski, 215 pounds, and Reed Bohovich, 6' 4" 245-pound all-Middle Atlantic Conference performer last year. Semcheski is reputedly the best tackle in the MAC this year. Coach Bill Leckonby, father of Yale's quarterback, also impressed the Crimson staff with center-linebacker Charles Crase and fullback Boyd Taylor. Harvard is not taking the Engineers calmly; their first unit is strong, the only problem being depth.
In Yovicain's career at Gettysburg College before coming to Harvard he lost only 11 games in five years. Four of the losses were to Lehigh, however. Understandably, Yovicain, will be cautious.
Barring injuries, the Harvard lineup Saturday will see sophomore Bill Grana, 5' 11" 192 pounder from St. Louis, starting at fullback. Chuck Reed, switched from fullback to halfback recently, will probably start at right half with Tom Boone at left. Hank Hatch, who sat our last week with a strep throat, will be running second team behind Reed this week.
Mike Sheridan has been pushing Darwin Wile for the left tackle spot, but Wile still holds it down. Dick Diehl is at right tackle. Tom Gaston and Bill Swinford are the guards, and Dave Nyhan is at center. Of course, Bob Boyda and Captain Pete Hart will start at end positions.
Depth at left halfback presently is Boone, Jim Leath, and John Damis, who came out of retirement after Roy Williams was injured. At right half, it's Reed, Hatch, and Scott Harshbarger. Dave Ward and Fred Barti back up Grana, and standout Mike Bassett runs second team quarterback behind the reliable Ted Halaby.
The team will be preparing to stop the T attack of Lehigh, which features the popular belly series.
Soccer, Cross Country
In the other fall sports, the varsity soccer and cross country teams will continue to prepare for their seasons, beginning Oct. 4 and 7, respectively. The soccer squad began double session workouts last Monday with the largest turnout of Bruce Munro's 14-year career as head coach. The team, expected to reach the finals of the NCAA, has five returning starters from last year, but will depend heavily upon sophomores. Chris Ohiri, standout freshman center-forward last year, should provide brilliance for the eleven. "He could make me a great coach," Munro said recently.
The Cross Country team, behind the whips of coaches Bill McCurdy and Ed Stowell, began pre-season drills on Sept. 5 at camp in Harvard, Mass., with workouts in the morning and evening totalling over 20 miles per day. Eight runners, led by the "big three'--Captain Mark Mullin, junior Ed Hamlin, and sophomore Ed Meehan--broke camp Sept. 18 after logging a grand total of more than 250 miles per man.
Freshman football, beginning competition on Oct. 13 at Tufts, features a duo of top high school quarterbacks, in Tom Bilodeau, an all-State and all-American from Boston Latin and Exeter, and George Sporto, highly rated all-stater from Tampe, Florida.
Penn, in its second year of single wing, almost collapsed last Wednesday when tallback Porter Shreve contracted an injury which will sideline him for the season. Losing him is like Harvard losing Ravenel last year.
This weekend, Boston College caught the headlines with a brilliant victory over Cincinnati, 23 to 0, at B.C. Walt until this Saturday: the Eagles play Northwestern.