Houses Down Yale in Intramural Games, But Elis 6-5 Overall in 31st Annual Meeting
NEW HAVEN. CONN., Nov. 21-Floyd Wilson was right; the home team does do better in the Harvard-Yale intramural contest. Though Harvard won two of three championship games, the Elis compiled a 6-5 record overall today, a vast improvement over the one victory they earned last fall in Cambridge.
Eliot won its second consecutive soccer title, and Quincy avenged last year's loss to a Yale touch football team with a last minute rally, but house champion Kirkland bowed to Jonathan Edward-Brandford, 34-12, in tackle football. It was the 31st year of intramural competition.
The Brandford coalition rolled up a 20-0 lead before a stunned Kirkland squad was able to retaliate with a touchdown on a short run just before the end of the first half. Another touchdown, this time on a long pass play, closed the gap to 20-12.
Kirkland was inspired and held its opponent on the next set of downs, stopping a rush on fourth down just two inches short to gain possession. Brandford quickly regained the momentum, however, by recovering a fumble on the next play.
An incomplete pass on a fake punt late in the fourth quarter also hurt Kirkland, and Brandford added two touchdowns to put the game out of reach. As usual, not everyone made the trip to New Haven, so there was a bit of an alibi for losing.
Leverett and Eliot got Harvard's only tackle football wins. The Jumbos won a close contest with Eliza Stiles-Morse, 14-8, and Leverett easily handled Timothy Dwight-Stillman. 20-6.
Winthrop and Dunster weren't so fortunate. Despite a respectable passing attack. Dunster could not sustain a drive and only scored on a 65-yard run when the kicker decided not to punt. Davenport Pierson's running game was too rough and the Elis rolled up a 14-0 lead before eventually winning. 20-8. Winthrop was shut out, 8-0 by Calhoun-Berkeley.
Quincy's Will Scoggins, whose father once coached Red Grange, was the biggest standout in his house's thrilling 42-36 win over Saybrook's touch football team.
Quincy was unimpressive in the first half and trailed. 24-12, at halftime. Twice in a row. Saybrook had intercepted Quincy laterals on kick returns, but the Cambridge team failed to break.
"To a lesser team, it might have been more demoralizing." explained Dan Morgan. "But we know we were better."
A rally made the score 24-24, and finally, on a pass from Tom Harris to Fernando Gonzalez, Quincy went ahead, 36-30, with only moments left. Saybrook came back with the tying touchdown, though, and only an incredible razzle-dazzle play with ten seconds remaining gave Quincy the touchdown it needed to win.
Dudley proved that its teams play at least as poorly here as at home with two one-sided losses. The Commuters, employing a plain offense, gained a 12-0 touch football lead, but Pierson rebounded for a 38-24 triumph. Silliman routed the Dudley soccer team, 3-9.