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The game on Jarvis field Saturday afternoon was a virtual victory for Bowdoin. Harvard ought to have run the score up to a hundred points; instead the eleven played so weakly that during the last half Bowdoin had the ball in Harvard's territory the greater part of the time, and once when the play was at the twelve yard line it looked very much as though they would succeed in scoring. The score was kept down somewhat by the tactics of the visitors who played to keep the ball, and still more by the assistance which they received from the referee; but neither of these circumstances are sufficient to account for the fact that in spite of the fact that the playing time was a quarter of an hour longer, the eleven could not defeat Bowdoin by as large a score as it did Dartmouth. The plain, unvarnished explanation of the score is that the Harvard rush line played a miserable game. Instead of studying the weak points of their opponents, most of the men spent their time in wrestling and singging, exercises at which the visitors were quite as adept as themselves. This was especially true of the centre of the line. Such work is not football and will never win against men who keep their heads about them. The tendency of the men to slug becomes more and more apparent every day. It is a sure confession of weakness. Furthermore, if persisted in, will result in the disqualification of the men we need most in some of the important games.
Hallowell did the best work in the line; Newell and Fearing played well at times. Back of the line all the men played well, Sherwin and Dean doing the best work.
The game began with Harvard in possession of the ball. Corbett gained 15 yards. Immediately afterward Harvard was forced to kick the ball. Bowdoin failed to advance it and tried kicking. Newell secured the ball and made a considerable gain; then Sherwin dodged through the Bowdoin rushers 20 yards and scored the first touchdown; goal. Score, 6-0. Harvard forced Bowdoin steadily back from the center of the field, the visitors twice taking the ball back 20 yards to keep it. At length Dean and Fearing got through and fell on the ball. It was giving to Sherwin, who ran 15 yards around the end and scored the second touch-down; no goal. Score 10-0. Some miserable playing by Harvard now allowed the visitors to force the ball from the 25 yard line to the other end of the field. At length Harvard made a stand and secured the ball on four downs. It was kicked well down the field and secured by Fearing. Lee took it around the end and secured the third touch-down aided by Dean's blocking; no goal. Score, 14-0. Another exmbition of loose playing on Harvard's part followed. W. Hilton, E. Hilton and Tukey made substantial gains; the latter found a great hole between left tackle and guard and gained 30 yards; he was prettily stopped by Sherwin. After about ten minutes of such work, Harvard again rallied and secured the ball on four downs. It went rapidly back to Bowdoin's end, and Sherwin made the last 20 yards necessary to secure a touch-down; goal. Score, 20-0. Heard was hurt immediately after the ball was put in play and Blanchard took his place. The ball came to Harvard for off-side play. Davis gained 10 yards, and Lee ran around the end for a touch-down; no goal. Score, 24-0. Horne had cut his face in the last scrimmage and his place was now taken by Downs. Bowdoin tried kicking the ball, and a minute later Lee had scored another touch-down; no goal. Score, 28-0. This same performance was repeated in the next minute. Again there was no goal, but Fearing fell on the ball and scored again; no goal. This made the score 36-0. Bow doin again kicked the ball, and Sherwin brought it back 25 yards. Lee followed with three short rushes and scored the last touch-down of the first half; goal. Score, 42-0.
Harvard began the second half with a rush, and soon scored a touch-down through good rushing by Lee and Sherwin; Corbett kicked the goal. Score. 48-0. Of the rest of the half the less said of the work of Harvard the better. For twenty minutes the play was in Harvard's territory. Bowdoin used her heavy rush line effectively, and by sheer weight forced the ball down to Harvard's 12 yard line. Here W. Hilton fumbled the ball, and Newell was on it like a flash; scrambling to his feet he threw off the man who had tackled him and rushed 40 yards before he was stopped. Alward followed with a run of 35 yards, and Sherwin gained the necessary yard to score the last touch-down of the game; goal. Score, 54-0. Time was called five minutes later with the ball in Bowdoin's territory.
The teams: Harvard-rushers, Fearing, Davis (Alward), Heard (Blanchard), Bangs, Cranston, Newell, Hallowell; quarter-back, Dean; half-backs, Lee, Sherwin; full-back, Corbett.
Bowdoin-rushers, Carleton, Horne (Downs), Hastings, Jackson, Parker, Tukey, Stacey (Bartlett); quarter-back, E. Hilton; half-backs, Foss (Newman), Newman (Smith); full-back, W. Hilton.
Referee, J. Dennison, Bowdoin coach; umpire, J. H. Morse, L. S.
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