Yesterday the freshman eleven played a very interesting game on Jarvis with the eleven from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. But it is discouraging 10 see the poor support that Ninety - Six gave to their team. There were hardly more than fifty spectators in all and most of those were not freshmen. Yet this was the last practice game, and should have called out a large delegation to encourage the team by applause whenever it was deserved. It is to be hoped that during the four remaining days of practice, Ninety - six will take a different attitude and make it a point to show especial interest in their eleven.
It was rather expected that Worcester team would prove weak, for it had been twice beaten by Amherst Agricultural college. However, this was a month ago, and Worcester played a far better game than that put up on Saturday by the Amherst. Their repeated attacks on the centre were rather surprising to the freshmen at first, and gave the rush line plenty of hard work. The work of the Worcester backs was chiefly in bucking the centre, and they were not successful in running round the ends. It was rather remarkable how the light backs held their feet against much heavier men.
The freshmen evidently expected to win hands down, and began their play in a desultory fashion with smiles on their faces. This accounts for the touchdown that was made by Worcester within five minutes after play had begun, without the freshmen being able to stop them at all. It is a notorious fact that over - confidence has lost many a game, and the freshmen yesterday would have been no exception to the rule, if Worcester had been able to keep up its strong rushes.
When once Ninety - six saw the strength of their opponents, however, they made marked improvement in their play. Their offensive work was much stronger than the defensive. The greatest gains made by Worcester were between right guard and tackle, though they were not so marked after the freshmen were warmed up to their play.
The coaches should have credit for one thing, that they have taught the team to play with snap and readiness. The backs are quick to start and generally support one another well. Only one or two Worcester players broke through their interference with any regularity.
In individual work the backs far outshine the rush line. Hamlin, Gould, and Fennessy all made good runs at different stages of the game, and Bullard, who took Gould's place when the latter was hurt, made one particularly good run at the last moment, aided by the interference of Clark. Not much is to be said of the rushline except that they broke through well on Worcester's kicks. Borden showed a tendency to fumble, but this can be corrected, especially as it was due chiefly to his over-zeal in passing quickly, and not to carelessness.
Worcester started with the ball and made steady gains until Allen carried the ball over the line in about five minutes. The goal was kicked and this ended the scoring for Worcester. Ninety-six lost the ball by fumbling, but soon settled down and forced Worcester to kick. By sharp play the freshmen carried the ball over for a touchdown. No goal was kicked. Ninety-six made one more touchdown before the end of the half, failing to kick a goal.
The play in the second half was a decided improvement. Three touchdowns were made, a goal being kicked only from the last one. During this half Hamlin and Bullard made brilliant runs, aided by good interference. The final score was 22 to 6.
The teams lined up as follows:
Brewer r. e. Smith
Clark r.t. Goodrich
Rice r.g. Brooks
Russell c. Rogers
Worden l.g. Brigham