Yale and Harvard each Scored Six Points.
About 7500 people watched the freshman elevens of Yale and Harvard play a tie game on Jarvis field, Saturday afternoon, and they saw one of the best games of foot-ball ever played by the freshmen of the two universities. For more than half an hour in the first half Harvard pushed Yale hard but could not score until at last Arnold was pushed over for a touchdown, while for nearly forty minutes in the second half Yale had the upper hand but Harvard's desperate work put off he scoring, and it was only after Yale's heavy centre had exhausted the strength of its lighter opponents that DeWitt was finally shoved across the line.
A noticeable feature of the game was the absence of long runs. But four runs of over 15 yards were made, two by Harvard and two by Yale. Unluckily for Harvard her two runs came in different halves of the game, and neither was instrumental in scoring, while Yale's came within a few downs of each other and led directly to the touchdown.
Too much cannot be said in praise of the showing made by the team against their heavier opponents. Until the very end of the game they broke through continually and blocked off like veterans, and it was only when their strength gave out in the unequal contest that Yale's wedges and push-plays began to be effective. A pluckier and more determined fight against odds than that made by Worden, Russell, and Mannahan is seldom seen, and it is worth noticing that Harvard made as many gains by bucking directly through the centre as Yale did.
The tackles and ends, too, played for all that was in them. Shea's best work was done in stopping the revolving wedge; he dove in under it time and again in the way which was so successful when Upton used it at Springfield.
For the first hour and a quarter of play Clark outplayed Armstrong in every way. particularly in breaking through and tackling, but the constant hammering that he received from push-plays told on him perceptably, and this with the fact that he was in far from perfect physical condition, made his play fall off a little in the last fifteen minutes. His tacking was a feature of the game, and was second only to Fairchild's.
On the ends there was little to choose between the effectiveness of A. Brewer and Foster. Foster had the harder man to handle, and he showed up very well, footing the Yale 'varsity end time and again. His only mistake was made when Hall got round his end in the second half. Brewer easily out-played his man. His eye was on the ball all the time, and he tackled almost faultlessly. Both he and Foster often got the Yale backs on centre plays before they struck the line.
At half-back C. Brewer and Arnold both did fine work. The fact that Fennessy strained his neck early in the game threw the brunt of the work on these two men, and they did it well, maintaining their remarkable snap and precision throughout the game. Both tackled well, but each made one miss, of which Brewer's, though by far the most excusable since he never got his hands on his man, was the most costly. Both ran well, too, and Brewer's two sprint of 50 and 38 yards respectively were the longest of the game.
Until he hurt his neck, Fennessy, at full back, played a splendid aggressive game, and his bucking was always productive of gain. After that, however, he could do little but block off and tackle, but this that he could do he did almost faultlessly.
Fairchild's play at quarter-back was excellent. His passing was quick and accurate, and he was always in the play to help the runner along. He showed the best of judgment in running his team, and kept his head perfectly throughout the game. In the defense his tackling was the best on the field. It was always low, clean and hard, and it was very seldom that he did not throw his man backward. But it was as captain of his eleven that he did his best work. He kept his men up to their work and he imparted to them his own coolness and determination, in a way that a more experienced leader might well have envied.
There is no space here for a very detailed account of the game. Yale had the ball, but could not gain in the V or in the next three downs Harvard started off with gains immediately but Yale got the ball soon when Clark was pulled offside. Thorn made 5 yards for Yale, and Hall made 10 more round A. Brewer, but Shea nailed DeWitt for a loss of 4 yards and Hall had to kick.
Brewer was interfered with, and it was Harvard's ball well into her own territory, but on the first rush Brewer made 50 yards round Greenway's end, aided by the very clever blocking-off of Clark and Foster.
Yale got the ball on four downs, but pretty tackling by Fairchild and Clark prevented gains and Hall dropped back for a kick. It was a fake kick however, and DeWitt tried to gain, but A. Brewer had his eyes wide open and stopped him short. Harvard's ball.
Brewer got 12 yard by Pringle, and then Fennessy went through Hickok for 5 more. Arnold got 2, and Greenway couldn't stop Brewer till he had added 4 more. Then Fennessy was pushed for 2, and Arnold made 5 more in a couple of downs. It looked like a touch-down, but Yale was given the ball on her 12 yard line for holding.
Armstrong made 5, but Hall couldn't gain, and was forced to punt.