Every football team, so the strategists say, has sme particular game in which it suddenly "finds itself", becomes aware of its latent power and uses it as it has never used it before. Then and then only does a team begin to function as a powerful unified machine. Three years ago it was Centre, two years ago Penn State and last year, less decisively, Holy Cross.
This year it has been almost an axiom that the Harvard team had the power but had not found itself, had not been welded together in the fury of an invincible march down the field or an impregnable defense in the shadow of its own goal-posts. Such at least was the general impression up to last Saturday. And perhaps it is too early to say definitely that Harvard found itself in the game against Tufts; there was nothing that roused the team or the stands to that wild, almost superhuman enthusiasm, of the kind, for example, displayed against Penn State in 1921. But there was a new power, there were occasional flashes of billiance particularly in the last period when Harvard kept bombarding the Tufts goal line, and there is new hope.
If the University did not really "find itself" in the game on Saturday it at least was on the edge of doing so. And that after all is about as much as can be expected after the rather poor showing of the early fall. It augurs well loss the Princeton game. For if Harvard was on the very edge of real effectiveness last Saturday against a relatively weak team, it is all the more likely to hit its stride a week later against a strong team. The College has known all fall that the football team had power; it has merely been a question when that power should become active and concentrated rather than latent and diversified.