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Hanover, N. H., Sept. 25.--The Dartmouth football season opened Monday, September 15, when a squad of more than 100 men reported to Coach Jess Hawley, who is starting his second year at the head of the Green coaching staff. Coach Hawley started his coaching career at Andover Academy, going from there to the University of Iowa for several years. In 1919 he was assistant under Coach Spears at Dartmouth, and the following year was one of Coach Roper's aids at Princeton. In 1921, and 1922 Hawley was a member of the Advisory Coaching Staff at Dartmouth and was head coach last year.

Coach Hawley is being assisted this year by four former Dartmouth stars. John MacAuiffe '16, and Cy Aschenbach '24, last year's captain, are the line coaches, Eddie Lynch '23, the end coach, and Jack Cannell '19, head coach during 1921 and 1922, the backfield coach.

Only Six Veterans on Big Green Squad

Six letter men have returned this year but Hawley faces a very difficult job in filling the other five positions as he has absolutely no varsity material from last year's freshman team which was the poorest in years. In the backfield there are three veterans: Dooley, quarterback, Leavitt, fullback, and Hall, halfback, Leavitt and Hall have two years experience Bolles, halfback, has returned to college but is ineligible on account of the three year rule, having played at another college before entering Dartmouth. Kelley, another veteran halfback, was declared ineligible last week when he failed an examination. He will be ineligible the remainder of the season Hawes, high scorer for the Green last year, is lost through graduation, as well as Murphy, fullback, and Calder, halfback. Coach Hawley is confronted with developing new punters through the loss of Calder and Kelley, and as yet there are no outstanding kickers in the backfield.

Only Two Letter Men in Line

Oberlander, regular tackle on last year's eleven and Captain of the 1926 freshman team, has been shifted to a halfback position and his been showing up well in scrimmage. In the line, Coach Hawley has two letter men from last year. Captain Bjorkman, end, and Diehl, guard. Goldstein, tackle on the 1922 eleven, has returned to College and will be in his old position this year.

Coach Hawley is combing through last year's squad of substitutes and scrubs to fill the remaining positions. The men who are making strong bids for these positions are: Whitaker '25 and Davis '27, centers, Smith '25, Sweetser '25, and Duffy '26, guards, Parker '26, and Wallance, captain of last year's freshman, tackles, Fallon, a junior, is giving Dooley a good fight for the quarterback berth, while Robinson '26, halfback, and Ahiquist '25, fullback, have been working out with Team A.

Varsity Trounced Team B in Scrimmage

Coach Hawley spent the first week of practice on fundamentals, concluding the week with a short scrimmage Saturday afternoon in which the varsity scored three touchdowns on Team B. The varsity scrimmaged again Tuesday, but was held scoreless during '40 minutes of play by Team B. Only a light workout was held yesterday, while a final scrimmage today will conclude preparation for the Norwich game here Saturday. Coach Hawley has not ordered secret practice as yet and daily workouts have been witnessed by part of the student body. Neither has Coach Hawley cut the squad, nor attempted to divide the large squad into regulars and scrubs.

The following is the 1924 schedule which is the, hardest, the Green has bucked up against in many years. Sept. 27  Norwich at Hanover. Oct. 4  McGill at Hanover. Oct. 11  Vermont at Hanover. Oct. 18  Yale at New Haven. Oct. 25  Harvard at Cambridge. Nov. 1  Brown at Hanover. Nov. 8  Boston Univ. at Hanover. Nov. 15  Cornell at New York.

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