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John C. Bullard '43
Now that the Varsity has headed south to help celebrate Penn's bicentennial, there should be some real scoring activity in the Stadium this afternoon. Dartmouth's in town again, and this time with a group of Freshman football players that is just about the best thing they've seen up north since the last Carnival.
Against this talented aggregation of Papooses, Chief Boston plans to pit a Crimson team which has finally stated clicking and which is extremely desirous of avenging last year's 23-14 scalping.
Big Green Favorite
However, on paper the Dartmouth eleven must rule a decided favorite. The Green has bowled over Holy Cross 19 to 6 and Brown 6 to 0, while it dropped a thriller 12 to 9 to B. C. which had even the Boston scribes excited. The Yardlings' record of two games lost and only one won, all of these against prep school teams, would seem to make them a definite underdog.
Not since the golden days of the Hutchinson - Macleod combination has Dartmouth seen a back with such promising potentialities as Bud Troxell, a shifty half who has sparked the Nw Hampshire team ion both its victories. However, Bud has been bothered with a bad ankle throughout the season and say not start tomorrow.
George Slusser, a triple threat who plays practically every position in Coach Ossie Cowies' backfield, will probably take his place in today's lineup. Slusser passed the Eaglets dizzy and ran circles around them for most of the B. C. encounter. Two prep-school captains, Bob McLaughry and Meryll Frost, will hear the opening whistle from backfield posts.
Darmouth Line Strong
Averaging over 190, the Indian line has proven itself a strong defensive unit all fall, and the backing-up of center Bill McCloskey and quarterback Harry Hood is notable for its ability to eradicate embryonic scoring threats.
Although without opposition for the past two weekends, the Freshmen have been given very little layoff, except for that occasioned by the ubiquitous November Hour exam. Scrimmages have been the order of the day this week, and the lineup which faces the invading Indians will be almost the same as that which handed Andover a 20 to 0 setback October 19.
Autie Mason, who has been the regular center all season, was laid out Thursday with a rib injury, and in his place Howie Gleason, until recently a backfield operative, will start. Gleason has had no game experience at center, but has seen a lot of service under practice-session fire at the pivot post this week.
Either John Teal or Al Aldrich will open at left end, and the fullback post is still a tossup between Charlie Cowen and "Swede" Anderson, as it has been all year. Wayne Johnson and Cleo O'Donnell will be counted on for most of the Crimson's yardage, and Captain Steve Mallett will lead a tested line against the Indian invasion.
This year's Freshman eleven seems not quite up to last year's and Dartmouth's 1944 aggregation is apparently the best in a long time. If Don McNicol's eleven lost decisively to the Green last November, it would seem that Coach Boston is in for an afternoon of watching his players absorb another licking. Should the primarily latent potentialities of the Yardlings come to light, it may be a sadly disillusioned group of Indians who stalk back to the Hills this evening.
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