Freshman Gridders Cruise, 35-0

Freshman Football

Some things speak for themselves, but the Harvard freshman football team's win over Princeton was more interesting than the 35-0 score would suggest.

The Saturday morning victory in front of 400 parents and fans raised the Crimson's record to 2-0-1.

"We needed a complete game," Harvard coach Jim Kubacki said.

And that's just what the Crimson got. Everyone on the team saw action, the defense recorded its first shutout of the season, the placekickers were perfect, and the offensive line even got into the scoring.

From the beginning, Harvard showed it planned to dominate the 1-3 Princeton squad.


The Tigers had "gotten off the bus" Friday night, but their good night's sleep didn't show. They fell behind early, as starting quarterback Tom Yohe led the Crimson to two first-quarter scores.

Fullback Tony Hinz first dented the orange end zone, taking a swing pass from Yohe and rambling 10 yards for the score. Alan Hall hit the conversion attempt to put Harvard on top 7-0.

Yohe later hit split end Kevin Collins with a 10-yard strike as Collins was crossing the goal line to make the score 13-0 (14-0 after Jay Vanderpool's kick).

Rod MacLeod came in as Harvard's quarterback in the second period, and directed a running drive down to the Princeton one-yard line.

On first and goal from the one, the Crimson coaching staff unveiled its answer to the Chicago Bears' William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

Starting guard Maurice "The Stove" Frilot was moved to fullback to provide blocking heft for the Harvard backfield. The 252-pounder plowed through a Tiger defender, leading the way for Tony Hinz' Walter Payton-style touchdown dive.

Frilot enjoyed his temporary position switch, but forecasts no glory for The Stove. "What I like most," he said, "is that I get six yards to build up as much momentum as possible. If I ever got the ball, though, I wouldn't know what to do."

Coach Kubacki credited the formation to Frilot. "He watched Monday night football [the Bears vs. Packers game in which Perry appeared as a fullback] and came in the next day to ask if we could do the same thing. I figured I'd give it a try."

The half ended with Harvard in control, 21-0.

"We didn't start well," Princeton coach Ned Panfield said, "but I thought we could come back."