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Tom Marshall's The Burro '03


WHEN the last notes of "Home Sweet Home" shall ring out and the commencement ball is over and the University year of 1902-03 has came to a termination the students of Arizona's highest educational institution nay look back on the last nine months complacently, triumphantly. They may review the events end the accomplishments of the year, the one most frought with growth, with achievement both at home and abroad, with the awakening of that spirit of enthusiasm or love far the Alma Mater without which a college can struggle but never surmount. As we look back on the year's history we see a phalanx of toilers of the University of Arizona marching on to sweep aside the host of opposers seeking to thwart them from the prize of success. The phalanx of 1902-03 has been more compact than ever before, its spears have glittered with a new fire, the armor has not weighed it down so heavily, and so, grand strides have been made toward final achievement.

Football team of 1902

Foremost in that throng the warriors of the gridiron march: the football team which won the Territorial championship. They defeated four different teams, piled up a score of one hundred and thirty-three points while their goal line was never crossed nor was a goal kick made against them. It is of these men that I write to recount their deeds, to describe their part in the year's history of the institution whose colors they so gloriously bore and to lay my mite of tribute at their feet.

The football season began with the opening of college. The incoming trains were carefully watched that the returning heroes of last year's gridiron battles would be noted. Each new man was critically examined by the student body and a verdict rendered to his fitness to uphold the honor of the U. of A.

The manager of last year's team Mr. H. Clay Parker, was re-elected to the responsible position and the names of twenty-five candidates for places on the team were recorded. The first day the men were out the practice consisted of tossing the ball and falling on it. Gradually the work became heavier and a training table established. Gillett, last year's captain, coached the team until Geo. Mullen came and took charge of that department.

The men were taught the Yale tackle-back formation which Harvard turned against its inventor so disastrously. Line bucking and close end runs were relied on to make the scores as long send runs and goals from field were regarded as possibilities rattier than probabilities. Cosgrove was chosen to captain the team and led it until injured.

A game was secured with tire team of the Tucson Indian School and was played Nov. 1st. The game was replete with poor playing by both aides, though it must be said of the Indians that they were playing against men who were heavier and individually more experienced. The final score was seventeen to nothing in favor of the U. of A. Though the worth of the tackle-back formation had been proven there were still raged spots that must be amended. The interference was made more compact, the line men trained to hold more firmly and to break through and the ends and tackles to tackle law and hard. On the Saturday following the same teams faced each other but the week's hard practice had accomplished wonders for the 'Varsity and so when the whistle blew and the contest was over the score was forty-two to nothing in favor of the U. of A. Mingled with Arizona's joy was regret for Captain Cosgrove suffered the fracture of a cheek-bone and was forced to retire.

November fifteenth saw the 'Varsity lined up for the struggle against FL Grant. Arizona was not confident of victory. The men seemed to lack the fire, the agility and the weight of the soldiers. Encouraged by a mighty cheer from the rooters the 'Varsity prepared for the fray. The ball was kicked off and eight minutes later Ft. Grant's goal-line had been crossed for as touch-down. From this ors the game eras a procession and apt the end of the second half the score stood twenty-sight to nothing in Arizona's favor. Nothing could stop the close end runs of Day and Jacobson. Pickett plunged through the soldiers' line for yard, while Gillett passed the ball swiftly but surely. Stafford and Suarez went outside Grant's ends easily. Rosenberg at center and Bayless and Hodnett by him were like a stone wall, while Moore and Mullen yielded never an inch. It was at this game that the first public appearance of the Rooters Club was made. Led by Horton Jones, they gave their yells and sang their songs. When each score was made by the ''Varsity the rooters would count the number of points and throughout the season they lent substantial aid.

Rivaling the Rooters Club in encouraging the team and spurring on the individual players to greater efforts were the "co-eds." Though they could not cheer so lustily as the men they did nobly with the few opportunities they found. After a long afternoon of toil, perhaps pain, nothing could have been mare refreshing than to find the training table decorated with flowers gathered by the lady students of the University.

The Saturday following was the day set for the game with the Temps team. The visitors were a husky lot, confident of victory because of past successes, but this did not deter the U. oaf A.'s grim determination. The field was heavy from recent rains, the crowd small because of Tucson's inappreciation of the college game. One minute and eighteen seconds after the Tempe kicker had sent she ball through -the air ors the kick-off a red and blue sweater flashed over the Tempe goal line and Stafford hard scored a touchdown for Arizona. Again in the same half he repeated the performance and each time Day kicked a goal. For weeks this game had been awaited for we all knew that the Tempe team would be our strangest opponent arid by defecting it ore would be well can our way to championship honors, The visiting team proved itself an adversary of no mean strength arid though disheartened ire the first half by Arizona's touchdowns, they rallied in the second half and Arizona was put on the defensive. The next Wednesday morning sour the team and several substitutes start for Naco to play Ft. Huachuca. The trip told on some of the men, but despite this and new surroundings they made the game a repetition of the Ft. Grant contest. Shortly after the kick-off Gillett was injured and taken out of the game and Cosgrove, not yet recovered from his early-season injury, went in. Through the line and around the ends went Arizona's men whenever they chase and when the final whistle blew Ft. Huachuca saw a score of thirty-four to nothing against it.

This game closed the football season of '02 for the University of Arizona. The team had won five games and played against four different teams and made a score of one hundred and thirty-three points, while their opponents had made no points against them. The 'Varsity had trained hard for the contests, was well coached and led and fear of the men comprising the team were injured and so were able to go through the season with but little changing of players. From the first practice the student body wits behind the team aiding, encouraging arid assisting as they could. As soon as the faculty realized that the candidates for the team meant business they too were behind the 'Varsity, lending valuable aid.

So praise must be given all, to those who made the team, to those loyal fellows who went out on the field and took the knocks of the first tam that its play might be perfected, to faculty and students.

The season demonstrated the necessity of a versatility of attack of using many players to carry the ball instead of a trio of backs. The Arizona line was strong everywhere and held the opposing line from getting through and breaking up the play before it was started. The tackles-back formation would have been impossibility had Arizona's line been weak in a single position. Tempe had a good line with the exception of a right end and this exception coat the team on which the man played the game and possibly the championship of the Territory. Day did the kicking for Arizona and took good care of this department both in punting and goal kicking. Our back field was versatile, all could handle punts, two were good kickers, all could hammer the line and run the ends. So as able exponents of the American college game, and worthy bearers of the Red and Blue, we present them: Rosenberg, center; Bayless, right guard; Hodgnett, guard; Moore right tackle; Mullen and Kelton, left tackle; Stafford, right end; Saurez, left end; Cosgrove, captain: Gillette, quarter-back; Day, right half; Jacobson, left half, and Pickett full back. Here's three times three to these men, the University of Arizona football team, champions of Arizona for '02.

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