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 - The Sportfr< TIM* One of the oldest small...
The Sportfr< TIM* One of the oldest small college gridiron rivalries in the country — and certainly one of the oldest 'and longest here in Central Pennsylvania — will be resumed on Saturday afternoon on the Albright College Field in Reading. It pits the host Mon» against (heir oldtime Lebanon Valley College rivals In (he 45th game of a "feud", and that's what It was In earlier days — that dates back to UM year 1896. The Lebanon Valley . Albright football rivalry may not be as hoary with tradition as some of tKe Ivy League feuds that have been recognized as ancient these many years, and it has never been accorded the national prominence held by the larger eastern learning. To many oldtime institutions of Albright and LVC grarts, however, it was "the game" in earlier years, especially when Albright College was located right here in Myerstown. Halted Abruptly That opening,game three quarters of a century ago was won by the Anhvillians by a 10-3 score, but the newly-born rivalry was promptly halted, and re- rrtained dormant for twelve years. The two Lebanon County collegiate rivals got together again in 1902 for another LVC victory by a 16-11 score, and met again in 1903 for a third Lebanon Valley triumph by a 13-7 score. The short scries was terminated again after that third game, however, and again remained In status quo, as were, 'for nine long years. Resumed With "Battle" it When it was finally, resumed In 1912 at Annville, it turned out to be a battle — and that term is used correctly— witnessed by the newsboy peddling papers on this corner, then a teenager witnessing his first college football game. In fact, it is well remembered that the local teenager and a Lebanon boyhood friend cycled to Annville — add. .that was quite a ride in those days — and scaled the high wooden fence that encased the old LVC score as the gam* waned/and the Annvillians maneuvered into good field position to spring the surprise play that won the game. It 'resulted la a pass to Suavely, who had slipped over the goal unnoticed an a "tackle," to make th« catch that gave the homesters a II- 7 victory. Memory recalls, loo, that the late Paul ' Strickler was in the LVC backfield that day, and J. Allen-Walter, Ed Light, two Lebarionians, were on the LVC squad. Strickler became t h e team captain the following year, and Snavely led the Annville collegians as team captain in 1914. With that win, Lebanon Valley made it four straight over a period of twenty - two years, but Albright later crashed the win column for the first lime later that same season. Thai game was played at Myerstown and was won by the home learn, 20-7, with (he lale C. S. (Pop) Kelchner directing the Albright team as coach. It Is also recalled that the late Dr. Arthur (Avon) Light whose brother Hobey later won everlasting fame as a Penn halfback, was In the Albright backfteld for bolh games. The LVC - Albright series was hallfd again, reportedly because of Hie intense feelings generated by the rivalry among players,.students and fans, and again remained lapsed for six years. LVC Win Streaks Revived in 1918 when both schools were fielding World War One teams, it again lasted two years with LVC winning both games before it was again interrupted — this time for five years. MASS defense (3), as effort draw. athletic field to game. get into the And what a game It was, too. Won On A Ruse In this book, it still stands out as one of the fiercest:— and greatest games of the lot—and for years remained a thrill In the memories of a number of local residents who played .prominent roles In that LVC victory. -It,was won on a ruse dreamed lip by the late H. L. (Stub) Wilder,. Ihe Lebanon Valley coach of the lime, and caught Ihe Albright team headed by the renowned alltime Albright great, Haps Benfer, by complete surprise. Carl Snavely, who went on to win everlasting fame as a major college coach at Cornell and North Carolina, and a niche in the National Collegiate Hall of Fame, was the hero of the piece. Became "End Ulan" A 1 ' .lophomore tackle at the time,; he became eligible as a pass receiver through a shift concocted by Coach Wilder that simply transferred one end to the opposite flank and left Snavely as th« "end man" on his side. Albright was leading by a 7-3 Resumed In 1924, it then ran continuously on an annual basis for 19 games -through 1942. Through 1926, Lebanon Valley won (our in a row for a six- game skein and eight wins in nine games, before Albright checked that run in a 6-6 deadlock in 1927. And that's another game still remembered by LVC followers and this narrator, but it's also another story that will not be reviewed at this time. Albright Goes Ahead Lebanon Valley returned to Of BY The again for Hawks The defense goal Parent, Oklahoma night but first gained National with a Laurel Card Features Mason-Dixon Handicap LAUREL, Md. — Portsmouth, owned by Mrs, Walter M. Jeffords of Glenn Riddle, Pa., has been as s i g n e d second high weight of 123 pounds for the the win column the following year, but Albright teams 'then won the next four in a row through 1932 before the Annvil liahs played them to another 6-fi stalemate'inl93^. LVC eked out a «-3 win in 1934,'. but Albright then came" oh to win six in 'a row through 1940 — the last a 3-0 'squeaker — before Lebanon Valley bounced back for two straight wins in 1941-42. Another interruption developed and lasted five years before the ancient series was revived again in 1947, and has been maintained annually through eighteen games. • • In this current, uninterrupted siring, Albright teams have shown the upper hand with a dozen wins agalnsl five for Lebanon Valley .and one' tie, a 14-14 draw in 1958. So, the Lions, as they have long since been known, hold (he upper hand In this ancient Central Pennsylvania small college gridiron rivalry with 23 victories — the last a 39-0 romp last year — over 18 won by the Dutchmen, as they are now known, and only three games ended in ties. Again, the Lebanon Valley-Albright series may not be counted among the nation's so-called traditional rivalries, but it straight had scores- fifth, sixlli. scores Murray the of the New goal the The Toronto them for 15 Both HaleLle on in the Bob Armstrong. tonight Detroit. is one of the oldest — and most interesting in Central Pennsylvania at least. Chicago Montreal Toronto- New Detroit Boston New Chicago Toronto Boston Cedar Fourth The Junior places streak thirty East shows and

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  1. Lebanon Daily News,
  2. 04 Nov 1965, Thu,
  3. Page 17

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