1893 VAMC football team

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1893 VAMC football
VAMC's football team in 1893
Conference Independent
1893 record 0–2
Head coach E. A. Smyth (2nd season)
Captain Solomon Vance Lovenstein
B. H. Wills
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The 1893 VAMC football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in the 1893 college football season. The team was led by their head coach E. A. Smyth and finished with a record of zero wins and two losses (0–2).


Date Time Opponent Site Result
October 21, 1893 3:00pm[1] at Emory and Henry Emory, VA L 0–6[1]  
November 18, 1893[2][3][4] vs. Randolph-Macon Academy Bedford, VA L 6–34  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1893 Virginia Tech football schedule[5]


The following players were members of the 1893 football team according to the roster published in the 1903 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[6] The roster is also found in the Virginia Tech University Archives.[7]

VAMC 1893 roster
  • Samuel Sidney "Sid" Fraser
  • John William Robinson


  • Nerbon Robert Patrick
  • John Walter Stull


  • M. C. Bond
  • Howard Archer Johnson
  • Edward Judson Kerfoot
  • R. E. Wayland
  • Thomas Edward Dashiell
  • Christopher Gadsden Porcher


  • Charles Thomas Friend
  • Christopher Gadsden Guignard
  • U. Harvey
  • Robert Kyle Slaughter


  • Tarpley Douglas Martin
  • Solomon Vance Lovenstein (Capt.)
  • Henry Davis Sayers
  • B. H. Wills (Capt.)

Season summary[edit]

Emory and Henry[edit]

On October 21, 1893, VAMC played football against Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. VAMC lost 0–6 due to captain H. B. Wills "making a mistake of trying for a sensational field goal when we were gaining ten and twenty yards at every down and were within a few yards of the goal."[1][6]

Randolph–Macon Academy[edit]

The second and final game of the season was against Randolph-Macon Academy in Bedford, Virginia on November 18, 1893.[2][3][4] VAMC lost 6–34.[6][3] However, two newspaper articles from the time list the score as 6–38,[2] and 6–35.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Foot-Ball at Emory and Henry". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 24, 1893. p. 3. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bedford City Budget". The Roanoke Times. Library of Virginia. November 19, 1893. p. 4. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Another Victory for Them". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 19, 1893. p. 2. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Randolph-Macon Wins". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 19, 1893. p. 5. Retrieved October 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1893–1894". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed October 29, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "The Bugle 1903" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1903. p. 129. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  7. ^ "The Beginnings of Intercollegiate Football". Virginia Tech. Retrieved 2015-10-29.