1894 VAMC football team

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1894 VAMC football
Vmi v hokies football game 1894.jpg
A VMI vs. VAMC game, 1894
Conference Independent
1894 record 4–1
Head coach Joseph Massie (1st season)
Captain Tarpley Douglas Martin
Home stadium Sheib Field
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The 1894 VAMC football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in the 1894 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Joseph Massie and finished with a record of four wins and one loss (4–1).


Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 20, 1894 Emory and Henry Sheib FieldBlacksburg, VA W 16–0[1]   400[2]
October 29, 1894 Roanoke College Sheib Field • Blacksburg, VA W 36–0   500[3]
November 10, 1894 St. Albans Lutheran Boys School Sheib Field • Blacksburg, VA W 42–0[4]   -
November 17, 1894 at St. Albans Lutheran Boys School Radford, VA W 12–0[5][6]   -
November 29, 1894[7][8] vs. VMI Athletic Park[9]Staunton, VA (Rivalry) L 6–10   1,500[8]
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1894 Virginia Tech football schedule[10]


The following players were members of the 1894 football team according to the roster published in the 1895 and 1903 editions of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[11][12]

VAMC 1894 roster


  • Miles Taylor Hart
  • William Lewis James
  • Nerbon Robert Patrick


  • John Walter Stull


  • Thomas Edward Dashiell
  • Samuel Sidney "Sid" Fraser
  • Christopher Gadsden Porcher


  • Christopher Gadsden Guignard
  • U. Harvey


  • Tarpley Douglas Martin (Capt.)
  • Alexander Parker Eskridge
  • Leslie Wallace Jerrell
  • John Ingles Palmer
  • J. W. Sample
  • G. W. Staples

Season summary[edit]

Emory and Henry[edit]

VAMC played their first game of the year on October 20, 1894 against Emory and Henry College at their new athletic field, Sheib Field, in front of 400 spectators.[2] VAMC won the toss and scored their first touchdown three minutes into the game, with VAMC halfback Harvey running into the end zone, with R. N. Watts missing the extra point.[2] Harvey two more touchdowns in the second half, with Watts converts both extra points.[2] Due to injuries to the Emory squad, the second half was not completed and VAMC won the game.[2]


On October 29, 1894, VAMC played its second game of the year, which was a win over Roanoke College, 36–0. The game was played in front of 500 spectators.[3]

St. Albans (first game)[edit]

VAMC played St. Albans Boys Lutheran School on November 10, 1894 and won 42–0, which was then the most points scored against an opponent in Blacksburg.[4] VAMC halfback Christopher Guignard recorded two eighty-yard runs during the game, who also scored three touchdowns.[4] The other touchdowns were scored by T. D. Martin, N. R. Patrick, H. A. Johnson, and Harvey, with R. N. Watts converting seven extra points.[4]

St. Albans (second game)[edit]

On November 17, 1894, VAMC played a second game against St. Albans in Radford, Virginia. The game was played in pouring rain and VAMC won 12–0, scoring a touchdown in both halves.[5]

Virginia Military Institute[edit]

VAMC played against Virginia Military Institute in Staunton, Virginia on November 29, 1894.[7] The two teams were led to the grounds by the Stonewall Brigade Band.[8] VAMC recorded their only loss of the season, losing 6–10. VMI quarterback Sidney Foster scored on an eighty-yard touchdown run.[8] One report reads "The Blacksburg team played brilliantly and had it not been for two rank decisions by the umpire and referee, the score would have been reversed."[13]


  1. ^ "Blacksburg Team Win, 16 to 0". Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 21, 1894. p. 5. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Emory Outplayed". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 23, 1894. p. 2. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "The V. A. M. C. Won". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 30, 1894. p. 2. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "The Blacksburg Boys Win". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 11, 1894. p. 2. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Blacksburg, 12; St. Albans, 0". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 18, 1894. p. 12. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Blacksburg Wins Again". Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 18, 1894. p. 5. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "A Close Game of Foot-Ball". Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 30, 1894. p. 3. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Virginia Institute 10; Blacksburg 6". The New York Times. November 30, 1894. p. 2. Retrieved December 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Foot-Ball Game". Staunton Spectator. Library of Virginia. December 5, 1894. p. 3. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 
  10. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1894–1895". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed October 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "The Bugle 1895" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1895. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  12. ^ "The Bugle 1903" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1903. p. 129. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  13. ^ "Won by the V.M.I. Eleven". Atlanta Constitution. November 30, 1894. p. 2. Retrieved December 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read