1897 Auburn Tigers football team

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1897 Auburn Tigers football
1897 Auburn University varsity football team.jpg
The 1897 football team of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University).[1]
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1897 record 2–0–1 (2–0–1 SIAA)
Head coach John Heisman (3rd season)
Seasons
← 1896
1898 →
1897 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 3 0 0     6 0 1
Georgia 2 0 0     2 1 0
Auburn 2 0 1     2 0 1
Tennessee 1 0 0     4 1 0
Central 1 1 0     1 1 0
Nashville 1 1 0     1 1 0
Alabama 0 0 0     1 0 0
Texas 0 0 0     6 2 0
LSU 0 0 0     1 1 0
Sewanee 1 2 1     1 3 1
Clemson 0 1 0     2 2 0
Cumberland 0 1 0     0 1 0
Georgia Tech 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mercer 0 1 0     0 1 1
Kentucky State 0 2 0     2 4 0
SW Presbyterian 0 0 0     0 0 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1897 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1897 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. It was the Tigers' sixth season. The team was led by head coach John Heisman, in his third year, and finished with a record of two wins, zero losses and one tie (2–0–1 overall, 2–0–1 in the SIAA).

The team featured brothers Jim and John Penton.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 23 at Mercer Macon, GA W 26–0  
October 29 at Nashville Nashville, TN W 14–4  
October 30 at Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN T 0–0  

Source: 1897 Auburn football schedule[2]

Season summary[edit]

Mercer[edit]

The season opened with a 26–0 defeat of Mercer. Fearing Georgia scouts watching for signals, Auburn did not use any throughout the game.[3]

Nashville[edit]

Auburn beat Nashville 14–4 in a duel between fullbacks Jim Penton and Bradley Walker.[3]

Sewanee[edit]

Auburn fought Sewanee to a scoreless tie.

Postseason[edit]

The team finished $700 in debt, and Heisman was the actor, director, and producer of David Garrick to raise the money.[4] As such, he is founder of Auburn’s first theatrical group: The A.P.I. Dramatic Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A. C. Vandiver; G. O. Dickey; F. W. Hare; P. M. McIntyre; J. B. Shivers; E. W. Stone; R. P. Strong, eds. (1897), Glomerata 1898 (Annual), 1, Chicago, IL: A. L. Swift, p. 99, retrieved 16 March 2011 
  2. ^ 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 182. 
  3. ^ a b J. W. Heisman (February 9, 1915). "Dixie's Football Hall of Fame". p. 9. Retrieved May 29, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Auburn theatrical legend John Heisman put on, starred in play to save Auburn football".