1897 VPI football team

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1897 VPI football
Conference Independent
1897 record 5–2
Head coach Charles Firth (1st season)
Captain Howard Archer Johnson
Home stadium Sheib Field
Seasons
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The 1897 VPI football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1897 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Charles Firth and finished with a record of five wins and two losses (5–2).

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 16, 1897 King College Sheib FieldBlacksburg, VA W 54–0[1]   -
October 30, 1897 vs. North Carolina Danville, VA W 4–0[2]   500[3]
November 2, 1897 Roanoke College Sheib Field • Blacksburg, VA W 41–0[4]   -
November 6, 1897 vs. UMBC League Park[5]Norfolk, VA L 4–18   500[5]
November 13, 1897 3:30pm[6] at Richmond Broad Street Park[7]Richmond, VA W 36–0   300[8]–500[7]
November 15, 1897 9:30am[9] at Hampden–Sydney Venable Field[9]Hampden Sydney, VA W 16–0[9][10]   -
November 25, 1897 vs. Tennessee Roanoke, VA L 0–18   1,200[11]
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1897 Virginia Tech football schedule[12]

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1897 football team according to the roster published in the 1898 and 1903 editions of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[13][14]

VPI 1897 roster
Quarterback
  • William Frazier Bell

Guards

Tackles

  • Richard Ainsworth Herbert
  • Charles Morton Wood

Center

  • John Walter Stull
Ends
  • Howard Archer Johnson (Capt.)
  • Harold Benjamin Lewis

Halfbacks

  • Thomas Roy Barnett(e)
  • Charles Weedon Cochran

Fullback

  • Obediah Francis Whitehurst
Substitutes
  • Charles Whitfield Painter
  • Curtis Grant Rorebeck
  • Bayard Ambrose Rucker
  • Fleming Saunders
  • Robert Mayo Scott
  • Edward Colston Taylor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King College Beaten". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 17, 1897. p. 16. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "V.P.I. and N.C." The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 31, 1897. p. 15. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "A Great Victory". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 31, 1897. p. 5. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Roanoke Defeated". The Roanoke Times. Library of Virginia. November 3, 1897. p. 8. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Maryland, 18; Blacksburg, 4". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 7, 1897. p. 2. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The V.P.I. Wonders". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 7, 1897. p. 2. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "V.P.I.'s Victorious". Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 14, 1897. p. 15. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Polytechs Win". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 14, 1897. p. 14. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c "H.S. and V.P.I. - A Hotly-Contested Game of Foot-Ball". Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 16, 1897. p. 6. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "V.P.I., 16; Hampden-Sidney 0". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 16, 1897. p. 2. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Tennessee Shuts Out Blacksburg". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 26, 1897. p. 1. Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1897–1898". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed November 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Bugle 1898". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1898. p. 139. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  14. ^ "The Bugle 1903" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1903. p. 129. Retrieved 2015-11-05.