1903 Sewanee Tigers football team

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1903 Sewanee Tigers football
Sewanee Tigers football team (1903).png
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1903 record 7–1 (5–1 SIAA)
Head coach George S. Whitney
Assistant coach Frank M. Osborne
Captain Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith
Home stadium McGee Field
Seasons
← 1902
1904 →
1903 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson + 2 0 1     4 1 1
Cumberland + 4 1 1     6 1 1
Sewanee 5 1 0     7 1 0
Vanderbilt 5 1 1     6 1 1
Mississippi A&M 2 0 2     3 0 2
Georgia 3 2 0     3 4 0
Ole Miss 1 1 1     2 1 1
Texas 0 0 1     5 1 2
Kentucky State 0 0 0     7 1 0
Alabama 3 4 0     3 4 0
Auburn 2 3 0     4 3 0
Tennessee 2 4 0     4 5 0
Georgia Tech 1 4 0     3 5 0
Tulane 0 1 1     2 2 1
Mercer 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 2 0     2 2 0
LSU 0 5 0     4 5 0
SW Presbyterian            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1903 Sewanee Tigers football team represented the Sewanee Tigers of Sewanee: The University of the South in the 1903 season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result
October 3 Mooney* McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee W 23–0  
October 17 Tennessee Medical* McGee Field • Sewanee, Tennessee W 6–0  
October 20 3:00 p. m. Cumberland McGee Field • Sewanee, Tennessee W 6–0  
October 31 at Auburn Montgomery, Alabama (Rivalry) W 47–0  
November 2 at Alabama Birmingham, Alabama W 23–0  
November 7 at Nashville Peabody Field • Nashville, Tennessee W 6–0  
November 14 at Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee W 17–0  
November 26 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) L 10–5  
All times are in Eastern.

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Season summary[edit]

Mooney[edit]

The season opened with a defeat of Mooney School by a 23–0 score.

Tennessee Medical[edit]

The Tennessee Medicos were beaten 6–0.

Cumberland[edit]

Cumberland at Sewanee
1 2 Total
Cumberland 0 0 0
Sewanee 0 6 6

Sewanee gave the greatest team in Cumberland history its only loss.. Henry D. Phillips plowed through the line for the deciding score.[2]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), L. Kirby-Smith (left tackle), Blount (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), Brong (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Colmore (left halfback), E. Kirby Smith (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[2]

Auburn[edit]

Sewanee at Auburn
1 2 Total
Sewanee 23 24 47
Auburn 0 0 0

Sewanee easily beat Auburn 47–0, the first half was all Sewanee. Phillips made the first touchdown, after an Auburn fumble, Shaffer made the next touchdown.[3] Phillips soon made the next touchdown. Kirby-Smith the next;[3] in the second half, Auburn played better, but got nowhere near Sewanee's goal.[3] Phillips had three touchdowns in the second half, "by some of the finest line bucking ever seen here."[3]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), L. Kirby-Smith (left tackle), Harper (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), Brong (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Colmore (left halfback), Shaffer (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[3]

Alabama[edit]

Sewanee beat Alabama 23–0 in the first match between the two schools since 1896,[4] the game was originally scheduled to be played in Tuscaloosa, but was subsequently moved to West End Park in Birmingham in an effort to increase gate receipts.[5] Phillips made the first score.[5]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), Brong (left tackle), Harper (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), L. Kirby-Smith (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Colmore (left halfback), E. Kirby Smith (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[5]

Nashville[edit]

Sewanee defeated the Nashville Garnet and Blue 6–0; in 1903, Wreidt, the team's coach, resigned and Nashville football was threatened with its end, but it survived for a few more years.[6]

Tennessee[edit]

Tennessee was beaten 17–0.

Vanderbilt[edit]

Sewanee at Vanderbilt
1 2 Total
Sewanee 0 5 5
Vanderbilt 5 5 10

Sewanee was defeated by rival Vanderbilt, 10–5, the first team to even score on the Tigers. Sewanee was crippled in the first half by the loss of Stewart, who fractured his ankle in a scrimmage before the game, he tried to play through it, but had to be helped off the field.[7] John J. Tigert, later a prominent educator, got Vanderbilt's first touchdown.[7] Sewanee tied the score with a touchdown in the second half. Later, Vanderbilt had the ball at the 4-yard line third down. "As great a stand of a football elevve was that of Sewaee before Vanderbilt's winning touchdown was made."[7] On third down from the 1-yard line the center Perry fell on a fumble. Sewanee protested that the runner was down, but Vanderbilt was awarded the touchdown.[7] "Vanderbilt, in fact all Nashville, is wild with joy tonight. Sewanee is looking forward to next Thanksgiving."[7]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), Brong (left tackle), Harper (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), E. Kirby-Smith (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Sawrie (left halfback), Colmore (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[7]

Players[edit]

Varsity lettermen[edit]

Line[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
J. L. Brong tackle
Emile Harper guard
J. W. Jones end
Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith tackle Sewanee, Tennessee 156 21
Ephraim Kirby-Smith tackle Sewanee, Tennessee 156 19
Henry D. Phillips guard 6'4" 185 21
Miles Watkins center
Wesley E. Wheless end

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
John Scarbrough quarterback Rockdale, Texas 135 18
Rupert Colmore halfback Sewanee, Tennessee 155 20
Nate Sawrie back
W. Meacham Stewart back

Subs[edit]

Player Position Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
G. A. Blount
Robert Bostrom
Roland Crownover
William Poyner
J. W. Price
I. J. Rosebrough
John Schaffer
Henry Sneed
David Wettlin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sewanee football media guide". 
  2. ^ a b "The Varsity Triumphs Over Cumberland". Sewanee Purple. 20 (8). October 27, 1903. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Auburn Was Pie For The Purple". The Atlanta Constitution. November 13, 1905. p. 4. Retrieved May 16, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Alabama vs Sewanee". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  6. ^ http://www.lostcolleges.com/#!nashville-university/c1bo2
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Commodores Win From Old Rivals". Atlanta Constitution. November 27, 1903. p. 1. Retrieved May 16, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read