1916 VPI Gobblers football team

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1916 VPI Gobblers football
SAIAA champion
Conference South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1916 record 7–2 (4–0 SAIAA)
Head coach Jack E. Ingersoll (1st season)
Captain John Staub Caffee
Home stadium Miles Field
Seasons
← 1915
1917 →
1916 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
VPI $ 4 0 0     7 2 0
Georgetown 2 0 0     8 1 0
Washington and Lee 1 0 0     5 2 2
George Washington 2 1 0     3 3 1
North Carolina 2 1 0     5 4 0
Catholic 2 1 0     4 4 0
Virginia 2 1 0     4 5 0
Davidson 1 2 0     5 3 1
Richmond 1 3 1     5 2 2
VMI 1 4 0     4 5 0
St. John's (MD) 0 1 0     0 1 0
William & Mary 0 2 1     2 5 2
Johns Hopkins 0 2 0     0 2 0
North Carolina A&M 0 4 0     2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1916 VPI Gobblers football team represented the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1916 college football season. Led by Jack E. Ingersoll in his only year as head coach, the team went 7–2 and claims a South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SAIAA) championship.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 30 Richmond Miles FieldBlacksburg, VA W 13–0    
October 7 Hampden–Sydney* Miles Field • Blacksburg, VA W 10–0    
October 14 vs. West Virginia* Charleston, WV (rivalry) L 0–20    
October 20 at Yale* Yale FieldNew Haven, CT L 0–19    
October 28 vs. North Carolina A&M Norfolk, VA W 40–0   3,000[2]
November 4 3:00pm[3] vs. North Carolina Fair Grounds[3]Roanoke, VA W 14–7    
November 11 Wake Forest* Miles Field • Blacksburg, VA W 52–0    
November 18 Roanoke* Miles Field • Blacksburg, VA W 41–0    
November 30 2:30pm[4] vs. VMI Fair Grounds[4] • Roanoke, VA (rivalry) W 23–14   5,000[5]
All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1916 Virginia Tech football schedule[6]

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1916 football team according to the roster published in the 1917 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[7]

VPI 1916 roster
Quarterbacks
  • George Douglas Lancaster
  • Edwin Lee Roden

Guards

  • Russell Minor Howell
  • Harry Temple Parrish
  • Arthur Penick Moore

Tackles

  • John Staub Caffee (Capt.)
  • Lyle George Hall
Center
  • Arthur Blakie Moore

Ends

  • James Atkins Gregory
  • William Lee Younger

Halfbacks

  • Frank Allison Engleby
  • Edward Kramer Funkhouser
  • Leonard Myrton Gaines
  • Robert Rodes Nelson

Fullback

Substitutes
  • Clinton T. Barnes
  • Jay Frank Clemmer
  • Frank Edward Daly
  • James W. Farmer
  • Turner Ashby Graves
  • Francis Alexander Gray
  • William Murry Lybrook
  • Guy Eugene McNeil
  • Donald Mack
  • George Frizzell Parrish
  • Daniel Harris Pritchard
  • Harry Douglas Roden
  • George Selben Somerville
  • Llewellyn Winn "Lew" Stringer
  • George Ellsworth Treakle

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conference Champions of the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association,College Football Data Warehouse
  2. ^ "Virginia Techs Win Handily From Aggies". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 29, 1916. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Kings of Gridiron Battle for South Atlantic Honors". The World News. Library of Virginia. November 4, 1916. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Football Enthusiasm Runs High in Roanoke". The World News. Library of Virginia. November 30, 1916. p. 1. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cadets are Defeated After Freakish Game". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Library of Virginia. December 1, 1916. p. 9. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1916–1917". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Bugle 1917" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1917. p. 183. Retrieved 2015-12-10.