1918 VPI Gobblers football team

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1918 VPI Gobblers football
SAIAA champion
Conference South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1918 record 7–0 (3–0 SAIAA)
Head coach Charles Bernier (2nd season)
Captain Hank Crisp
Harry Douglas Roden
William Lee Younger
Home stadium Miles Field
Seasons
← 1917
1919 →
1918 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
VPI $ 3 0 0     7 0 0
Davidson 2 0 0     2 1 1
Richmond 1 0 0     3 1 1
Johns Hopkins 0 0 1     0 0 1
NC State 0 1 0     1 3 0
St. John's (MD) 0 1 0     0 1 0
William & Mary 0 1 0     0 2 0
VMI 0 2 0     1 3 0
Washington and Lee 0 2 0     1 2 0
Georgetown 0 0 0     3 2 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1918 VPI Gobblers football team represented the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1918 college football season. Led by second year head coach Charles Bernier, the team went 7–0 and claims a South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SAIAA) championship.[1] The season was considered the best in VPI's history at the time,[2] they did not win seven straight games again until 1967.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 19, 1918 Belmont Athletic Club* Miles FieldBlacksburg, VA W 30–0   -
October 26, 1918 Camp Humphreys* Miles Field • Blacksburg, VA W 33–6   -
November 2, 1918 2:30pm[4] vs. Washington and Lee Fair Grounds[4]Roanoke, VA W 13–0   -
November 9, 1918 Wake Forest* Miles Field • Blacksburg, VA W 27–0   -
November 16, 1918 vs. NC State Norfolk, VA W 25–0   -
November 23, 1918 at North Carolina Club* Chapel Hill, NC W 18–7   -
November 28, 1918 3:00pm[5] vs. VMI Fair Grounds[5] • Roanoke, VA (Rivalry) W 6–0   2,500[2]
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1918 Virginia Tech football schedule[6]

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1918 football team according to the roster published in the 1919 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[7]

VPI 1918 roster
Quarterback
  • Wesley Leroy Bonney

Guards

Tackles

  • Walter Morgan Pierce
  • Walter Weiss Rangely

Center

  • Franklin Senatre Resh
Ends
  • Julian Jessings Camper
  • James Thomas Hardwick
  • Harry Douglas Roden (Capt.)
  • William Lee Younger (Capt.)

Halfbacks

  • Hank Crisp (Capt.)
  • Philip Crocker
  • Harry Lee McCann
Fullback
  • William Hurst

Substitutes

  • Eugene Darrington Bock
  • John Kelly Copenhaver
  • Hitchens
  • Huddle
  • Samuel Anderson McConkey
  • Seigle
  • Charles Evans Whitmore

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conference Champions of the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association,College Football Data Warehouse
  2. ^ a b "V.M.I. Goes Down in Defeat Before the V.P.I. Eleven". The World News. Library of Virginia. November 29, 1918. p. 3. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bob Boyles. 50 Years of College Football. p. 225. 
  4. ^ a b ""Generals" Clash With "Gobblers" at Fair Grounds". The World News. Library of Virginia. November 2, 1918. p. 7. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Rain Fails to Dampen The Football Spirit". The World News. Library of Virginia. November 28, 1918. p. 1. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1918–1919". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed December 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "The Bugle 1919" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1919. Retrieved 2015-12-13.