1933 VPI Gobblers football team

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1933 VPI Gobblers football
Conference Southern Conference
1933 record 4–3–3 (1–1–3 SoCon)
Head coach Henry Redd (2nd season)
Captain William Breckenridge Porterfield
Home stadium Miles Stadium
Seasons
← 1932
1934 →
1933 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Duke $ 4 0 0     9 1 0
South Carolina 3 0 0     6 3 1
North Carolina 2 1 0     4 5 0
VMI 2 1 1     2 7 1
Washington and Lee 1 1 1     4 4 2
Clemson 1 1 0     3 6 2
VPI 1 1 3     4 3 3
Virginia 1 3 1     2 6 2
Maryland 1 4 0     3 7 0
NC State 0 4 0     1 5 3
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1933 VPI Gobblers football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1933 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Henry Redd and finished with a record of four wins, three losses and three ties (4–3–3).

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 23, 1933 Roanoke* Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia W 7–0   -
September 30, 1933 at Tennessee* Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee L 0–27   -
October 7, 1933 vs. Maryland Norfolk, Virginia W 14–0   -
October 14, 1933 vs. William & Mary* City StadiumRichmond, Virginia W 13–7   9,000[1]
October 21, 1933 3:00pm[2] at Richmond* City Stadium • Richmond, Virginia W 7–0   -
October 28, 1933 South Carolina Miles Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia L 0–12   -
November 4, 1933 Washington and Lee Miles Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia T 7–7   -
November 11, 1933 at Alabama* Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama L 0–27   10,000[3]
November 18, 1933 at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia (Rivalry) T 6–6   -
November 30, 1933 vs. VMI Maher Field[4]Roanoke, Virginia (Rivalry) T 0–0   11,000[4]
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1933 Virginia Tech football schedule[5]

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1933 football team according to the roster published in the 1934 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[6]

VPI 1933 roster
Quarterbacks
  • William Duncan Holsclaw
  • Charles Emmett Ashburn Morgan

Guards

  • Red Andrews
  • Benjamin Botnick
  • Edward Ralph English
  • Ken T. "Hank" Lindsay
  • John Marshall Murphy
  • John Norman Ochs

Tackles

  • Garland Woodrow Hoenstine
  • Harry Worden Howard
  • Richard "Tris" Huffman
  • Leon Dalmain Simmons
Centers
  • James Henry Copenhaver
  • William Breckenridge Porterfield (Capt.)

Ends

  • John A. McIntre
  • Warren "Red" Negri
  • Robert Mcclanahan Stump
  • David Thomas

Halfbacks

  • Alfred Layden Casey
  • Martin Cunningham
  • Ray Mills
  • James Edward Ottaway

Fullbacks

  • Carl Francis Robison
  • Joseph Decatur Russell
  • George Maxie Smith
Substitutes
  • George Vanderslice Beamon
  • Jack A. "Buck" Carpenter
  • Ike Cessna
  • Nick Dillon
  • Jack Elder
  • Charles Alexander "Heinie" Groth
  • Tom Hutcheson
  • Richard Whitmore Neale
  • Ernie Pritchard
  • Ted Pugh
  • Frank Rankin
  • Lawrence Samuel "Buck" Reynolds
  • Rummy Robinette
  • Henry Russa
  • Marvin Sifford
  • Howard Arnold "Hank" Spruill
  • Al Stevens
  • Arthur Everett Stump
  • Daniel Reiser Thoma
  • Buck Tyler
  • James VanDyck
  • Dick Wray
  • John Lester Yorke

Season summary[edit]

at Alabama[edit]

VPI at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
VPI 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 6 12 9 0 27

Against the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama, VPI lost 0-27 in front 10,000 spectators at Denny Stadium.[3] Alabama took a 6–0 first quarter lead after Riley Smith scored on a five-yard touchdown run,[3] they extended their lead to 18–0 at halftime on touchdown runs of one-yard by Joe Demyanovich and ten-yards by James Angelich in the second quarter.[3] Alabama then closed the game with a 16-yard Dixie Howell touchdown run and a tackle of the Gobblers' Ray Mills for a safety in the third for the 27–0 win.[3]

Alabama's assistant coach was former VPI player Hank Crisp.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indians Defeated By V.P.I., 13–7, in Thrilling Game" (PDF). The Flat Hat. College of William & Mary. October 17, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Chaltain-Casey Conflict Seen as Big Drawing Card". The Richmond Collegian. University of Richmond. October 20, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Tide tames Gobblers 27 to 0". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. November 12, 1933. p. 8. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "VMI, VPI Tie 0–0 In Gridiron Classic". The V.M.I. Cadet. Virginia Military Institute. December 4, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1933–1934". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed January 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "The Bugle 1934" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1934. Retrieved 2016-01-09.