This Day in Sagehen Sports History

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1935—The Daily Student Life, Volume 48 Issue 7

Seventy-five years ago, the Sagehens kicked off their football season with a win against Santa Ana Junior College.

Razzle-Dazzling Sagehens Trim Santa Ana 18-6 “Aerial Dynamite” Blasts Way to Local Boys’ Victory Over JC

In a thrilling game that saw both teams unlimber their finest aerial artillery, Coach Fuzz Merritt’s Sagehens scored the better hits with their aerial dynamite and proceeded to penetrate the Santa Ana J.C. Dons’ defense for a neat 18 to 6 win.

Longacre, Jencks, and Gollong were tossing grenades to Spurgeon, Burbeck, Benner, Lee, and Eschelbach in rapid order to connect with six out of 23 as three backfired as interceptions. Burbeck scored in the first quarter for the Hens on a toss from the seven yard marker from halfback Jencks.

In the second canto, Benner turned in a neat bit of work by downing Longacre’s coffin corner boot on the one foot mark. A fizzled kick came out only to the 10 yard line. Longacre plunged over for the score. The Hens pulled a “razzle-dazzle” play to pick up 20 yards at one try as Eschelbach lateraled a pass to “Scooter” Wilcox.

Pomona’s final score came in the third quarter when Henry Gollong who played a bang-up game at quarter, intercepted a Don aerial heave and scampered 45 yards to score. The Dons were tossing the inflated pelota all over the battle field and succeeded in completing 11 of 38 tosses, having three intercepted. McCarter passed to end Bob Spray for 30 yards and a score in the final period.

Merritt’s linemen with the able assistance of some splendid defensive play by Captain Kinnear, who made more tackles than any man on the field, proved that they have what it takes. Two sterling goal line stands kept the Dons from painting a different story on the score board.

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