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1897 Army Cadets football
1897 record6–1–1
Head coachHerman Koehler (1st season)
Home stadiumThe Plain
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The 1897 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1897 college football season. In their first season under head coach Herman Koehler, the Cadets compiled a 6–1–1 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 194 to 41.[1] The Cadets suffered their only loss against Harvard by a 10 to 0 score and played Yale to a 6–6 tie. The Army–Navy Game was not played in 1897.[2]

Three Army Cadets were honored on the 1897 College Football All-America Team. Halfback William Nesbitt received second-team honors from Walter Camp. Quarterback Leon Kromer received second-team honors from the New York Sun. Tackle Wallace Scales received second-team honors from Walter Camp and The New York Sun.[3][4]


October 2Trinity (CT)W 38–6
October 9WesleyanW 12–9
October 16HarvardL 0–10
October 23TuftsW 30–0
October 30YaleT 6–6
November 6LehighW 48–6
November 13[[{{{school}}}|Stevens Tech]]W 18–4
November 20BrownW 42–0


  1. "Army Yearly Results (1895-1899)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  2. "1897 Army Black Knights Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 29, 2015.
  3. "Camp's Champion Eleven: Chamberlin, Brown, De Saulles and Hall of Yale All-American Leaders". New Haven Evening Register. December 8, 1897.
  4. "An Arduous Task: The Choosing of an All American Representative Football Team". Evening News (Lincoln, Nebraska). December 15, 1897.