American Football Database
American Football Database
1897 Lafayette football
1897 record9–2–1
Head coachParke H. Davis (3rd season)
Home stadiumMarch Field
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The 1897 Lafayette football team represented Lafayette College in the 1897 college football season. Lafayetted shut out eight opponents and finished with a 9–2–1 record in their first year under head coach Parke H. Davis. Significant games included victories over Penn State (24–0) and Lehigh (34–0 and 22–0), a 4–4 tie with Cornell, and losses to Princeton (0–57) and Penn (0–46). The 1895 Lafayette team outscored its opponents by a combined total of 256 to 113.[1][2]

Three Lafayette players received recognition on the 1897 College Football All-America Team. They are: guard Charles Rinehart (Walter Camp, 2nd team, Outing magazine, 1st team); halfback George B. Walbridge (Camp, 3rd team); and fullback Edward G. Bray (Outing, 2nd team).[3][4]


September 27at [[{{{school}}}|Bloomsburg]]Bloomsburg, PAW 14–0
September 28at Wyoming SeminaryKingston, PAW 26–0
October 2Penn State
  • March Field
  • Easton, PA
W 24–0
October 6at Franklin & MarshallLancaster, PAW 8–0
October 9Temperance A.C.
  • March Field
  • Easton, PA
W 64–0
October 16Cornell
  • March Field
  • Easton, PA
T 4–4
October 23at PennL 0–46
October 30Lehigh
W 34–0
November 6at PrincetonL 0–57
November 13Dickinson
  • March Field
  • Easton, PA
W 19–0
November 20Wesleyan
  • March Field
  • Easton, PA
W 41–6
November 25at Lehigh (rivalry)Bethlehem, PAW 22–0


  1. "1897 Lafayette Leopards Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  2. "Lafayette Yearly Results (1895-1899)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  3. "Camp's Champion Eleven: Chamberlin, Brown, De Saulles and Hall of Yale All-American Leaders". New Haven Evening Register. 1897-12-08.
  4. "A Brief Review of the Football Season". The Outing Magazine. Jan 1898.