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1897 VPI football
ConferenceIndependent
1897 record5–2
Head coachCharles Firth (1st season)
CaptainHoward Archer Johnson
Home stadiumSheib Field
Seasons
← 1896
1898 →

The 1897 VPI football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1897 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Charles Firth and finished with a record of five wins and two losses (5–2).

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
October 16[[{{{school}}}|King]]W 54–0[1]
October 303:30 p.m.[3]vs. North Carolina
W 4–0[2]500[4]
November 2Roanoke
  • Sheib Field
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 41–0[5]
November 6vs. [[{{{school}}}|University of Maryland, Baltimore]]
L 4–18500[6]
November 133:30 p.m.[7]at Richmond
W 36–0300[9]–500[8]
November 159:30 a.m.[10]at Hampden–SydneyW 16–0[10][11]
November 25vs. TennesseeRoanoke, VAL 0–181,200[12]
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1897 Virginia Tech football schedule[13]

PlayersEdit

The following players were members of the 1897 football team according to the roster published in the 1898 and 1903 editions of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[14][15]

VPI 1897 roster
Quarterback
  • William Frazier Bell

Guards

Tackles

  • Richard Ainsworth Herbert
  • Charles Morton Wood

Center

  • John Walter Stull
Ends
  • Howard Archer Johnson (Capt.)
  • Harold Benjamin Lewis

Halfbacks

  • Thomas Roy Barnett(e)
  • Charles Weedon Cochran

Fullback

  • Obediah Francis Whitehurst
Substitutes
  • Charles Whitfield Painter
  • Curtis Grant Rorebeck
  • Bayard Ambrose Rucker
  • Fleming Saunders
  • Robert Mayo Scott
  • Edward Colston Taylor

ReferencesEdit

  1. "King College Beaten.". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 16. October 17, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18971017.1.16&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  2. "V.P.I. and N.C.". The Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 15. October 31, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18971031.1.15&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Carolina Loses to Va. Poly". The Tar Heel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): p. 1. November 2, 1897. http://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn92073227/1897-11-02/ed-1/seq-1/. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. "A Great Victory". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 5. October 31, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18971031.1.5&e=------189-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1897--. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  5. "Roanoke Defeated". The Roanoke Times (Library of Virginia): p. 8. November 3, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=TRT18971103.1.8&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Maryland, 18; Blacksburg, 4". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 2. November 7, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18971107.1.2&e=------189-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1897--. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  7. "The V.P.I. Wonders". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 2. November 7, 1897. http://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18971107.1.2&srpos=5&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-vpi+%22quarter+back%22------#. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "V.P.I.'s Victorious". Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 15. November 14, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18971114.1.15&e=------189-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1897--. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  9. "The Polytechs Win". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 14. November 14, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18971114.1.14&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "H.S. and V.P.I. - A Hotly-Contested Game of Foot-Ball". Richmond Dispatch (Library of Virginia): p. 6. November 16, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=RD18971116.1.6&e=------189-en-20--1-byDA.rev-txt-txIN-foot+ball----1897--. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  11. "V.P.I., 16; Hampden-Sidney 0". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 2. November 16, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18971116.1.2&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  12. "Tennessee Shuts Out Blacksburg". The Times (Library of Virginia): p. 1. November 26, 1897. https://virginiachronicle.com/cgi-bin/virginia?a=d&d=T18971126.1.1&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  13. Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1897–1898". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed November 5, 2015.
  14. "The Bugle 1898". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1898. p. 139. http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/bugle/bugl1898/pg139.htm. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  15. "The Bugle 1903". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1903. p. 129. http://spec.lib.vt.edu/archives/bugle/bugl1903/1903_BUGLE.pdf. Retrieved 2015-11-05.


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