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1903 Sewanee Tigers football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1903 record7–1 (5–1 SIAA)
Head coachGeorge S. Whitney (1st season)
CaptainJoseph Lee Kirby-Smith
Home stadiumHardee Field
Seasons
← 1902
1904 →
1903 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson § 2 0 1     4 1 1
Cumberland § 4 1 1     6 1 1
Sewanee 5 1 0     7 1 0
Vanderbilt 5 1 1     6 1 1
Mississippi A&M 2 0 2     3 0 2
Georgia 3 2 0     3 4 0
Ole Miss 1 1 1     2 1 1
Texas 0 0 1     5 1 2
Kentucky State 0 0 0     7 1 0
Alabama 3 4 0     3 4 0
Auburn 2 3 0     4 3 0
Tennessee 2 4 0     4 5 0
Georgia Tech 1 4 0     3 5 0
Tulane 0 1 1     2 2 1
Mercer 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 2 0     2 2 0
LSU 0 5 0     4 5 0
[[{{{school}}}|SW Presbyterian]]            
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1903 Sewanee Tigers football team represented the Sewanee Tigers of Sewanee: The University of the South in the 1903 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResult
October 3Mooney*W 23–0
October 17Tennessee Medical*
  • Hardee Field
  • Sewanee, TN
W 6–0
October 203:00 p. m.Cumberland
  • Hardee Field
  • Sewanee, TN
W 6–0
October 31at Auburn
W 47–0
November 2at AlabamaW 23–0
November 7at Nashville
W 6–0
November 14at TennesseeW 17–0
November 26at Vanderbilt
L 5–10

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Season summaryEdit

MooneyEdit

The season opened with a defeat of Mooney School by a 23–0 score.

Tennessee MedicalEdit

The Tennessee Medicos were beaten 6–0.

CumberlandEdit

Cumberland at Sewanee
by Quarter1234 Total
Cumberland 0 0 0 0 0
Sewanee 0 6 0 0 6

Sewanee gave the greatest team in Cumberland history its only loss.. Henry D. Phillips plowed through the line for the deciding score.[2]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), L. Kirby-Smith (left tackle), Blount (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), Brong (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Colmore (left halfback), E. Kirby Smith (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[2]

AuburnEdit

Sewanee at Auburn
by Quarter1234 Total
Sewanee 23 24 0 0 47
Auburn 0 0 0 0 0

Sewanee easily beat Auburn 47–0. The first half was all Sewanee. Phillips made the first touchdown. After an Auburn fumble, Shaffer made the next touchdown.[3] Phillips soon made the next touchdown. Kirby-Smith the next.[3] In the second half, Auburn played better, but got nowhere near Sewanee's goal.[3] Phillips had three touchdowns in the second half, "by some of the finest line bucking ever seen here."[3]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), L. Kirby-Smith (left tackle), Harper (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), Brong (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Colmore (left halfback), Shaffer (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[3]

AlabamaEdit

Sewanee beat Alabama 23–0 in the first match between the two schools since 1896.[4] The game was originally scheduled to be played in Tuscaloosa, but was subsequently moved to West End Park in Birmingham in an effort to increase gate receipts.[5] Phillips made the first score.[5]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), Brong (left tackle), Harper (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), L. Kirby-Smith (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Colmore (left halfback), E. Kirby Smith (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[5]

NashvilleEdit

Sewanee defeated the Nashville Garnet and Blue 6–0. In 1903, Wreidt, the team's coach, resigned and Nashville football was threatened with its end, but it survived for a few more years.[6]

TennesseeEdit

Tennessee was beaten 17–0.

VanderbiltEdit

Sewanee at Vanderbilt
by Quarter1234 Total
Sewanee 0 5 0 0 5
Vanderbilt 5 5 0 0 10

Sewanee was defeated by rival Vanderbilt, 10–5, the first team to even score on the Tigers. Sewanee was crippled in the first half by the loss of Stewart, who fractured his ankle in a scrimmage before the game. He tried to play through it, but had to be helped off the field.[7] John J. Tigert, later a prominent educator, got Vanderbilt's first touchdown.[7] Sewanee tied the score with a touchdown in the second half. Later, Vanderbilt had the ball at the 4-yard line third down. "As great a stand of a football elevve was that of Sewaee before Vanderbilt's winning touchdown was made."[7] On third down from the 1-yard line the center Perry fell on a fumble. Sewanee protested that the runner was down, but Vanderbilt was awarded the touchdown.[7] "Vanderbilt, in fact all Nashville, is wild with joy tonight. Sewanee is looking forward to next Thanksgiving."[7]

The starting lineup was Wheless (left end), Brong (left tackle), Harper (left guard), Watkins (center), Phillips (right guard), E. Kirby-Smith (right tackle), Jones (right end), Scarbrough (quarterback), Sawrie (left halfback), Colmore (right halfback), Stewart (fullback).[7]

PlayersEdit

Varsity lettermenEdit

LineEdit

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
J. L. Brong tackle
Emile Harper guard
J. W. Jones end
Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith tackle Sewanee, Tennessee 156 21
Ephraim Kirby-Smith tackle Sewanee, Tennessee 15619
Henry D. Phillips guard 6'4"18521
Miles Watkins center
Wesley E. Wheless end

BackfieldEdit

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
John Scarbrough quarterback Rockdale, Texas 13518
Rupert Colmore halfback Sewanee, Tennessee 15520
Nate Sawrie back
W. Meacham Stewart back

SubsEdit

Player Position Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
G. A. Blount
Robert Bostrom
Roland Crownover
William Poyner
J. W. Price
I. J. Rosebrough
John Schaffer
Henry Sneed
David Wettlin

ReferencesEdit

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