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1909 Sewanee Tigers football
SIAA champion
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1909 record6–1 (4–0 SIAA)
Head coachHarris G. Cope (1st season)
CaptainSilas Williams
Home stadiumHardee Field
Seasons
← 1908
1910 →
1909 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sewanee 4 0 0     6 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0     7 3 0
Alabama 4 1 1     5 1 2
LSU 3 1 0     6 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 2 0     7 2 0
Auburn 4 2 0     5 2 0
Howard (AL) 2 2 0     5 2 1
Clemson 2 2 0     6 3 0
Ole Miss 1 2 1     4 3 2
Georgia 1 4 1     1 4 2
The Citadel 0 1 1     4 3 2
Mississippi A&M 0 3 0     5 4 0
Mercer 0 4 0     3 5 0
Tennessee 0 5 0     1 6 2
† – Conference champion

The 1909 Sewanee Tigers football team represented Sewanee: The University of the South during the 1909 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The team was coached by Harris G. Cope in his 1st year as head coach, compiling a record of 6–1 (5–0 SIAA) and outscoring opponents 160 to 42 to win the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association title. Sewanee beat the previous season's champions LSU and Auburn, and upset rival Vanderbilt, handing the school its first loss to a Southern team in six years.

Before the seasonEdit

The Tigers hired new head coach Harris Cope, a former Sewanee quarterback. Assisting Cope was former Sewanee fullback and guard Henry D. Phillips; and former Princeton quarterback Edward Dillon.[1]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
October 9[[{{{school}}}|Southwestern Presbyterian]]*W 64–0
October 16at Princeton*L 0–20
October 23at Georgia TechW 15–0
October 30vs. LSU
W 15–67,000
November 6Castle Heights*
  • Hardee Field
  • Sewanee, TN
W 38–0
November 13at AuburnBirmingham, ALW 12–11
November 25at VanderbiltW 16–5
  • *Non-conference game

[2]

Season summaryEdit

Southwestern PresbyterianEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
SW Presb. 0 0 0 0 0
Sewanee 29 35 64

Sources:[3]

The season opened with a 64–0 win over Southwestern Presbyterian. "The players suffered from the heat and dust."[3] The first score came after three minutes had past, when Ed Finlay ran 60 yards for a touchdown.[3]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Finlay (right end), Browne (quarterback), Myers (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[3]

at PrincetonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Sewanee 0 0 0 0 0
Princeton 8 12 20

Sources:[4]

Sewanee was defeated by eastern power Princeton 20–0. Princeton's F. B. Read scored first on a 10-yard touchdown through Sewanee's right side, five minutes into the first quarter.[4] Later, Princeton got a safety when Lionel Moise fell on his own punt in the endzone.[4] Later still, Read had a 65-yard touchdown run.[4] The final touchdown was a short run by F. T. Dawson.[4]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Gillem (right end), Brown (quarterback), Myers (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[4]

Georgia TechEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Sewanee 6 9 0 0 15
Georgia Tech 0 0 0

Sources:[5]

Quarterback Chigger Browne starred in the 15–0 defeat of John Heisman's Georgia Tech. A touchdown in each half, and a 30-yard field goal from Moise in the second, made the scores. Browne ran in the first touchdown on a run which captured the crowd, and the second was on a forward pass from Browne to Hawkins.[5]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Finlay (right end), Browne (quarterback), Myers (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[5][6]

at LSUEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Sewanee 9 6 0 0 15
LSU 0 6 6

Sources:[7]

Sewanee beat the LSU Tigers in New Orleans 15–6. According to Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin, Sewanee won due to better punting.[7]

File:Wm H Taft smiling 1908.jpg

Sewanee scored with an Aubrey Lanier touchdown and Moise drop kick in the first half.[7] LSU scored when, after blocking a punt, Robert L. Stovall recovered the ball for a touchdown.[8] Soon after, President William Howard Taft showed up to the game for about ten minutes.[8] Sewanee added another touchdown.[7]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Gillem (right end), Brown (quarterback), Myers (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[8]

Castle HeightsEdit

Sewanee beat the Castle Heights Military Academy 38–0. By the second half, Sewanee gained at will.[9] The feature of the game was Gillem's 100-yard touchdown run.[9]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Stoney (right guard), Stone (right tackle), Finlay (right end), Brown (quarterback), Gillem (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[9]

at AuburnEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Sewanee 6 6 0 0 12
Auburn 5 6 11

Sources:[10]

Sewanee defeated the Auburn Tigers by a single point, 12–11, Auburn's missed extra point proving the difference. Grantland Rice called this game the season's best contest, and recalled Lanier diving to fair catch a punt, and landing on his head.[11]

Auburn scored when Lew Hardage put the ball in striking distance with a 30-yard run. Bradley Streit then went over for the touchdowns, Reynolds missed the kick.[10] Sewanee's touchdown was set up by a 45-yard rush from Chigger Browne. Hawkins went over. Later, Browne had another big run of 60 yards and a touchdown.[10] Moise made both extra points. Auburn blocked a punt for another score late.[10]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Finlay (right end), Browne (quarterback), Lanier (left halfback), Gillem (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[12]

at VanderbiltEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Sewanee 5 11 0 0 16
Vanderbilt 0 5 5

Sources:[13]

Sewanee easily defeated its old rival Vanderbilt 16–5, giving Vanderbilt its first loss to a Southern team in six years. and netting the SIAA championship for Sewanee. "Moise, for Sewanee, played the game of his life."[14] For Sewanee's first score, a forward pass netted forty yards and Aubrey Lanier went around end for a touchdown.[14] Lanier also got the second touchdown. The third came when Ed Finlay ran through the line.[14]

The starting lineup was Williams (left end), Faulkenberry (left tackle), Cheape (left guard), Juhan (center), Cox (right guard), Moise (right tackle), Finlay (right end), Browne (quarterback), Myers (left halfback), Lanier (right halfback), Hawkins (fullback).[13]

PostseasonEdit

The Tigers won the SIAA title for the first time since the 1899 "iron men". Grantland Rice called Aubrey Lanier "the noblest Tiger of them all."[15] The Kappa Alpha Journal gives similar praise that year, calling Lanier "The greatest performer of the college game on the Southern field.[16]

PlayersEdit

LineEdit

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Eric Cheapeguard Avon Park, Florida 6'1" 170
Thomas A. Cox, Jr. guard
Ed Finlayend
Frank Faulkinberrytackle Lincoln County, Tennessee 6'4" 198
Alvin C. Gillem end
Frank Juhancenter Macon, Georgia 5'11" 160
Lionel Moisetackle Dallas, Texas
Jim Stoneyguard Camden, South Carolina
Silas Williamsend Greenville, South Carolina 5'9" 150

BackfieldEdit

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Chigger Brownequarterback Memphis, Tennessee 5'8"125
Murray Hawkins fullback
Aubrey Lanierhalfback Butler, Arkansas 5'10" 170
John D. Myershalfback

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Dillon will Coach The Tigers of 1910". The Evening Missourian: p. 1. January 28, 1910. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2188936//. Retrieved April 11, 2015. open access
  2. "1909 Sewanee football schedule". https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/sewanee/1909-schedule.html.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Sewanee's Easy Victory". The Courier-Journal: p. 11. October 10, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195134/the_courierjournal/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Princeton Too Strong". The Tennessean: p. 6. October 17, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195023/the_tennessean/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Sewanee Bests Georgia Techs". The Tennessean: p. 14. October 24, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195120/the_tennessean/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  6. Woodruff 1928, p. 228
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Dan McGugin. "Sewanee Beats L. S. U.". The Tennessean: p. 4. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195141/the_tennessean/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Sewanee Wins Splendid Game". The Courier-Journal: p. 36. October 31, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195057/the_courierjournal/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Sewanee 38; C. H. 0". The Tennessean: p. 6. November 9, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195125/the_tennessean/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Sewanee, 12; Auburn, 11". The Washington Post: p. 2. November 14, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195069/the_washington_post/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  11. Grantland Rice (November 15, 1909). "Brilliant Contest". The Tennessean: p. 6. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195152/the_tennessean/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  12. "Tigers Trim Auburn Team". Atlanta Constitution: p. 3. November 14, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195154/the_atlanta_constitution/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Sewanee Wins Southern Title From Vanderbilt". The Atlanta Constitution: p. 4. November 26, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195159/the_atlanta_constitution/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Sewanee Wins Contest Easily". The Courier-Journal: p. 7. November 26, 1909. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/5195048/the_courierjournal/. Retrieved May 8, 2016. open access
  15. James Gregg (1949). "Sports at Sewanee". Sewanee Alumni News: 5. https://archive.org/stream/sewaneealumninew15univ#page/n3/mode/2up/search/lanier.
  16. "Alpha-Alpha, University of the South". Kappa Alpha Journal 27 (2): 200. https://books.google.com/books?id=pJhOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA200#v=onepage&q&f=false.
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 1.

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