The 1921 Season
UIL Press Release September 13th, 1921 Interscholastic Football Planned For Coming Year Austin, Texas. Sep. 13th - Arrangements have been made by the Interscholastic League of the University of Texas to conduct a bureau of high school football results. The State has been divided into twelve sections, and it has been arranged that each team of the different districts must play representative teams of the same district and the results forwarded to the bureau immediately. The idea of interscholastic football was partly worked out last year, but the bureau expects to make it a success this year, for more than 100 schools from all over the State have already enrolled. This idea will also take the "small-time stuff" out of the high school's game, giving them a chance to compete with the remainder of the high schools of Texas for the championship. Rules which have been accepted by more than 100 leading high schools of the State follow: 1. Each team to play five games with different teams within their designated sections not later than the second Saturday in November, holding dates open after this time for games of elimination. 2. Teams eligible for championship to play games of elimination as suggested by league. 3. The league retains the right to reject a team that has failed to arrange a representative schedule. 4. Each team to report every game to the league as soon as possible or arrange for the home team to do so. 5. Each team to observe faithfully Interscholastic League rules. 6. By entering this league, each team pledge themselves to act in the spirit of the "football code." 7. Each player will fill out an eligibility card furnished by the league before being allowed to participate. These cards to be signed by superintendent or principal, and returned to the State office. 8. A guarantee offered or demanded in excess of 50 per cent of the gate receipts for any game shall, upon action of the State executive committee, disqualify offending team from further participation. The Football Code The football code contemplated in Rule 6 reads as follows: "The football code means to play the game in the spirit of fairness and clean sportsmanship. to observe all rules and not attempt to hold, "beat the ball" or coach from the side lines because it can be done without the knowledge of the referee, or to resort to trickery in equipping or preparing players. It means to accept decisions of officials without protest, to treat your opponents as your guests and to put clean play and real sportsmanship above victories. It is the ability to win without boasting and to lose without grudge. Victory is no great matter, defeat is less. The important thing in sport is the manly striving to excel and the good feeling it fosters between those that play fair and have no excuse when they lose." Roy B. Henderson, who is in charge of the athletic contests of the Interscholastic League, states that many schedules have been arranged during the Teachers' Institute meetings this month.
UIL Press Release October 13th, 1921 Elimination In School Games On Many Strong Elevens of Last Season Already Out in 1921 Austin, Texas. Oct. 13th - Reports of high school football games reaching the University Interscholastic League Bureau from all parts of the State show that the process of elimination is beginning to manifest itself, dropping teams by the wayside and blasting the championship hopes of those losing for the first time this year. Among those suffering defeat the last week are as follows: De Leon, Ranger, Masonic Home and School, Cleburne, Miami, Celeste, Mercedes and Terrell. Very few schools are having their players examined by a physician before allowing them to play. Many accidents would be avoided if this precaution were taken. From the league records it is found many schools are producing teams this year that have never before been represented upon the gridiron. Some of the notable ones are as follows: Albany, Crowell, Clyde, Eagle Pass, Hedley, Lometa, McLean, Pecan Gap, San Angelo, Sealy, Shamrock, Throckmorton, Tulia, Texline and West Columbia. The undefeated teams listed by sections follow: Section 1 - Amarillo, Canadian, Canyon, Childress, Farwell, Floydada, Lubbock, McLean, Pampa, Plainview, Quanah, Shamrock, Tulia and Vernon. Section 2 - Abilene, Breckenridge, Cisco, Comanche, Haskell, San Angelo and Stamford. Section 3 - Big Spring, Fort Stockton and Pecos. Section 4 - Bowie, Decatur, Electra, Fort Worth North Side High, Fort Worth Senior High and Mineral Wells. Section 5 - Dallas (Forest Avenue High, Oak Cliff High and Bryan High) Forney, Greenville, Honey Grove, Paris, Sanger, Sherman and Sulphur Springs. Section 6 - Lufkin, Mineola, Marshall, Nacogdoches, Texarkana and Tyler. Section 7 - Belton, Calvert, Hillsboro, Itasca, Meridian, Moody, Rosebud, Temple and Waxahachie. Section 8 - Houston Heights, Port Arthur and Sour Lake. Section 9 - Bryan, Caldwell and Conroe. Setion 10 - Austin, Georgetown, Llano, San Antonio (Brackenridge High and Main Avenue High) and Taylor. Section 11 - Eagle Lake, Floresville, Flatonia, Kenedy and Victoria. Section 12 - Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Donna, Kingsville, Pearsall and Sabinal.
UIL Press Release October 27th, 1921 Process of Elimination Narrows Ranks of High School Grid Contenders Austin, Texas. Oct. 27th - The first goal in the Interscholastic League state football championship plan is the securing of twelve sectional champions, and that goal is already heaving in sight. One section champion has already been determined, in another section only three teams have survived the elimination process, while in another but two teams remain. With twelve distinct sectional champions the league will then match the intersectional games, which series promises gridiron attractions of greater interest than any hitherto known in Texas scholastic football. Many Teams Eliminated During the past week the elimination machine has been working smoothly, and the hopes of many schools in which figured the shining silver trophy cup have gone a-glimmering. Austin's victory over San Antonio Main Avenue High was quite a surprise. If the protest is sustained which Austin has submitted, alleging San Antonio Brackenridge High used an ineligible man against them, they will again take their place among the leaders of section 10. The matter has not been settled, however, which accounts for the fact that in the list below Brackenridge is mentioned and Austin is not. In many instances undefeated teams have met since the last report, but some have maintained their standing by playing weak teams. These leading teams should make every effort to get together so that elimination may be carried on without extending the season too far. It will be noted that Waco is not included among the teams of section 7, nor is Oak Cliff included in section 6. Neither of these teams accepted the football plan of the league, and games which they play are not considered in official summaries. One Section Champion Decided The teams eligible to play for various sectional championships follow:
Section 1 - Amarillo, Canyon, Childress, Shamrock, Tulia Section 2 - Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Cisco, Comanche Section 3 - Big Spring Section 4 - Bowie, Electra, Fort Worth (North Side High) Section 5 - Dallas (Forest Avenue), Greenville, Honey Grove, Sulphur Springs, Sherman Section 6 - Lufkin, Marshall, Mineola, Nacogdoches, Texarkana Section 7 - Belton, Calvert, Corsicana, Hillsboro, Temple Section 8 - Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur, Sour Lake Section 9 - Bryan, Conroe Section 10 - Georgetown, Granger, Llano, San Antonio (Brackenridge), Taylor Section 11 - Eagle Lake, Floresville, La Grange, Yorktown Section 12 - Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Hondo, Kingsville
UIL Press Release November 3rd, 1921 ELEVEN HI TEAMS BUMPED IN WEEK Elimination Fast Weeding Out Weaker Teams Austin, Tex. Nov. 3rd - Reports of high school games from every section of Texas continue to flow into the University of Texas Interscholastic League bureau in unprecedented numbers, demonstrating the vastness of the undertaking. School authorities are cooperating as never before with league officials in carrying out the football plan, realizing that only by some such prograzm can a real state championship be determined. The fact that eleven teams have been bumped off the band wagon the past week, and that championships are already in sight in each of the twelve sections, shows the thoroughness with which the scheme is organized. What is believed to be a record, so far as high school football games in Texas are concerned, was made in the game at Del Rio, when Hondo eliminated the home team from championship possibilities by winning 6 to 3. The unusual feature of the game was that all of the scoring was accomplished by drop kicks. Had it not been for a strong wind blowing, that caused a fourth kick to miss goal by inches, Del Rio would have tied the count in the last few minutes of play. The teams eligible to play for various sectional championships follow:
Section 1 - Amarillo, Canyon, Childress, Shamrock Section 2 - Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Comanche Section 3 - Big Spring Section 4 - Electra, Fort Worth (North Side High) Section 5 - Dallas (Forest Avenue), Greenville, Honey Grove, Sherman Section 6 - Marshall, Nacogdoches, Mineola, Texarkana Section 7 - Belton, Calvert, Corsicana, Hillsboro, Temple Section 8 - Beaumont, Orange, Sour Lake Section 9 - Bryan, Conroe Section 10 - Georgetown, Granger, San Antonio (Brackenridge High) Section 11 - Eagle Lake, Yorktown Section 12 - Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Hondo, Kingsville
UIL Press Release November 17th, 1921 Sectional Champions to Battle in Three Games 4 Clashes Thanksgiving Austin, Texas. Nov. 17th - Three intersectional championships in the football series of the Interscholastic League of the University of Texas will be decided this week. Childress and Electra will contend for the title of Sections 1 and 4; Big Spring and Abilene for the championship of sections 2 and 3, while Bryan and Nacogdoches play for the supremacy of sections 6 and 9. The following sectional championships will be decided: Hillsboro plays Temple for section 7, Eagle Lake plays Yorktown for section 11, Corpus Christi plays Hondo for section 12. Last Game Dec. 10 Thanksgiving week will witness four games, which, barring ties, will leave but four teams in the race. The next round will occur Dec. 3, when the contenders will be reduced to two teams. These two teams will play the following weekend for the state championship, thus winding up the series Dec. 10, without prolonging the season for high schools beyond Thanksgiving week except in the case of four teams. Two of these teams are required to prolong the season but a week, and two for two weeks. Eliminations have been made on a sectional basis of more than 200 teams, and it now seems certain that paper championships among high schools in Texas are a thing of the past. Every high school in the state willing to observe eligibility rules and showing any football strength save one has participated in these eliminations. This season has shown as the flimsiest of fallacies an assumption which many sport writers in Texas have heretofore deemed a fundamental truth, namely, that the larger the town the stronger the football team. As an illustration of how poor this assumption works on the gridiron, attention is called to the fact that Mineral Wells eliminated Fort Worth Central High, Sour Lake eliminated Houston Central High, Bryan High at Dallas has been tied twice by small towns (once by Mineola and once by McKinney). Wichita Falls was eliminated by Electra, Amarillo was eliminated by Childress, and Austin was tied by Georgetown. Honey Grove Eliminates Sherman In a spectacular game, the little town of Honey Grove eliminated the strong Sherman team. An 80-yard run from receiving a punt scored one touchdown for the little place, and the downing of Sherman behind its own goal line counted the other two points. Sherman, battering forward from twenty-five first downs, was able to score only one touchdown. This game leaves the Honey Grove eleven facing Forest High for the championship of section 5, unless an eligibility matter affecting the Oak Cliff team is in the meantime cleared up. In section 10, Austin plays Granger this week-end and Main Avenue plays Georgetown. If Main Avenue defeats Georgetown, and Austin defeats Granger, Austin will have clear title. If Georgetown defeats Main Avenue and Austin defeats Granger, the tied game between Georgetown and Austin will have to be played off. If Granger defeats Austin, then Granger will be champion if in the meantime Main Avenue has eliminated Georgetown but will have another game if Georgetown has defeated Main Avenue. Matching of intersectional games will be conducted in such a way that a clear championship will be decided in the northern and western portions of the state and an equally definite championship in the southern and eastern portions. These two remaining teams will be brought together for the final battle in Austin Dec. 10.
UIL Press Release December 1st, 1921 HIGH SCHOOL RACE NARROWED TO FIVE Dallas, Bryan, Temple, Abilene and Austin Remaining Teams Austin, Tex. Dec. 1st - The state championship football race, as conducted by the University of Texas Interscholastic League for high schools is progressing smoothly. The beautiful Lansdowne-Barrett trophy, an eighteen-inch silver loving cup, appropriately inscribed, is now on display at the league headquarters and will be awards to the winning team from among the following five, which are the only survivors of the 273 that participated: Abilene, Austin, Bryan, Dallas (Oak Cliff) and Temple. Abilene Maintains Standing Abilene maintained her undefeated standing by defeating the Electra team on the latter's home ground, 29 to 14. Dallas (Oak Cliff), in a second attempt, succeeded in gaining the touchdown on Honey Grove, giving them the championship of section 5 after a most bitter struggle. Dallas and Temple will now test their strength and the winner will matched against Abilene for the North and West Texas Championship game to be played not later than Dec. 10. Austin's win over Corpus Christi, 13 to 0, last week, qualifies the capital city boys for a try at Bryan, whose last victory was a shutout against Eagle Lake, 49 to 0. This contest, which will decide the South and East Texas championship, will be played at Austin Dec. 10. League is Endorsed At the Interscholastic League breakfast and section meeting in Dallas Nov. 26, with more than 100 of the leading high schools of the state represented, the league plan for determining the state championship was endorsed without a dissenting vote. The meeting authorized the appointment of five public school men as a committee to cooperate with and assist the state executive committee in revising the plan for next season. It is predicted that more than 300 schools will participate in the elimination next fall.
UIL Press Release December 9th, 1921 FOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRID TEAMS BATTLE IN SEMIFINAL GAME SATURDAY By Roy B. Henderson Austin, Texas. Dec. 9th - Tomorrow the eyes of Texas will be focussed upon four high school teams remaining in the University of Texas Interscholastic League football race. These four teams, Abilene, Austin, Bryan and Dallas (Oak Cliff), either directly or indirectly, have eliminated more than 270 other teams, representing every nook and corner of the State competing under the league plan. Each of the teams surviving has come up fighting hard through a regular and logical series of eliminations; first sectional and then intersectional, building its claims not by arithmetical calculations upon paper, but by establishing superiority on the gridiron. These teams also have been required to live up to very strict eligibility rules, including scholarship requirements of the severest sort which have been enforced throughout the season, making it necessary for the members to attain a high standard of school work before being allowed to play. Moreover, eligibility, so far as participating teams is concerned, is a matter of proved and permanent record in the league office, and is not left to the unsupported assertion of interested authorities. The most recent development in the league race was the victory by Dallas (Oak Cliff) over the Temple Wildcats last Monday at Temple in a thrilling game before 4,000 spectators, such as those frequently imagined but seldom seen. After three strenuous periods of seesawing back and forth, Oak Cliff put over a brace of touchdowns in the fourth quarter via the forward pass route, forging ahead of the Bell County boys and winning 28 to 17. Oak Cliff will now meet the strong Abilene team for the championship of North and West Texas in a game to be played at Abilene December 10. In addition to Temple, Oak Cliff has played and eliminated the following league teams: Honey Grove, Dallas (Forest HIgh), Dallas (Bryan High), Ennis and Corsicana. One or more of these teams, defeated by Oak Cliff, can show supremacy over every other team in North Texas, which clearly shows Oak Cliff as the strongest high school team in her section of the State. Abilene, the pride of West Texas, has an immaculate record and is the undisputed champion of four sections, having won their sectional championship by defeating Comanche 20 to 7, they next eliminated Big Spring, the leader of Section 3. Electra, the champions of Sections 4 and 1, was making rapid strides towards State honors until Abilene defeated them on their home field to the tune of 28 to 14. Other teams that have felt the offensive power of Abilene are Sweetwater, Merkel, Stamford, Cisco and Brownwood. At the same time Oak Cliff and Abilene are playing, Austin and Bryan will be fighting it out for the South and East Texas championship on Clark Field at Austin. Considered by many early in the season as the weakest team of the quartet, Austin has, under the able tutelage of George Foltz, won the undisputed championship of South Central and South Texas, defeating San Antonio (Main Avenue), Granger, Corpus Christi, Llano, Rockdale, Smithville and tying Georgetown, which team was later eliminated by Main Avenue. Austin has developed and improved with each game. The schedule has been handled in a masterly fashion and Hudson's boys will have to extend themselves to the limit in order to carry off the big end of the score. The team from Bryan has stood out prominently from the beginning of the season, being the only one of the four survivors whose goal line remains uncrossed. Playing one of the most difficult schedules of any high school team in the State. Hudson's buskies have had only three points scored against them, and that by a 40-yard place kick in a game against A&M Reserves while they have run up a total of 360 points against their opponents. Being compelled to go out of their class to secure games they played the S.M.U. Freshmen to a 0-0 tie, defeated the A&M Freshmen 3-0 and lost to the A&M Reserves 3-0. None of these games have any bearing upon the league race. They are the champion team of three sections by reason of their victories over Bremond, Navasota, Conroe, Port Arthur, Nacogdoches and Eagle Lake. The winners Saturday will play for the State championship on December 17.
UIL Press Release December 19th, 1921 BRYAN HIGH SCHOOL HAS 1000 PER CENT AVERAGE By Roy B. Henderson AUSTIN, Dec. 19 - The Interscholastic League football season has closed with the final state championship game, Bryan High school proving its superiority and being awarded the handsome Landsdowne-Barrett trophy in testimony of its achievement. For the final contenders the season has been a strenuous one. Oak Cliff eliminated Honey Grove for sectional championship, Temple in its first interscholastic clash, and Abilene for the championship of West and North Texas. In the meantime, Bryan was eliminating Nacogdoches for sectional championship of Section 6 and Eagle Lake for Section 11, and Austin for the championship of South Texas. Abilene, Austin and Electra are the three teams which won more than sectional honors, besides of course the two teams in the final game. In the records of the League championship series conducted last year and this, no team or school is mentioned which showed itself unwilling to abide by League eligibility rules and unwilling to undertake the rigors of eliminating championship contenders week after week. The final selection of one team out of the 273 starting the race has been made possible only by the willingness of the teams competing to stand a continual annuling week after week, to be scouted by their next opponents, to patch up injuries as best they might, and to develop new players on the run. It was by weeks of such strenuous sifting that the final championship team was determined, a championship that was not won by any single game, but by the enduring stamina and resourcefulness tested weekly by exacting standards in a long series of eliminations which minimized the element of luck, which is sometimes so strong a factor in a single contest. There is a feeling among school that the home team has a great advantage. This belief would seem to be unfounded in the light of the fact that in every interscholastic game played in the League series this year save one, the home team has been defeated. Bryan defeated Nacogdoches at Nacogdoches; Austin defeated Corpus at Corpus Christi; Bryan defeated Austin at Austin; Abilene defeated Electra at Electra; Oak Cliff defeated Temple at Temple; Oak Cliff defeated Abilene at Abilene. A committee of high school authorities, meeting in conjunction with the State Executive Committee of the League will soon enter upon the work of revising the rules of the League championship series for next year. More than 199 teams have already made application for entrance to the next season's series. The following list of percentages has been compiled upon data on file in the League office. no team which lost all games is mentioned and no team reporting less than five games is mentioned. The percentage of Temple appears higher than that of the loser in the final championship game because of the extremely large number of games which Temple played against aligible high schools. The precentages follow: 1.000 per cent - Bryan .917 per cent - Temple .909 per cent - Oak Cliff .900 per cent- Abilene .889 per cent - Corpus Christi, Honey Grove .875 per cent - Belton, Electra, Hillsboro, Lufkin, Nacogdoches .857 per cent - Austin, Breckenridge, Childress, Cleburne, Dallas (Forest High), Hondo, Texarkana .833 per cent - Bertram, Bowie, Brownsville, Denison, Floresville, Granger, Lubbock, Marshall, Ranger, San Antonio (Main Avenue), Sherman .800 per cent - Beaumont, Calvert, Canyon, Celeste, Conroe, Eagle Pass, Flatonia, Georgetown, Llano, Meridian, Orange, Sour Lake, Stamford, Yorktown .750 per cent - Big Spring, Brownwood, Comanche, Haskell, Houston Heights, Kingsville, La Grange, Masonic Home, Mineral Wells, Pearsall .714 per cent - Beeville, Corsicana, West .667 per cent - Eagle Pass, Greenville, Pampa, Plainview, Polytechnic, Taft, Teague, Whitesboro .625 per cent - Victoria .600 per cent - Del Rio, Floydada, Gatesville Livingston, La Porte, McGregor, Paris, Sulphur Springs .571 per cent - Amarillo, Athens, Palestine .500 per cent - Cisco, Fort Worth (North Side High), Itasca, Taylor, Winnsboro .400 per cent - Kenedy, Mineola .333 per cent - San Angelo, Uvalde, Quanah .250 per cent - Celina, Galveston, McLean .200 per cent - Albany, Garland, Merkel, Rockdale
1921 Section Champions Section 1 - Childress Section 2 - Abilene Section 3 - Big Spring Section 4 - Electra Section 5 - Dallas Oak Cliff Section 6 - Nacogdoches Section 7 - Temple Section 8 - Orange High Section 9 - Bryan Section 10 - Austin (Stephen F. Austin) High Section 11 - Eagle Lake Section 12 - Corpus Christi Miller
The 1921 Playoffs
1st Round (Section 4) Electra - 29 (Section 1) Childress - 7
(Section 2) Abilene - 28 (Section 3) Big Spring - 3
(Section 9) Bryan - 20 (Section 6) Nacogdoches - 0
Section 8 Champ Orange High was ruled ineligible for the playoffs
Quarterfinals Abilene - 28 Electra - 14
(Section 5) Dallas Oak Cliff - 24 (Section 7) Temple - 17
Bryan - 49 (Section 11) Eagle Lake - 0
(Section 10) Austin High - 13 (Section 12) Corpus Christi Miller - 0
Semifinals Dallas Oak Cliff - 28 Abilene - 0
Bryan - 21 Austin High - 10
State Championship Game Where: Fair Park Stadium (Dallas) When: December 17th, 1921
Bryan 35 - Dallas Oak Cliff 13
Bryan High Trounces Oak Cliff Eleven by 35 to 13 Score South Texas Entry Has Little Trouble Winning The Interscholastic Flag Dallas, Texas - December 17th, 1921 - Bryan (Tex.) High School team, known quite well to a dozen or more South Texas interscholastic football entries, today won the state championship by scoring in every period and beating Oak Cliff High School, 35 to 13. The game was played at the Fair Park stadium before a crowd of possibly eight thousand persons. The South Texas entry displayed a smashing, twisting offensive, and, led by Cortmeglia and Dovrovolny, had little trouble in getting the best of the Dallas County Leopards. Cortmeglia made two touchdowns and played well on the defensive. Dovrovolny made one touchdown.