U. S. Coast Guard Academy Football-1952
from the U.S. Coast Guard Bulletin, Volume 8, Number 3 - September 1952
the brink of its 1951 football success, the Academy team faces a rugged 7-game
schedule in which tough Norwich serves as the opener on September 27th. A
new-comer, Colby, is the second game on the schedule followed by Wesleyan.
Wesleyan has a veteran team save for one of its defensive backers-up. Amherst,
abetted by the addition of its undefeated 1951 frosh squad, is the fourth game.
Worcester, Trinity, and R. P. I. round out the schedule.
desire on the part of the above opponents to have revenge, with our heavy loss
particularly on defense by graduation or separation otherwise from the Academy
of certain of our key personnel, and one clearly notes a hard job lies ahead.
From the offensive unit, we shall miss the drive and leadership of 1951 Captain,
Billy Black, our fullback; and the blocking punch of Olin Lively, our biggest
man at left tackle, who also did our kickoff work for us. However, it is
possible to move Bill Tillo into Lively's berth and either Guy Mizell or Billy
Russell into Black's spot without too much impairment in operational efficiency.
Graduation took a fine interior line when Steve Murphy, Bob Carlston, Johnny
Steinbacher, and George Stickle left cadet ranks; and we suffered tremendously
when Don Archer, our all New-England backer-up, decided to leave the Academy to
enter the University of Washington; and Bruce Laing, our stellar left end on the
same unit, made up his mind to enter the priesthood.
from a defensive viewpoint, certain junior varsity personnel or newcomers from
the incoming class will have to fill these vacancies. Chuck Hahn, veteran right
end, and Dwight Ramsay, handicapped by injury last year are the most likely end
prospects defensively. At the moment, Darrell Babcock and Dan Olson, up from the
jayvee squad, appear to have the inside track on the defensive tackle positions.
To strengthen the guard positions, Roger Madson and Chuck Stadtlander have been
moved from offensive berths. With Archer gone and an extra offensive end, Dick
Lewis, available, and to assure us of an experienced competitor at that
all-important backer-up position, Lewis will be tried there along with Curran,
who played some at fullback with the jayvees. Guy Mizell and Billy Russell will
share offensive and defensive duties at the fullback position with Mizell
carrying the greater part of the defensive load but still to be used off and on
for his prowess as a runner. Bobby Hollingsworth, the only other 4th class cadet
to make the starting units last year, will again hold forth at safety. In
recognition of certain of their past experience with football and for the fine
defensive work done last year in basketball, Ross Day and Gene Hammerquist were
called out for football and at the present writing will, along with Dick
Nielsen, a converted guard, work at the defensive halfback positions. Vic
Robillard at guard and Henry Suski at fullback are two others who loom as fairly
good defensive potentials.
offense, Dave Stryffeler and Mike Boggs have the edge on the end positions;
Tillo and George Seamen the tackle posts; and Joe Kelly and John Moseley the
guard spots. At center, Ed Daniels, also our place kicker, will again hold
forth, while Billy Reilly will again direct the team activities and do most of
same two little but driving halfbacks, Captain Nat Spadafora and Rick Cueroni,
will fill those berths and Bill Russell and Guy Mizell will alternate at
fullback. Dick, Lewis will be used some as an alternate end along with working
at the center slot unless an especially fine 4th class candidate appears on the
scene. Also, contingent on what material the 4th class offers, will be the
return possibly of Roger Madson to an offensive guard position; Darrell Babcock
to an offensive tackle slot; and Bill Russell to a defensive halfback where he
played last year.
Nitchman will again serve as Head Coach and work jointly with officer-in- charge
Bob Waldron in coaching the ends as well as in handling the overall. Lieutenant
Bill Hammer will work with the line and also serve with the defensive unit which
specialty he did in phenomenal style last season. Beryl Follet, backfield coach
the past two years, will again handle the backs. It is contemplated to again
have a junior varsity unit which will be handled by Lieutenant (jg) Joe Dorsky
if he can sacrifice the time from his math teaching job. At the moment, a former
football player employed in New London is negotiating with his employer to be
available in the late afternoon so he can volunteer his help with the jayvee
year we had three days of double session prior to the opening of school for
can be safely said that the success of the 1952 team will depend much on tile
caliber of our opposition, our freedom from injuries, and our ability to develop
adequate replacements for key men no longer available.
Football Schedule 1952
Norwich September 27 at New London, Conn.
Colby October 4 at Waterville, Maine
Wesleyan October 11 at New London, Conn.
Amherst October 18 at Amherst, Mass.
Worcester October 25 at Worcester, Mass.
Trinity November 1 at Hartford, Conn.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute November 8 at New London, Conn.
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