Looking back at TAHS football in 1941

The Soviets counter-attacked on the entire Russian front in the fall of 1941, from Leningrad to the Crimean Sea, and were credited with inflicting mounting losses to the Nazis and pushing them back in several sections.
Official Russian estimates had the Germans with losses of three million soldiers, as opposed to 1,128,000 Russians, plus the destruction of 54 tanks, 36 planes and 90 lorries, in a space of just 90 hours.
The Russian news agency, Tass, said the defenders of Leningrad had repulsed new attacks by re-inforced German troops and had counter-attacked to regain two or three miles at some points.
In a seven-day battle, Tass reported that the 123rd German Division and the 89th Regiment had been routed in an unspecified section of the Front.
The German news agency, DNB, said one panzer division broke through a Russian fortified position in the Eastern Ukraine region and “overran” Russian artillery emplacements, destroying or capturing 23 guns, including 14 long-range pieces.
DNB also said a desperate new Russian counter-attack, aimed at breaking out of the iron ring around Leningrad was repulsed with extremely heavy loses to the Soviets, and that German forces captured an “important town” in the approaches to the city.
A 120-mile an hour tropical hurricane, the worst to strike Florida in five years, roared in upon the state shortly after dawn, from the Bahamas, missing Miami by about 15 miles and headed westward across the lower peninsula. Although Miami missed the full force of the storm, winds in the popular winter resort were estimated at close to 100 MPH.
Torrential rain accompanied the tropical storm, but first reports said the city suffered no major damage.
The serial appearing in the Daily Herald, one chapter each day during the middle of Oct. was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adopted from the MGM movie of the same name, by Lucy Huffaker.
Pennsylvania Governor Arthur James took the former Mrs. Emily Radcliff Case to be his wife in the Doylestown-Deep Run Presbyterian Church, near Philadelphia.
Two of the biggest college football stars of 1940, Tom Harmon of Michigan, and John Kimbrough of Texas A&M, signed with the pro New York Americans for 1941 according to the new president of the Americans.
“We plan to use Kimbrough and Harmon as a nucleus around which to build the New York Americans, and sell the possibility of two pro football leagues to New York fans, said William Cox, who was looking forward to a complete and lasting reorganization of the team and the American Professional Football League.
Cox said he was paying Kimbrough $1500 per game to play the last four games for the Americans, beginning with an engagement against the Columbus Bulls in Yankee Stadium.
Harmon agreed to play Sunday against the bulls and verbally agreed to complete the season with the Americans, if he can work out an agreement with his radio station and broadcast sponsors in Detroit.
The league operated with five teams in 1941, in New York, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Columbus and Cincinnati. In 1942, Washington, Detroit, and Boston were to join the league.
Some of the outstanding players then in the fold in addition to Kimbrough and Harmon, included Bill Hutchinson of Dartmouth, Jack Hinkle of Syracuse, Nick Drake of Cornell, Bud Orr from Missouri, Keith Renspot of SMU, Mike Kephart of Chattanooga, Phil Martinovich of the College of the Pacific, Jack Strasburgh from Ohio State, and “Twenty Grand” Davis of Kentucky.
The infantile paralysis epidemic in 1941 wrecked the schedules of many of the district’s high school football teams. Many games were postponed, or canceled all together.
President Franklin Roosevelt asked Congress to speed up a revision of the U.S. Neutrality Act and arm merchant ships. Foes of the move countered that that would be a virtual declaration of war on the Axis powers.
Playing at the Wilson Theatre was “Ringside Maisie” starring Ann Southern and George Murphy, and later in the week, Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour were appearing in “Aloma of the South Seas.” The El Patio was showing Johnny Mack Brown in “Rawhide Rangers,” with Fuzzy Knight and Mutt O’Day. Later in the week, real life boxer Billy Conn appeared with Jean Parker and Dick Purcell in “The Pittsburgh Kid.”
After losing their first game of the 1941 season a week earlier to Clearfield, 6-0, Tyrone bounced back on Oct. 31, 1941 to swamp State College 39-0.
In the home finale at Gray Field, with a continuous downpour, both teams had trouble handling the football.
The Eagles’ Elmer Parker, playing in his final game at home scored three times, two on long runs, and Red Thomas, Jim Glenn and Bill Templeton each added one score. For Glenn and Templeton, it was their first TDs of the year.
The game was barely a few minutes old, when Parker went through the middle and galloped 53 yards for a touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Parker got loose around his left end and behind some nice blocking scored again.
Jim Bonsell returned a punt 14 yards and Parker had two carries for 16 yards to set up his first TD. On the second, Parker had four carries for 36 yards, including the 11-yard touchdown around end. Hays Bickel kicked perfect PATs after both first-quarter scores.
In the second quarter, Thomas had his number called on the last three plays of a short 33-yard drive that resulted from the poor field conditions and a wet ball. Red carried for 12 yards driving the pile up the middle, 11 around left end and then blasted the final yard for the TD. Bickel again made the placement.
In the third quarter, after Jim Bonsell went around right end for seven yards, Parker swept the other side, going around the right side for 53 yards and his third touchdown.
Tyrone added two scores in the fourth quarter.
On the first, which actually was started in the third period, when Tyrone coach Steve Jacobs made a host of substitutions.
Bonsell returned a punt 23 yards to the SC-37. Nine plays later, Templeton covered the final 11 yards for a score. Bonsell picked up 20 of those yards on three carries.
On the final score, the eagles got the ball following a punt that went out of bounds at the T-49. Glenn started the march going around right end for 12 yards.s Templeton went 19 yards around left end, before Glenn motored the final 21 yards around right end.

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