Red Devils 7
Tuesday, October 31, 1922
Coach Dunaway, W. T.
Played at home
W-W lost only to Athens
TLJ 11/2/1922: Washington Lincolnton Game a Tie -- Visitors Unable to Budge Our Line An Inch -- Bussey's Injury Early in the game Disastrous to Locals.
Contest was Hard-Fought From State to Finish -- Magnificent Playing by Both Teams.
Some game, and then some more "game."
The Washington aggregation, accompanied by several carloads of rooting friends came here Tuesday and entered into a contest for football honros; the same being a con especially by the fans of Wilkes, to the effect that Lincolnton would not score a touchdown, etc., etc., ad infinitum.
But Lincolnton did SCORE a touchdown, and what is more, if Bud Bussey had not had his collar bone broken in the 1st quarter the story of Lincolnton's scoring would be written altogether differently. And this is not saying that Washington did not play a hard game, nor that the eleven from that city is by any means slovenly -- to the contrary they are a bunch of game warriors and believe in playing football for all that is in them.
The argument that was published in a Washginton paper recently poking fun at Lincolnton's chance to win over the great and only football team -- Washington -- reads sort of ridiculous now since that great and only came here and had demonstrated to them that they had to use all their football knowledge -- and then some other knowledge -- in order to save themselves from going home with their heads hanging.
But it was a good game, a giimminetty good game, and those who had the opportunity to witness it stood on tip toes all the way through.
Lincolnton was plunged into many times by Washington, but the locals held the line like a stonewall, and when it came to plunging Tut's boys had the goods on the visitors. It was in one of these scrimmages that Bussey received the injury that practically put him out of the game, as far as effective work was concerned, for anyone who has ever tried to do heavy work with a broke collar bone knows what the lad was up against. And it also shows what sort of true blue, ultra-refined hardened steel the metal is that has pregnated the systems of Lincolnton's players.
Lincolnton scored in the first quarter by successive line bucks from her own 40-yard line, Washington not being able to hold the terrific plunges of our line. Bud made the touchdown and then kicked the pigskin over for the 7 points.
Washginton made her touchdown in the third quarter on two successfive forward passes and a line plunge. Nash made the touchdown and kicked the goal for the 7 points tieing the game. The only gains Washington could make was by forward passes; even the highly touted Fullback Nash could make no impression, although his efforts were strenuous.
Among the stellar players for Lincolnton mention should be made of McKettrick, from out in the sticks, who played like a big collegiate. The whole team worked like clock work and it was this coupled with their all-fired determination that made the contest so interesting for the visitors.
Every member of Lincolnton's team is to be congratulated, none can be censured or found fault with, but should be, and are, patted on the back for the splendid game played. The lineup for the locals was: Joe Williams, r e; Henry Grady Cliatt, l e; Ben Sammley, l t; Bill Hammond, l g; John Gresham, c; Dick Cliatt, r h b; Luther Smalley, l h b; Wayne Smalley, l t; Guy Smalley, f b.
Prof. Grice and Tut Dunaway alternated as referee and umpire. Head Linesman, Lovie Smith; Time Keeper, Maynard Elam.