1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

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1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

Postby Hueby » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:18 am

I'm still working on the Graveraet Redmen 1949 season. But while photocopying some articles I did capture this one on the Negaunee-Calumet game.

I won't be able to post it all at once, put will keep adding to it through time. What I hope many of you will find interesting is how the articles were written back then. The terminology used and the way the game was played. The articles may seem a little confusing, because in this one for example starts off with the big play that happened near the end of the game.

When finished, you'll notice how the last paragraph sets up the first paragraph. Many of these articles were very detailed, as far the authors would write about different series when the two teams had the ball.

I hope it also proves how scores don't reflect the true competitiveness of a game. Little breaks here and there, a key play, and unusual tactics by today's standards- like Negaunee lining up to punt from the Calumet 24 yd line.

Again, please bear with me - I'll get 'er typed up. I just think it's great the way both the Negaunee and Calumet high school athletic progams encourage multi-sport athletes. This is just a way to say keep up the great work in providing that opportunity for your student-athletes.

And remember- only YOU can prevent forest fires! :lol:
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Re: 1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

Postby Hueby » Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:58 pm

From the Mining Journal Oct 22, 1949 (no author listed)

Marquette, Negaunee End Season With Wins

Rivers' Long Run Highlight of 18-6 'Tilt

NEGAUNEE, Oct 22--A 98-yard run on a pass interception by Clarence Rivers enabled the Negaunee Miners to close their 1949 football season with an 18-6 win over a stubborn Calumet team here last night.

Rivers' run pulled the Miners
out of a bad hole as
Calumet was only five yards
away from a score which
would have made the count
stand at 12-12. The run was
without a doubt the best here
this year, but it would have
ended fruitlessly had it not
been for a brilliant block by
Paul Jacka on about the 18
yard line.


The pass interception was taken in the corner of the field and Rivers skirted the sidelines for about 25 yards when he started moving into the center of the field to avoid several would-be tacklers and pick up interference. Several times it appeared he would be dropped or overtaken by Calumet players. He shifted at midfield and ran toward the opposite sidelines where Jacka threw the block to remove the last obstacle.
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Re: 1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

Postby Hueby » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:33 pm

First Score Comes Early

Negaunee's first score came early in the first quarter when Rivers went over in a line plunge from the seven. The second marker was made on the same sort of a play by Rivers midway in the final period.

Calumet's touchdown to tie the game at 6-6, came in the third period on a pass from Gordon Lassila to Berryman.

Lassila "was" the Calumet team. He figured in 41 of 43 plays from scrimmage, either as a ball carrier or passer in addition to the fact he acted as the team's quarterback and punter.

The Miners, receiving the opening kick off started on a drive which seemed headed for the goal line as they rolled up two consecutive first downs only to have the drive fade on Calumet's 34.

Neither team could piece together a strong attack during the remainer of the first quarter with play staying between the 30 yard lines until the end of the period when Rivers punted out of bounds to Calumet's 5 yard line.

Lassila worked the ball out to his 21 yard line in five plays despite the fact his line was being offside twice. He was finally forced to punt with Negaunee taking over on the 41.
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Re: 1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

Postby Hueby » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:39 pm

Rivers Scores On End Run

Rivers hit Bill Thompson with a pass which carried to Calumet's 12 yard line. A fumble in the backfield lost two yards and a five yard penalty moved the ball still further back. A pass went incomplete but then Rivers went around end to the seven and made the 6-0 score on the next play. The try for point was no good.

Gipp snared a Negaunee pass early in the third period and moved 20 yards to Negaunee's 25. Lassila picked up five yards on two plays and made a first down on the Negaunee 8 with a pass to Gipp. Lassila moved to the three, then to the one but on the next time an offside penalty against Calumet turned the tide of the game and Negaunee took over.

Negaunee immediately punted and Calumet turned to the offensive on their own 41. A Lassila pass went incomplete and then Berryman snared a forward to move to the Negaunee 18. Lassila moved through the center of the line for three yards, hurled two incomplete passes but the third was good to Berryman on the 15 and he chalked up the game knotting touchdown. Lassila's kick was low.

The third quarter ended with the Miners in possession on Calumet's 44.
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Re: 1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

Postby Hueby » Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:19 am

Johnson, Rivers Gain Ground

Russell Johnson and Rivers made a first down to the 34 in three plays and the same two picked up enough yardage for another first down in two plays to the 24.

A pass from Rivers, intented for Paul St. John went incomplete and Johnson was held without a gain. Rivers dropped back to punt formation on the fourth down with seven yards to advance, but instead of kicking started downfield and put 12 yards behind him for a first down on the 13. Johnson carried twice for nine yards and then Rivers smashed through for the 12-6 touchdown.
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Re: 1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

Postby Hueby » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:42 am

Once again the Copper Country lads found the clock running against them and took through the air. The attack was stopped by Rasmussen as he intercepted a pass on his own 35 and worked back to the 42.

Negaunee couldn't move and fortune swung back to the visitors when they blocked a punt and became possessors at midfield.

Lassila gained two on the ground and after two incomplete forwards, Berryman came up with a nifty catch of one of Lassila's tosses for a first down on Negaunee's 36.

Then Gipp caused the home town fans to squirm when he came down with another pass from Lassila and was tackled on the seven. Berryman went around end for two yards to move inside the five and then came the play of the season when Rivers intercepted and ran 98 yards.
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Re: 1949: Calumet vs Negaunee

Postby Hueby » Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:43 am

The starting lineup

Negaunee

LE....Don Johnson
LT....Paul Jacka
LG....Gordon Savala
C.....John Meggaton*
RG....K.Jennings
RT....Ronald Kivisto
RE....Bill Thompson
QB....W. Rasmussen
LH....Clarence Rivers
RH....R. Thompson
FB....Russell Johnson

Calumet

LE....Sopaich
LT....Jackson
LG....Bartanen
C.....Marta
RG....Wilnamaki
RT....Mass
RE....Gipp
QB....Lassila
LH....Keyfes*
RH....Scott
FB....Fink

*= hard to read names due to the photocopy

Well that's it. This was pretty much how the articles were written. There were no game stats listed in this write-up. In some games there were. The print size seemed smaller and the columns ran close together, only to be seperated by lines. Some game write-ups continued into the next column 3/4 of the way down- divided by a another line which seperated different stories.

In this case, the continuation of the Negaunee/Calumet game write-up was under a "Rhode Island Somthered by Temple" article, and that article was under a Michigan Tech write-up against the "Northern Michigan College of Education Wildcats" game.

And instead of the article being in one column, the Northern Michigan/Michigan Tech game write-up was cut up and carried over into the very next column above an ad!

Whew!!!!

(This was done in order to utilize the entire page. Looks like newspaper editors had to be good at puzzles).

Who know, maybe one day as the landscape of U.P. Football continues to change Negaunee and Calumet may be playing each other again?

Man I really enjoy this stuff!!!
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