The October 23, 1948 Gettysburg High School football game with arch-rival Chambersburg was emblematic of our entire season. We were so close to having a winning game/season, but no trophy.
With four minutes remaining in the game, we were beating the annual Conference champions 13-0. Then we took a nap. Two quick scores on errors by both our offense and defense, and Chambersburg fans left Gettysburg blowing car horns all the way out of town.
I will never get over the disappointment of losing that game, but that night I buried my distress cuddled up to Nancy on a hayride with friends. Now that’s a very pleasant memory.
When the season ended, we had won four, lost four and tied one. What the won and loss record did not show was that we outscored our opponents 160 to 60 and we lost three games by a total of 12 points. Considering the losing records of recent football teams, it was an improvement.
The two games we lost by one point were the result of failed extra point attempts by drop kicking which involves dropping the ball and kicking it when it bounced off the ground. The drop kick is no longer used in football, and based on personal experience, that’s a good thing.
When the All South Conference team was announced, Bob Hottle and I were both on the first team, and I was pleased to be selected by our players as the Honorary Captain.
Now that football was over, it was time to prepare for basketball season. With four retuning lettermen, hopes were high for another winning season.