310 History of Wake Forest College
many of them, and were given five, ten, and twenty-five demerits
each in the vain effort to stop it, until finally the faculty seem to have
given up their fierce determination to have their rule obeyed. Football
reigned at Wake Forest. The athletic association of the College was
reorganized and boasted a large membership. W. C. Dowd was
captain of the football team, and after all these years is regarded as the
one great football captain the College has had. C. T. Bailey, Jr., of
Raleigh was the manager.
In November, 1888, the Wake Forest team played the Raleigh team.
The first game was in Raleigh, and, probably owing to a late train,
there was time for only one game (quarter), and Raleigh won. Then
on Saturday, November 24, the Raleigh team came to Wake Forest
and four games (quarters) were played, all of which Wake Forest
won, making four points. The team kept practicing regularly now and
was in good trim. It received a challenge from the team of Johns
Hopkins University, but did not play owing to inability to make
satisfactory arrangements for expenses. The Wake Forest students
were betting on their team.1
Football was the one object of great interest on the campuses of at
least three North Carolina colleges during the remainder of this
scholastic year. On November 29 delegates from the University of
North Carolina, Trinity and Wake Forest met at the Yarborough
House in Raleigh and formed an Intercollegiate Football Association,
with a constitution like that of the American Intercollegiate
Association and with its rules for football. Davidson had been invited
but sent no representative. When after eighteen ballots there was no
election, the following officers were chosen by lot: Jones of Trinity,
president; Dowd of Wake Forest,
1 The members of the Wake Forest team at this time were: Centre Rush, Devin.
Rushers: Richardson, McDaniel, D. B. Oliver, B. T. Williamson, Upchurch, J. N.
Beckwith. Quarter Back: W. C. Dowd. Half Backs: F. L. Merritt and Frank
Mitchell. Full Back: H. A. Royster. Other players added or taken as substitutes
during the year were: J. E. White, Walter Sikes, W. 0. Riddick, R. L. Burns. Of
these Burns at Center, Sikes at Guard, Dowd at Half Back, and Riddick at Half
Back became famous in North Carolina football annals. Wake Forest Student, VIII,
84, 264, 308.