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secretary; Bragaw of the University, Treasurer. The meeting agreed
upon a series of championship games with a pennant for the winning
team. Then they went back home to practice. Almost every afternoon
at Wake Forest some forty young men might be seen on the athletic
ground, dressed in every kind of old trousers, some with shirts and
some without, and with no head covering except their matted hair; but
every man was ready to do his part to give the team practice. It was
most often the team against the field; the plan of the team was to plow
through their massed opponents, and when the ball was snapped there
was a mad rush from both sides, then a circular whirl of rushers until
all fell in a globular mass several players deep and the ball was
declared down. Its carrier being on the bottom was usually almost
smothered when released. However, this first team developed a first-
class trainer in the person of Mr. W. C. Dowd, who chose the ablest
men for the different places on the team and developed some plays
which brought his team victory in the final game of the year.
Football was at that time often played in the spring months by the
Northern institutions, and the North Carolina Association was in form
in arranging games of football for the spring of 1889, each team
playing the other two. All games were in Raleigh. The first, on March
1, 1889, was between Wake Forest and the University which the latter
won by a score of 33 to 0. The next, on March 8, between the
University and Trinity, went to the latter by a score of 25 to 17. The
third game, March 29, was won by Wake Forest College from Trinity
by a score of 35 to 0.2
It was in this way that intercollegiate football began at Wake Forest
and in North Carolina. It had almost sprung up overnight and had
enlisted from the first the unbounded enthusiasm of the students. The
Trustees and faculty of Wake Forest, like those of other institutions in
the State, had a new problem before them, and they were at a loss
how to deal with it. President Taylor thought best to refer the matter
to the Board of Trustees
2 Wake Forest Student, VIII, 263, 306,
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