1944, whose Zebulon printing firm published the college newspaper.
Following the lead of Martha Ann Allen, who in 1943 had become the
first female editor of Old Gold and Black, campus coeds contributed
regularly to student publications and gradually moved into leadership
The campus dog population was suddenly depleted. After town
resident M. C. Hobgood was bitten by a rabid animal, a Wake County
health officer, Dr. A. C. Bulla, ordered all stray mutts in the village to
be shot. Shortly afterward students noticed that two favorites, "Long
Face" and "Personality," no longer roamed the premises.
In strong revival, too, was the athletic program. Football was the
only intercollegiate sport which was continued during World War II,
basketball and baseball having been canceled. The football program
squeaked through with a diminished coaching staff consisting of Head
Coach Douglas C. "Peahead" Walker and Assistant Coach Murray
Greason. Walker, trying to hold together a gridiron squad whose
members often were pulled away for military duty, did not forget his
men in the service. As a very private and personal obligation he wrote
long, cheerful letters to many of his former players in battle zones
around the world, and some testified later that his concern for them
was a welcome comfort amidst the hazards of war.
Walker's 1943 team had a record of four wins and five losses, but
among the victories were a 54-6 drubbing of North Carolina State
College, a 42-12 win over Clemson, and a 21-0 whitewash of Virginia
Military Institute. His stars that season were Nick Sacrinty, Russ
Perry, Elmer Barbour, Buck Garrison, Pride Ratteree, and Dewey
Hobbs. The unmovable lineman Hobbs was to become an equally
solid Baptist minister widely respected in state convention circles.
The 1944 football team achieved the best record of any Deacon
aggregation to that point, beating Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, VMI,
North Carolina State, Miami, Clemson, and South Carolina. In that 8-
1 season the only loss was to Duke, which had a strong infusion of
service-related players. On the basis of that performance Wake Forest
was offered a bid to the Sun Bowl, which Coach Walker turned down.
One reason was that the financial guarantee covered expenses only.
Walker also feared that his team might have to face a strong military
eleven, which he felt would place his col-
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