Share our heritage | State College Junior High football team from 1931

Pictured is the State College Junior High football team from 1931.
Pictured is the State College Junior High football team from 1931. Photo provided

Each Monday, the Centre Daily Times will publish an installment in our “Share our Heritage” series, featuring photos from Centre County’s past. Today’s photo is from Ed Mattil, of State College. He was a member of the State College High School Class of 1936.

Mattil wrote: “This is the very first State College junior high football team. This was taken in 1931 in the Old Hollow, the sinkhole that is now the excellent football stadium.

“Please note: There are 12 uniforms — 11 for the team and one for a substitute. Pants were provided for all of the subs. All players had to provide their own shoes.

“I think the junior high school football program did not continue for many years.”

Front row, from left: Lloyd Smith, Edward Parkinson, Charlo “Frenchy” Blanchet, Anthony Droege, John Musser, George Smith and John Broderick.

Second row, from left: No. 9 Bruce Gardner; No. 1 Buckie Mitchel; No. 4 Gerald Gates; No. 8 unknown; No. 13 Bill Gross; and No. 5 Charles Shilling.

Third row, from left: Coach Phil Armstrong; No. 12 Charles Mothersbaugh; No. 7 Loude Etters; No. 3 Frank Scott; No. 10 Vincent Gates; No. 6 Jay Keller; No. 2 Buffer Krumrine; manager Ed Mattil; and assistant coach Ted Kemmerer.

Readers can contribute to the “Share our Heritage” series by sharing their own photos. Just drop off or mail copies of the photos to Centre Daily Times, 3400 E. College Ave., State College, PA 16801 or email them to Design Editor Laurie Jones at Provide as much information as you can. All photos in the weekly series are placed in a “Share our Heritage” gallery at If you have any questions about this series, Jones can be reached at 231-6461.