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Share our heritage | 1941 Bellefonte High football team

Entire football squad of the Bellefonte High School in 1941. First row, from left: Leslie Lutz, Mac Bryan, James Kirshner, Ralph McMullen, Leonard Levine, Clarence Bingaman, Jack Rockey, Fred Bonchak, Arthur Dale, Elwood Sager, Swengel Smith, Kermit Korman, Leonard Rhoads, Arthur Boob and assistant student manager Donald Musser. Standing, from left: Donald McDowell, head coach John Miller, Bill Bryan, assistant coach Darwin Garrett, Dick Ammerman, Robert Witmer, David Dean, Bill Montgomery, Tom DeHaas, Robert Davis, John DeLallo, Marvin Conaway, Fred Daggett, Bob Thompson, Don Flack, Leland Lutz, Edgar Kustenbauter, Gray Larimer, Elwood Johnson, Frank Pinge, Grant Torsell, assistant coach Glenn Aumiller, Abe McGinley, faculty manager Ralph Dale and student manager Sparkey O’Leary.
Entire football squad of the Bellefonte High School in 1941. First row, from left: Leslie Lutz, Mac Bryan, James Kirshner, Ralph McMullen, Leonard Levine, Clarence Bingaman, Jack Rockey, Fred Bonchak, Arthur Dale, Elwood Sager, Swengel Smith, Kermit Korman, Leonard Rhoads, Arthur Boob and assistant student manager Donald Musser. Standing, from left: Donald McDowell, head coach John Miller, Bill Bryan, assistant coach Darwin Garrett, Dick Ammerman, Robert Witmer, David Dean, Bill Montgomery, Tom DeHaas, Robert Davis, John DeLallo, Marvin Conaway, Fred Daggett, Bob Thompson, Don Flack, Leland Lutz, Edgar Kustenbauter, Gray Larimer, Elwood Johnson, Frank Pinge, Grant Torsell, assistant coach Glenn Aumiller, Abe McGinley, faculty manager Ralph Dale and student manager Sparkey O’Leary. Photo provided

Today’s photos are from Ruth Meyers, of Centre Hall.

Meyers is the daughter of Leonard Rhoads and she shared this story and photos from his scrapbook.

In the fall of 1941, Bellefonte High beat Williamsburg. Here is the entire story:

“Bellefonte High School remained undefeated after its second game of the 1941 season by conquering Williamsburg 32-13 before a large crowd on the Community Athletic Field here Saturday afternoon.

“Coach John Miller’s boys roared across the goal line three times in the first quarter, but one six-pointer was disallowed because of an unfortunate clipping penalty charged to an overzealous Red Raider. In the early minutes of the second quarter, however, the Red Raiders added six more points. Neither team scored in the third quarter, while each tallied 13 points in the final quarter.

“Whitey Davis, Bellefonte left half, scored the first touchdown for the Red Raiders when he raced around left end on a reverse from Marvin Conaway early in the first quarter. Woody Johnson, fleet-footed right half, added the extra point by running around right end.

“A bad kick by Williamsburg shortly afterward gave Bellefonte the ball on the visitors’ 27-yard-line and on the first play Johnson dashed around right end for a touchdown. Edgar Kustanbauter, fullback, failed to add the extra point on a plunge at the line.

“In the waning minutes of the first quarter, Johnson slithered through right tackle and raced 65 yards for the third six-pointer. The play was nullified, however, because of a clipping penalty and the ball was placed on the Williamsburg 21. Bellefonte got a first down on the 11 and another on the 1-yard line. Johnson failed to score as the first quarter ended, but on the first play of the second quarter Kustanbauter went through center and across the goal line. Johnson’s placement try was blocked, making the score at halftime 19-0.

“Williamsburg came back on the field at the start of the second half with renewed vigor and before the end of the third period had advanced from its own nine to Bellefonte’s nine-yard line via a clever passing attack, Karl to Smith, which had Bellefonte guessing. The visitors’ first score was made at the start of the fourth period on a play which included a shuttle pass, a lateral and finally a forward from Smith to Young, who caught it in the end zone. The kick for the extra point was blocked.

“Four minutes remained to play when Williamsburg returned Bellefonte’s kick to the Raiders’ 31, and a pass advanced the ball to the 15. Smith then tossed a touchdown pass and added the extra point with still another pass to make the score 19-13.

“Following the kick-off, Bellefonte made a first down on Williamsburg’s 42 and on the next play Johnson raced 42 yards behind perfect interference for a touchdown. The placement kick was blocked.

“With only one minute to play, Bellefonte kicked off to Williamsburg and a few plays later Karl’s pass intended for Smith was intercepted by Jack Rockey, Bellefonte’s left end, who dashed unmolested 35 yards for a touchdown. Fred Daggett, substitute quarterback, added the extra point by driving off right tackle.

“Bellefonte will meet its old rival South Williamsport on the Community Athletic Field here this Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. South tied Bellefonte last years and defeated the locals in 1938 and 1939. Coach Miller stated that Marvin Conaway, first-string quarterback who twisted his knee in the final quarter of the Willilamsburg game, will probably be able to start Saturday’s game. This week the Millermen have been developing a pass defense woefully lacking against Williamsburg, who scored twice by air and completed 12 of 17 pass attempts. The S. Williamsport game will be the last game here until Nov. 7, when Lock Haven comes to Bellefonte.”

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