1932 Penn-Allegany scuffle will mark first gridiron clash in history betwen local schools


Allegany and Penn Collide Friday Night
Cumberland Evening Times - October 1, 1932

Stadium Scuffle Will Mark First Gridiron Clash In History Between Local Schools

Old Man Experience, However, Presages Allegany Conquest - Penn Avenue Team Husky

It isn't often that first-year football teams are able to crash the headlines conspicuously but doughty Bobby Cavanaugh's Penn Avenue gridmen expect to smash that precedent next Friday night at Community Stadium where they formally open relations with what looks like the best Allegany High team that has been produced in years.

Under ordinary circumstances, a meeting between a first-year eleven and a school that has sponsored football for over fifteen years would not appear to be much of a magnet to the gridiron addicts but the coming clash between Penn and Allegany is an exception to the general rule. It's something different, something that fans of this section had long hoped for years ago and something that will pack in the football fraternity, regardless of what conditions the teams might be playing under.

Draw In Anything
Penn Avenue and Allegany are what the boys in sport parlance say, "naturals." They are drawing cards - anytime, anywhere and in any branch of sport. And all the color and rivalry that marked their clashes in basketball and soccer will be renewed on the token to the gridiron.

Allegany is a top-heavy favorite. But that is to be expected. The Campers, under the alert hand of Walter L. Bowers, "Blushing Bill" to you, have every possible advantage except possibly, weight. They have the class, the experience, the speed and the knowledge. Also, they are not losing sight of the fact they handed St. John's of Petersburg a decisive beating last night.

Penn Determined
But in the fact of almost insurmountable odds, Bobby Cavanaugh's disciples refuse to concede victory to their neighbors. They point out that they had to beat Petersburg on the latter's home field and one of the Penn players, attending last night's battle at the Stadium, was heard to say, "we'll give Allegany a better battle than most people think."

With that kind of spirit pervading the South End school, the Cavanaugh-coached machine might, at that, spring a surprise on the Alleganies. Who can tell. Football is like any other sport - anything is apt to happen.

Penn's Team Husky
Whatever else they may lack, Penn does have weight and plenty of it - and the chances are that the Blue and White will be outscaled when the boys tee off at 8 o'clock.

None of the Penn Avenue warriors have ever had previous experience in scholastic football but most of them played inter-class ball at the South End school last year. Talkative Newt Henry, the lad who romped off against St. John's for a 70-yard touchdown run, is one of the members who participated in the school games last year. Henry is reputed to be the best back on the squad.

Played Independent Ball
One of two of the South End gridmen have played independent football. Nick Holshey is one. He performed with the Maryland Glass House and several other non-scholastic teams for three years and should know what it is all about.

Howard Hoyle will handle the team against Allegany. This lad played brilliantly against St. John's and Cavanaugh believes he will develop into a first class player in the future.

Aside from opening Penn-Allegany's relations, Friday's game will also mark the local bow of the Pennmen.