The very first time Allegany and Penn Avenue High Schools met on the field


Allegany Gridders Take Lead In City Title Race
Cumberland Evening Times - October 8, 1932

Blue And White Proves Too Strong For Courageous Penn Avenue Eleven In 21-0 Battle -- Koegel's All-Around Play Outstanding Feature

Football athletes representing Allegany High and Penn Avenue High - having opened the intra-city scholastic series at Community Park - start their separate gridiron ways today with plenty of glory in their wake. Allegany showing power very pleasing to its followers, ran true to form by turning in a 21-0 decision, but the vanquished South Enders came out of the battle with good reason to hold their heads high. They put up a magnificant fight against a stronger and more experienced foe. It is something to their credit that they did not lose by a wider margin.

The next stop for the undefeated Allegany machine, ably driven by Coach Bill Bowers, is its first "station" on the Cumberland Valley Athletic League route - the skirmish here next Saturday afternoon with Hagerstown High gridders. Penn Avenue, with only one defeat charged in three starts goes to Keyser next Saturday to oppose Bert Harbert's Keyser High eleven.

Allegany's play last night stamps this year's team as one of the best of the Bowers machine. It showed a strong defense and an attack that bodes no good for future rivals. Herman Koegel, brilliant triple-threat back, was the spearhead of the offense last night, but George Davis, "Boots" Miller, Brown and others were very much "in there" at all time. And Bowers trotted out two mighty fine lines.

Roll Up First Downs

Despite the determined work of Bobby Cavanaugh's promising proteges, the Blue and White boys rolled up 16 first downs - all of them earned. They got two in the first quarter, five in the second, four in the third, and five in the fourth. Two of them came on the pair of tosses completed in four tries. Penn Avenue caused the yard sticks to be moved five times, three by rushing, once on a pass and another time on a penalty. The South Enders completed two of six passes. Neither team had a heave intercepted.

Allegany lost no time getting down to the business of taking the lead in its bid for the city championship. It got its first touchdown about midway in the first quarter. The second came early in the second period and the third at the start of the closing session.

The Blue and White received the kickoff at the start of the game, Miller carrying the ball back 13 yards to the Allegany 43, but a 15-yard penalty forced the Bowersmen to kick after they had made a first down at Penn Avenue's 34 in three plays. Hoyle recovered his fumble of the kick at the Penn Avenue 8. Holshey's return boot was given a nice return from the 40 to the Penn 26 to provide the setting for Allegany's first score. Davis and Koegel made eight yards in two tries at the line and then Koegel shot a pass to Twigg for a first down at the 3. Davis and Koegel were stopped at the center of the line, but Davis hit left guard for two and then Miller rounded right end on a fake to go over the goal line untouched for the score. Davis, who played a good game at fullback for the ailing Diehl, bucked the line for the seventh point.

Get Second Score.

After a couple exchanges of kicks the Campobello lads got the ball on their 41 when Koegel returned a kick five yards. Two line plays were smashed by Cavanaugh's scrappy team, but on third down Koegel shot a beautiful long pass over the Penn Avenue secondary into the waiting arms of the streaking Sterne. He was pulled down from behind at the Penn Avenue 10, but Allegany was not to be denied. Helped by a five-yard penalty the Blue and White scored on the second play with Davis, making the final three yards at right guard. A pass, Koegel to Twigg, was incomplete but officials awarded the point to Allegany because of interference by Holshey.

Bowers sent in his second team after the next kickoff, only Davis remaining in the lineup. The reserve outfit did quite a bit of gaining, picking up three first downs, but could not score. Penn Avenue's only scoring threat was an event of the early part of the second half. It was provided by a "break," one of Cavanaugh's warriors pouncing on Davis' fumble at the Allegany 43. Sensabaugh, who accounted for a lot of his team's yardage, and Henry bucked their way to the 31 and a pass, Henry to Holshey, gave the South Enders another first down at the 20. But two line plays netted only four yards and Allegany got the ball at its 20 when a pass was grounded in the end zone.

Make Long March.

Allegany, despite a couple setbacks on penalties, put on the longest sustained drive of the game to get its third touchdown. Scrimmaging on the 20 after the grounded pass, Allegany paraded down the field - reeling off a series of first downs largely on rushes with Somerville going the last six yards around the left flank for the touchdown. Koegel kicked goal for the extra point.

Sensabaugh, Henry, Holshey, and Groves were the leading performers fro Penn Avenue, while Bowers trotted out a host of classy performers. A crowd of nearly 2,000 witnessed the game with Penn Avenue's cheering section giving a rousing account of its presence. The South End fans never lost heart - or voice. They were back of their fighting, hard-tackling team all the way. The game, despite strong rivalry between the teams, was clean and capably handled by the officials. The lineups follow:


Allegany -- 21   Penn Ave -- 0
Score by quarters:
Penn Avenue

Touchdowns - Miller, Davis, Somerville.

Points after touchdown - Davis (line plunge): Pass, Koegel to Twigg (allowed for interference to receiver): Koegel (place kick).

Substitutes - Allegany: Brown, Dunlap, Gormer, Peacock, Rossi, Johnston, Danner, Diggs, Somerville, Wolfe, Keifer, Minnicks. Penn Avenue: Keller, Goodrich, Weimer, Horworth, Durrett, Hartsock.

Referee - Arthur Ramey, Virginia. Umpire - John McDonald, Maryland. Head linesman - Arthus Slocum, Pitt.