Friday, September 23, 2011
- by B.B. Branton
The 79th renewal of Tennessee’s oldest prep football rivalry – McCallie vs. Baylor - is tonight at Baylor’s Heywood Stadium.
Kickoff: 7:35 p.m.
TV: Comcast (Ch. 208)
Charter (Ch. 174)
Radio: 1070 AM
Series: Baylor leads 40-35-3
First Game: 1905 – McCallie won 41-0
Last Game: Baylor won 28-14 at Baylor in a state quarterfinal contest and went on to finish second in the state.
Last McCallie Win: 24-3 in 2009 at Finley Stadium …
Last McCallie win at Baylor: 20-17 (OT) in 2007
Baylor Unbeaten: Baylor enters this game undefeated for the 15th time in the series … Baylor is 9-4-1 in games with McCallie when it was undefeated … the last time was 5-0 in 2010 with Baylor winning, 27-6, at Finley Stadium.
Last time McCallie won when Baylor was undefeated was in 2002, 22-15 ... Baylor was 5-0 and McCallie was 5-1.
Series Record: Baylor records show that the Red Raiders lead the series 40-33-3 while McCallie adds two wins from 1905 and 1906 to make it 40-35-3. Baylor did not acknowledge varsity athletics until 1908, as the Baylor squad was not an approved team by then headmaster Dr. Roy Baylor.
This Year’s Game: Coming off an impressive win last Friday against defending D-II champion Ensworth, Baylor is solid on both sides of the ball.
The D-II top-ranked and undefeated Red Raiders are the prohibitive favorites to win their fourth in a row in the series that dates back to 1905, but McCallie (3-1) and its strong offense has plans to win its first game at Heywood since 2007.
The Red Raiders look to control the offensive line, while senior quarterback Matthew Oellerich guides a strong running game led by Connor Davidson and consistent passing game led by receiver Deosha McColley.
McCallie is led by senior quarterback Trent Lusk who has thrown for 507 yards. The Blue Tornado will rely on its running game to control the clock and keep the Baylor offense on the sidelines. In last week’s 42-13 win against Father Ryan, McCallie had four scoring drives of 80 or more yards.
Whether the McCallie offensive line can control the line of scrimmage and open holes for running backs Daniel McClure and Samir Usman will be a major factor in the outcome of the game.
A look at two undefeated teams – Baylor 1916 and McCallie 1921.
Baylor, 1916 – 9-0-0 … undefeated, untied and unscored upon.
Baylor was led by five All-City players, was coached by former University of the South star Alvin “Chigger” Browne … city and Southern champions … only Baylor team to go unscored upon in a season.
All-City players ... Teddy Hill (end), Redden (tackle), Thomas Carter Lupton (center-place kicker), Bob Hill (quarterback, captain), Butler (halfback)
Under first year coach “Chigger” Browne, the Red and Gray topped Athens, 33-0, for the seventh straight season-opening win, making an early statement that this could be a very good team … Baylor had flirted with undefeated seasons (one loss campaigns) five previous years, including 1910 (5-1-0) when McCallie spoiled the parade and perfect season with a season-ending 18-0 win.
Baylor also breezed past Brandon Training School (Wartrace, Tenn.), Chattanooga Central, Scottsboro (Ala.) Central, Castle Heights, Birmingham Central and SMA before facing undefeated, but once tied McCallie in late November for the city title.
Bob Hill had a touchdown and 43-yard drop kicked field goal and Butler also scored in the 16-0 win for Baylor’s first title since 1911.
The Brandon game pitted two former Sewanee players as coaches … Browne for Baylor and Frank Faulkinberry for Brandon.
Sat. Nov. 17 was billed as “Sewanee Day” in Chattanooga and a big affair was set as the prep-college doubleheader had the SMA-Baylor game at Chamberlain Field at 10:45, while the University of the South took on Tennessee in the afternoon at Andrews Field where Engel Stadium stands today.
Sewanee brought a trainload from the mountain, but to no avail as Baylor won 45-0 and UT defeated the Tigers, 17-0 … Fans from the colleges had parades downtown in the morning.
McCallie, 1921 – 9-0-0 … undefeated, untied, once scored upon
The original Blue Tornado team … One of McCallie’s finest teams ever was led by future Chattanooga coach Scrappy Moore who earned All-City and All-South honors as an end … he was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 1980.
All-South (5): Scrappy Moore, Pete Anderson, Bob Reeves, John Henry Hill and Harry Lindamood.
McCallie was coached by former Baylor School and Tennessee player Bill McAllester, who also played one year in the major leagues.
The Blue and White opened the season with a 25-0 win against Rhea Central in a prep doubleheader during the District Fair at Warner Park ... Baylor beat Nashville Central in the first game.
McCallie then proceeded to dispose of Darlington, Tullahoma, Knoxville High, Chattanooga City and Wills (Ala.) by an average score of 46-0, before facing a once-beaten Baylor team.
Looking for that perfect season and allowing no points, McCallie won 12-7 as All-South Pete Anderson scored twice, but Baylor broke the scoreless string with a fourth quarter touchdown … Baylor had the ball late in the fourth quarter and drove to the McCallie 40-yard-line before Scrappy Moore ended the threat with an interception.
Nothing Much Has Changed – Where to Play The Game
Ninety years ago, the 1921 game was scheduled for Chamberlain Field … but with heavy rains that week and a Central-Tracy City game played at Chamberlain on Friday, McCallie officials wanted the Saturday afternoon game moved to a dry Andrews Field.
Baylor balked and with a heavier line and hoping to slow down the speedy McCallie group, insisted that game be played at its originally agreed upon site. The game was played at Chamberlain Field.
In 2011, Baylor wants the game on campus, McCallie enjoys its home-away-from home at Finley Stadium … a good number of folks on both sides of the river would like to see the game moved back to a Saturday afternoon affair, but McCallie officials like the Friday night time slot.
Whenever and wherever it is played … it is still McCallie-Baylor.
With legacies going back to the early years of the game … alums, a little grayer and a bit slower with each passing year, coming great distances to don the blue and red attire, warmly greet old friends – some not seen in 50 years – on both sides of the field, attend parties, be honored by their beloved alma maters and walk the campuses where they once were called football heroes.
With a sea of flag-bearing SUVs and trucks seemingly dominating neighborhoods and freeways and city and county streets, current students have made one and all aware that this is “Baylor Week” and “McCallie Week” on the respective campuses ... High-volume pep rallies energize the campuses with a ongoing pigskin talk of who will win and why.
A win provides a lifetime of memories … a loss brings much agony, but one then waits for the next game.
After all, it is McCallie-Baylor.
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