Everett Excessive Faculty Soccer Half 1: From 1900 or 1912 to 2005 | Native
Like so much information from other schools, much of the early history of Everett High School football is not clear.
Most famous historian of early Pennsylvania football, Roger Saylor, dates the first Everett football game in 1912. In his only game recorded that year, Everett defeated Huntingdon 46-0
In 2005, I received a call through the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame from retired Everett athletic director Duane Gochnour, who has now passed away. I told him I was writing an article on Everett Football. I asked him if he had any information about the early years. He told me he had a book, North Spring and River Lane, written by Dr. Ben Van Horn, a 1934 Everett graduate and long-time Superintendent of Northern Bedford. Later that morning, Duane left the book at my house.
The book marks a high point in Everett school history from 1885 to 1990. According to the book, the first published mention of inter-school sport at Everett High School appeared in the Everett Press in November 1900.
In a quote from the Everett Press on Saturday, November 17, 1900, the boys of Everett High School defeated the Bedford boys 6-0 in a soccer game. In the first half, Bedford only had the soccer twice and lost the ball to Fumbles both times. Our boys almost always have the ball. Jones touched down in about ten minutes and scored a goal.
According to Everett Press, “Bedford had used fresher and stronger men in the second half, and that half was played in a room about ten yards.”
Is this the first ever football game for Everett and Bedford?
According to the book, Everett beat Huntingdon 5-0 on Thanksgiving Day 1902. There is also a picture of the 1909 Everett soccer team coached by AH Young, but no results.
There is also a picture of the team from 1912 in the book
Everett Football Records Every year, according to Roger Saylor, Pennsylvania, Football Historian Year WLT 1912 1 0 0 1913 3 0 0 1914 2 1 0 1915 0 2 0 1916 0 2 0 1917 5 3 0 1918 0 1 0 1919 2 2 1 1920 0 4 0 1921 none 1922 0 2 1 1923 0 2 0 1924 0 2 0 1925 1 4 0 1926 2 3 0 1927 1 6 1 1928 3 6 0 1929 4 5 0 1930 4 2 0 total from 1912–1930 28 47 3
In 1930, the Warriors set a record 7-2 for wins, despite Saylor ascribing only four wins to them
After the 1930 season, the Everett football program fell victim to the Great Depression when a lack of funds to support the team resulted in the sport being discontinued. I always believed that the football program was stopped because a player was injured and died.
However, Mercersburg High School records show a victory over Everett in both 1931 and 1932.
Everett football was coached by William Wilhelm in 1946 after an absence of 15 years. An eight game schedule was played, with Everett losing every game. The only touchdown of the season came in the game against Williamsburg, which, according to Everett Press, caused an almost uproar among Everett viewers.
In the tenth and final game of the 1947 season, Everett scored his first win of the new era, a 25-0 win over Orbisonia. Bill Caro scored three touchdowns in the win.
In 1951, Everett defeated Bedford for the first time in the new era, 19-0. 1952 Everett had one of his most successful seasons, finishing 9-1 with his only loss to the undefeated Robertsdale, 12-7. Ken Sponsler was the highscore in Bedford County with 110 points.
Everett has been a member of the Inter County Football Conference since 1946. In 1958, Everett won the East Ssection but lost in the championship game to Beaverdale, 32-6.
The following year Everett played again in the championship game. This time the Warriors defeated Portage 6-0 to win the title. That season, Bob Bussard became the first Bedford County player to join the Big 33 team.
Everett was 7-1-1 in 1966 and won the ICC Class A title. The Warriors lost to Williamsburg and tied Berlin.
The 1972 team was a pinnacle of Everett football. Under coach Joel Brown Everett had his first and only undefeated football team with 9-0-0.
Everett opened the season with a 36-8 win over Bedford. The Warriors rolled through the next six games, beating their opponents by 218-24. In the ninth game Everett met a very good team from Northern Bedford, which was 7-1. The Black Panthers were led by senior quarterback Steve Elbin and junior running back Fred Glasgow, who led the district with 130 points.
The game was played on a Saturday night at Roaring Spring. Northern scored first but missed the extra point and led 6-0 at halftime. Northern was given a break to open the second half when Everett fumbled a punt, but Everett by no means held Northern at the Everett 25.
Northern fumbled a punt and Everett took over in midfield. Everett’s quarterback Richard Hartle faced Dennis Clark for two key passes. The second was a 22 yard touchdown. Hartle scored the extra point to give Everett an 8-6 lead.
Northern came back with a first and one goal on 8. Three runs moved the ball to the one-foot line, but an end sweep from Glasgow was stopped just before the end zone and Everett had his eighth straight win. Everett ended his unbeaten season the next week with a 48-2 win over Williamsburg.
After the undefeated team in 1972, the Warriors had only two winning times in the next 16 years. In 1976 they were 6-3-1 and in 1981 they were 5-3-1.
In 1989 Everett went 7-3 in the regular season but lost to Bedford in the playoffs.
In 1993 Everett returned to the playoffs and nearly upset Bedford. Everett led 21-8 in the half. Bedford coach Max Shoemaker decided to leave his team out at halftime and held a scrimmage between the teams. It woke the bison when they came back to win 28-27.
In 1994 Everett finished the regular season 7-2. The Warriors defeated Chestnut Ridge 17-12 in the first playoff game before beating Bedford 32-14 in the final. Everett’s Jamie Eichelberger was named Associated Press Pennsylvania Small School Football Player of the Year while storming 2,243 yards and scoring 200 points.
In 2001 Everett won the ICC Championship, finishing the season 8-2. This was their best record since the undefeated side in 1972.
That leaves 2005-2020 and the final summary for Everett to do.
I also have Tussey Mountain and Claysburg to do.
Until next time, God bless