Florida State Football - 1947 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1947 Year In Review

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Ed Williamson, Head Coach
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From the Daily Democrat, September 7, 1947, page 9.

Florida State University - formerly Florida State College for Women - plans to field an inter-collegiate football team this season.

However, according to an announcement on athletic policy by President Doak S. Campbell, it doesn't plan to seek competition with its big brother, the University of Florida, "for some time to come."

The university is negotiating for a six-game schedule, and one contest has been tentatively arranged with Stetson university for Oct. 18 at Tallahassee. Contracts for the game, however, have not been signed.

Athletic Director Ed Wlliamson, former University of Florida star and coach at Lake City high school, said he also has written for games with the University of Havana, Cuba, Alabama State Teachers college, Springfield college of Alabama, Howard university and Birmingham-Southern.

Williamson, who served as athletic director for the Tallahassee branch of the University of Florida last year, will be assisted by Donald Loucks, former Florida high school coach and freshman basketball coach at West Point during the war.

In his statement of policy, President Campbell said major emphisis will be placed on intramural competition and that "other problems connected with the transition to a co-educational institution will be more important and pressing, at least for several years," than intercollegiate athletics.

However, he said a limited program in football, basketball, swimming, tennis, golf, track and baseball is planned for the 1947-48 year.

Williamson said that while he has no definite idea of the type of players he will have available, he expects a squad of between 100 and 125 to report shortly after the university opens Sept. 15.

"We will have some pretty good boys, some with college experience," he said.

He indicated the team will be light, but will possess speed.

Among those who are expected to report are Wesley Carter, Jr., of Tallahassee who played freshman football with the University of Georgia Bulldogs in 1942 before he entered the marines.

Williamson said no athletic scholarships are planned and the only eligibilty requirements for the players will be scholastic.

The university teams will play under the old garnet and gold colors of former Florida State College for Women. A nickname will be selected in a statewide contest to be conducted by the institution's publicity dpartment.

Details for the contest have not been worked out.


1947 Florida State Signees/Newcomers


1947 Roster - By Name

Roster from the Daily Democrat, September 21, 1947, page 8, September 25, 1947, page 9 and October 17, 1947, page 10 and the November 22, 1947 game program against Tennessee Polytechnical Institute.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 50 Chris Banakas         E       5-11  181  So        Pensacola (Pensacola/Florida)
* 20 Wendell Barnes        QB      5-10  170  Fr        Lake City (Columbia)
N 44 Bill Benz             T       5-10  203  Fr        Jacksonville
* 25 Billy Bishop          FB      5-8   175  So        Quincy
* 56 Fred Boris            T       6-2   212  So        Key West
N    Richard Brooks                           Fr        
* 55 Bob Browning          T       6-2   215  Fr        Madison
* 33 Buddy Bryant          C       6-3   180  Fr        Perry (Perry)
N    B.J. Carastro         G       5-9   180  Fr        Tampa
* 21 Wes Carter            RHB     5-8   175  So        Tallahassee (Leon/Georgia)
  11 George Cave           LHB     5-10  160  Fr        Madison
* 16 Ralph Chaudron        LHB     5-8   160  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
* 27 Harold Conrad         QB      5-9   165  So        Panama City
* 48 Jim Costello          E       6-3   194  So        Miami
* 36 Joe Crona             C       5-9   160  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
  38 Lem Davis             G       5-8   192  So        Perry
* 29 Jim DeCosmo           LHB     6-0   180  So        Apalachicola
* 51 Ed Dilsaver           G       5-9   175  So        Saint Augustine
N 12 Paul Dreibelbis       RHB     5-8   150  Fr        Jacksonville
  41 Craig Eckermire       E       5-11  175  So        Tallahassee
N 37 Bill Fannin           E       6-1   175  Fr        Raceland, KY
* 35 Bob Fegers            G       5-9   170  Fr        Hallandale
     C.M. Fisher           C       6-0   182  So        Tampa
     John Flasher          E       6-3   203  So        Miami
* 47 Leonard Gilberg       T       6-0   230  Jr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 14 Don Grant             QB      5-10  170  So        Perry (Taylor County)
     Sam Harris            E       6-2   183  So        Jacksonville
N    Charles Hospodar      T       6-0   210  Fr        Fort Lauderdale
* 22 Harry Hughey          RHB     5-8   155  So        Pensacola
* 46 Chris Kalfas          G       5-9   210  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
N    Jim Kinsey            G       6-0   188  Fr        Fort Lauderdale
* 52 Bill Kratzert         E       6-1   180  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
N 40 Bob Lanigan           E       6-1   177  So        Coral Gables
N 34 J.P. Love             E       6-0   185  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida)
* 43 Ken MacLean           FB      6-0   195  So        Quincy (Gadsden County/Florida)
* 13 Bo Manuel             FB      5-7   182  Fr        Newberry
* 42 Dan McClure           T       6-0   197  Fr        Stuart
* 49 Charles McMillan      E       6-1   203  So        Quincy (Quincy)
* 17 Jack McMillan         QB      6-0   165  Sr        Quincy (Quincy/Florida)
  28 Addison Meade         FB      5-11  170  So        Pensacola
* 19 Leonard Melton        RHB     6-0   160  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  24 Ronald Melton         G       6-0   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 54 D.L. Middlebrooks     T       6-1   203  So        Pensacola (Pensacola)
N    Ed Morgan             B       5-11  156  Fr        Kissimmee
* 18 Billy O'Steen         FB      5-10  172  So        Melbourne
* 30 Red Parish            RHB     5-10  170  So        Chipley (Chipley)
  18 Billy Parker          LHB     5-10  170  Fr        Clearwater
N    Earl Payne            B       5-10  163  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 45 C.N. Proctor          C       6-3   196  Jr        Altamonte Springs
* 53 Bill Quigley          G       5-9   190  Fr        Panama City (Bay)
* 32 Ed Quigley            G       5-9   175  Fr        Panama City (Bay)
* 15 Phil Rountree         LHB     5-8   160  Jr        Chipley (Chipley/Florida)
N 11 Fred Schneider        E       6-1   170  Fr        Winter Park
N 39 Truby Shaw            E       6-0   170  So        Panama City
  41 C.E. Silas            C       5-11  175  So        Carrabelle
N 23 Clyde Stanaland       T       6-0   185  Fr        Quincy
  12 Beans Stephens        RHB     5-8   160  Fr        Panama City
* 24 Al Tharpe             T       6-0   210  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 31 Jack Tully            G       6-0   185  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 26 Jack Watson           FB      5-8   178  So        Pensacola
N    Lonnie Welch          B       5-10  150  Fr        Madison
N    Rahl Wilkerson        T       6-1   240  Fr        Dania
* 44 Dick Williams         T       6-2   220  So        Orlando
N 40 Clice Yancey          T       6-0   215  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)

1947 Roster - By Number

Roster from the Daily Democrat, September 21, 1947, page 8, September 25, 1947, page 9 and October 17, 1947, page 10 and the November 22, 1947 game program against Tennessee Polytechnical Institute.
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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N    Richard Brooks                           Fr        
N    B.J. Carastro         G       5-9   180  Fr        Tampa
     C.M. Fisher           C       6-0   182  So        Tampa
     John Flasher          E       6-3   203  So        Miami
     Sam Harris            E       6-2   183  So        Jacksonville
N    Charles Hospodar      T       6-0   210  Fr        Fort Lauderdale
N    Jim Kinsey            G       6-0   188  Fr        Fort Lauderdale
N    Ed Morgan             B       5-11  156  Fr        Kissimmee
N    Earl Payne            B       5-10  163  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
N    Lonnie Welch          B       5-10  150  Fr        Madison
N    Rahl Wilkerson        T       6-1   240  Fr        Dania
  11 George Cave           LHB     5-10  160  Fr        Madison
N 11 Fred Schneider        E       6-1   170  Fr        Winter Park
N 12 Paul Dreibelbis       RHB     5-8   150  Fr        Jacksonville
  12 Beans Stephens        RHB     5-8   160  Fr        Panama City
* 13 Bo Manuel             FB      5-7   182  Fr        Newberry
* 14 Don Grant             QB      5-10  170  So        Perry (Taylor County)
* 15 Phil Rountree         LHB     5-8   160  Jr        Chipley (Chipley/Florida)
* 16 Ralph Chaudron        LHB     5-8   160  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
* 17 Jack McMillan         QB      6-0   165  Sr        Quincy (Quincy/Florida)
* 18 Billy O'Steen         FB      5-10  172  So        Melbourne
  18 Billy Parker          LHB     5-10  170  Fr        Clearwater
* 19 Leonard Melton        RHB     6-0   160  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 20 Wendell Barnes        QB      5-10  170  Fr        Lake City (Columbia)
* 21 Wes Carter            RHB     5-8   175  So        Tallahassee (Leon/Georgia)
* 22 Harry Hughey          RHB     5-8   155  So        Pensacola
N 23 Clyde Stanaland       T       6-0   185  Fr        Quincy
  24 Ronald Melton         G       6-0   165  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 24 Al Tharpe             T       6-0   210  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 25 Billy Bishop          FB      5-8   175  So        Quincy
* 26 Jack Watson           FB      5-8   178  So        Pensacola
* 27 Harold Conrad         QB      5-9   165  So        Panama City
  28 Addison Meade         FB      5-11  170  So        Pensacola
* 29 Jim DeCosmo           LHB     6-0   180  So        Apalachicola
* 30 Red Parish            RHB     5-10  170  So        Chipley (Chipley)
* 31 Jack Tully            G       6-0   185  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 32 Ed Quigley            G       5-9   175  Fr        Panama City (Bay)
* 33 Buddy Bryant          C       6-3   180  Fr        Perry (Perry)
N 34 J.P. Love             E       6-0   185  Fr        Tallahassee (Florida)
* 35 Bob Fegers            G       5-9   170  Fr        Hallandale
* 36 Joe Crona             C       5-9   160  Fr        Pensacola (Pensacola)
N 37 Bill Fannin           E       6-1   175  Fr        Raceland, KY
  38 Lem Davis             G       5-8   192  So        Perry
N 39 Truby Shaw            E       6-0   170  So        Panama City
N 40 Bob Lanigan           E       6-1   177  So        Coral Gables
N 40 Clice Yancey          T       6-0   215  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  41 Craig Eckermire       E       5-11  175  So        Tallahassee
  41 C.E. Silas            C       5-11  175  So        Carrabelle
* 42 Dan McClure           T       6-0   197  Fr        Stuart
* 43 Ken MacLean           FB      6-0   195  So        Quincy (Gadsden County/Florida)
N 44 Bill Benz             T       5-10  203  Fr        Jacksonville
* 44 Dick Williams         T       6-2   220  So        Orlando
* 45 C.N. Proctor          C       6-3   196  Jr        Altamonte Springs
* 46 Chris Kalfas          G       5-9   210  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 47 Leonard Gilberg       T       6-0   230  Jr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 48 Jim Costello          E       6-3   194  So        Miami
* 49 Charles McMillan      E       6-1   203  So        Quincy (Quincy)
* 50 Chris Banakas         E       5-11  181  So        Pensacola (Pensacola/Florida)
* 51 Ed Dilsaver           G       5-9   175  So        Saint Augustine
* 52 Bill Kratzert         E       6-1   180  Fr        Tallahassee (Leon)
* 53 Bill Quigley          G       5-9   190  Fr        Panama City (Bay)
* 54 D.L. Middlebrooks     T       6-1   203  So        Pensacola (Pensacola)
* 55 Bob Browning          T       6-2   215  Fr        Madison
* 56 Fred Boris            T       6-2   212  So        Key West
N = Freshman Numeral

Letters and numerals listed in the Daily Democrat, January 21, 1948, page 5.


From the Daily Democrat, January 21, 1948, page 5.

Florida State University's grid squad announced last night that Philip Rountree, junior halfback from Chipley, and Jack McMillan, senior quarterback from Quincy have been elected honorary co-captains for the 1947 football season.

Meeting at the Tallahassee Country club for the Kiwanis club's first annual FSU football banquet, the Seminole's announcement came as one of the high points of the fast-moving gridiron feast.

Get Letters

Immediately following the announcement of the '47 leaders, 36 Seminole gridders were presented with garnet and gold sweaters and letters, and 17 additional squadmen were awarded with numerals.

Prior to the awards the Seminole athletes heard Governor Millard F. Caldwell and FSU President Doak S. Campbell honor them with stirring words of praise.

Governor Caldwell, whose brief talk opened the entertainment program, stated "the best football I saw last season was played by Florida State University." And, referring to the Seminoles strictly amateur squad, the Governor added, "they proved that top rate football can be played on a non-commercial basis."

Deeply Grateful

Dr. Campbell, who referred to himself as a former fifth string sub who had been pushed arouind in his time, told the squad that Florida State University was deeply grateful for the fine fighting they did, and for the fine showing they made.

In addition to the two elected leaders the following players received the coveted gold "F": (editor's note - this is not the way the names appear in the Democrat - I put the names in alpabetical order)
Chris Banakas, Wendell Barnes, Billy Bishop, Frederick Boris, Bob Browning, Buddy Bryant, Wesley Carter, Ralph Chaudron, Harold Conrad, Jim Costello, Joe Crona, James DeCosmo, Ed Dilsaver, Bob Fegers, Leonard Gilberg, Donald Grant, Harry Hughey, Chris Kalfas, Bill Kratzert, Kenneth MacLean, Gerald Manuel, Dan McClure, Charles McMillan, Jack McMillan, Leonard Melton, David Middlebrooks, Billy Osteen, Wyatt Parish, C.N. Proctor, Ed Quigley, Jim Quigley, Philip Roundtree, Al Tharpe, Jack Tully, John Watson, Dick Williams

The following football managers also received a major letter for the season:
Gilbert Aldridge, Lonnie Burt, Joe Carlucci, Johnny Johns

Players receiving numerals were:
Bill Benz, Richard Brooks, B.J. Carastro, Paul Dreibelbis, Bill Fannin, Charles Hospoder, J.E. Kinsey, Bob Lanigan, J.P. Love, Ed Morgan, Earl Payne, Fred Schneider, Truby Shaw, Clyde Standland, Lonnie Welch, Ral Wilkerson, Clice Yancey


From The Florida Flambeau, January 9, 1948, page 3.

Kenneth MacLean, Red Parish and Wendell Barnes led the Florida State University football offense during the five-game 1947 slate. MacLean, a 195-pound fullback from Quincy, picked up most yardage in total offense; Parish a Chipley star, led in yards on the ground; and Barnes, an 18-year-old freshman, took first in passing.

MacLean showed 105 yards on the ground and passed for 45 yards more for a 150 total offense. Parish rambled 111 yards on the ground and 17 in the air for 128 yards. Barnes covered 104 of his 106 yards gained through passing. The young quarterback hurled 21 passes, completed 10, and had two intercepted. Donald Grant, also a quarterback, rounded out the top offensive leaders with 21 yards running and 69 passing for a total of 90.

Individual game honors go to MacLean who picked up 51 yards on the ground and 42 yards in the air for 93 yards against the Troy State Teachers. His 51 yards on the ground also gave him the highest yardage for an FSU back in one game. Donald Grant's 63-yard passing total against the Stetson Hatters in the opening game gave him first place in that department. The longest run with an intercepted pass went to Charles McMillan, sophomore and from Quincy, when he rambled 52 yards with the oval against Stetson. MacLean added 48 yards of his Troy State total in one sprint for the highest yardage in one try for a backfield member.

In the punting department Gerald Manuel, chunky fullback from Newberry, booted five balls for an average of 37.5 as the two fullbacks led the Seminole booters. The average yardage per FSU punt was 31.


1947 Schedule and Results

       
GAME DAY
OPP EOY
DATE
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
FSU
AP
OPP
AP
AP
REC
10/18
H
STETSON
First game played at Centennial field
L 6-14
 
 
 
2-6-1
11/14
A
CUMBERLAND L 0- 6
 
 
 
5-5-1
11/22
H
TENNESSEE TECH
Team became known as the Seminoles
L 6-27
 
 
 
4-7
11/27
H
TROY STATE L 6-36
 
 
 
5-4-1
12/06
H
JACKSONVILLE STATE L 0- 7
 
 
 
9-0
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    0- 5     0-4     0-1     0-0

NOTE: The first Poll of the year was not conducted until the middle of October



1947 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ None

1947 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ None

1947 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

1947 EOY Stats

Some EOY stats from the Sunday-News Democrat, December 14, 1947, page 14.
Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 18 90 Points Per Game............. 3.6 18.0 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 3 14 TDs Rushing................. 2 6 TDs Passing................. 1 4 TDs Fumble Return........... 0 1 TDs Punt Return............. 0 1 TDs Interception............ 0 2 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 0- 3 6-14 Kick........................ 0- 3 6-14 Pass........................ 0- 0 0- 0 Run......................... 0- 0 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 0- 0 0- 0 SAFETY........................ 0 0 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 287 0 Average Per Game............ 57.4 0.0 PASSING YARDAGE............... 400 Att-Comp-Int................ 87- 32-14 73- 27-10 Efficiency.................. 47.01 27.67 Average Per Pass............ 4.6 0.0 Average Per Catch........... 12.5 0.0 Average Per Game............ 80.0 0.0 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 687 0 Total Plays................. 87 73 Average Per Play............ 7.9 0.0 Average Per Game............ 137.4 0.0 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 10- 14- Average Per Return.......... 0.0 0.0 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 25-11 17- 5 ATTENDANCE.................... 19,243 ,100 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 4- 4,811 1- ,100
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
0
6
6
6
18
Opponents
32
19
20
19
90
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Red Parish                   111        111         0     
Ken MacLean          5       105        105         0  48    21.0
Don Grant                     21         21         0     
Wendell Barnes                 2          2         0     
Billy O'Steen                                       1     
Leonard Melton                                      1     

Total.........       5       287        287         2  48    57.4
Opponents.....       5                    0         6         0.0


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Wendell Barnes           70.17  21- 10- 2   .476  104   0     
Don Grant               117.47  12-  5-     .417   69   1     
Ken MacLean          5  109.75   8-  5-     .625   45   0         9.0
Red Parish              114.27   3-  2-     .667   17   0     

Total.........       5   47.01  87- 32-14   .368  400   1        80.0
Opponents.....       5   27.67  73- 27-10   .370        4     

RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Charles McMillan                         1     

Total.........       5  32   400  12.5   1        80.0
Opponents.....       5  27         0.0   4         0.0


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------

Total.........                      0     
Opponent......                      1     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Charles McMillan      1   63  63.0  0  63 
Jack McMillan         1   19  19.0  0  19 
Bo Manuel             1   14  14.0  0     
Ralph Chaudron        1        0.0  0     
Chris Kalfas          1        0.0  0     

Total.........       10        0.0  0  63 
Opponent......       14        0.0  2     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------

Total.........                      0     
Opponent......                      0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Chris Banakas         1    0   0.0  0   .    0

Total.........        5        0.0  0        0
Opponent......       11        0.0  1     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Billy O'Steen         1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Charles McMillan      1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Leonard Melton        1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Leonard Gilberg       0   0-0     0-3    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     0
====================================================================
FSU                   3   0-0     0-3    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Opponent             14   0-0     6-14   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    90
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Billy O'Steen
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Charles McMillan
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Leonard Melton
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Don Grant
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
2
1
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Opponents
6
4
4
2
1
1
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Ken MacLean          5    8   105   45   150  30.0
Red Parish                3   111   17   128
Wendell Barnes           21     2  104   106
Don Grant                12    21   69    90

Total.........       5   87   287  400   687 137.4
Opponent......       5   73     0    0     0   0.0


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Leonard Gilberg     15  356  23.7  51                 
Ken MacLean          9  338  37.6  61                 
Bo Manuel            5  187  37.4  61                 
Wes Carter           3   88  29.3                     
Ralph Chaudron       1   39  39.0                     

Total.........                0.0  61                 
Opponent......                0.0  65                 


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Red Parish              111     0    0    0    0    0  111
Ken MacLean          5  105     0    0    0    0    0  105  21.0
Charles McMillan          0     0    0    0   63    0   63
Don Grant                21     0    0    0    0    0   21
Jack McMillan             0     0    0    0   19    0   19
Bo Manuel                 0     0    0    0   14    0   14
Wendell Barnes            2     0    0    0    0    0    2

Total.........       5  287   400    0    0    0    0  687 137.4
Opponent......       5    0     0    0    0    0    0    0   0.0


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ralph Chaudron            .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   .   .
Charles McMillan          .    .     .      .            .          1- 63   .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Kalfas              .    .     .      .            .          1-      .    .    .      .   .   .
Jack McMillan             .    .     .      .            .          1- 19   .    .    .      .   .   .
Bo Manuel                 .    .     .      .            .          1- 14   .    .    .      .   .   .
Chris Banakas             .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Ken MacLean          5    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   1   .
Bill Quigley              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Lonnie Welch              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .
Joe Crona                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      .   .   .

STETSON 14, FLORIDA STATE 6

10/18/1947, TALLAHASSEE, FL, First game played at Centennial field

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From the Sunday News-Democrat, October 19, 1947, page 9, by Fred Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL, October 18, 1947 - Florida State University's garnet and gold gridders, untested, untried and undaunted, shocked a seasoned Stetson eleven and stunned a record crowd of some 8,000 grid iron fans in Centennial field's "bleacher bowl" last night with a bitterly contested battle that saw them bow 14-6 after leading until midway in the third quarter.

FSU, striking through the air late in the second quarter when sophomore end Charles McMillan made a miracle catch of Don Grant's high forward pass into the southeast corner of the end zone, finally went down under the weight of a Stetson attack sparked by Byron Brasington and powered by big Jim Olson.

The garnet and gold team fumbled and made mistakes, their attack sputtered and stalled, and Stetson out statisticked them all over the place. But State's game team gave ground grudingly, fought for every inch, and won the plaudits of the entire crowd in their losing effort.

The Stetson team, going to the post for the third time this season after losing to Jacksonville Naval air station and winning from Southwestern of Memphis, had a smoother ground game, a sounder air attack and the experience. And they needed every edge to squeeze home ahead.

Trailing 6-0 at halftime the Hatters came roaring back after the intermission and crunched their way 85 yards to a score midway in the third period.

Big George Douglass, giant tackle who was acting as game captain for the Hatters, fell on Jim Olson's fumble in the end zone after the burly 205-pound halfback had carried the oval to the very brink of paydirt and fumbled.

In the closing minutes of the tilt Clarke McCullough, substitute signal caller for the central Florida eleven, dove over on a quarterback sneak for the final tally.

Byron Brasington, a fast and shifty halfback who was a constant threat to the State eleven all night kicked both points from placement.

While the Hatters dominated the final two periods with their offensive show the garnet and gold had their moments.

Charley McMillan, who had scored for FSU in the second quarter almost pulled a touchdown trick out of the hat shortly after the fourth peiord opened.

Stetson, leading 7 to 6 and working from FSU's 20, tried a lateral behind the line with Tom Ewing attempting to toss to Hugh Carlton. McMillan broke through and stole the oval on his own 22. With two short strides the Quincy boy was in the clear and cutting over to the western boundary toward a score.

Jim Olson, the big driving back, outran the flying flankman, however, and cutting diagonally across the field finally caught him from behind with a low diving tackle on the Stetson 15 yard line.

Two plays later Tom Deen intercepted a pass to halt the threat.

Chris Banakas, who was a fine end all night teamed with McMillan to give the garnet and gold their first score. Late in the second quarter after an exchange of punts FSU put the ball in play on the Stetson 36 yard line.

After a couple of plays Stetson kicked to midfield and after three plays Carter of FSU punted into the end zone after nearly escaping having his kick blocked. Stetson failed to gain and Perry punted to the FSU 36.

Grant picked up six on a quarterback sneak. Chaudron's jump pass intended for Conrad was incomplete. Grant fired a forward pass to McMillan on the Stetson 41 and McMillan lateralled to Banakas who fought his way down the west sideline to the Stetson 24 for a 34-yard gain on the play.

Harold Conrad went around left end to the Hatters' 23. Grant passed to C McMillan of Quincy to the 20. On the next play, Grant fired a high pass to the southeast corner of the end zone and C McMillan went up between two Stetson defenders to snag the pass for the FSU score. Gilberg's attempted placement for the extra point missed.

McMillan's catch, screened from most of the fans and officials by the tightly clinging Stetson defenders, turned the "bowl" into the wild uproar.

The rangy sophomore flankmman, going into the air with a defensive man hanging on to each arm, crashed to the dirt in a three man pile up as the ball was practically smoothered in the shuffle.

After a slight delay the officials threw up their arms in the success signal and the stands went wild.

In impressive ceremonies between the halves, FSU President Doak S. Campbell, with Gov. Millard Caldwell and student body presidents Phillip Roundtree and Miss Dahlia Santos looking on, presented life memberships in the F club to four former players and two former coaches of the victorious 1904 team.

The life members are Judge W. W. Hughes, former coach, Prof. E. R. Smith, assistant coach, and players Guyte P. McCord, Harry H. Wells, Rev. Weldon Mullen and also to Walter S. McLin, member of the 1903 team.

Football officially returned to FSU when Stetson kicked off and Grant received on the three, returning the ball to FSU's 31. On the first play, Parrish broke over his right tackle and raced to the Hatters' 49. Chaudron picked up four but FSU was penalized to their 46 for illegal motion. After a series of line plays FSU punted to Stetson.

With Brasington, big Jim Olson, and Whitaker alternating with the ball, Stetson marched down to the FSU 2 1/2-yard line, but were stopped on the fourth down on the 4 1/2.

In the closing minutes of the first quarter, Everett of Stetson recovered Carter's fumble on the FSU 20 and the Hatters drove to the 2 1/2 but were penalized to the 16 for holding as the quarter ended.

Shortly after the second half opened the Hatters got underway.

Starting from their own 15, where they had been set after Manuel's quick kick and a penalty, Stetson marched to a score.

Olson picked up a yard on the initial thrust, then hit Carlton in the flat to move the ball to the Stetson 30.

McCollough and Pumphrey picked up 5 yards in two tries and Pumphrey hit Carlton on the 46.

Carlton wormed his way to the 48 yard line and Olson, taking a lateral on the next play fought down to the FSU 37.

McCollough got five through the middle and after two plays had failed Jack Whitaker bulled his way off left tackle down to the 26.

Whitaker picked up five at tackle and then lost it back as he fumbled the pass from center. On third down he charged to the 15 with a smack at right tackle.

Olson breaking through the right side of the line cut back sharply and drove right to the goal line before fumbling when he was hit hard. Douglass recovered. Brasington kicked the extra point and Stetson finally lead 7-6.

After Gilberg had punted out on the midfield stripe the green and white clad Hatters ripped off their final score.

Orr banged his way through the right side of the line to the 42, and Olson ripped his way on a cross buck down to the 31.

Orr drove again, this time to the 19. Olson slashed off left tackle and cutback to the FSU 13.

Brasington, head down and legs churning, went to the 9.

McCollough, on a quarterback sneak scrambled to the 3, and on the same play slithered over for the score.

Brasington kicked the point again, and that was the ball game.

In the fourth and final period after McMillan had threatened to score again, the Hatters pushed over the final tally.

Florida State starters
LE - Costello
LT - Gilberg
LG - J. Quigley
C - Bryant
RG - Tully, captain
RT - Middlebrooks
RE - Banakas
QB - Grant
LH - Chaudron
RH - Parish
FB - Watson

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
STETSON
0
0
7
7
14
FLORIDA STATE
0
6
0
0
6

2nd   6- 0  Charles McMillan, 24, pass from Don Grant (Leonard Gilberg, kick failed)
3rd   6- 7  Opp, 0, fumble recovery/return (kick)
4th   6-14  Opp, 3, run (kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 4 17 Rushes-yards 46 165 Passing 65 65 Att-Comp-Int 13-5-3 16-7-1 Total Yards 111 230 Fumble Returns 2-0 1-0 Punts 7-31.0 4-33.5 Fumbles-Lost 5-1 6-2 Attendance 7,165 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Receiving Charles McMillan 0- 0 Passing Don Grant 0- 0-0- 63 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Charles McMillan . . . . . 1- 63 . . . . . . Chris Banakas . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   14  Don Grant
LH   16  Ralph Chaudron
FB   26  Jack Watson
RH   30  Red Parish
RG   31  Jack Tully
C    33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   14  Don Grant
DB   16  Ralph Chaudron
DB   26  Jack Watson
DB   30  Red Parish
RG   31  Jack Tully
NG   33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Fred Schneider
13  Bo Manuel
15  Phil Rountree
17  Jack McMillan
19  Leonard Melton
21  Wes Carter
25  Billy Bishop
27  Harold Conrad
28  Addison Meade
35  Bob Fegers
37  Bill Fannin
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Clice Yancey
43  Ken MacLean
44  Bill Benz
44  Dick Williams
45  C.N. Proctor
46  Chris Kalfas
49  Charles McMillan
51  Ed Dilsaver
52  Bill Kratzert
55  Bob Browning
56  Fred Boris

CUMBERLAND 6, FLORIDA STATE 0

11/14/1947, LEBABON, TN

From the Sunday News-Democrat, November 16, 1947, page 10 (no Saturday paper), no writer mentioned.

LEBANON, TN, November 14, 1947 - Hampered by wind, rain and mud, a Cumberland University football squad eked out a 6 to 0 victory over a visiting Florida State football squad here yesterday (Friday).

The game's only score came in the second quarter when Bernard Hicks took a 10-yard pass from Brown Braley on Florida State's 20 yard line and cut across the gridiron for the only marker of the game. The visitors swarmed over the Cumberland line and blocked Carl Boley's attempt at an extra point by placement.

Both teams dropped the slippery, heavy ball numerous times. The home town team recovered three of its five fumbles, while Florida State regained six of her 11 bobbles.

The passing was as numerous, and as bad, as the fumbling. Florida State made 11 attempts, completed three and had two intercepted. The Bulldogs tossed 16, completed six, and saw Florida State grab three.

In the last quarter Florida State made its bid for a score moving up to the Cumberland 25-yard line, but there the Bulldogs held them for downs.

The winners were able to mark up only six first downs as the visitors tallied for nine.

Florida State starters
LE - Costello
LT - Gilberg
LG - J. Quigley
C - Bryant
RG - Tully
RT - Middlebrooks
RE - Banakas
QB - Grant
LH - Chaudron
RH - Parrish
FB - Watson

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
CUMBERLAND
0
6
0
0
6

2nd   0- 6  Opp, 30, pass (kick blocked by  Team)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 6 Rushes-yards 58 17 Passing 52 92 Att-Comp-Int 11-3-2 16-6-3 Total Yards 110 109 Fumble Returns 2-0 5-0 Fumbles-Lost 11-5 5-2 Attendance 100 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Red Parish 0- 37 Ken MacLean 0- 22 STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   14  Don Grant
LH   16  Ralph Chaudron
FB   26  Jack Watson
RH   30  Red Parish
RG   31  Jack Tully
C    33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   14  Don Grant
DB   16  Ralph Chaudron
DB   26  Jack Watson
DB   30  Red Parish
RG   31  Jack Tully
NG   33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Fred Schneider
13  Bo Manuel
15  Phil Rountree
17  Jack McMillan
19  Leonard Melton
21  Wes Carter
25  Billy Bishop
27  Harold Conrad
28  Addison Meade
35  Bob Fegers
37  Bill Fannin
##  NAME
-----------------------------
40  Clice Yancey
43  Ken MacLean
44  Bill Benz
44  Dick Williams
45  C.N. Proctor
46  Chris Kalfas
49  Charles McMillan
51  Ed Dilsaver
52  Bill Kratzert
55  Bob Browning
56  Fred Boris

TENNESSEE TECH 27, FLORIDA STATE 6

11/22/1947, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Team became known as the Seminoles

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From the Sunday News-Democrat, November 23, 1947, page 10, by Fred Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 22, 1947 - A hard hitting and crisp blocking Golden Eagle eleven from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute ground out a mud-spattered 27-6 decision over a dogged band of Florida State Seminoles before a crowd of 5,436 fans in Centennial Field's "Bleacher Bowl" last night.

Helpless against the rock-ribbed defense of the Eagles' stout forward wall, the Seminoles fought back through the air after the fourth TPI tally, and moved 75 yards to their touchdown.

Bill Osteen slicing off tackle into paydirt after Wendell Barnes, Lake City halfback, and Charles McMillan, Quincy flankman, had moved the oval the majority of the distance in an impressive aerial display.

The Eagles got off to an early lead when Oscar Few thumped his way across to climax a 71-yard drive with the opening kickoff, and they ripped and tore their way through the Garnet and Gold forward wall for another first half score when fast and shifty Mac McDonald darted through a hole at right tackle just one play before the first half ended.

Coming out after the intermission the big Eagle forward wall smothered two Indian kicks to set up their final two scores.

Red Jarrell, who was a fine end all night for the Eagles, accounted for a third tally when he blocked Gilberg's punt near the goal and fought his way into the end zone to score.

Joe Lancaster took a six-yard pass from John Hall for the final marker after a blocked kick had given the Eagles posession on the Garnet and Gold six.

Hall, Eagle placekicking specialist, booted through three extra points and had one attempt blocked.

Reed took Gilberg's opening kickoff on his own five and stormed back to the 29 to set the Golden Eagles on the march. Piecing together five consecutive first downs the big Eagles marched 71 yards down the field for the opening score. After Reed had banged the tackles to the 36, fullback Oscar Few picked up the first down at his own 46. Reed and Few alternated carries and in four more stabs at the line moved over into FSU territory on the Garnet and Gold 30. After a penalty had set the Seminoles back to the 25. Reed slammed to the 17 in two charges. With the Seminole stands begging the Garnet and Gold line to hold, Reed stumbled at right tackle, but fought his way to the 14 before Wes Carter came up to stop him. Reed, running hard behind beautiful blocking, swept to the three.

The Seminoles braced momentarily and stopped Johnson and Reed six inches short of a score, but on third down Few powered his way through - over the right side of his own line to score. John Hall, Eagles' placement specialist, came in and kicked the extra point to boost the TPI margin to 7-0.

Costello covered the Eagles kickoff on the FSU 20, and after two tries at the line Leonard Gilberg sent a booming 51-yard spiral to Harvey who took the ball on the 26 and returned to the 35. Aided by an offsides penalty on the fourth down the Eagles moved to the Seminole 44 where a third down plunge fell six inches short of a first down. Wardie Harvey backed the Indians deep into their own territory with a boot that rolled dead on the Indian four, and MacLean barely got a fourth down punt away after the Indians had fallen short of a first down.

The Eagles put the ball in play on their own 40, and after failing to gain kicked out on FSU's 25. The quarter ended with the Seminoles in possession.

After the Seminoles had punted to the Eagles 30, Gerry Manual, Indian fullback, intercepted Higher's bullet pass on the TPI 45 and moved to the Eagle 31. Carter sweeping right end for eight, and MacLean's diving leap over left guard gave the Seminoles their first first down of the game on the Eagle 20. But the drive fizzled out when the Indians' air game failed, and TPI took over on the 31 when a host of tacklers sifted through and dropped Ralph Chaudron.

After two exchange of punts the Eagles started a scoring drive from their own 44. Racing against the clock the big Eagles pounded to their score just two plays before time ran out.

Cordell McDonald, fleet halfback, roared off the Garnet and Gold tackles and swept the flanks to pace the touchdown parade. He set the scoring wheels in motion when he ripped off ten yards on the first play, and picked up the drive when it lagged with a 25-yard cutback off his own left tackle. Sonny Ferguson gave McDonald a lift with a 10-yard blast that moved the oval to the FSU seven. McDonald cut back to the four, and after Ferguson trudged to the two, McDonald darted off his own right tackle to score.

Hall's placement was good and the Eagles led 14-0 as the half ended.

Bounding back after the intermission, the Eagles rushed their third score over in eight plays.

The Seminoles kicked off, and after the Eagles were stopped by the Garnet and Gold line they booted to the FSU 20.

With the left side of the Eagle line breaking through steadily, the Seminoles were pushed back to their own nine. At that point "Red" Jarrell broke through to block Gilberg's boot, and the rangy end swept into the end zone to score without losing posession of the ball. Hall's kick was good again and the Eagles led 21-0.

The Seminoles, again smothered by the Eagles hard charging line were unable to make any headway after the kickoff, and were driven back from their own 23 to their nine.

Kicking from his own end zone MacLean got off a low, bounding punt that went 61 yards to the Eagle 30 where McDonald picked it up and scrambled back to his 37.

After the Eagles had failed to gain Carter took Hall's punt on his 12 and returned to the 19.

The big Eagles, holding again, blocked a Seminole fourth down punt and took over on the Garnet and Gold six.

Cliff Massa moved to the two on the next play, and after a yard loss and an offside penalty had driven the Eagles back to the eight, Johnny Hall hit Joe Lancaster with a scoring toss in the end zone to push the count to 27-0.

MacLean blocked Hall's kick.

The Seminoles helpless to this point, took TPI's kickoff and drove to a score on six straight pass completions.

Carter returned the kick from the 17 to the 25, and after one incomplete toss Wendell Barnes hit Charlie McMillan on FSU's 34.

The same combination clicked again to move the ball to the Indians' 48. After a toss to Kratzert had lost a yard, another Barnes to McMillan aerial moved to the Eagle 22.

After two line plays had failed, the Seminoles found sucess through the airways on Barnes' shot to Osteen that moved 21 yards to the Eagle one.

A Watson to McMillan aerial lost two yards to the three, but Barnes banged down to the one, and Osteen found a hole at tackle and slammed over for a Seminole score. Gilberg's attempt from placement was blocked and FSU trailed 27-6.

The Eagles, unable to gain after the kickoff punted to the Indians, and the two teams battled scorelessly inside the 30-yard lines for the remainder of the tilt.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TENNESSEE TECH
7
7
13
0
27
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
6
6

1st   0- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick)
2nd   0-14  Opp, 3, run (kick)
3rd   0-21  Opp, 1, punt return/blocked punt (kick)
      0-27  Opp, 8, pass (kick blocked by Ken MacLean)
4th   6-27  Billy O'Steen, 2, run (Leonard Gilberg, kick blocked)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 6 15 Rushes-yards 5 260 Passing 100 35 Att-Comp-Int 15-7-2 11-2-1 Total Yards 105 295 Fumble Returns 0-0 0-0 Punts 10-29.5 10-34.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0 Penalties-Yds 7-45 5-45 Attendance 5,436 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Billy O'Steen 0- 0 Punting Ken MacLean 0- 0 Leonard Gilberg 0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bo Manuel . . . . . 1- 14 . . . . . . Ken MacLean . . . . . . . . . . 1 . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   17  Jack McMillan
RH   19  Leonard Melton
LH   21  Wes Carter
FB   26  Jack Watson
RG   31  Jack Tully
C    33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   17  Jack McMillan
DB   19  Leonard Melton
DB   21  Wes Carter
DB   26  Jack Watson
RG   31  Jack Tully
NG   33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
13  Bo Manuel
18  Billy O'Steen
20  Wendell Barnes
##  NAME
-----------------------------
43  Ken MacLean
49  Charles McMillan
52  Bill Kratzert

TROY STATE 36, FLORIDA STATE 6

11/27/1947, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Daily Democrat, November 28, 1947, page 12, no writer mentioned.

TALLAHASSEE, FL, November 27, 1947 - A light and lightning-like eleven from Troy State Teachers College rolled over a bewildered band of Florida State University Seminoles by a 36-6 count in Centennial field yesterday afternoon before a Thanksgiving day crowd of 3,000 grid fans.

The alert Alabama gridders, striking with startling suddenness, jumped off to an early lead with a three touchdown attack in the first period that left the Seminoles stunned and beaten.

Trailing 24-0 at halftime FSU battled back during the third period to dominate the play and punched their lone score across. But the Red Wave regained its momentum in the final frame and hurried another pair of tallies over.

The Wave, unleashing a fleet of pony backs whose sudden spurts and accurate passes baffled the Garnet and Gold defenders, passed for a pair of scores, turned two FSU tosses into touchdowns, and plunged into paydirt for a brace of six pointers.

Leonard Melton cracked right guard for the lone FSU score in the final minutes of the third quarter.

Bill Trussell, a sophomore passing ace, Billy Queen, pint size breakaway star, Billy Ezzell, another airways expert and Ersell Beck, running star, all operated the Wave attack that kept the lanky Seminoles backed to the wall.

Gene Norman, stocky junior, and Ted Franklin and Johnny Rice, hard hitting freshmen, added to the Seminole woes by grabbing passes thrown by both teams, and running and plunging for gains.

The Seminoles' famed aerial attack clicked spasmodically to spearhead their overshadowed and outclassed offense.

Wendell Barnes, Ralph Chaudron and Ken MacLean all connected for nice gains, and MacLean ripped off the game's longest run when he broke through center and sped 48 yards deep into Wave territory in the third period Seminole rally.

MacLean also turned in a top-flight defensive game, as he joined Buddy Bryant in manning the overwhelmed Seminole defenses.

FSU, after threatening throughout the period, finally reached paydirt late in the third frame.

Jack McMillan, rangy quarterback, put the Indians on the warpath when he snatched a Wave pass out of the air on the Troy 44 and raced back to the 25-yard line.

On the first running play MacLean nailed big Chris Banakas with a needle sharp aerial on the 13-yard line and the big flankman fought his way to the eight before being dragged down.

Jim DeCosmo, Apalachicola, then connected with Melton and the former Lion star went to the one-foot line before Franklin dropped him.

Melton then found an opening at the right guard spot and slid over for the score.

Leonard Gilberg's attempted placement was blocked and the FSU scoring was over.

Troy's attack clicked for a score the first time they got their hands on the ball.

Troy kicked off to the Seminoles' 20, where Billy Bishop took the ball and came back to his own 30.

After three running plays had moved the ball to the 38, the Seminoles punted to Troy's 31 yard line, and the Red Wave swept to a score from that point.

Sonny Queen slipped off right tackle for seven and Rice moved to a first down at midfield.

Carlton clicked for seven and a penalty gave the Wave another first down on the FSU 36.

After Rice and Carlton failed to gain in two running plays the Wave took to the airways for a score with Trussell passing to Rice who was all alone on the four.

The Wave missed the first of six straight conversions and led 6-0.

Unable to advance with the Wave kickoff, the Indians quick-kicked to the Troy 42.

The Wave movd up to the FSU 15, but bogged down and the Indians took over.

After one running play Gilberg punted to his own 46, and when Queen raced it back 10 yards the Wave was on the march again.

Trussell hit Franklin with a 15-yard toss, and Franklin took a lateral and advanced 11 more to the FSU nine.

After a penalty had rocked the Wave back five yards Ezzell shot a third down pass to Norman in the end zone for the second score.

Late in the opening period Rice intercepted Barnes' toss on the Seminole 32 and raced over for the third score.

The Seminoles stopped one second period scoring drive on their one-yard line, but late in the same quarter, the Wave pushed its fourth score across when Ted Franklin intercepted a MacLean pass on the FSU 36 and ran it back for a score.

Apparently fired up during the intermission FSU bounded back to dominate the entire third quarter.

Midway in the fourth period the Wave rolled to its fifth score when Billy Ezzell sparked a drive that carried to the 1-yard line and set up a scoring plunge by Norman.

Ersell Beck, the day's leading ground gainer, personally accounted for the final touchdown.

Moving the ball 58 yards in a 65-yard march, Beck climaxed the drive by driving across from one yard out after his 40-yard dash had been nipped short of a score by a Banakas tackle on the one-yard line.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
TROY STATE
18
6
0
12
36
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
6
0
6

1st   0- 6  Opp, 25, pass (kick failed)
      0-12  Opp, 16, pass (kick failed)
      0-18  Opp, 32, interception return (kick failed)
2nd   0-24  Opp, 36, interception return (kick failed)
3rd   6-24  Leonard Melton, 1, run (Leonard Gilberg, kick blocked)
4th   6-30  Opp, 1, run (kick failed)
      6-36  Opp, 1, run (kick failed)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 5 17 Rushes-yards 30- 50 50-207 Passing 132 148 Att-Comp-Int 25-10-4 21-10-2 Total Yards 55-182 71-355 Punt Returns 24 43 Kickoff Returns 58 36 Fumble Returns 1-0 3-0 Punts 7-33.7 5-36.4 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 3-1 Penalties-Yds 5-25 7-55 Attendance 2,942 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Ken MacLean 5- 42 Red Parish 4- 11 Leonard Melton 4- 9 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jack McMillan . . . . . 1- 19 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   17  Jack McMillan
RH   19  Leonard Melton
LH   21  Wes Carter
FB   26  Jack Watson
RG   31  Jack Tully
C    33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   17  Jack McMillan
DB   19  Leonard Melton
DB   21  Wes Carter
DB   26  Jack Watson
RG   31  Jack Tully
NG   33  Buddy Bryant
LT   47  Leonard Gilberg
LE   48  Jim Costello
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   53  Bill Quigley
RT   54  D.L. Middlebrooks
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
16  Ralph Chaudron
20  Wendell Barnes
25  Billy Bishop
##  NAME
-----------------------------
29  Jim DeCosmo
30  Red Parish
43  Ken MacLean

JACKSONVILLE STATE 7, FLORIDA STATE 0

12/06/1947, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the Sunday News-Democrat, December 7, 1947, page 14, by Fred Pettijohn.

TALLAHASSEE, FL, December 6, 1947 - The Jacksonville State Teachers College Gamecocks maintained their place among the nation's unbeaten and untied elevens last night with a first period scoring march that gave them a slim 7-0 win over a battling band of Florida State University Seminoles.

Some 3,700 spirited fans watched the Seminoles shake off the effects of the scoring drive and outfight the highly vaunted Gamecocks throughout the remainder of the contest.

The Alabama eleven, protecting their perfect grid mark, moved 29 yards the first time they gained possession of the ball to take the game, but the Seminoles took the glory.

Rising up in the final tilt of a dismal season that saw them lose their fifth straight game, the Seminoles continually checked the lightning-fast Teacher attack and fought back bitterly in an effort to get a scoring drive of their own underway.

The FSU forward wall, after grudgingly yeilding the single score, hawked the Gamecock ball carriers all night to hold them to a net gain of 184 yards by rushing. The first time all fall that the Teachers have been held under the 200-yard mark.

Led by Johnny Williams, fullback candidate for Little All-America honors, the Alabama eleven maneuvered down to the 2-yard line. From that point Williams, who has paced the Gamecock ground gainers and scorers all fall, burst through center for the score.

Williams, who needed 127 yards to hit the 1,000 mark in rushing gains this fall, picked up 69 of the necessary total before he was injured and removed from the fracas midway in the final period.

Martin Douglass, rangy Gamecock flankman, was also hurt late in the game, losing five teeth.

The red-clad Jacksonville Teachers kicked to FSU, and after Banakas slipped and fell with the boot, the Seminoles put the ball in play on their own 16. Don Grant tore around his right end to his 31 on the first play from scrimmage for a fast first down, but the Seminoles' attack stalled and a third down fumble gave the Gamecocks the ball on the Indian 31.

Showing their spurs early, the Alabama eleven drove to a score. Cassidy and Williams moved to the 21 in two running plays. Aided by Heath's pass to Williams, the Gamecocks moved to another first down on the nine. Williams darted to the five. After Heath smashed to the two, Williams crashed through the middle for the score. Brugge's placement was perfect and the Gamecocks led, 7-0.

The Seminoles sent in an entirely new team for the kickoff. After Carter raced the kick from his 11 to the 34, the Seminoles, running from the single wing instead of the customary T, picked up two first downs before the Gamecocks held.

Moving from midfield Jax drove to the 10 before a 15 yard penalty and three incomplete passes halted the drive on the 31.

With the two lines dominating the play, the teams battled scorelessly throughout the second period. A terrific kicking duel was featured. With MacLean getting off kicks of 48 and 42 yards, and Manuel contributed a rabbity 61 yard quick kick, the Seminoles had the upper hand in the play, though Heath's 65 yard quick boot was the longest single punt of the season.

In the closing minutes of the first half, the Indians started to move and went from their 42 to the Jax 32 before time ran out. Ken MacLean, running hard from the single wing, picked up the attack when it lagged and chipped in with an 11-yard drive that almost saw him get away.

FSU students gave their garnet and gold squad a good hand as it left the field for intermission.

The Seminoles kicked to the Gamecocks. Gilberg's high boot going down to the five where George Heath handed the ball off to Earl Roberts, who almost got away for the distance with a sprint to the 40.

The Gamecocks, aided by a 15 yard penalty, got another march underway and moved to a first down on the 19.

After Jim Costello had sifted through and spilled Heath for a 7-yard loss, the Seminoles held and took over on their 14.

MacLean punted out to the 'Bama 44, and on the second play regained possession when Chris Kalfas grabbed a deflected pass from Heath on the 44.

On the warpath, the Indians took over the offense for the remainder of the period, as they roared to the one, 19 and 20 yard lines in three unsuccessful attempts to score.

With MacLean still generating plenty of power, the Seminoles moved on the ground, but their passes failed in the clutch.

After K Smith had kicked the 'Bama eleven out of danger with a booming 58-yard spiral to the Seminole 26, the Gamecocks regained possession of the ball when Williams intercepted Chaudron's pass on his own 42-yard line.

A roughing penalty moved the ball over into FSU territory on the 36, but the Seminoles held and took over when Chaudron regained the porkpelt with a running one-hand interception.

Unable to move the chain along, the Seminoles kicked and Manuel's fourth down quick kick went out on the Teachers' 15-yard line.

With Williams and Sewell, his replacement, breaking into the clear, the Gamecocks moved to the FSU 15 before the Indians rose up and stopped the charge by dropping the Teachers for four consecutive losses that pushed them from the FSU 10 to the 35.

Charles McMillian grabbed Chaudron's pass for a 27-yard gain after two defenders had batted it around. But FSU's aerial game failed again and the Teachers took over.

After K Smith punted to the 31, the Seminoles picked up another first down on Barnes' pass to Costello that moved the ball over to the Teachers 48.

A third down fumble gave the ball back to the Gamecocks and the game ended with the Indians in possession on their own 29.

Florida State starters
LE - C McMillan
LT - Boris
LG - Dilsaver
C - Proctor
RG - Fegers
RT - Tharpe
RE - Banakas
QB - Chaudron
LH - Grant
RH - Watson
FB - Manuel

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
JACKSONVILLE STATE
7
0
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

1st   0- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 6 14 Rushes-yards 92 184 Passing 86 15 Att-Comp-Int 20-6-3 9-2-2 Total Yards 178 199 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0 Penalties-Yds 3-35 7-55 Attendance 3,700 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Punting Bo Manuel 0- 0 Ken MacLean 0- 0 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chris Kalfas . . . . . 1- . . . . . . Ralph Chaudron . . . . . 1- . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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FB   13  Bo Manuel
LH   14  Don Grant
QB   16  Ralph Chaudron
RT   24  Al Tharpe
RH   26  Jack Watson
RG   35  Bob Fegers
C    45  C.N. Proctor
LE   49  Charles McMillan
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   51  Ed Dilsaver
LT   56  Fred Boris
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
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DB   13  Bo Manuel
DB   14  Don Grant
DB   16  Ralph Chaudron
RT   24  Al Tharpe
DB   26  Jack Watson
RG   35  Bob Fegers
NG   45  C.N. Proctor
LE   49  Charles McMillan
RE   50  Chris Banakas
LG   51  Ed Dilsaver
LT   56  Fred Boris
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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20  Wendell Barnes
21  Wes Carter
43  Ken MacLean
##  NAME
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46  Chris Kalfas
48  Jim Costello