Tampa Spartans football, 1950–59

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The Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the sport of college football from the 1933 through the 1974 college football seasons. During the 1950s, the Spartans competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and played their home games on-campus at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. This article includes a game-by-game list of the Tampa Spartans' ten football seasons from 1950 to 1959. During this period, the Spartans were coached by Frank Sinkwich (1950–1951) and Marcelino Huerta (1952–1959).

Contents: 1950  · 1951  · 1952  · 1953  · 1954  · 1955  · 1956  · 1957  · 1958  · 1959


1950[edit]

1950 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1950 record 5–4
Head coach Frank Sinkwich
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »

The 1950 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1950 college football season. It was the Spartans' 14th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Frank Sinkwich, in his first year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of five wins and four losses (5–4).

On March 1, 1950, Frank Sinkwich was hired by Tampa to serve as the Spartans' head coach after the resignation of Mike Gaddis.[1] The season opened with a victory at Camp Lejeune and a loss against Jacksonville State before the Spartans won their first home game of the season against Wofford.[2] Tampa then won their next game over Stetson before they lost their second game of the season to Appalachian State.[3][4] After a pair of home victories over Livingston State and Delta State, Tampa closed the season with a pair of road losses. The first came against Marine Corps Base Quantico and the second against Florida State.[5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 30 at Camp Lejeune Jacksonville, NC W 13–7  
October 7 at Jacksonville State JSU StadiumJacksonville, AL L 7–20  
October 14 Wofford Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 13–0  
October 21 Stetson Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–20  
October 28 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 19–36  
November 4 Livingston State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 41–39  
November 11 Delta State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 34–6  
November 18 at Marine Corps Base Quantico Alexandria, VA L 0–48  
November 25 at Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL L 19–35  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1951[edit]

1951 Tampa Spartans football
Brandeis Classic Champions
Brandeis Classic, W 7–0 vs. Brandeis
Conference Independent
1951 record 7–3–1
Head coach Frank Sinkwich
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »

The 1951 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1951 college football season. It was the Spartans' 15th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Frank Sinkwich, in his second year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of seven wins, three losses and one tie (7–3–1).

A week after they opened the season with a 72–0 victory over Patrick Air Force Base at home, the Spartans lost their first road game of the season at Bradley 32–6.[6] The next Friday, Tampa lost their second consecutive game on the road. This time, Wofford overcame a 14–7 halftime deficit with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns in their 21–14 victory in Spartanburg.[7] The Spartans then returned home and won games over Jacksonville State and Lenoir–Rhyne before they played Stetson to a 14–14 tie at DeLand after Tampa blocked a last-second field goal attempt by the Hatters.[8] After a road loss at Appalachian State and a pair of road victories at Livingston State and South Georgia College, the Spartans returned home and played Florida State in the final home game of the season. Against the Seminoles, Tampa won in a 14–6 upset at Phillips Field before 12,500 fans.[9]

In mid-November, Tampa accepted an invitation to compete in their first postseason game against Brandeis in the first Brandeis Classic at Miami Beach.[10] Against the Judges, the Spartans won 7–0 after they scored their only points on an 18-yard John Lahosky touchdown pass to H. L. Hiers on their opening drive.[11] In February 1952, Sinkwich resigned as head coach of the Spartans after only two seasons and entered private business.[12]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 15 Patrick Air Force Base Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 72–0  
September 22 at Bradley Peoria, IL L 6–32  
September 28 at Wofford Snyder Field • Spartanburg, SC L 14–21  
October 6 Jacksonville State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 40–0  
October 13 Lenoir–Rhyne Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–14  
October 20 at Stetson Spec Martin StadiumDeLand, FL T 14–14  
October 27 at Appalachian State College FieldBoone, NC L 13–14  
November 3 at Livingston State Livingston H. S. Stadium • Livingston, AL W 28–13  
November 9 at South Georgia College Douglas, GA W 54–13  
November 17 Florida State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 14–6  
December 8 vs. Brandeis Memorial Field • Miami Beach, FL (Brandeis Classic) W 7–0  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1952[edit]

1952 Tampa Spartans football
Cigar Bowl Champions
Cigar Bowl, W 21–12 vs. Lenoir–Rhyne
Conference Independent
1952 record 8–3–1
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1951 1953 »

The 1952 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1952 college football season. It was the Spartans' 16th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his first year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of eight wins, three losses and one tie (8–3–1) and with a victory in the Cigar Bowl over Lenoir–Rhyne.

After the resignation of Fran Sinkwich, on March 5, 1952, Marcelino Huerta was introduced as the Spartans' new head coach.[12][13] Huerta had previously served as a line coach under Sinkwich for the 1950 and 1951 seasons after he graduated from the University of Florida.[13]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 20 at Troy State Memorial StadiumColumbus, GA W 7–0  
September 27 South Georgia College Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 66–6  
October 4 Southern Miss Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 25–52  
October 11 at Jacksonville State JSU StadiumJacksonville, AL W 20–6  
October 18 Stetson Phillips Field • Tampa, FL T 6–6  
October 24 McNeese State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 20–42  
October 31 Livingston State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–12  
November 8 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 19–0  
November 15 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN L 7–30  
November 22 Catawba Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 20–6  
December 6 at Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL W 39–6  
December 13 Lenoir–Rhyne Phillips Field • Tampa, FL (Cigar Bowl) W 21–12  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1953[edit]

1953 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1953 record 6–6
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »

The 1953 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1953 college football season. It was the Spartans' 17th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his second year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of six wins and six losses (6–6).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 19 at Troy State Veterans Memorial StadiumTroy, AL W 21–7  
September 25 South Georgia College Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 33–0  
October 3 at Southern Miss Faulkner FieldHattiesburg, MS L 6–42  
October 10 vs. Jacksonville NAS W 26–6  
October 17 at Stetson Spec Martin StadiumDeLand, FL L 7–14  
October 24 at McNeese State Lake Charles, LA W 25–7  
October 30 Sam Houston State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 6–26  
November 7 East Carolina Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 18–13  
November 14 Arkansas Tech Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 26–20  
November 21 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 12–35  
November 28 Delta State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 6–13  
December 5 Florida State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 6–41  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1954[edit]

1954 Tampa Spartans football
Cigar Bowl Champions
Conference Independent
1954 record 8–2
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1953 1955 »

The 1954 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1954 college football season. It was the Spartans' 18th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his third year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of eight wins and two losses (8–2) and with a victory in the Cigar Bowl over Charleston (WV).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 19 at National Polytechnic Institute Mexico City, Mexico W 31–26  
October 1 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN L 6–28  
October 9 South Georgia College Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 67–7  
October 15 Stetson Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 64–9  
October 22 Troy State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 26–0  
November 6 East Carolina Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–14  
November 12 Livingston State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 38–7  
November 20 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 25–20  
December 4 Florida State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–13  
December 17 Charleston (WV) Phillips Field • Tampa, FL (Cigar Bowl) W 21–0  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1955[edit]

1955 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1955 record 7–2
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1954 1956 »

The 1955 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1955 college football season. It was the Spartans' 19th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his fourth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of seven wins and two losses (7–2).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 24 at Charleston (WV) Oakes FieldSouth Charleston, WV W 12–7  
October 1 Troy State Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 38–0  
October 8 Southeastern Louisiana Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 7–13  
October 15 at Stetson Spec Martin StadiumDeLand, FL W 40–13  
October 22 Livingston State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 51–7  
November 5 at East Carolina College StadiumGreenville, NC W 33–14  
November 12 Western Carolina Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 48–0  
November 19 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 38–0  
December 3 Florida State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 7–26  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1956[edit]

1956 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1956 record 7–2
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »

The 1956 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1956 college football season. It was the Spartans' 20th season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his fifth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of seven wins and two losses (7–2).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 22 Charleston (WV) Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 16–0  
September 29 Troy State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 32–19  
October 6 at Southeastern Louisiana Strawberry StadiumHammond, LA L 6–40  
October 20 Presbyterian Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 19–7  
October 27 Delta State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 21–12  
November 2 at Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN L 0–33  
November 10 Western Carolina Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 41–9  
November 14 Missouri Valley Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 31–14  
November 17 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 21–7  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1957[edit]

1957 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1957 record 6–3
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »

The 1957 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1957 college football season. It was the Spartans' 21st season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his sixth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of six wins and three losses (6–3).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 21 VMI Phillips FieldTampa, FL L 0–7  
September 28 Troy State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 53–7  
October 12 Presbyterian Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 39–14  
October 26 at Wofford Snyder Field • Spartanburg, SC L 6–14  
November 2 Southeastern Louisiana Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 33–13  
November 9 at Jacksonville State JSU StadiumJacksonville, AL W 14–13  
November 16 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 26–9  
November 23 Delta State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 27–25  
November 30 Florida State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 7–21  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1958[edit]

1958 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1958 record 6–4
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »

The 1958 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1958 college football season. It was the Spartans' 22nd season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his seventh year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of six wins and four losses (6–4).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 27 Troy State Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 39–6  
October 4 Western Carolina Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 19–12  
October 11 at Arkansas State Jonesboro, AR W 20–14  
October 18 VMI Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 12–13  
October 25 Presbyterian Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 18–6  
November 1 at Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL L 0–43  
November 8 Jacksonville State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 12–6  
November 15 Chattanooga Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 25–19  
November 22 Appalachian State Lakeland, FL L 26–34  
November 29 Southeastern Louisiana Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–19  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

1959[edit]

1959 Tampa Spartans football
Conference Independent
1959 record 3–7
Head coach Marcelino Huerta
Home stadium Phillips Field
Seasons
« 1958 1960 »

The 1959 Tampa Spartans football team represented the University of Tampa in the 1959 college football season. It was the Spartans' 23rd season and competed as a member of the NAIA. The team was led by head coach Marcelino Huerta, in his eighth year, and played their home games at Phillips Field in Tampa, Florida. They finished with a record of three wins and seven losses (3–7).

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 26 Troy State Phillips FieldTampa, FL W 35–15  
October 3 Western Carolina Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 8–19  
October 10 at McNeese State Lake Charles, LA L 14–27  
October 17 at Wofford Snyder Field • Spartanburg, SC L 7–14  
October 24 Presbyterian Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 0–27  
October 31 vs. Southeastern Louisiana Pensacola, FL L 8–33  
November 7 Arkansas State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 14–13  
November 14 McMurry Phillips Field • Tampa, FL L 12–28  
November 21 Appalachian State Phillips Field • Tampa, FL W 23–6  
November 28 at Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL L 0–33  
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sinkwich signs three-year pact as Tampa coach". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. March 2, 1950. p. 25. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Cribb, Irvin (October 15, 1950). "Wofford's Terriers fail to score against Tampa in 13–0 battle". Herald-Journal (Google News Archives). p. C9. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Slayton, Jack (October 22, 1950). "Spartans edge Hatter 27–20". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). p. 32. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tampa drubbed by Appalachian". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. October 29, 1950. p. 32. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Florida State gets Tangerine Bowl bid". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). UP. November 27, 1950. p. 12. Retrieved December 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bradley trims Spartans 32–6". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. September 23, 1951. p. 26. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ Cribb, Irwin (September 29, 1951). "Wofford strikes twice in third quarter to upset Tampa, 21–14". The Spartanburg Herald (Google News Archives). p. 6. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Spartans tie Hatters 14–14". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. October 21, 1951. p. 28. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Blount, Lonnie (November 18, 1951). "Surprising Spartans score 14–6 upset over Seminoles". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. p. 32. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Spartans to play post-season game". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. November 15, 1951. p. 22. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kumble, Dick (December 10, 1951). "Tampa blanks Brandeis on Lahosky's TD pass". Miami Daily News (Google News Archives). p. 11A. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Frank Sinkwich quits Tampa coaching job". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. February 18, 1952. p. 14. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Huerta named Spartan coach". St. Petersburg Times (Google News Archives). Associated Press. March 6, 1952. p. 33. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 

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