1898 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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1898 North Carolina Tar Heels football
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Southern champion
Conference Independent
1898 record 9–0
Head coach William A. Reynolds (2nd year)
Captain Frank O. Rogers
Seasons
← 1897
1899 →
1898 college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Carolina         9 0 0
California         8 0 2
USC         5 1 1
Oregon         3 1 0
Clemson         3 1 0
Notre Dame         4 2 0
Stanford         5 3 1
Virginia         6 5 0
Montana         3 2 0
Utah         2 1 0
Washington         1 1 0
Washington Agricultural         0 0 1
Oregon Agricultural         1 2 1
Maryland         2 6 1

The 1898 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina in the 1898 college football season. They played nine games with a final record of 9–0. The team captain for the 1898 season was Frank O. Rogers. The team claims a Southern championship.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 1 Guilford* Chapel Hill, NC W 18–0  
October 15 North Carolina A&M* Chapel Hill, NC (Rivalry) W 34–0  
October 20 Greensboro A.A.* Chapel Hill, NC W 11–0  
October 29 Oak Ridge* Chapel Hill, NC W 11–0  
November 4 vs. VPI Winston-Salem, NC W 28–6  
November 5 vs. Davidson Charlotte, NC W 11–0  
November 12 vs. Georgia Macon, GA W 53–0  
November 15 at Auburn Montgomery, AL W 29–0  
November 24 vs. Virginia* Richmond, VA (Rivalry) W 6–2  
*Non-conference game.

Season summary[edit]

Guilford[edit]

The season opened with a 18–0 defeat of the Guilford Quakers.[2] Charles Baskerville was umpire.[2]

The starting lineup was Tate (left end), Shull (left tackle), Miller (left guard), Cunningham (center), Cromartie (right guard), Bennett (Right tackle), Klotz (right end), Rogers (quarterback), Howell (left halfback), Gregory (right halfback), Graves (fullback).[2]

North Carolina A&M[edit]

In the second week of play, the Tar Heels defeated the in-state rival North Carolina A&M 34–0.

Greensboro A. A.[edit]

Against the Greensboro Athletic Association, UNC won 11–0.

Oak Ridge[edit]

Oak Ridge was beaten 11–0.

V. P. I.[edit]

Touchdowns were made by Bennett, Gregory, Copeland, Shull, and Howell in a 28–6 win over V. P. I.[3]

Davidson[edit]

North Carolina beat Davidson 11–0.

Georgia[edit]

In Macon, the Tar Heels blew out the Georgia Bulldogs 53–0.[4] Tick Tichenor wrote "Such a crush defeat as Georgia sustained at the hands of North Carolina today is almost unparalleled in football".[5]

The starting lineup was Klotz (left end), Shull (left tackle), Cromartie (left guard), Cunningham (center), Phifer (right guard), Bennett (Right tackle), Gregoy (right end), Rodgers (quarterback), Austin (left halfback), McRae (right halfback), Graves (fullback).[4]

Auburn[edit]

The Tar Heels won over John Heisman's Auburn Tigers 29–0.

Virginia[edit]

UNC beat rival Virginia 6–2, its first win since the first year of the South's Oldest Rivalry. The safety was made just as time called, and Howell scored for UNC.[6]

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Frank Bennett tackle Wadesboro, North Carolina 6'0" 173
Cromartie guard
Cunningham center
Edwin Gregory end
Herman Koehler end Upper Montclair, New Jersey 160
Phifer guard
Shull tackle

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Copeland halfback
Louis Graves fullback Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jim MacRae halfback Fayetteville, North Carolina Nashville
Frank O. Rogers quarterback Salisbury, North Carolina 160

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=QWv3BlnItIEC&pg=PA55
  2. ^ a b c "The University Team Defeats Guilford 18 to 0". The Charlotte Observer. November 13, 1898. p. 8. Retrieved August 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Carolina Wins A football Game". The Wilmington Messenger. November 5, 1898. p. 1. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b "Georgia's Team Goes Down Before The Fast Work of North Carolina". The Atlanta Constitution. November 13, 1898. p. 22. Retrieved August 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Football Man Tells of Game". The Atlanta Constitution. November 13, 1898. p. 22. Retrieved August 4, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Our Tar Heels Triumphant". The Morning Post. November 25, 1898. p. 1. Retrieved June 3, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read