Nov. 3, 1934 – Drought Ends

To the Editor:

Following the 1919 SJA football victory over Lyndon Institute by a score of 26-13, fifteen years of the Green & White footballers failing to reach the win column ensued in the rivalry against the Maroons. The gridiron drought finally ended on Sat. Nov. 3, 1934 when with “[o]ver 2,000 fans [crowding] the sidelines – the largest crowd ever seen at this annual classic - ” the Academy bested L.I. in Lyndon Center by a score of 20-2. (“St. J.A. Beats L.I., First Time in 15 Years,” The Burlington Free Press, Mon. Nov. 5, 1934, at p. 12). The Free Press article also noted that “[i]mmediately after the game the visitors pulled up the goal posts as the crowning act of a victory long [awaited].” (Ibid.)

Under the leadership of Coach G. Bernhard Kalijarvi, that Academy football team of eighty-five years ago achieved a perfect 6-0 record, a Northeast Vermont championship, and played with a stout defense that allowed opponents an aggregate of only 14 points over the season. (“Spaulding Vs. Rutland Saturday To Close Vt. School Grid Season,” The Burlington Free Press, Tues. Nov. 13, 1934, at p. 13). The Green & White opponents vanquished that autumn of 1934 included Woodsville High School, Newport High School, Claremont (N.H.) High School, Burlington High School, Montpelier High School, and Lyndon Institute.

Christopher E. Ryan

Los Angeles, California

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