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Mail Tribune 100

Dec. 1, 1916


"Hallelujah! Broke Again" was the song of the Ashland rooters as they filed away from the ball park Thanksgiving afternoon after watching Medford trim Ashland to the tune of 10 to 0. The game was closely contested, more closely than the score would indicate, and the general impression was "The best high school game I ever saw." Over 1.500 people witnessed the game.

In the first quarter Medford kept the ball close to the Ashland goal, at one time having a good chance for a touchdown, which was killed by the failure of a fake shift play on the Ashland twenty-yard line, on the fourth down with two yards to go. With the ball in Ashland's hands, it was carried down to midfield when the quarter ended.

Ashland came within striking distance of the Medford goal in the second quarter, but Medford held and Ashland lost the ball on downs. After an exchange of punts Medford carried the ball to Ashland's twenty-yard line where Brandon kicked a field goal. Score at the end of first half, Medford 3; Ashland 0.

The third quarter was even, both teams showing plenty of pep and ability to get through, yet at critical moments, each side held and prevented scoring. In this quarter several forward passes were tried, Ashland completed two for substantial gains and Medford completing one, which, however, netted but a small gain.

The winning score came in the fourth quarter, when Medford made a fair catch of an Ashland forward pass and carried the ball to the twenty-yard line. Straight line bucks by Calhoun, Gentry and Corum carried the ball within a few feet of the Ashland goal. Ashland held for two downs when Calhoun carried the ball through Ashland's left tacke for a touchdown. Brandon kicked goal. Final score 10-0.