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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 26, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Nov. 26, 1920

CHAMPIONSHIP OF S. OREGON WON BY MEDFORD ELEVEN

The Medford football eleven buried the jinx, which has hung to the local high school for years on the Ashland gridiron Thanksgiving day, when they swamped the Red and White 22 to 0 in one of the best games ever witnessed by Southern Oregon people. It was a fight from the first whistle to the last play, and Klum’s team was decidedly the stronger of the two, having the advantage over the adversaries in every phase of the game straight football, strategy, deceptive handling of the ball and repertoire of plays.

In the first half Watson carried over two touchdowns and Rawlings one and Medford secured a touchback on a blocked kick, give the local men 22 points, while holding the Ashlanders from scoring. During this period, Klum’s cohorts smashed to the Red and White goal line twice, where they were held for downs.

In the second period of play the Ashland eleven staged a big comeback which added tot the interest of the contest. They made their best yardage in this half, but the Medford line made their attempts at scoring futile.

The local team played like a smooth machine, pulling off series after series of clever plays. No Red and Black men were individual stars — the credit for Medford’s wonderful performance goes to Coach Klum and the team as a whole. The ends smeared the end plays and aerial attacks of the Ashlanders, the line outplayed their heavier opponents and held them from scoring, while the backs plowed through for consistent pains. Aitkins playing quarter, and Heer showed individual superior work for Ashland and proved to be her best yardage markers.

The M. H. S. squad made 285 yards to 180 for the Granite City contingent. Both elevens were stronger on the offense than the defense and Medford’s superiority in both, combined with the fine condition of her players was responsible for the most decisive and complete defeat ever administered to an Ashland team by this high school in the history of the two schools. People here are inclined to give Coach Klum much credit for the marked improvement in the local team. A large crowd of enthusiastic Medford rooters attended the contest.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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