The following article originally ran in the Friday, Dec. 1, 1922, edition of the Albany Democrat.
Albany high school ran into the real thing yesterday, when the local football warriors went up against the fast, snappy team from Corvallis high school on the junior high field. The score was 43 to 0, the worst drubbing a local team has had in many a year.
The least said about the game, the better, for to comment is to awaken unpleasant memories of that two hours of slaughter and carnage. Albany fought hard and gamely and at times carried the battle to the enemy. Individual players did excellent work. But the team was simply out-classed by a bigger and better-coached aggregation. "Spec" Keane [sic], Corvallis coach, has developed a machine that resembles a good college team in action and its work yesterday on the worst kind of a field imaginable, stamps it as one of the best high school outfits in the northwest.
The crowd was a typical Thanksgiving Day football crowd. Corvallis, headed by their high school band, occupied the south side of the field and its numbers appeared to be stronger than the Albany rooting section. Albany rooters held forth on the north side of the field.
Between halves, with Corvallis 31 points in the lead, a crowd of Corvallis town sports and some O.A.C. [Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University] students staged an informal serpentine about the field. They were aching for a fight, and as they passed close to the Albany crowd, they got it. For a few seconds, fists flew in every direction. There were some bloody noses and cut lips and bruised fists on both sides, but the affair subsided as quickly as it began. The feeling between the two schools was good throughout the game.
Steen, of Albany, and Martin, of Corvallis, were removed from the game because of injuries.
Corvallis displayed a wonderful attack. Quarterback Denman ran his team like a veteran and kept his offense changing. Forward passes, long end runs and smashes through the line were executed with equal ease. W. Edwards was like lightning and a greased pig, for he played a brilliant game at open-field work and was the most difficult to stop. Sweeney, the big Corvallis tackle, also played a fine game. He was through the line and down the field on punts, often beating his ends to the ball. The entire Corvallis team worked fast and with precision and followed the ball like hawks, getting the breaks on Albany's fumbles and mistakes.
For Albany, Captain Groshong played a fine game. He was competent to out-kick the Corvallis punter, but because his line would not hold, he was hurried on most of his boots and did not make the yardage that he was capable of netting. Doty at quarter, and Rolly at left end, and Laubner at right half were mainstays of Albany's attack and defense. In this connection Urhammer played a whale of a game.
NOTE: Albany High School played day games — no stadium lights — on what is now Central Elementary School's generous back field.
The writer failed to include the Albany players' first names, assuming, perhaps, a transient familiarity we Johnny-Come-Latelies don't enjoy. So here goes: Alf Steen, Russel Groshong, Lindsey Doty, Ralph Roley ("Rolly") and George Laubner. Others on the roster included Maynard Bilyeu, Leland Allen, Lewis Uhrhammer, Robert Patterson, Frank Stellmacher, Robert Keller, Leonard Pitman, Joe Gray, Walter Adamek, John Cox and Carrol Walker. All toiled under the tutelage of coach Frank Brumbaugh. (Can you identify the Corvallis kids? Let me know.)
Oh, and about Corvallis: The '22 Spartans truly were "the real thing," going 8-0 in the regular season and claiming the Willamette Valley Champions title. They destroyed all comers; Lebanon came closest to challenging them, limiting their offense to 18 points. (McMinnville crawled away from a humiliating 74-7 bloodbath.)
Later they hosted the Jesup Wakeman Scott High Bulldogs of Toledo, Ohio, for the United States Championship and absorbed a lopsided 32-0 loss before 7,000 people — a pleasure that cost the team $4,000.
Recognize the name "Spec" Keene? You should. Roy Keene was a 1921 Corvallis High graduate and later captain of Oregon Agricultural College's baseball team. Following his education, he headed Willamette University's football and basketball programs, in addition to the two years he spent guiding Corvallis to a 12-2-2 record.
On December 7, 1941, his Bearcats became part of history after becoming stranded in Hawaii following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Keene's gridders aided the resulting response, guarding parts of Honolulu and helping to fortify Waikiki Beach with barbed wire.
Keene returned to OSU in 1947 and served as its athletic director until 1964. He died in 1977, but his legacy perseveres. His name adorns Willamette University's baseball stadium, completed in 1989. He's also enshrined in the WU, OSU and Oregon Sports halls of fame. (cf)