Interesting headline, huh?
It’s hard to imagine something like this happening today, but the football world was very different 109 years ago, obviously, just 37 years after the first college football game was played between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869.
As the Morning Tribune reported Dec. 9, 1906, “The San Luis High” defeated California Polytechnic 15-0 in a game that was “fiercely contested from the opening to the end, the Polytechnic lads making the wearers of the orange and black fight for every inch of ground that they gained,” according to a very old reporter who may or may not still work here.
The story in the Morning Tribune says the game was played “on an adobe field which was as slippery as glass, giving (San Luis Obispo High) a great advantage.” Cal Poly apparently tried a number of trick plays, but SLO High “won by superior team work and exceptionally fast playing.”
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Apparently, this wasn’t uncommon. During its first 16 seasons, Cal Poly played mostly college freshmen and high school football teams.
I don’t think SLO High wants a rematch.