Elder Panther Football - 1937

Front Row (l-r): James Donohue, Fred Meyer, Harry Tierney, Robert Herfurt, Bernard Morman, Louis Roedersheimer, Robert Drennan, Edward Schneider. Second Row: Paul Heidel, James Held, Herbert Strassel, Joseph Chuck, Robert Shoemaker, Harold Doerger, Alfred Berndsen, Walter Riestenberg, Raymond Hater. Third Row: Albert Brofft, Matthew McDonough, John Puls, Urban Schroeder, Stanton Ense, Raymond Bruggemeyer, Richard Witterstaetter, Louis Riehle, James Barrett, Albert Lemmel. Top Row: George Sunderhaus (Manager), Lawrence Burns, Thomas Raterman, Charles Leverone, John Vogele, John Lambert, James Straus, Cletus Morgan, James Held (Manager).

 

REGULAR SEASON RECORD: 7-2

Game #
Date
Opponent
Site
Score
W/L
Record
1
9/24/37
Woodward
H
12-6
W
1-0
2
10/1/37
Hughes
Northside
21-13
W
2-0
3
10/8/37
Withrow
A
14-0
W
3-0
4
10/17/37
St. Xavier
Corcoran
14-8
W
4-0
5
10/24/37
Purcell
H
12-6
L
4-1
6
10/31/37
Automotive Trades
H
39-0
W
5-1
7
11/5/37
Louisville Male
A
38-6
L
5-2
8
11/14/37
Roger Bacon
Corcoran
26-0
W
6-2
9
11/25/37
Western Hills
A
31-7
W
7-2

Head Coach: Walter Bartlett (Career Record: 37-41-11)

Captain: Fred Meyer 

Final GCL Standings

Overall
League

1. ELDER

7-2
2-1

1. St. Xavier

5-4
2-1

3. Purcell

1-5-3
1-1-1

4. Roger Bacon

0-6-2
0-2-1

Season Highlights: The summer of 1937 saw the construction of the first portion of the Stadium's concrete bleachers. (Prior to this time, wooden bleachers were set up for each game.) Funded by a cash raffle among the students and by other donations, the stadium was designed by Elder seniors Robert Bange and John Hurst, and built by Elder students under the direction of Elder's art teacher Mr. Joseph Neyer. The first section was put into use for the Panthers' first game of the 1937 season, against Woodward.

Coach Bartlett's 1937 team was the first to win seven games in a season, losing only to Purcell and Louisville Male. Purcell's tie with Roger Bacon gave the Cavaliers third place in the GCL, with Elder and St. Xavier tied for first, the Panthers' third consecutive first place finish. Captain Fred "Wiz" Meyer was the team's leading scorer, with 91 points for the season, on 15 TDs and 1 one-point conversion. Long passes became part of the Elder arsenal as Lou Roedersheimer connected with Meyer (50 yards) and Bob Drennan (35 yards), Bob Shoemaker connected with Meyer (40 and 27 yards) and Meyer tossed to Drennan (41 yards) for touchdowns during the season. The defense netted four fumble recoveries and six interceptions; two of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns (by Drennan [40 yards] and Shoemaker [68 yards]). 

 

Team Roster

Number
Name
Position
Class
71
Barrett, James

Jr.
73
Berndsen, Alfred
C
Jr.

Brofft, Albert

Sr.
46
Bruggemeyer, Raymond

Fr.

Burns, Lawrence

Jr.
56
Chuck, Joseph

Jr.
47
Doerger, Harold

Jr.
52
Donahue, James
G
Sr.
37
Drennan, Robert
W
Sr.
48
Ense, Stanton

Jr.
45
Hater, Raymond
HB
Sr.

Heidel, Paul

Sr.
51
Held, John

Jr.
39
Herfurt, Robert
T
Sr.

Lambert, John

Jr.
66
Lemmel, Albert

Soph.

Leverone, Charles

Jr.

McDonough, Matthew

Jr.
50
Meyer, Fred
QB
Sr.
23
Morgan, Cletus

Jr.
78
Morman, Bernard
T
Sr.

Murray, Maurice

Sr.
21
Puls, John

Sr.

Raterman, Thomas

Jr.
65
Riehle, Louis

Soph.
35
Riestenberg, Walter
E
Sr.
54
Roedersheimer, Louis

Sr.
76
Schneider, Edward
HB
Sr.

Schroeder, Urban
E
Jr.
44
Shoemaker, Robert
FB
Jr.
38
Strassel, Herbert

Jr.

Straus, James

Jr.
53
Tierney, Harry
G
Sr.

Vogele, John

Soph.
49
Witterstaetter, Richard

Sr.

 

 
No. of Players
35
 

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