On the Institute Campus - Institute vs. St. Landry High School.
The first football game played in Lafayette will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon on the campus of the Industrial Institute.
The boys of the St. Landry High School will be there to retrieve, if possible the laurels which were so slickly snatched from them by the Industrial Institute team just before the holidays. Both teams are composed of vigorous youths all striving hard to win the honors for their schools. The Opelousas eleven will be accompanied by a lusty army of rooters and it is hoped that the local team will have their friends and admirers there to yell long and loud for them. The management of the of the home team has made preparations to entertain the visitors and to pay the expenses of the trip and in order to raise the necessary funds it has been decided to charge the small admission fee of 25 cents. There are splendid players in both teams and the game will be worth seeing.
Let us give royal welcome to the visitors and loyal support to the boys of the Institute. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.
Second Victory Over Opelousas High School Team - Institute, 21; Opelousas O.
The first game of football played in Lafayette was witnessed by a large crowd last Saturday afternoon on the Institute campus. The day was clear and cold and a very desirable one for football. Every player on both teams seemed determined to win, and the game resulted in a victory for Lafayette by a score of 21 to 0. The following is a detailed account of the game:
Opelousas wins the toss and chooses south goal. Institute kicks off 30 yards, ball is returned 10. On first pass Opelousas fumbles to Institute. Woodson takes 15 yards out of tackle, repeats same play covering the remaining distance for a touchdown. Woodson fails at goal.
Time -- Three minutes of play.
Opelousas kicks off 35 yards. Institute fumbles, but returns 5 yards. Torian hits center for 4 yards. Miller takes 2 out of tackle. Woodson 10 around the end. Torian hits center for 2 more. Domengeaux circles for 5 yards. On a fake pass quarter-back advances ball 40 yards, but ball is brought back by umpire. Woodson dives through tackle for 12 yards. Tackle back formation yields 10 yards. Same play for 4 more. Woodson circles end for 6. Torian bucks for 2. Miller through tackle for 3. Domengeaux through tackle for 5, and Miller circles end for remaining 10 yards and a touchdown. Woodson kicks goal.
Opelousas kicks 25 yards. Ball is returned 5. Institute hits line for 5 and repeats through tackle of 3 - Institute fumbles. Opelousas takes 4 through center and repeats for 7 yards. Opelousas takes 2 out of tackle and fumbles. Woodson takes 15 out of tackle. Miller circles for 3. Torian bucks for 3. A tackle-back formation yields 4 yards. Time called with bear center of field.
Opelousas licks off 10 yards. Institute fumbles. Opelousas gains 5 yards through the line, then 3 around end. On another end play Opelousas is thrown back 15 yards, and ball goes to Institute on downs. Miller circles end for 5 yards. Woodson through tackle for 4. Torian takes 6 out of center. Woodson makes a pretty gain around end, crossing 5 chalk marks before he is downed. Torian bucks for 6 yards and scores the third touchdown, Woodson fails at goal.
Opelousas kicks 25 yards. Ball is downed in its tracks. Institute advances 5 yards, then 2, and fumbles. Opelousas gains 6 yards, then 3, and on third down is obliged to kick. Man is downed in his tracks. Then by steady gains Institute advances ball down the field and scores the last touchdown. Woodson fails at goal.
Opelousas kicks 30 yards. Ball is returned 10. By constant bucking Institute advances ball to Opelousas' 25 yard line, when time is called.
Touchdowns -- Woodson, 2; Torian, 1; Miller, 1.
Length of halves -- 20 and 15 minutes.
Umpire and referee -- Guerre.
Timekeeper -- Prof. J. A. Roy.
Lineman -- Henry Young.
Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.
A bill has been introduced in the Missouri Legislature to prohibit the playing of football. The people of this country are pretty well divided on this question. Many very estimable persons think it is just the thing, while an equally large and respectable portion of the population are convinced that it is a barbarous form of amusement and should be prohibited by law.
During the last football season many deaths resulted from injuries sustained by football players. If the published reports are correct football caused a greater loss of life in the past year than the prize ring has been responsible for during the last twenty years. And, strange to say, prize-fighting is outlawed, while football is the favorite sport of the most cultured classes of the American people. If there is any difference between prize-fighting and football, it is in favor of the former. When a thug is killed in a pugilistic contest, the occurrence is certainly not as regrettable as when some enthusiastic school boy loses his life on the gridiron. One is a matured man and goes into the game for gain and gambles away his life. The other is carried away by a spirit of college rivalry and dies in an effort to furnish amusement to a lot of football enthusiasts. Of course, all football games do not cause fatalities, but many of them do.
We believe that if the lists of casualties are compared, it will be shown that the victims of football are much more numerous than those of prize-fighting. Despite all that has been made said in favor of both forms of amusement, neither is so conducive to physical development as to compensate for the injury that it does.
The Gazette is not disposed to seek a legislative remedy for everything that does not seem exactly right and it is rather of the opinion that the force of public sentiment will compel the devotees of football to rid the game of the abuses which have crept into it. But in the meantime let us not be too severe in arraigning the sporting elements for patronizing the prize ring and the wicked Spaniards for raving over their bull-fights.
Lafayette Gazette 2/14/1903.