Don's football days - Central High School Yearbook
|The Central High 1929 football team - Captain George Brandt is front-middle|
George Brandt, Captain
Mark Daniels, Manager
Mr. Rauber, Coach
LETTER MEN, 1929-1930
The 1929 Central High School (1930 "The Brecky") football season write-up:
The 1929 sportlight: In football, the season started off disastrously. Our first opponent was Tech, champion of the previous year. The "Blue and White" team, under Captain Brandt, commenced well, with the men playing together, and showing a good spirit. Nevertheless, the breaks were against them, and although Central played its best, Tech won the game with a score of twelve to six.
The team carried on, however, without lessening its spirit, and the rest of the high school competitions were a series of victories. The most thrilling of these games was the final one of the series against Eastern. Since undisputed second place rested upon its outcome, both teams played "over their heards." The Centralites, however, never even seemed in danger of losing, and, as one observer remarked, "The game was in the bag before the end of the first play."
Central, although not the champion, had some of the brightest stars in the high school football lexicon. Four members of the team were almost unanimously granted "All-high" rating. Pinckney, Brandt, Lamond, and Eicholtz were the Centralites so signally honored. Pinckney, with his line plunging, open-field runs, efficient blocking, fierce tackling, and general football sense, was the outstanding individual of the the series. In Brandt, Central had the most improved player of the series. The Central captain was a big factor in every victory, and his kicking was a thorn in the side of our opponents throughout the entire season.
The Post-season game against Devitt was a disappointment, since some newspapers had stated it as being between the two best secondary school teams in the city. The prep-school boys, however, unceremoniously handed Central the score of nineteen to nothing, and didn't take the smallest piece for themselves, either. They were too experienced for our team, many members of which were playing in their first time out for football. The only bright spots on the "Blue and White" horizon were the team's gameness in the face of inevitable defeat, and Pinckney's stellar work as a defensive fullback. The curtain came down on the football activities with the choosing of McGinty as captain for the coming year.
Although George Brandt did not go to the University of Maryland with Don, he did live in Washington, DC after college, and his wife Elma was best friends with Don's wife Ellie. For the rest of his life, Don continued to enjoy sports as a participant and a spectator with his high school and college friends, especially playing golf at Bethesda and Congressional Country Clubs with George. While Ellie never played golf, some of the other wives, including Elma, did.