Don's football days - University of Maryland 1932
(1933 Yearbook)

Back row: Wood, Rittenhouse, Hay, Hawkins, Robertson, Woods, Widmyer, Goldman.
Third row: Simpson, Farrel, Nelson, Mayhew, Webb, Matheke, Cole, Crecca.
Second row: McDonald, Poppelman, Sothoron, Silber, Benner, Rouzer, Vincent.
Front row: Keenan, Buscher, Kiernan, Stieber, hines, McCaw






on Squad


Donald Hay .......................end





 Washington, D.C.

Click here for the full page with statistics on all team members
(About one-third of the team were Sigma Nu's with Don.


Results of the Season
                                U. of Md.Opp.
September24Washington College, at College Park      63  0
October  1Virginia University, at Charlottesville        6  7
October  8Virginia Polytechnic Institute, at College Park        023
October15Duke University, at Durham        034
October22St. John's College, at College Park      24  7
October29Virginia Military Institute, at Richmond      12  7
November  5Vanderbilt Univsersity, at Washington        013
November12Navy, at Baltimore        728
November19Washington and Lee University, at Lexington        6  0
November24John's Hopkins University, at Baltimore      23  0
December  3Western Maryland University, at Baltimore        739

        Maryland's Varsity football team, in the throes of rebuilding, lost six of its eleven games during the 1932 campaign. In the games it lost except to Virginia by one point, Maryland simply was up against much better and more experienced material. This was especially true in the games with Vanderbilt, Duke, and Western Maryland.

A scrimmage in the opening game, in which Washington College was swamped Maryland checks VPI ball carrier in Homecoming Game

        With only one regular in the line and two in the backfield left from 1931 around whom to build, Curley Byrd never could find a line combination that came near matching the forwards of his major rivals. This was especially true of the ends. Not one of the seven men used on the wings at various times during the campaign was a high-class performer. Willis Benner, a Junior, was the leader of the bunch, but even he did not play regularly.

        However, Maryland played really bad football only in the Navy game and in the first half of the finale with Western Maryland. After helping Western Maryland to thirty-nine points in the first thirty minutes, the Old Liners settled down and out-played the Terrors in the last half by a wide margin, scoring the only seven points during that time and seriously threatening on two other occasions.

        Maryland's season came out just about as those in charge figured it might. Victories were scored as presaged, defeats came where expected, and it was believed that the game with Virginia was a toss-up. The Old Liners outplayed the Cavaliers and then lost a tie by failure to add the extra point after touchdown.

Roberts carrying ball for Vanderbilt in Game in Washington Widmyer gets some ground for Old Liners against St. John's

        During his twenty-one years of football coaching at Maryland, Curley Byrd's teams have lost more games than they have won just four times, and the 1932 campaign was one of them. Maryland previously had been on the wrong side of the ledger only in 1921, 1925, and 1927. In 1927 the Old Liners missed three tie tilts by failure to kick the goal after touchdowns.

        Here is how Curley spoke of his team in the Washington Star [newspaper]:
        "In football, as in almost everyting else, it is customary to pay tribute to the conqueror, but in one respect the University of Maryland squad deserves a good deal of praise. It won only five games of eleven played, but there was never a moment in the entire season when courage was dimmed or when morale was low. The players fought through a season in which they typified their character in their final game, in which, after virtually being slaughtered and going all to pieces in the first half, and with the score 39 to 0 against them, they came back in the second half and outplayed the same men who had walked all over them in the first thirty minutes. That Maryland squad was made up of as fine a group of young fellows as one would ever care to meet, and any coach, no matter how many games they might lose, who would not feel proud of them would have something lacking in his make-up. There is something in defeat that brings out real manhood, if it exists, and tests strength as victory never does. And under this condition those Maryland boys measured up."

Woods carrying ball against Navy The Old Liners had trouble in stopping Chung-Hoon of Navy

        Unless there are scholastic casualties, and there are sure to be some, Maryland will have twenty-one of the twenty-nine men from the Varsity squad and twenty-eight recruits from a capable Freshman aggregation to depend upon next fall. However, out of this total of forty-nine, the chances are that only a few more than forty will be on hand by the time the next grid campaign rolls around.

        Maryland will lose by graduation: Wood, end; Keenan and Cole, tackles; Mitchell, guard; and Poppelman, Woods, Kiernan and Stieber, backs. Mitchell, Woods, and Poppelman were regulars last fall, Keenan and Cole shared the right tackle job, Kiernan divided the right halfback duties with Widmyer, but Stieber saw very little action.

        Benner, Vincent, DeVeau, Hay, and Rittenhouse, ends; Farrell, McCaw, Matheke, and Silber, tackles; MacDonald, Mayhew, and Simpson, guards; Webb and Goldman, centers, and Nelson, Sothoron, Buscher, Widmyer, and Crecca, backs, are the others due to be back next September.

        Webb, Nelson, and Benner were regulars, Widmyer was in practically every game at some stage. Several of the others were irregulars and a half-dozen saw action only rarely.

        Maryland, for the first time in its history, had serious spring football practice. It brought to light that the Old Liners should have a much better line and reserve forwards than last season, but that the backfield would offer somewhat of a problem.

        It is certain that the Old Liners will be far better fixed on the ends, a department that was the weakest spot during the 1932 campaign. So well did the Freshman wingmen show up that Willis Benner, leading end last fall, was shifted to the backfield, and it is likely that he will be seen there next season.

The band entertains Western Maryland

Note: Football was the first of the "Major Sports" in the 1933 Yearbook. For the original yearbook pages, with pictures of individual team members:
page 1 - Varsity Football Squad
page 2 - Results, Managers
page 3 - Curley's quote
page 4 - next year
page 5 - this year
page 6 - record of points
page 7 - spring practice
page 8 - next year's schedule
Also candid shots from the back pages of the yearbook for Homecoming.

Entire 1933 yearbook

Newspaper articles:

August 21, 1932, The Washington Post

Maryland U. Grid Losses Heavy: Only Six Lettermen Return; 11 Games Scheduled. Riddled by the loss of men who were the important vertebrae in the backbone of the famed 1931 team, Maryland University, with Curly Byrd once more shaping the putty, faces an eleven-game arduous schedule, including games with Duke, Vanderbilt,Western Maryland, the Navy, with a virtually untried group of hefty youngsters filling in the gaps.

December 3, 1932, The Washington Post

Md. U. Seeks State Title in Finale. Western Maryland is heavy favorite in Baltimore Battle
Season's Records:

W. Maryland

63Wash. College  0        12St. Thomas  6
  6Virginia  713Marshall13
  0V.P.I.2333Mt. St. Mary's  6
  0Duke3412Georgetown  6
24St. John's  726Loyola  6
12V.M.I.  713Bucknell  7
  0Vanderbilt1320Boston Coll.  7
  6W. & L.  0
23Johns Hop'ns  0



Special to The Washington Post

Baltimore, Md., Dec. 2 -- Western Maryland and Maryland will fight it out for the football championship of the Free State at the Municipal Stdium tomorrow afternoon, with Western Maryland a distinct favorite to wrest the crown from the head of the galloping Terrapins. Large representations from Washington are expected to swell the crowd of spectators.
       The three great threats to Maryland peace of mind are Billy Shepherd, sensational sophomore full back; Jimmy Dunn, fleet half back, and Capt. Koppe, left guard, who runs some of the most annihilating interference of any linemen in the East. Shepherd, who is Coach Dick Harlow's latest "find" is looked upon as Western Maryland's chief thunderbolt, and the boys who will attend to the business of righting that 41-6 victory which Maryland scored last year.
Maryland to Miss 1931 Heroes.
       Maryland has been pointing for the game for nearly a month, although it has met W. and L. and Johns Hopkins in the meanwhile. The Old Liners are distinct underdogs. Gone the way of all graduates are three huskies who did much to down Western Maryland last year -- Bozie Burger, Shorty Chalmers and Al Pease. Their places are being manned by green sophomores.
       Maryland is placing much hope in one back field veterean, Ray Poppelman, whose senior year at Maryland has been dotted with such visissitudes as a bad slump, expulsion from the team and recent glory. Coach Curley Byrd also has a potential threat in the opening line-up -- Earl Widmyer, who, if the Maryland team can ever shake him loose, can not be caught.
Maryland has Won Five, Lost Five
       A victory for Maryland will put it on the credit side of the ledger, for it now stands with five wins and five losses for the year, but even the most rabid Maryland fans are not counting confidently on the green College Parkers making much of a dent in the rock-ribbed play of the Terrors, who are now definitely back on the way to football fame.
       It is the final game of the year for both teams and concludes so far as Maryland is concerned, the brilliant careers of both Poppelman and Woods.


   W. Maryland

(46)Hines . . . . . . . . L.E.. . . . Bilasman (18)
(59)Farrell . . . . . . .L.T. . . . . . . .O'Lair(12)
(57)Bouser . . . . . .L.G.. . . . . . Koppe(1)
(34)Webb . . . . . . .Center. . . . . . Hurley(2)
(39)Mitchell . . . . . . R.G. . . . . . . .Jones(23)
(73)Cole . . . . . . . . R.T. . . . . .Sedusky(24)
(41)Benner . . . . . . .R.E. . . . . . . .Diksa(14)
(44)Poppelman . . . . Q.B. . . . . . McNally(4)
(48)Nelson . . . . . . . L.H. . . . . . . . Dunn(11)
(35)Widmyer . . . . . .R.H. . . . . Ferguson(7)
(43)Woods . . . . . . . F.B. . . . . Shepherd(21)

       Maryland -- Wood, 75; Vincent, 32; Rittenhouse, 38; Keenen, 53, Silber, 50; Matchke, 38; Hawkins, 29; Mayhew, 67; Hay, 48; Simpson, 49; Kiernan, 47; Hockensmith, 55; Busher, 25; Sothoron, 31; Steiber, 36; DeVeau, 37; McCaw, 48; McDonald, 54; Goldman, 33; Crecca, 23.
       Western Maryland -- Berger, 13; Comerford, 10; Pleagle-Gorski, 28; Greene, 17; Hunter, 8; Kaddy, 27; B. Kaplan, 9; Keyser, 35; Lipsky, 29; Lucas, 26; Marke, 25; Mergo, 16; Olsh, 22; Bomito, 15; Ryscavage, 6; Schwicker, 19; Shilling, 20; Willis, 5.
       Officials -- Referee, J. T. Clinton (Yale); Umpire, C. J. McCarty; Head linesman: M. J. Thompson (Georgetown); Field Judge, S. J. Gass.
(Note -- minor corrections were made to typos in the newspaper article, including the wrong school title headings on the starting line-ups)
Cole, Poppelman, Wood and Woods were Sigma Nus with Don.