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Warrior Memories: 1928 FB Warriors

1928 Warriors 37, Ferndale 0.

This game was played long before my time, but it was played by people that I had the privilege of knowing as great Warrior supporters during my own days as a player at Del Norte.

It was the first game of the 1928 football season  for the Warriors and was the fifth season under coach Ed Fraser.

The team was definitely looking to change things. During the previous four seasons the Warriors had not won a single game against Humboldt County teams. Things were about to change. During the 1927 season the Ferndale Wildcats defeated Del Norte 6-0.

Reports of the 1928 game say our locals opened the first quarter with a dazzling offense, mixing end runs and off tackle plays that Ferndale just couldn’t stop.

People need to remember that in 1928 Ferndale and Del Norte were very close in their student body enrollments.

The strong Warrior line  was composed of Wendell Moore, left end, Frank Endert, left tackle, Ben Pozzi, left guard, Coy Puter, center, William Felterwood, right guard, Bert Yuill, right tackle, and Loren Moore, right end. 

Del Norte controlled the line of scrimmage both offensively and defensively. It gave the starting backfield of Dee Spann, George Koerner, Marshall Griffen and Maurice Enright all they needed to have a great day running the football. Old timers in Crescent City  remember many of these names as they went on to contribute in many ways to our community.

I have to thank the old Crescent City Courier newspaper for much of this information.

Dick Trone writes on his reflections and the history of Del Norte High Warrior sports. Trone, who played football for the Warriors, had an illustrious  career on the gridiron at Humboldt State University. Trone was head football coach at Del Norte High for a number of years before retiring.

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