1904 CHS Football Team - First Undefeated and
Untied Football Team
Earl Maxson was captain, and star athlete, of the team until he left
school in mid-October to join the Marines. Our American Legion Post is
named.after Earl (Like them on Facebook ... Captain Maxson Post #634)
Ends were Colvin and Walter Turner.; tackles Moseley and Forrest
Herrington; guards E. Mitchell and David Ashton; center William Lawton;
quarterback Frank Watkins; halfbacks Earl Maxson and Guy Fowler;
fullback Scott. By checking CHS class graduation lists, it appears many
of these boys were underclassmen and few remained in school to graduate.
Cambridge won its opener 10-5 over Hoosick Falls playing at the Fair
Grounds (there were no athletic fields at the Old School for another 10
years). Next they beat Bennington 6-0 followed by a 16-0 win over
Lansingburgh (L'Burgh's principal played in the game as did the RPI
quarterback!). Cambridge beat Mechanicville 28-0.
I don't have the scores of their other games, but as the writing on the
football states, they outscored their opponents 162-11. They were the
first undefeated, untied season for a Cambridge High School football
Switzer Green, a South Cambridge farm boy, was also captain, and star
athlete of the CHS track team. In the Spring of 1905, like many, he had
to leave school to help plant the crops. Each year the Cambridge Field
Days was held at the Fair Grounds. Green came off the farm for the day,
winning 3 firsts and a second, was a member of the winning relay team,
and set a meet record of 38' 8" in the shot put.
This article contains material from The Union School by Dave Thornton
and Bob Raymond.