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Greenhills Gridders: 1939

Greenhills Gridders: 1939

October 1939. "Six-man football played in high school at Greenhills, Ohio." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Washington State 8-Man

I don't know about any other state, but there are still eight-man teams in Washington. Last season, Odessa won the Class 1B Central Washington title with a record of 8-0 (13-0 overall) and the state championship, beating Naselle by the close score of 80-26. Pateros took up the tail end of the conference with a record of 0-5 (1-8 overall). Not sure why Pateros only played five league games and most everyone else played 8. Soap Lake was 1-5 so they got shorted in games too. By the way, there's a very entertaining video of the US Army disposing of excess sodium in Soap Lake (the body of water, not the town). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY7mTCMvpEM

The smaller game

For some reason I've always thought six-man (and the ever rarer eight-man) football were peculiar to Texas with all our dinky li’l rural schools and their dinky li’l student bodies. In the Texas county where I grew up, we had two school districts that played six-man, and two which played conventional eleven-man.

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