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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).

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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