Wilmington High School 1920 football team


The 1920 Wilmington High School football team was 2-3-2 on the year. From left to right, front row, Robert Haines, Donald “Bearcat” Beckett, Robert Hadley, William “Doc” Wire, Richard Egan, Edgar “County” Brandt, Charles “Jolly” Hill; back row, head coach Roy Black, John Nowald, Charles Sapp, team captain Robert Stephens and Harold “Big Oggie” Ogden. A player named Grandstaff also was mentioned in News Journal reports at the time but no first name given. Other players, believed to be reserve players were John Scott, Bennett and Wright but they were not pictured here. In a story in a 1961 News Journal edition, the players reportedly had to purchase their own equipment, except for their jerseys. The shoulder and hip pads were half-inch felt, so not every player chose to wear them. Nowald was the only WHS player to be honored by the “mythical” South Central Ohio football team. Letters were sent to coaches at Circleville, Hillsboro, Xenia, Wilmington, Chillicothe and Washington high schools to vote on the team members. Of course, the “real” SCOL didn’t begin until fall 1923. Nowald would later return to WHS as athletic coach. Charles Sapp was deemed by News Journal sports editor Kroger Babb in 1926 to the be the greatest quarterback to ever wear the orange and black of WHS. Roy Black was one of the most successful coaches in WHS history. Black also taught at Martinsville, Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant, Lebanon, Urbana, Circleville and Wooster school districts.


The 1920 Wilmington High School football team was 2-3-2 on the year. From left to right, front row, Robert Haines, Donald “Bearcat” Beckett, Robert Hadley, William “Doc” Wire, Richard Egan, Edgar “County” Brandt, Charles “Jolly” Hill; back row, head coach Roy Black, John Nowald, Charles Sapp, team captain Robert Stephens and Harold “Big Oggie” Ogden. A player named Grandstaff also was mentioned in News Journal reports at the time but no first name given. Other players, believed to be reserve players were John Scott, Bennett and Wright but they were not pictured here. In a story in a 1961 News Journal edition, the players reportedly had to purchase their own equipment, except for their jerseys. The shoulder and hip pads were half-inch felt, so not every player chose to wear them. Nowald was the only WHS player to be honored by the “mythical” South Central Ohio football team. Letters were sent to coaches at Circleville, Hillsboro, Xenia, Wilmington, Chillicothe and Washington high schools to vote on the team members. Of course, the “real” SCOL didn’t begin until fall 1923. Nowald would later return to WHS as athletic coach. Charles Sapp was deemed by News Journal sports editor Kroger Babb in 1926 to the be the greatest quarterback to ever wear the orange and black of WHS. Roy Black was one of the most successful coaches in WHS history. Black also taught at Martinsville, Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant, Lebanon, Urbana, Circleville and Wooster school districts.

The 1920 Wilmington High School football team was 2-3-2 on the year. From left to right, front row, Robert Haines, Donald “Bearcat” Beckett, Robert Hadley, William “Doc” Wire, Richard Egan, Edgar “County” Brandt, Charles “Jolly” Hill; back row, head coach Roy Black, John Nowald, Charles Sapp, team captain Robert Stephens and Harold “Big Oggie” Ogden. A player named Grandstaff also was mentioned in News Journal reports at the time but no first name given. Other players, believed to be reserve players were John Scott, Bennett and Wright but they were not pictured here. In a story in a 1961 News Journal edition, the players reportedly had to purchase their own equipment, except for their jerseys. The shoulder and hip pads were half-inch felt, so not every player chose to wear them. Nowald was the only WHS player to be honored by the “mythical” South Central Ohio football team. Letters were sent to coaches at Circleville, Hillsboro, Xenia, Wilmington, Chillicothe and Washington high schools to vote on the team members. Of course, the “real” SCOL didn’t begin until fall 1923. Nowald would later return to WHS as athletic coach. Charles Sapp was deemed by News Journal sports editor Kroger Babb in 1926 to the be the greatest quarterback to ever wear the orange and black of WHS. Roy Black was one of the most successful coaches in WHS history. Black also taught at Martinsville, Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant, Lebanon, Urbana, Circleville and Wooster school districts.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/06/web1_FB_whs1920team.jpgThe 1920 Wilmington High School football team was 2-3-2 on the year. From left to right, front row, Robert Haines, Donald “Bearcat” Beckett, Robert Hadley, William “Doc” Wire, Richard Egan, Edgar “County” Brandt, Charles “Jolly” Hill; back row, head coach Roy Black, John Nowald, Charles Sapp, team captain Robert Stephens and Harold “Big Oggie” Ogden. A player named Grandstaff also was mentioned in News Journal reports at the time but no first name given. Other players, believed to be reserve players were John Scott, Bennett and Wright but they were not pictured here. In a story in a 1961 News Journal edition, the players reportedly had to purchase their own equipment, except for their jerseys. The shoulder and hip pads were half-inch felt, so not every player chose to wear them. Nowald was the only WHS player to be honored by the “mythical” South Central Ohio football team. Letters were sent to coaches at Circleville, Hillsboro, Xenia, Wilmington, Chillicothe and Washington high schools to vote on the team members. Of course, the “real” SCOL didn’t begin until fall 1923. Nowald would later return to WHS as athletic coach. Charles Sapp was deemed by News Journal sports editor Kroger Babb in 1926 to the be the greatest quarterback to ever wear the orange and black of WHS. Roy Black was one of the most successful coaches in WHS history. Black also taught at Martinsville, Jefferson, Mt. Pleasant, Lebanon, Urbana, Circleville and Wooster school districts.