The 1943 squad was expected to be one of the best
in the nation as coach Ray Flaherty had a number of his Washington
Redskin players as well as members of the Detroit Lions, Philadelphia
Eagles, and Brooklyn Dodgers along with college standouts, but a
schedule could not get put together.
Key Players for 1945:
Charles Newman (Louisiana Tech)
Bill McDonald (Tennessee State)
George Kaufman (6 comp 148 yds 2 TDs) as QB
on Nov 10, 1945
Beginning in September of 1943, Lt Raymond P.
Flaherty who formerly coached the Washington Redskins (NFL) was charged
with forming a football league consisting of five teams. The teams
would represent the five recruit camps and begin 7 weeks of play around
Oct 1. Farragut would not send a team into the regional semi pro
In 1944, Farragut had two leagues and on Oct 27
(Navy Day) would put on a free demonstration at Gonzaga Stadium
featuring the the 2 league champs and 125-piece navy band, and a
contingent of "104 WAVES".
Coaches of the teams included Ed Justice (Gonzaga),
Ki Aldrich (Texas Christian), Bob Sweiger (Univ of Minnesota), Tiny
Wafford (SMU), Manuel Thomas (Tulane), E.D. Dawald (Swarthmore) and Leon
Jursche (Pittsburg State). The teams of the "Signalmen" and
"Quartermasters" led with 2 wins followed by the "Radiomen" (1-0-1) made
up of both sailors and marines. A heavy team from the Hospital
Corps scored a victory over the Dental Corps to take the lead in the
Ship's Company league.
By 1945, Farragut looked to enter a team into
regional play but with a standing military order of "48 hour readiness",
the team could not be away for longer than 48 hours so opponents within
a short train or bus ride were needed.
The Nov 10 game between Farragut and the Idaho
Vandals dubbed "Idaho Day" saw several crews of German prisoners of war
and a a number of rotary brushes used to sweep the gridiron clear of
snow in preparation for the game.
The drubbing of the semi-pro Bremerton Rockers
featured former USC quarterback Wellesley Magan scoring 2 TD's and the
Bluejacket defense holding the Rockets to the Navy 44-yard line and
allowing them no closer to a goal.
Cecil Bridges took a Rockets punt 33 yards for a
score and Magan intercepted a pass returning it 23 yards for a score.
Vice Patrella, reserve fullback scored the final tally for the Navy
after a 72-yard drive.