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By MURRAY GRANT
Jayvee football at Michigan has,
come a long way in the past dec-
ade. according to Coach George
Ceithaml, who led the "B" squad
during the past season.
Ceithaml said, "When I was
playing here in the early forties
they weren't called the "B" team;
they were referred to merely as
the yellow shirts. And they didn't
have a schedule of games, their
,ole purpose being to provide the
arget for the varsity scrimmages."
"This chance for men, who
aren't yet ready for varsity com-
petition, to get some very valu-
able game experience is a boon
to the art of football," the
youthful mentor continued.
The plan for a jayvee schedule
has progressed to a stage in which
the B squad played a six game
slate, including three road trips
during the past season.
But the most important part of

JAYVEE MENTOR - Coach
George Ceithaml, shown here
in the uniform he wore as a
Wolverine gridiron star, re-
turned this season to accept
the post of coach of the jay-
vees

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he jayvee operations is not the
,ctual schedule they indulge in,
but rather the individual perform-
ances of various players who may
next season hold down positions
on the varsity eleven.
From reports by Ceithaml and
his assistant Gib Holgate, Head
Coach Fritz Crisler and his aides
decide who they would like to
have report to the varsity next
spring. This year the major
portion of the fine jayvee line
is liable to be wearing the big
-rd M -!f- v1a-city jerseys
when the 1948 Wolverines trot
onto the gridiron.
men as Al Fitch, John Maturo,
Dick Strauss, Dick Brown, Dave
Gomberg, John Pasjen, Don Nich-
ols or John Kulpinski, all main-
stays of the center of the line,
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firchigan fan may see these name
isted among the Wolverine back
ield men: Irv Small, John Mor.
ish. Al Noble, Chuck Lentz, Norrr
!ackscn or Prent Ryan. All these
-len performed ably for the jay-
,ees and could possibly make nex
-ear's varsity.
The season as a whole did not
fare too well for Coach Ceit-
haml's crew. Starting with a
group of green and inexperi-
enced footballers, Ceithaml and
Holgate had to whip a smooth-
ly operating aggregation into
shape within less than a month.
The jayvees opened against r
vtrong Grand Rapids Junior Col -
ege eleven at Ferry Field on th(
irst Saturday in October. All dur-
ing the first half the Wolverine
were plagued by fumbles and twice
lost the ball when they were insidc
he Rapids' ten yard line.
But a sire-fingered group oi
acks took the field in the second
half and quickly showed their su
)eriority. Jim Morrish, a 155-
3ound scatback, took a naked re-
verse from quarterback Irv Smal:
and went 56 yards for the first
rally. Johnny Wilcox booted the
xtra point and Michigan led 7-0
The Maize and Blue tallied
once more as Morrish working
from the same hand-off from
Small went 32 yards this time
for the score and the victory as
Michigan opened its jayvee sea-
son with. a 13-0 triumph.
All was not a bed of roses for
the 'B" squad, however, as the
constant scrimmage saainst the
varsity gave them little time to'
work out a smooth and synchron-
ized offense. And the next two

ames proved disastrous for the
Volverines.
They met a powerful, var-
ity laden Michigan State jayvee
quad. The same score as a week
>reviously was the result, but ,this
ime the- Maize and Blue was on
;he short end of a 13-0 margin.
With that dread disease, fum-
ileitis, still plaguing them, the
Volerines could not get a sus-
ained drive going and never
hreatened the Spartan goal.
The Jayvees journeyed to
Evanston, Ill., to face the North-
western B squad on Friday, Oct.
10, for the first contest against
a. conference rival. With the jay-
vees working from Northwest-
rn's formations and s=Y.:'
Wildcat's plays in an effort
to confuse the varsity scouts
watching the play, Coach Ceit-
haml's eleven again couldn't get
started.
They lost again by 13 points, but
his time managed a score as th
Vildcats swamped the jayvees b
20-7 count. But during the nexl
hree weeks, a long layoff gave
he jayvee mentors a chance to
hip an offensive into shape te
'air with the fine defense the
cam had shown.
And when they faced an un-
beaten and unscored upon Mich-
(gan State eleven on November
6 in East Lansing, the Wolver-
ines really moved. In a driving
sleet and rain, the Maize and
Blue, working smoothly on both
offense and defense, toppled the
powerful Spartans with a deci-
sive 13-7 victory.
Irv Small, leading a sustained
,rive in the first quarter, dove off
ackle on a quarterback sneak for
the first Michigan score. Wilcox'
attempted conversion was blocked
Lnd Michigan led, 6-0.
A recovery of a Michigan fum-
ble deep in Wolverine territory led
to the Spartan score, which came
iwo plays later on a wide end
:weep. The placement was per-
fect and the Wolverines were on
the bottom end of a 7-6 score.
The retaliation came quickly,
however, as after the Wolverines
had taken the kickoff and re-
turned it to their 20, lightning
struck. On the third play Prent
Ikyan went 76 yards on a delayed
"everse to score the clinching
marker.
Riding high on the crest of
this win, the Wolverines invaded
the Wisconsin stronghold the
next week with abounding con-
fidence. Wisconsin's jayvees
were equally eager for victory
and the Maize and Blue eleven
faced a powerful Badger team
on the snow-covered Camp Ran-
dall gridiron. Final score, Wis-
consin 19, Michigan 6.
The final contest was one that
is best forgotten. An inspired Ohio
State squad faced the Wolverines
on afre ezing field in Ann Arbor
on Nevember 20, and after a fairly
tight first half, the game turned
into a track meet. The Buckeyes
romped to four touchdowns in the
last half as Michigan closed out
their season with a 41-13 drub-
bing at the hands of the Scarlet
and Grey.
The greatest tribute to this
year's jayvees was given by varsity
tackle Ralph Kohl, who said after
the Minnesota game, "Boy, that's
the toughest time we've had since
the last time we scrimmaged the
jayvee." True tribute indeed to a
band of men that did much for
the successful season of Michi-
gan's varsity.

smart end, instead of just a
tough one.
His best games were the two
the team needed, Illinois, and,
Minnesota. The Illini shied away
from Mr. Ford almost all after-
noon, but he kept crashing
through to rush Perry Moss to
distraction.
Before the Wisconsin game, one
of the Detroit papers ran a pic-
ture of a pet Badger play, a re-
verse.. Mann took a look at it and
remarked, "They're running the
wrong way, that's Ford's end."
After the ball game Wisconsin
was ready to agree.
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