(The following account of the Armistice Day football game between Story City and Nevada was published on the front page of the November 17, 1949 issue of the Story City Herald. Cecil Spatcher was the coach of that team and his story about the infamous ‘sleeper’ play can be found in the News section of this website.)
The same old story was re-enacted on the local gridiron last Friday when much-touted, highly-favored Nevada team met an underdog Viking team and found that its weight and size was more than offset by the courage and heart of the home club. The final score of 12 to 6 will go down in school annals in memory of a stout-hearted crew.
More heavily favored than in their past two trips to this place - and they were big favorites on those two occasions - the Cubs had a weight advantage of at least 30 pounds per man. The shortest man on the Nevada squad was 5 foot 10 inches, while the majority of the local boys are short.
But from the opening whistle, the Vikings played as never before this season.
The Spatcher crew never let up its relentless hounding defensively. The Vikings wanted to win - and did. Their spirit was comparable to any Story team in the past - another case of determination not to be licked - by Nevada.
This was Story’s third victory in a row at home over highly favored Nevada and was the fourth straight at home this season without a loss; one ending in a tie 6-6.
It was the fourth game in a row at Story City in which Nevada has been held to six points.
The game Friday was just like the one of two years ago, when Nevada jumped off to a 6-point lead early in the first quarter with a punt return - and local fans wondered how many points they would roll up before dark.
But it was the Vikings that slammed back with two lightning-like touchdown thrusts, one on a pass after recovering a fumble and the other on an intercepted pass.
Just as two years ago, it was the Nevada team which came roaring back in the last half, only to be denied more socring by a never-die group of stalwart warriors.