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Hammond Times
December 13, 1926


(Written for the United Press)

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 11.—Indiana High school in 1926 enjoyed its most successful season, a season which established the fact that football is coming more and more into favor with the interscholastic world.

The "Big Ten" conference of Indiana High schools, including Emerson of Gary, Mishawaka, Marion, South Bend, Muncie, Elwood, Morton of Richmond, Technical of Indianapolis, Central of Evansville and Linton, played through its first campaign.

Linton was unable to break into the percentage column due to the fact that it took the place of Gerstmeyer Tech of Terre Haute, too late to arrange the necessary three game schedule.

Of the nine teams that did compete, however, Emerson of Gary and Mishawaka emerged with clean slates and will be awarded similar trophies today at a meeting of conference coaches here, signifying the first "Big Ten championship."

Claims of these two teams to the state title however is marred by the claim of Jasonville, a powerful club from southwestern Indiana, who shared honors as Western Indiana Wabash valley champions until ruled out recently on a technicality.

Jasonville won several notable victories, one of the finest being a, 41-0 win over Linton, a bitter rival. Others fell before the powerful Jasonville attack and the southwesterns have a right to be classed as one of the strongest in the state.

Mishawaka concluded its second season undefeated, its most narrow escape from defeat being a 7-6 victory over South Bend. Emerson, of Gary, also undefeated, in disputing Mishawaka's claim to the state title, cites a 26-0 victory over the South Bend eleven.

Wabash, winner of the Northern Indiana Wabash Valley championship held the powerful Emerson team to a 3-0 victory in a hectic game.

Many Indiana teams have fallen before the powerful Emersonian "Tornadoes" since 1921, when they lost their last game to an Indiana eleven.

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