51st Year of The Academy’s Sprint / Lightweight / 150 Football

Please go to


Draft Reunion Page

Reunion Objectives:

Celebrate 50 years of Army 150s/Lightweight/Sprint football.

Let former players meet and mentor current players

Let former player reminisce

Raise money and awareness for the program


Honorary chairpersons

BG(R) James L. Kays, LTG Franklin L. “Buster” Hagenbeck


LTC Mike Kwinn (chair), Mr. Gene McIntyre (ODIA), Mr. Doug Fillis (A-Club), LTC(R) Vince McDermott (DAA), MAJ Matt Cuviello, MAJ Will Freds, LTC Dan McCarthy, CPT Jay Shell, COL Doug Boone, COL Tom DiBeradino, COL Tom Kastner.


MAJ Mark West (Head Coach), MAJ James Chastain (Acting Head Coach)

Reunion — proposed schedule of events:

22 Oct 08 Arrive

23 Oct 08

Potential golf outing

Practice at Shea

Mentors meet players after practice

Barbeque gathering (with players until 1930, without players

24 Oct5 08

Reunion tours (gym, Kimsey, Library)

Supe Presentation

Memorial Service

Pre-game tailgate in Kimsey (Silent auction)

Sprint football beats Cornell

25 Oct 08

Parade (reserved seating)

Army Fatboys beat La Tech

Pre- or post-game (likely) tailgate at 49er Lodge (depending on
game time)

Introduction of 150s at Fatboy game

150, Lightweight, Sprint Lore

They were badly mauled in the first half. Just prior to the start of the 2d half they were told. Steve will quarterback. You will have to figure out how you are going to protect him since he will play with his separated shoulder in a sling. On the first offensive play he took the snap and went untouched for the score. The rout was on.

Leading 14 to zero it was 4th Down, on their own 38. The play had been sent in. They were operating out of the Texas Wishbone and he saw that the middle was clogged with defenders. He checked off to a slant pass to his wide open split end. Ten men momentarily stiffened, for if the play failed, each knew they would all be in for punishing comments. Number 51 snapped the ball, as he raised up to pass Coach Tipton nearly swallowed his cigar; but then was to never say a word as Donnie took the pass for 61 yards to the 1 yard line. The Army defense led by numbers 83 & 67 dominated the field. Number 40 piled up yards resulting in a 41 to 0 score. Glynn Mallory a 150 player, Class of 61 enjoyed the humor when Mrs. Tipton ordered Crab Cakes that evening in Annapolis.

He took himself out of the game. The trainer wrapped his arm. He went back in making tackle after tackle with his broken arm.

Coach Tipton wanted to cut him because he could not make weight over four years. His Plebe Coach said no; that player would never let the 150’s down. For 3 years, he was the starting fullback. In his last game against Navy at Annapolis, his former Plebe Coach watched him run out onto the field in front of thousands of screaming Navy fans. He consistently slashed through the front 7 and into the Navy secondary that afternoon. There was no more screaming.

As Plebes each Team played both the Goats and Engineers to a standstill. Although they did not score the points, it was the line standing calf to calf, ankle to ankle out weighted 50 to 75 pounds that won the games. Their coach called them a line of tight butts. As Upper Classmen, members of these two teams contributed to the domination of the league over the next four years, losing only one, but never to Navy.

The five photos are from the 1959 Princeton Game.

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