1897 Maryland Aggies football team

Main article: Maryland Terrapins football: 1856–1946
Conference Maryland Intercollegiate Football Association
1897 record 2–4 (0–3 MIFA)
Head coach John Lillibridge
Captain John Lillibridge

The 1897 Maryland Aggies football team represented the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in the 1897 college football season.[1] The team was led by second-year head coach Grenville Lewis.[2]


Date Time Opponent Site Result
October 16 Central High School* College Park, Maryland W 24–6  
October 20 Eastern High School* College Park, Maryland W 4–0  
October 30 Johns Hopkins College Park, Maryland (Hopkins–Maryland rivalry) L 30–6  
November 13 at St. John's College Annapolis, Maryland L 6–4  
November 17 Gallaudet College Park, Maryland L 16–6  
November 20 at Baltimore Medical* Electric ParkBaltimore, Maryland L 10–0  
All times are in Eastern Time.


The letterwinners of the 1897 team were:[3]

  • James Blandford, guard
  • William Bouscaren, halfback
  • Dorsey Cashell, guard
  • Grant C. Church, end
  • Sam Cooke, fullback
  • Charles Gibbons, halfback
  • Wade Hinebaugh, end
  • Frank Kenly, quarterback
  • John Lillibridge, end and captain-coach
  • Charles Ridgeley, tackle/fullback
  • James Shipley, center


  • Fred Bell, tackle
  • Vernon Rollins, tackle
  • Ed Speake, tackle
  • Bob Hildebrand, guard
  • Harry Stanford, guard
  • Hanson Mitchell, quarterback
  • Levin Dericksen, halfback
  • George Peterson, halfback


  • John Mitchell

See also


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