The Story of the Dayton Triangles


Dayton Triangles at Chicago Cardinals
November 09, 1924
Site: Comiskey Park, Chicago
Chicago Tribune


Paddy Driscoll and his south side Cardinal eleven, with recollections of three defeats in as many weeks, yesterday changed their stride and completely submerged the Dayton Triangles in a National Professional game at Comiskey Park, 23 to 0, before about 2,000 fans.

After Koehler, Cardinal full, took the ball around right end in the first period, the Chicago team got under way and started its march toward the first score. Hurlburt, half back, and Driscoll then made runs of 20 and 25 yards, respectively, and the ball was on the Triangle 35 yard line. Following one line crash, Hurlburt grabbed the ball from Driscoll and ran through a split Triangle field for 35 yards and the first marker. Driscoll made the extra point.

Cards Pile Up Points

Nine points were marked up by the local team during the second session. With the exceptionally good work of Driscoll, Koehler, and Hurlburt, the oval was taken to the Ohio 2 yard line. Then, after two brutal smashes, Fred DeStefano was given the oval and he drove off right tackle for the second touchdown. Driscoll’s kick for the extra point was wide.

Although during the second period the Dayton team had a few chances to score, it either blew up or lost the ball by fumbles.

The Cardinals were successful with their sky work and gained many yards in this period, but the passes did little in bringing the local team within scoring distance. However, Driscoll scored a field goal from a difficult angle on the 28 yard line.

Cardinals Halt Rally

During the third period about all the teams could do was punt from one end of the field to another. The lines strengthened and for a while it looked as if Dayton was going to step out and change the score. Consistent plunges by Partlow and Redmond gained well and Huffine got away for one run of 20 yards. A pass from Partlow to Huffine netted 15 yards, but the Cards then opened up and had things their own way.

Driscoll, after being out of the game in the third quarter, returned and started the march which ultimately led to the final touchdown. He successfully passed to McElwain for a gain of 20 yards, placing the oval on the Dayton 20 yard line. He then attempted a drop kick but failed.

Dayton worked down to the Cardinal 10 yard line in the final quarter through passes from Partlow to Huffine. Then Partlow drove off right tackle for 5 yards, but on a subsequent play the Cardinal line held and recovered the ball on downs. McElwain then made 15 yards off right tackle. A pass from Driscoll to McElwain brought a long gain, and a pass to Hanke behind the goal counted the final score. 

Scoring by periods 1 2 3 4 Final
Dayton Triangles 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago Cardinals 7 9 0 7 23

1st quarter scoring:  Chi TD run - Hurlburt (Driscoll kick) 7-0

2nd quarter scoring:  Chi TD run - DeStefano (Driscoll kick failed) 13-0

           Chi FG - 28 yards Driscoll 16-0

3rd quarter scoring:  none

4th quarter scoring:  Chi TD pass - Driscoll to Hanke (Driscoll kick) 23-0

Cardinals Triangles
Anderson, Hanke RE Bacon
Brennan RT Souers
Clark  RG Muirhead
Hartong C Kinderline
O'Conner LG Egan
Gillies LT Hathaway
McNulty LE Fenner, Tidd, Borwitz
Driscoll, Folz QB Abbott
DeStefano RHB Partlow
Hurlburt, McElwain LHB Mahrt
Koehler FB Huffine


Officials: Referee - Cahn, Chicago

Umpire - McGregor, Illinois

Attendance: 2,000

       Researcher:  Roy Sye

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