school sports dates back more than 110 years, with Basketball starting
in 1910, Football starting in 1904 and track starting before that.
There were few rules and even fewer officials in those wild-west early
years. Here are a few examples.
Football 1905 Little is known about the first year of football
in 1904 other than they went 2-1 on the year. The first official score
of a Chillicothe football game was Oct 21, 1905 when they beat
Brookfield at home. Accounts of the day stated "Semi-official returns
place it at 45-0." That's close enough for me.
Football 1910 1909 was a banner year for Chillicothe, going
6-1. The players hoped for the same coach to return, but his $300
asking price was too high for the school board. The first game was
played with out a coach and the team lost 11-10. A player that
graduated the previous year stepped in and the team won the next 5
games, allowing only one score, to finish 5-1
Football 1915 This seasoned opened with a loss in an "Alumni
game" and ended with a win over a "Student team" that made fun of the
official team. It would be their only win of the season.
Football 1921 The team won three games in seven days during
this season, beating Maryville on a Friday, beating Braymer the
following Monday and beating Plattsburg on Thursday.
Football 1927 Chillicothe allowed just 4 points total in the
first three games combined in 1927. They also failed to win any of
them, losing 2-0 the first two weeks and ended in a scoreless tie in
week three. The team went 1-5-2, with the only win coming after the
season when it was discovered Cameron used an ineligible player in a
25-6 Cameron win. In this season, Chillicothe managed just four
touchdowns: one run, one pass, one blocked punt recovery and one
Boys Basketball 1910-11 In the first ever boys basketball game,
the Hornets lost to Trenton in overtime 33-31. They would finish this
lengthy first season at 2-1.
Boys Basketball 1918-19 The team
lost at Mexico 83-3, the worst loss in history. The Cresset proclaimed
the team was proud to lose to the best team in the state.
Boys Basketball 1928-29 If you thought 3 football games in a
week was tough, try five basketball games in two days. It was the
Boonville tournament and on Day one Chillicothe beat Jefferson City,
then lost to California by one point. On Day two, Chillicothe beat
Lancaster, beat Fayette and lost to Armstrong by one point.