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Nov 21

This Day in #ReitzFootball History (Nov. 21): Panthers battle Central to scoreless Thanksgiving Day 1940 tie

ReitzFootball.com proudly presents “This Day in #ReitzFootball History,” as we look back through almost 100 years of The Mighty Panthers.

On November 21:

  • Overall: 1-2-1 (4 games)
  • At Reitz Bowl (1924, 1925, 1940, 1992): 1-2-1
  • The Panthers have never played away on this date
  • On Thursday (1940): 0-0-1
  • On Friday (1924): 0-1
  • On Saturday (1925, 1992): 1-1

1924: Central 20, Reitz 7 (Tiny Ten Conference game)

1925: Reitz 10, Memorial 0 (Tiny Ten Conference game)

1940*: Reitz 0, Central 0 (SIAC game on Thanksgiving)

“Mud be-spattered and leg and arm weary, the 1940 football teams from Central and Reitz High Schools proved themselves anything but mud-runners as they battled to a scoreless tie in the Reitz Bowl Thursday afternoon.

At the start of the game the Thanksgiving Day crowd was estimated at 8500…at the finish there were some 4000 rain-drenched fans in the chilly stands. And the boys who played didn’t have a very pleasant afternoon either.”

– Evansville Press, Nov. 22, 1940

1992: Harrison (West Lafayette) 30, Reitz 8 (Class 4A Semi-State Championship)

* – denotes state championship season

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