John "Beef" Meader and his wife Joan at the 2008 Hall of Achievement Reception and Dinner at Haverford College.
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Location: Haverford College in Haverford, PA
Notes: The fall of 1942 opened inauspiciously on what was to be the last formal program for three years. Football had been hit by graduation and the loss of several men, including line coach Bill Docherty to the Armed Services. This was a young team, eager and willing to work, with no false ideas of its abilities. The line under the inspiring leadership of Captain Beef Meader developed rapidly and each week proved itself a better unit, willing and able to learn. Chuck Boteler, a sophomore speedster moved into the backfield and with Art Jones at fullback doing the bucking and passing, gave Haverford an outside threat that proved invaluable throughout the season. As Chuck spread them out, Art went down the middle, combining a fine burst of speed when in the open with a passing arm that completed the season without an interception. Wesleyan University was the highest hurdle to be met, and the team rose to the occasion with unbelievable fury, piling up 33 points, 26 in the first half, and then hanging on grimly against Wesleyan’s superior reserve power, to emerge the victor 33-21. Against Swarthmore a new star shone. Art Jones was injured early in the second quarter and had to be removed from the game. Dee Crabtree, a halfback, did yeoman service in reserve. Boteler got loose once for 60 yards and a touchdown, but the team had to come from behind in the second half as Swarthmore went ahead 13-7. In the final period Boteler moved once more and tied the score. With Botetler holding, Crabtree kicked his first and only point after touchdown to give the Fords a one point victory and enable them to complete the first undefeated and untied football season in the history of the College.
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