San Diego High represented one of the best football coaching jobs in the state, but was John Perry all in?
Perry ruminated that the 1925 season, which ended in a bitter, 13-6 loss to Covina in the CIF championship game, was too long and a reason his club had let down in the title game.
That apparently was why Perry’s started practice a week later this season and moved the start of practice from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Perry took another path.
Perry also had been delayed because he was attending a summer school football class in Los Angeles taught by USC coach Howard Jones.Despite Perry’s seeming detachment, the Cavemen appeared ready to make another strong run.Superstar halfback Bert Ritchey was back for his third varsity season, joined by tackle Cy West, and several other holdovers from the 10-1 team of the year before.
Players were moving up from coach Gerald (Tex) Oliver’s B team, which defeated Huntington Park, 13-6, for the 1925 Southern California championship.
And there were incoming sophomores from Roosevelt and Memorial, teams which played for the championship of the city junior high league in
After a 27-0 victory in the opening game against the San Diego State Frosh, the Hilltoppers lost sight of the end zone. They scored three touchdowns and 29 points, total, in seven Coast League contests.
The Cavemen dropped back-to-back road games at Long Beach and Whittier but still finished with a 6-2 record.
Perry’s 52-14-5 achievement in seven seasons would not seem raise any doubt about his future as coach.
IS PERRY OUT?
But the afternoon San Diego Sun newspaper published a story Nov. 19, 1926, the day before the Hilltoppers’ last home game against South Pasadena, that declared Perry was out as coach:
“A complete rearrangement of the coaching staff at the San Diego high school has taken place, and will go into effect at once, it was made known today.
“John Perry, who heretofore coached varsity football, becomes supervisor of physical training and director of school athletics, but will have no coaching connections with the various teams.
“John Hobbs, assistant grid coach to Perry, and in direct charge of the second team, is now head coach of the Hilltop varsity football team.”
The timing of the no-attribution, no-byline article was curious, with two games remaining on the schedule. It looked as if Perry was being removed from his position and given a highfalutin title of reduced significance.
Key Cavers (clockwise from upper left): Bert Ritchey, John Donohue, Eddie Moeller, Tony Mason, Captain Cy West.
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