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Video: 100 Seasons of Cal Poly Football (1920s)

Video: 100 Seasons of Cal Poly Football (1920s)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly is celebrating 100 seasons of football during the 2018 campaign.

To commemorate the occasion, videos focusing on each of the 10 decades of Mustang football will be published each Tuesday on and the various Cal Poly Athletics social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).

The decade of the 1910s was first, as Cal Poly officially fielded a football team for the first time in 1915 with the hiring of D.W. Schlosser as head coach. That video was posted on last week.

This week the focus is on the teams of the 1920s.

Cal Poly won 26 games from 1920 through 1929. Herman Hess coached the squad in 1920, winning only the finale, 13-7 over Santa Maria High School. Al Agosti took over in 1921 and won 32 of 81 games during an 11-year tenure from 1921 through 1932.

The 1930 season was canceled due to a polio epidemic.

The Mustangs played numerous high schools and junior college teams during the 1920s. Cal Poly's first win over a four-year college was a 13-7 decision against UC Santa Barbara in 1922 and the Mustangs also earned a pair of early victories over San Jose State.

The 1925 and 1929 teams jumped to 3-0 starts while the 1926 squad finished the year 5-4, the best record of any team in the 1920s.

The Mustangs also did not play football in 1930 due to a polio epidemic and in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. Thus, even though the first game was played 103 years ago in 1915, the 2018 Mustangs will be playing Cal Poly's 100th season of football.

Each subsequent video, produced by Cal Poly Athletics Video Coordinator Andrew Baird, will be published on Tuesdays throughout the 2018 season.

• Facebook: CalPolyMustangs
• Twitter: CPMustangs
• Instagram: CPMustangs
• YouTube: CalPolyAthletics

Cal Poly opened its 2018 season last week at North Dakota State and the Mustangs' home opener will be this Saturday against Weber State, a non-conference matchup of Big Sky Conference teams, with kickoff set for 6:05 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

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Photo above of the 1926 Cal Poly football team courtesy of Cal Poly Archives