First-year varsity football coach Ken Glore told the local paper for a story in its Sept, 3. 1952 edition --- leading up to the Friday night football jamboree pitting local schools against each other for one quarter of football --- that his team “looked promising on offense but terrible on defense.”
Glore said he had planned a hard defense-oriented practice for Wednesday, Sept. 2, but a sudden rainstorm had broken the field lights and he sent his team to the showers.
Tom Conklin, a 180-pound fullback with two years of experience though only a junior, was expected to be Ontario’s leading runner. Charles Garcia and Burke Nicholson were to alternate at quarterback in Glore’s T-formation system. Gary Capps and Skip Thayer were to fill in at halfback.
On the front line on offense would be Norris Gurney and Jess Jackson at tackle, Ken Ackerman at guard and Sam Taylor at end, identified as “linemen to watch.“
Meanwhile, Vale Coach Jerry Cammann said his team was light on material going into the year but “long on experience,” with Tony Arana and Jerome Connors alternating at quarterback.