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Monroe Countian sees historic game

November 16, 2012
By BETTY POKAS - Buckeye Blitz (bpokas@timesleaderonline.com) , Times Leader

A MONROE County resident was "too young and too excited" to know that an historic field goal was made Nov. 13, 1943, during the the Ohio State Buckeyes-Fighting Illini football game.

Clarington resident Ed Fellabaum, now a septuagenarian, said he was 9 years of age when he attended that game with his father.

The field goal was made by Powhatan Point resident John Stungis 20 minutes after the Buckeye-Illinois game was thought to have ended in a 26-26 tie.

After the 20-minute lapse, the two teams were called back because of a penalty by the Illini on the Buckeyes' final play.

Players returned hurriedly to the field, some without their shoes.

Then, Stungis kicked a field goal, the first and only field goal attempt of his career. As a result of the Powhatan Point player's historic three-pointer, Ohio State won 29-26 and earned its first Western Conference win of the season.

The team was coached by Paul Brown, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.

The game became known as having a "fifth quarter."

Fellabaum, son of a Powhatan Mine foreman, originally hadn't been scheduled to attend the game.

It had been arranged for all foremen of the Powhatan Mine to attend, but three of them couldn't go so three foremen's sons were able to see the game in the 'Shoe.

The Clarington man, who mentioned how excited he was about the game, said that he had grown up with Stungis' two younger brothers.

Stungis' sister is Dorothy Dierkes of Woodsfield.

Stungis, who is now deceased, had played football in high school for only during his senior year.

During his first three years at Powhatan High, Stungis had played the tenor saxophone in the band until the coach convinced him to play football rather than an instrument.

Fellabaum was raised in a company house in a coal mining camp.

Founder of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Korean War Veterans, the Clarington man is in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

Although he remembers the Ohio State-Illini match-up nearly 70 years ago in the 'Shoe, he said, "I haven't been to a game since."

Pokas can be reached at bettypokas@yahoo.com.

 
 

 

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