Presbyterian College football began with a winning season. Four victories. Four triumphs. A tradition that reaches its 100th season with the arrival of the 2013 campaign began as a 4-3 season to kick off one of South Carolina’s most historic football programs. Head coach Everett Boe guided the Blue Stockings to its first victory with a 25-0 win over Rock Hill High. Bill Theller’s 1914 squad then set a record that still stands today by thrashing Wofford, fitting in the season opener with the school’s largest-ever margin of victory, 104-0. Walter A. Johnson, the unofficial patriarch of PC football, arrived in Clinton in 1915 (with future coach Lonnie McMillian playing for him) and wasted little time putting his stamp on the team as PC went 8-1 in 1917. The not-yet-then Blue Hose lost their first game before rattling off eight straight wins, including victories over The Citadel, Wofford, Furman and South Carolina.
In 1921, PC joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), one of the nation’s first collegiate athletic conferences. In-state rivalries also began to form within the “Little Four” of PC, Wofford, Erskine, and Newberry as well as with future powerhouses Clemson and South Carolina. Big plays followed shortly after PC joined the SIAA including when Jack Wilson returned a kickoff for 103 yards against Erskine in 1921 and when PC blanked North Georgia in 1922 for its second-largest margin of victory ever, 67-0. The 1922 team was arguably the program’s best yet, going 6-2-1 and outscoring its opponents 176-42 despite only averaging 151 pounds per player.
Presbyterian College basketball grew, as most great traditions do, from modest beginnings. When the program began 1913, the first team practiced and played outside. Soon the squad moved indoors, briefly playing games in the newly-constructed Jacobs Hall before moving to the historic Leroy Springs gym in the second decade.
Everett Booe served as the program’s first coach in 1913 while also handling the school’s football team that fall. The following year, Walter Johnson began a 16-season career as the head varsity coach.
The team soon found its winning ways, recording an 8-1 record in 1917. Those early years also gave birth to historic rivalries with nearby schools like Clemson, Wofford, South Carolina, Furman, Newberry and the College of Charleston.
On February 17, 1922, the team picked up a convincing win in one of those rivalry games by defeating the College of Charleston, 32-10.