|Sparta Academy's Jerry Peacock|
18 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 21, 2000
Hillcrest runner Derrick Rogers looks for daylight against Wilcox Central in a region game played last Friday night in Evergreen. The Jaguars lost 21-14. The Jaguars will play another region game this Friday night when they host Charles Henderson of Troy.
Eagles claw Warriors 24-7; record drops to 2-2: The Sparta Academy Warriors fought the Jackson Academy Eagles for four quarters last Friday night in Jackson, but lost the battle 24-7.
On the opening play of the second quarter, Sparta’s John Anderson dropped the Eagles for a three-yard loss.
The Warriors took the next kickoff and moved steadily down the field. Mixing in runs by (Rusty) Salter, (Kyle) Johnston and (John) McKenzie, the Warriors took the ball down to the Eagles two-yard line. Rusty Salter, on a quarterback-keeper around left end, put the Warriors on the board. John Anderson added the extra point to make the score 10-7 with 6:58 remaining in the first half.
With a record of 2-2, the Warriors travel to Grady this Friday night to take on the SMCA Raiders with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
(Standout players for Sparta in that game included Alex Armuelles, Derek Faulkner, Jimmy Hyde, Justin Stillwell, Josh Varner and Derrick Williams.)
The Sparta Academy Junior Varsity Warriors defeated the Catherine Academy Junior Varsity Colts 8-0 at Catherine on Mon., Sept. 18.
43 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 18, 1975
The Sparta Academy Warriors downed Pike Liberal Arts of Troy here Friday night at Stuart-McGehee Field in a game that had just about everything a fan could want, especially if he were pulling for the home team. The final score was Sparta 36, Pike 21.
The Warriors had their best night of the year, and the statistics bear it out. Team statistician Byron Warren Jr. had four Warriors rushing for over 100 yards with (Jerry) Peacock’s 161 leading the way. (Joe) Andrews picked up 131, (Walker) Scott 106 and Larry Reid, converted center, 104. Andrews did most of the throwing as the Warriors flashed a brilliant passing attack that netted three scores.
Warren’s tackle charter gave credit to Woody Register for six solos; George McKenzie and Greg Still, four solos and one assist each; Pugh and Hugh Bradford, four solos; Scott, three solos and one assist; and Andy Skipper, two solos.
Repton Bulldogs rap Lyeffion 35-0: The Lyeffion High School Yellow Jackets suffered a big, 35-0 loss to the Repton Bulldogs. This was the first defeat for the Yellow Jackets this season.
Even though the Jackets were defeated they were fighting all the way with five leading tackles by Johnny House and eight assists by Mickey Booker. Danny Covin, head coach, is hopeful that the rest of the season will be successful. The Jackets will travel to Excel Friday night to meet the Panthers.
Willie Watkins rushed for an amazing 299 yards to lead the Bulldogs to their big win. His runs included touchdowns of seven, one and 45 yards.
68 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 21, 1950
Lyeffion Opens Season With Excel Here Friday: The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets will open their 1950 football season here Friday night with Excel. The game will be played in Brooks Stadium at Evergreen High School with the kickoff scheduled for eight o’clock.
The Yellow Jackets enter their second season of football with expectations of a much better record than was compiled last year when they played the game for the first time. Coach Morris Ward has been putting a squad of 19 through workouts daily since the opening of school.
Coach Ward lists his probable starting lineup and weights as follows – left end Bobby Parrish, 150; left tackle Clay Kelly, 196; left guard Thomas Williams, 125; center Frank Chavers, 135; right guard Ben Hawsey, 130; right tackle Jackie Parrish, 160; right end Van Hawsey, 135; quarterback Carl Burt, 170; left half Miller Dees, 180; right half Frank Burt, 205; fullback Billy Booker, 150.
Other squad members are ends Carlton Norwood, 125, James Dean, 140; tackle Booker, 148; center Coleman Olmstead, 120; halfbacks Jack Smith, 120, George Waters, 130; fullbacks W. Thames, 120 and Charlie Brock, 100.
Organization of a 12-team Conecuh Amateur Baseball League has been planned. The league calls for two six-team divisions, east and west. Division champions would play at the end of the season for the league championship with a possibility of a playoff with the champs of the Butler County League.