20 YEARS AGO
OCT. 5, 1995
“Warriors bounce back with 40 to 20 victory: The Sparta Academy Warriors bounced back from their loss and beat the Lakeside Academy Chiefs 40 to 20 last Friday night in Eufaula.
“Lyle Bell led the Warrior ground attack with 158 yards on 18 carries. He also had three touchdowns. Rod McIntyre had 107 yards on 13 carries.”
Other outstanding Sparta players in that game included Steven Bradley, Lee Goodwin, Mike McIntyre, Chris Mitchell, Steven Salter, Charlie Ward and Brent Worrell.
“Kelvin Rudolph was named the Defensive Player of the Week for the Hillcrest Jaguars and Roger Rudolph was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Kelvin had 10 solo tackles and five assists with three behind the line or scrimmage. He also caused a fumble. Roger had a total of 11 knockdowns and 50 yards rushing. Roger also scored a two-point conversion and graded 1.7 on his blocking.”
“Final rites are held for Jack Finklea: John James ‘Coach Jack’ Finklea, age 86, of 1216 South Lee St., Americus, Ga., died on Mon., Oct. 2, 1995 at his residence.
“He was a graduate of Monroe County High School in Monroeville. He served as coach and assistant principal of T.R. Miller High School in Brewton… and principal of Evergreen High School in Evergreen, before becoming the Director of Public Recreation for Americus and Sumter County in 1952, a post he held for 28 years until his retirement in 1980.”
35 YEARS AGO
OCT. 2, 1980
“Jackets jump Excel 26-6; still unbeaten: The undefeated Lyeffion High School Yellow Jackets stung the Excel High Panthers 26- 6 Friday night to run their record to 4-0. It was Lyeffion’s first win over Excel in 18 years and firmly established the Jackets as contenders for area and region honors and chance for the state playoffs.
“Ricky Gill was the leading rusher with 71 yards. (Donald) Lee completed four of 11 pass attempts good for 88 yards and two scores.
“Roosevelt Mixon played an inspired game as he had nine solo tackles and 11 assists.”
Other standout Lyeffion players in that game included Jeff Baggett, Bobby Blount, Mack Dailey, Floyd McNeil, Leoudis Mims, Jess Mixon, Howard Johnson, Tim Searcy, Ardell Taylor and Freddie Taylor. Tim Bowen was Excel’s quarterback.
“These Evergreen Rotary Club ‘golfers’ finished first in a four-club match at the Andalusia Country Club on Wednesday of last week. The Rotary Clubs of Andalusia, Brewton, Opp and Evergreen play each year in a ‘winner-take-all’ team tournament with the money going to the Rotary Foundation in the name of the winning club. Jimmy Bell, Clyde Gibson, James Wilson, Bill McKenzie, David Hyde, Bill McGehee and Roy Pace finished 14 strokes in front and their efforts made it possible for well over $400 to be given to the Rotary Foundation as an investment by the Rotary Club of Evergreen.”
50 YEARS AGO
OCT. 7, 1965
“Bulldogs, Jackets battle to 6-6 tie: The Repton Bulldogs tied the Lyeffion Yellow Jackets, 6-6, at Lyeffion’s homecoming Saturday night.
“The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets made their score in the first quarter. QB Homer Chaver did the job, setting it up and carried it in.
“Quarterback Nickey Thompson made the Bulldogs’ touchdown in the fourth quarter to climax a hardfought and thrilling game.”
“Aggies score on W.S. Neal: W.S. Neal of East Brewton bombed the winless Evergreen Aggies, 45-7, Friday night behind two Neal backs, Keith McClammy and Jimmy Clark, who scored twice each.
“Evergreen came through with a score in the second quarter. Glenn Bolton pitched to end Jack White who lateraled to trailing fullback Brent Thornley. Thornley walked the sidelines all the way to the two where he stepped out. Three plays later Oland Robinson found the end zone with a one-foot plunge. Wayne Caylor split the uprights with a sharp placement to give the Aggies seven points.”
“The Evergreen Jaycees announced today the selection of Brent Thornley as the Outstanding Player of the Week for his performance in the Evergreen-W.S. Neal football game Friday night. This is Thornley’s second time to receive this honor this year. He was also the Outstanding Player in the Evergreen-Atmore game earlier this year.”
65 YEARS AGO
OCT. 5, 1950
“Aggies Get Third Win; Edge Andalusia 13-12: The Evergreen Aggies cashed in on their breaks to edge the Andalusia High Bulldogs, 13-12, in Andalusia Friday night. The win was Evergreen’s second of the year and extended their unbeaten string to 12 straight.
“The running of Bobby (Pistol Pete) Wells was the brightest spot in the Evergreen offense. The 123-pound Aggie halfback ran as hard as any man on the field and picked his holes well.”
Other players on Evergreen’s team that year included Ward Alexander, Pace Bozeman, John Henry Brantley, Sam Cope, Gwyn Daniels, Donahue Edson, Shirley Frazier, Ed Hooks, Capt. Jeff Moorer, Gillis Morgan, Max Pope, Douglas Potts, C.A. (Jackie) Robinson, William Stewart and Franklin Williamson. Wendell Hart was Evergreen’s head coach, and John Lockwood was assistant coach.
“Andy Win Expensive, Lee Lost For Season: The Evergreen Aggies defeated Andalusia 13-12 Friday night for their second win of the year, but the victory was expensive. Billy Mudge Lee, star left halfback, was lost for the season with a broken vertebra.
“Lee sustained the injury when he tackled an Andalusia back in the second quarter. He played on for four or five minutes before going out of the game. He came out of the game only a few plays before the end of the first half and went back in to kick the vital extra point that extended Evergreen’s undefeated string to 12 straight.
“Billy Mudge was X-rayed at Stabler’s Hospital in Greenville Saturday and the pictures showed a clean break in the third vertebra.”
80 YEARS AGO
OCT. 3, 1935
“Evergreen High Defeats Frisco 13-2: The Evergreen Aggies journeyed to Frisco City last Friday and played a fair game defeating them 13-2.
“Both teams played jamb up ball with Evergreen getting off to a good start.
“This was the Aggies’ first game and we hope to go through the season undefeated.
“The team will play the strong Andalusia 11 Thursday night, which is expected to be one of the best games of the year.
“We hope to have a good many fans to see the Andalusia game. So everyone get in your car and come to see one of the best games of the year. – James Lane, Reporter.”
“Bagdad Nine To Play Locals Here Sunday: The fast baseball team from Bagdad comes here Sunday afternoon for a return engagement with Evergreen after having taken the local team for a ride last Sunday to the tune of 4 to 0. The game will be called at three o’clock.
“In the game last Sunday, which was played at Bagdad, Hyde pitched for the locals and Lewis caught. For Bagdad, Soward pitched and Franklin caught. Bagdad garnered six hits off Hyde while the locals only secure three off Soward.
“In the line-up for the locals for next Sunday’s game will be: Melton, Barfield, Hitchcock, Kendall, T. Seabrook, Hanna, H. Hanna, B. Lewis, Newton, Wilson, Carnathan with Hyde and Jones as pitchers.
“Evergreen will be primed to take this game and get revenge for the defeat suffered last Sunday. Fans are assured of seeing one of the best games played on the local field this season.”