TWO YEARS AGO
SEPT. 19, 2013
“Sparta Academy recorded its first win of the season Friday night by shutting out region opponent Sumter Academy, 28-0, at Wild Turkey Stadium in York behind the strong running performance of senior Chance House.
“House scored all four of Sparta’s touchdowns and finished the night with 140 yards on 22 carries. House recorded touchdown runs of three, 30, 21 and eight yards and racked up more yards by himself than the entire Sumter team, which finished with 138 total rushing yards.”
Other standout Sparta players in that game included Drew Hardin, Hunter Bolton, Zane Lambert, Todd Mayo, Lanse Robbins and Ethan Roberts.
“Hillcrest High School dropped to 0-2 in region play Friday night after a 29-21 loss to long-running rival, Andalusia High School, at Memorial Stadium in Andalusia.
“Hillcrest quarterback Keyshawn Roache scored two rushing touchdowns against the Bulldogs and Rajos Smith added to Hillcrest’s score with a 56-yard run.”
“Evergreen’s Justin Nared compiled 173 passing yards and scored a rushing touchdown to lead the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers to a 19-13 win over Albany State University Saturday in Albany, Ga.
“Nared completed 11 of 19 passes for 173 yards and scored on a one-yard run that tied the game, 13-13, with 4:14 to go in the third quarter Saturday.”
17 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 17, 1998
“Hillcrest on a roll: The Hillcrest Jaguars won their second straight game Friday night by beating next door rival Monroe County High School, 44-24. This brings their record to 2-1.
“The Defensive Player of the Week was Sedrick Rudolph, who led the night with five tackles and one tipped pass. The Offensive Player of the Week was Cleonta Moore, who had 23 kockdowns. Other highlights of the night included Henry Jones making two touchdowns, three knockdowns and 183 rushing yards. The Andalusia Bulldogs will visit the Jag’s Den this Friday night for the Jag’s weekly feeding frenzy. Kick-off is at 7:30. Don’t miss it!”
“Sparta’s season off to rockiest start in years: The Sparta Academy Warriors lost a heart-breaker to Greenville Academy Fri., Sept. 11, at Stuart-McGehee Field.
“Neither team scored until late in the fourth quarter, but Greenville successfully completed a two-point conversion after their TD to win, 8-7.
“Seth McIntyre was the leading rusher for the Warriors with 114 yards on 14 carries and one TD. Others rushing for yards were David Bush with 49 yards on 17 carries, Aaron Clanton, 24 yards on eight carries; John McKenzie, five yards on two carries; Kyle Johnston, two yards on four carries; and Stephen Salter, -13 yards on two carries.
“Seth McIntyre completed both of his pass attempts for 23 yards. Stephen Salter had one reception for eight yards, and Jared Brogden had one reception for 15 yards.”
32 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 15, 1983
“Aggies host Monroe High: The Evergreen High School Aggies put their unblemished 1983 record on the line here Friday night when they host the powerful Tigers of Monroe County High School of Monroeville.
“The Aggies won their first two games and were idle last week. Monroe is one of the top 3A teams in this area.”
“Monroe hands Sparta first loss: The Monroe Academy Vols spanked Sparta Academy’s Warriors, 35-6, here Friday night before a large crowd at Stuart-McGhee Field. It was Sparta’s first loss of the season after two straight wins.
“The Vol backs ran almost at will as they piled up 337 yards rushing. On the other hand, the Warrior backs found the going tough all night and netted only 59 yards rushing, 33 of that on three runs by Thomas Floyd late in the final quarter.
“Sparta avoided the stigma of a ‘whitewash’ by scoring in the final period on a 10-yard pass from Dewan Salter to Al Etheridge.
“Connery Salter topped the defenders with the tackle chart showing him with six solo tackles, nine assists and two fumble recoveries.”
Other standout Sparta players in that game included Tim Brantley, Thad Ellis, Chad Grace, Britt McNeill, Danny Reed, Jim Reed, Tom Reed, Mark Rigsby, Scott Smith, Tommy Conway and Tim Wilson.
“Warriors host Fort Deposit: The Sparta Academy Warriors will try to improve their 2-1 record when they host Fort Deposit Academy on Friday night at Stuart-McGehee Field. The Warriors opened with two wins, but lost last week to Monroe Academy, 35-6.”
47 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 19, 1968
“Hart-Hinson bomb downs Monroeville Tigers late 14-7: A gentleman of some repute in the football world who coaches up at Tuscaloosa has said that it takes character to come from behind and win. Well, the Evergreen Aggies proved they have character a plenty as they rallied for two fourth quarter scores to down the Monroe County High Tigers 14 to 7 in Monroeville Friday night.”
Buck Quarles scored Evergreen’s first touchdown on a five-yard run, and Jimmy Hart added the extra point. Evergreen’s game-winning touchdown came on a 42-yard pass play from Hart to Leon “Hoss” Hinson with Hart adding the extra point.
Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Jimmy Bell, John Brantley, Jimmy Hamiter, Don Montgomery, Ronald Parker, Eddie Ralls, Forrest Simpson, Hollis Tranum, Roger Waller and Charlie Wild. Wendell Hart was Evergreen’s head coach.
“The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets came back strong in the second half to take a 21-13 decision in what is always the big game for them as they defeated cross-county rival Repton High Friday night at Lyeffion.
“The prized win over Repton evened Coach Buck Powell’s Jackets’ record to 1-1 after an opening loss to the powerful Panthers of Excel.”
Standout players for Repton in that game included Andy Higdon and Joe Smith. Standout players for Lyeffion included James Riley, Jerry Dykes and Johnny Shaw.
62 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 17, 1953
“Aggies Will Open 1953 Grid Season In Atmore Tomorrow Night At 8: Coach Wendell Hart and Assistant Coach Bill Parsons will unveil the 1953 edition of the Evergreen High School Aggies tomorrow (Friday) night in Atmore. The season opener with the Blue Devils gets underway at Atmore’s Municipal Stadium at eight o’clock.
“Capt. Sam Cope, 210-pound right tackle, will lead a rugged, experienced line into the fray. Teamed with him at tackle is veteran Wayne (Dog) Douglas, 185-pound starter returning from last season. Richard Taylor, 165-pound guard, Ronnie Edson and Bud Ward, 160-pound ends, are returning starters in the forewall. Letterman Wayne Bell is expected to get the nod at center and letterman Paul Hanks or Vernon Purnell will probably start at the other guard.
“The backfield will be paced by two veterans, Alt. Capt. Ward Alexander Jr., 180-pound fullback, and Jimmy Frazier, 160-pound quarterback. Alexander has two years experience as a starter. Frazier was a starting guard last year with some experience in the backfield. Buck Lewis will probably get the nod at right half. Walter Carrier, Johnny Fussell and Eugene (Pee Wee) Hyde are waging a spirited battle for the other starting post.
“Atmore and Evergreen resumed their football rivalry last year after a lapse of some seven or eight years. The Aggies played one of their best games of the season and rolled to a 19-6 win. Atmore’s only other loss was to McGill of Mobile. The Blue Devils suffered few losses by graduation and are highly touted. Their offense is built around James Kennedy, a hard running halfback who gave the locals plenty of trouble last year.”