46 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 11, 1969
“Aggies rip Atmore 13-0; rugged defense leads way: The Evergreen High Aggies successfully opened their 1969 season in Atmore Thursday night beating the battling Blue Devils 13-0. The rugged defense paved the way to victory before a large crowd that must have included a thousand from Evergreen.
“The Aggies entered the game all ‘shook up’ over a protest filed by Atmore against the eligibility of Tim Skipper, a transfer from McKenzie. Bubba Scott, executive secretary of the Alabama High School Athletic Association notified EHS of the protest the morning of the game. A hearing on the matter was set by the District Board in Monroeville Monday night.
“Coach Wendell Hart did not play Skipper pending the outcome of the hearing, but said he was confident that the Board would rule him eligible. The 189-pounder had won starting berths at center on offense and tackle on defense.”
Against Atmore, quarterback Hollis Tranum scored Evergreen’s first touchdown on a four-yard run, and Jeb Barron added the extra point. Ivon Gomes scored Evergreen’s final touchdown on a 17-yard run.
Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Jimmy Bell, John Brantley, Ronald Halford, Jimmy Hamiter, Larry Peacock, Eric Pugh, Eddie Ralls, Ernest Shipp, Reggie Smith and Richard Wilson.
61 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 9, 1954
“Aggies Lift Lid Off In Season’s Opener Here Tomorrow Nite: The Evergreen Aggies blow the lid off the 1954 football season here tomorrow (Friday) night at 8 p.m. when they tangle with the Bay Minette Tigers.
Evergreen’s probable starting lineup for that game included Tommy Melton or Randy White, left end; Wayne Douglas, left tackle; Vernon Purnell, left guard; Wayne Bell, center; Richard Taylor, right guard; Murray Johnson, right tackle; John Sirmon or Wayne Frazier, right end; Jimmy Frazier, quarterback; Buck Lewis, right halfback; Ronnie Edson, left halfback; and Ward Alexander, fullback.
Other players on that year’s team included Jimmy Bell, Robbie Boykin, Timmy Boykin, Walter Carrier, Howard Claybrook, Bert Cook, Hubert Culbreth, Bobby English, Johnny Fussell, Bobby Hanks, Stanley Hardin, Eugene Hyde, Neal Hyde, Mickey Joiner, Bobby Kendall, Robert Mason, Leon McKenzie, Milton Moorer, Harry Pugh, Charles Roberts, Palmer Smith, Robert Smith, Bert Tuggle and Tommy Watts.
Wendell Hart was Evergreen’s head coach, and Bill Parsons was assistant coach.
“Bulldogs Readying For Opening Game Next Friday: Dust was flying as Coach Albert Arnold put his Repton Bulldogs through their second week of drills in preparation for their opening game with Coffeeville next Friday (Sept. 17).”
Players on Repton’s team that season included William Ashcraft, Erwin Baggett, Franklin Baggett, Ray Blackwell, Williebe Crutchfield, Billy Farrish, Clarence Goneke, Eddie Kelly, Charles Lee, Lowell Lee, Johnny McInnis, Floyd Morgan, Cleveland Morris, Jerry Nall, Terry Nall, Tommy Nall, Johnny Owens, Selvyn Roberson, Wendell Roberson, Braxton Ryland, Clinton Ryland, Thomas Salter, Harold Smith, Bert Stacey, Raybon Waters and Warren Watson.
76 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 14, 1939
“Interstate League Series Tied Up: The Interstate League series which is being fought out between the local team and Flomaton is tied up with each team having won a victory. The final game is scheduled to be played next Sunday afternoon at Brewton at 3:30 o’clock. Brewton was selected as centrally located between the two opposing teams. All fans are urged to attend this game and help the locals win the championship cup.
“In the first game of this series, which was played here last Thursday, Flomaton won by the score of 10 to 5. Evergreen won the second game at Flomaton by the score of 3 to 2. Watson has won three games out of four starts in the series. He will pitch again at Brewton next Sunday. The feature play of Sunday’s game was a home run by James Lane.”
91 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 10, 1924
“The Alabama Fox Hunters Association will hold its annual meeting at Heflin in the latter part of November, it has been announced, after the state meets in Tennessee and Kentucky.”