38 YEARS AGO
OCT. 20, 1977
“Warriors win a thriller at wire, 14-11: The Sparta Academy Warriors pulled one out ‘at the wire’ in Grady Friday night and edged the South Montgomery Academy Raiders 14-11.
“Sparta was trailing 11-8 with less than a minute to go when quarterback Terry Peacock hooked up with Tony Raines on a pass-and-run play good for 56 yards and the winning touchdown. A pass attempt for two failed, but none of the Sparta fans or players or coaches were upset by that.
“As Sparta Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr. put it: ‘How Sweet It Is!’”
Other standout Sparta players in that game included Greg Anthony, Tony Baggett, Bill Cope, Greg Crabtree, Harry Crabtree, Steve Dubose, Tommy Hutcheson, Ronny McKenzie, Cook Morrison, Bobby Padgett, Johnny Ralls, David Sabino and Gray Stevens. Mike Bledsoe was Sparta’s head coach, and Bo Owens was assistant coach.
“Blue Devils lose to Frisco City 25-0: The Conecuh County High Blue Devils played their best game yet against the Frisco City Whippets, but were unable to take advantage where it counted most.
“Anglo Dees led the (Castleberry) offense with over 100 yards; Wendall Kast over 80; Curtis Scott, 60; Robert Taylor, 40.”
Other standout Castleberry players in that game included Darryll Crane, Johnny McIntyre, Ricky Reeves, Joe Richardson, Richard Terry, Ronald Terry and Anthony Tripp.
53 YEARS AGO
OCT. 18, 1962
“Aggies Score Three But Lose To Tigers: Despite their best offensive showing of the year, the Evergreen Aggies bowed to the Greenville Tigers 39-21 in Evergreen Friday night. The Aggies out-gained the victors on the ground but the visitors made the most of their scoring opportunities.
“On the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage, fullback Lewis Matthews went 55 yards to make it 6-0.
“Later in the first quarter, Aggie quarterback Sid Lambert went one yard to cap an Aggie drive of 12 plays and 68 yards, 44 of which were reeled off in one run by halfback Paul Deason. Jimmy Raines kicked the extra point, and Evergreen led 7-6.”
Later in the game, Deason scored on a 39-yard run, and Jimmy Raines threw a one-point conversion pass to end Ronnie Jones. Raines also scored Evergreen’s final touchdown on a 37-yard run, and then “ended the evening’s scoring by taking the pigskin into the end zone for the conversion.”
Other standout Evergreen players that season included Donnie Jones and Scott Cook.
“Flomaton To Play Aggies Here Friday: The Evergreen Aggies still looking for their first win of the season will meet Flomaton Friday night at 8:00 in Brooks Stadium.
“Evergreen beat Flomaton on their home field last year in one of the most thrilling victories Aggie fans can remember. Leon Stinson ran 99 yards with the final whistle blowing just after the play got underway, and it gave the Aggies a 13-12 victory. Flomaton is looking for sweet revenge this year.”
68 YEARS AGO
OCT. 16, 1947
“Aggies Down Frisco City 13 To 0 For Fourth Win: Playing heads up defensive ball along with a sometimes potent offense, the Evergreen Aggies racked up their fourth win of the season by virtue of a hard fought 13 to 0 victory over a game Frisco City team in Frisco City Thursday night. The Aggies had to take full advantage of their heavier and more powerful line to defeat Coach Punk Gorday’s tricky, speedy Whippet eleven.
“McIntyre set the stage for Evergreen’s first score with a 20-yard punt return to the Frisco 45. McIntyre lost a yard around right end. Rawls made four over tackle, then Logue hit McIntyre with a pass on the Frisco 12 and he went over untouched. The Aggies final touchdown came on Logue’s pass interception on the Frisco 40-yard line. Logue gathered in Majors toss and sped to pay dirt untouched. A pass from Logue to Bozeman was good for the extra point.
“The Whippets played from the ‘T’ and short-punt formations and used a quartet of fast backs coupled with deceptive ball handling to give the Aggies fits. Junior Jones took several of Major’s tosses for nice gains as well as picking up quite a bit of yardage on end-around-end plays. Majors sparked the Frisco team with his running, hand-offs and well-placed passes.
“The entire Aggie line stood out playing the lighter opposing linemen off their feet and frequently dropping Frisco team for large losses when they threatened to score. Hanks, Salter and Brooks were home in the Whippet backfield all night, while Craig played fine ball and prevented a sure score at one point.”
OCT. 20, 1932
“The tenth annual fair at McKenzie held last Friday and Saturday was a splendid success in spite of very inclement weather.
“In the afternoon (on Saturday), a closely contested football game was played by teams from Evergreen and Georgiana, Evergreen winning the contest by the score of 6 to 0.”
“Miss Eunice Shannon and Coach Jack Finklea of the Brewton high school faculty spent Sunday here.”
“Judge L.W. Price, B.E. Jones, G.R. Farnham, A. Cunningham Jr., Prof. Paul McMillan, Hill Stallworth, J.E. Jones, Frank and Joe Hagood, and R.J. Newton were among those who attended the Alabama-Tennessee game in Birmingham Saturday.” (Alabama lost, 7-3.)
“W.H. Wild and daughter, Mildred, were weekend visitors to Birmingham, where they attended the Alabama-Tennessee game. Mrs. Wild accompanied them as far as Montgomery where she visited Mrs. G.W. Ray.”
“Evergreen Theatre Program – Friday and Saturday – Oct. 21-22 – ‘HUDDLE’ with Ramon Novarro, Una Merkle and Madge Evans – A Thrilling Football Picture.”