THREE YEARS AGO
OCT. 25, 2012
“Doug Darby and June Stinson were the overall winners of the Eighth Annual EMC Health & Wellness Center 5-K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run Saturday morning in downtown Evergreen. Darby was the overall male winner, running the race in 19:56.443. Stinson was the overall female winner, finishing the race in 25:37.62.”
“Sparta Academy racked up its fifth win of the season and locked up a spot in the state playoffs Friday night with a 37-13 win over Meadowview Christian at Stuart-McGehee Field in Evergreen.
“Jacob Hendrix, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound running back, led Sparta’s offense with 13 carries for 183 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run. On defense, Hendrix finished the night with eight assists from his spot in the secondary.”
Other standout Sparta players in that game included Michael Brown, Shannon Buckhault, Jacob Burch, Brooks Carpenter, Cody Carter, Austin Chandler, Drew Hardin, Austin Hiers Johnson, Chance House, Jody House, Davis Johnson, Chase Kaylor, Jacob Lee, Zach Moon, Stone Riley, Lanse Robbins, Jessie Stabler, Allen Stuart and Ethan Tyree.
“Hillcrest High School’s varsity football team dropped to 1-7 on the season and to 1-5 in region play Friday night with a 28-26 loss to region rival Escambia County at Brooks Memorial Stadium in Evergreen.
“Timothy Jones was the bright spot on the night for the Jaguars as he recorded 13 tackles on defense and ran the ball twice for 63 yards.”
18 YEARS AGO
OCT. 30, 1997
“These young men were selected as Players of the Week by the coaches at Hillcrest High School. They are: Defensive Player of the Week is Tim Bush, who had nine tackles, 12 assists, one pass break-up and one interception. The offensive player is Cedric Johnson, who graded 2.00 and had 18 knock downs. Hillcrest pulled off a massive upset by defeating T.R. Miller, 21-13.”
“The Sparta Academy Warriors upped their record to 7-2 this past Friday night when they defeated the Macon-East Montgomery Knights, 44-14, in an important region game played at Sparta.
“Cliff Herbest was the leading rusher for the Warriors with 183 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown. Lee Goodwin was next with 106 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns, Seth McIntyre, 47 yards on five carries; and Chris Mitchell, 23 yards on six carries.
“Quarterback Seth McIntyre connected with Charlie Ward for two of his six pass attempts for 104 yards and a touchdown.
“Goodwin led off the scoring for the Warriors with a five-yard run. The try for the two-point conversion failed. Goodwin then scored on a 28-yard run and added the two-point conversion.
“Herbest then scored on a lone 90-yard run. He also added the two-point conversion. Ward scored next on a 60-yard pass from McIntyre. Goodwin scored the two-point conversion.
“Goodwin added the last two touchdowns for the Warriors on runs of two and five yards, respectively. The two-point conversion failed on the first TD, but McIntyre scored the two-point conversion on the last one.”
33 YEARS AGO
OCT. 28, 1982
“The Evergreen Aggies completed a successful homecoming celebration by defeating the Choctaw County Tigers 21-7 last Friday night in Brooks Memorial Stadium.
“Leading the way on offense for Evergreen was quarterback Tracey Hawsey with 99 yards rushing on just nine carries. On defense, the Aggies were led by Fredrick Middleton with five solos and seven assists.”
Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Mark Bell, DeWayne Booker, Don Jackson, Frank Likely, Marion Oliver, Ben Rigsby, Ricky Stallworth and Deatrich Wise.
“The Sparta Academy Warriors made homecoming happy for their fellow students and their fans as they beat Thomasville Academy 21-6 here Friday night.
“Sparta used a powerful rushing game to push past the visiting Panthers. Joey Johnson netted 149 yards and a touchdown, and Ed Carrier, the other half of the running tandem, collected 120 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.”
Other standout Sparta players in that game included Chris Blatz, Russ Brown, Wes Brown, Trent Carrier, Al Etheridge, Charles Floyd, Scotty Grace, Don Langham, Joe McInvale, Britt McNeill, Tom Reed, Dewan Salter, Scott Smith and Mike Wilson. Richard Brown was Sparta’s head coach.
48 YEARS AGO
OCT. 26, 1967
“These are the 1967 Yellow Jackets who are coached by Buck Powell. So far this season the Jackets have won two and lost four. The entire squad was selected Outstanding Player of the Week by the Evergreen Jaycees for the homecoming game with Brantley. Gary Hamac was absent when the picture was made. The players are (listing player, weight and position): Skip Stacey, 130, halfback; Raymond Macks, 173, tackle; Randall Griffin, 128, tackle; James Riley, 151, halfback; Murray Griffin, 140, halfback; Warren Brown, 160, tackle; Bradley Pugh, 170, guard; Vernon Chavers, 140, halfback; David Grimes, 145, center; Don Middleton, 115, guard; Mickey Williams, 150, guard; Don Salter, 170, fullback; Terry McInnis, 170, end; David Cook, 155, end; Don Black, 145, end; Doug Williams, 160, center; Johnny Shaw, 160, quarterback; and Jerry Dykes, 145, end.”
“Aggies roll over Frisco City 32-0 for third win: The Evergreen Aggies ran past a hapless Frisco City club, 32-0, in Frisco City last Friday night.
“Hollis Tranum had one of the biggest nights on offense that an Aggie has enjoyed in many years. He piled up 168 yards rushing on 22 carries, averaging nearly eight yards per trip, completed two of five passes for 15 yards, scored on runs of 25 and four yards and passed for another touchdown.”
Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Wayne Caylor, Jimmy Hamiter, Leon Hinson, Don Montgomery, Elliott “Buck” Quarles, Eddie Ralls, Ernest Shipp, Forrest Simpson, Ed Smith, George Stinson, Lavon Tolbert and Tommy Weaver.
63 YEARS AGO
OCT. 30, 1952
“Bay Minette Too Much For Aggies; Tigers Roll In Last Half To 38-7: A Baldwin County High School football team that was billed as one of South Alabama’s best in pre-season estimates lived up to its notices here Friday night. The Tigers showed local fans one of the most powerful offenses they have seen in many years as they exploded a four-touchdown last half assault that submerged the scrapping Evergreen Aggies, 38-7.
“Defensively Sam Cope, Richard Taylor, Jimmy Frazier and Ward Alexander sparked the Aggies who never stopped trying. The offense was paced by Billy Lewis and Alexander.”
Other outstanding Evergreen players in that game included Pace Bozeman, Wayne Douglas, Ronnie Edson and Shirley Frazier.
“Lyeffion Jackets Lose To J.U. Blacksher 32-0: After a scrapping band of Lyeffion Yellow Jackets had held them to a 6-0 margin in the first half the Bulldogs of J.U. Blacksher High of Uriah exploded for four touchdowns in the last half and a 32-0 victory. The game was played here in Brooks Stadium last Thursday night.
“The middle of Coach Julian Moore’s line stood fast all night, but the Bulldogs were able to pile up big gains by sweeping the flanks and their passes also covered a lot of territory.”
Outstanding Lyeffion players in that game included Frank Chavers, Coleman Olmstead and Wayne Thames.
“Plans are underway to stage the biggest homecoming celebration in the school’s history at Evergreen High School next Friday, Nov. 7.”