39 YEARS AGO
NOV. 25, 1976
This deer with the most unusual feet was killed Saturday morning. The deer had no hoofs, but rather long, talon-like toes which measured about 8-1/2 inches. The deer got the talons hung in a dogwood bush and was killed by the dogs chasing it. Veteran Game Warden W.A. Thames said he had never seen anything like the hoofs on this deer. Taking part in the hunt and bringing in the deer were W.L. “Sonny” Barlow, Billy Wayne Godwin and Lamar Godwin, all of Castleberry, who were hunting in Murder Creek swamp.
Kim Covin was selected Miss Football of the Conecuh County High Tiny Mites for homecoming. Sharron Baggett was first alternate and Bobbie Baggett was second alternate.
54 YEARS AGO
NOV. 23, 1961
The Lyeffion Quarterback Club honored the Lyeffion High School football team at a banquet Friday night at The Grill. It was the first time such an event had been staged and marks another milestone in the steady program of the QB’s to help the athletic program.
The banquet was given in appreciation of the efforts of the players and Coach Shirley Frazier. QB President Frank Chavers served as master of ceremonies. Speaking briefly were Guy S. Kelly, county superintendent of education and former Lyeffion principal, and Bob Bozeman, editor of The Courant.
Coach Frazier presented certificates to the players earning letters and to the cheerleaders and also talked briefly about each boy. The Yellow Jackets do not lose a single player this year and had only two in the 11th grade, so future prospects are bright.
The Conecuh County High School Blue Devils are beginning their cage season Nov. 28 with T.R. Miller High School in Brewton.
There are two returning lettermen: Haskew Page, a senior, and Henry Foster, a junior. The rest of the team is made up of juniors and they are: Larry Janes, Theo Ryals, Wayne Sims, Donnie Kast, Lester Warren, Dudley Jones and Thomas Shipp.
The Blue Devils are looking forward to playing their home games this year in a new gymnasium that was completed during the summer.
Coach Wayne Pope said, “We have great hopes for the boys this year as they shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the reputation of our school.”
County Teams Play Here Nov. 30: Coach John Law Robinson of Evergreen High School announced today that basketball season for Conecuh County teams will open at Memorial Gym, Evergreen, Nov. 30, at 7 o’clock. A big doubleheader is slated for that night with Evergreen vs. Castleberry and Lyeffion vs. Repton.
Advance tickets are on sale now by all schools. He also said a limited number of 650 seats will be available.
Robinson said the Conecuh County Invitational Tournament will be played in Evergreen Dec. 21-22. The Conecuh County Tournament will be Jan. 12-13 at a site yet to be selected.
69 YEARS AGO
NOV. 28, 1946
The Evergreen Aggies, playing their final game for Coach Wendell Hart, handed Brundidge a 54-0 defeat on a rain soaked field. Again it was Glenn McIntyre, Aggie halfback, who led the team to their sixth win of the season.
Brundidge kicked off and the Aggies roared back to their own 41 with the kick. Ivey made nine and Carpenter got loose for eight yards. Ivey picked up six more and then McIntyre made six to the Tiger 30. Carpenter got 11 and then McIntyre, behind perfect blocking, went over for a score. A pass from Carpenter to Logue was good for the extra point.
The Aggies drove for another touchdown shortly after Ryan recovered a fumble on the Tiger 35. Logue drove for 11 yards and McIntyre went the rest of the way for six more points. Logue then passed to Pierce for another point.
Brundidge was forced to punt and Logue handed the ball off to Carpenter who sprinted for 68 yards and a touchdown. A pass to Ryan from Logue made the score 21-0.
Led by Billy Carpenter, the reserves took over and soon found themselves with the ball on the Tiger 27 after a 13-yard run-back of a punt. Billy Carpenter made 15 yards and then picked up two. Davis was held for no gain and a pass from Robinson was incomplete. Ryan then took a pass on the Tiger two and fell across the goal line. A quarterback sneak was short by inches and the score was 27-0.
Logue intercepted a Tiger pass and ran to the 30-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Carpenter raced around end for 30 yards, but a clipping penalty nullified the run. A pass to Ivey was incomplete and Carpenter punted.
The Aggies took over on downs on the Tiger 35 and a pass was incomplete. McIntyre made one yard and a pass from Logue to Pierce was good for 30 yards to the Tiger six. McIntyre went over on the next play and a pass from Logue to Ryan made the score 34-0.
The Tigers were forced to punt and Logue broke loose for 50 yards to the 20-yard line. McIntyre took the ball on first down and scored standing up. Ivey’s conversion made it 41-0.
After driving to the Aggie 32, the Tigers were held for downs. After a five-yard penalty, Logue threw a pass to Ivey that was incomplete. Logue then ran for one-yard. Carpenter punted out to the Brundidge 40.
The Tigers failed to move anywhere but backwards, so they punted to the Aggie 35 and the kick was brought back to the Brundidge 27. Ivey made six and Billy Carpenter got two more. After two penalties, the Aggies fumbled and lost one yard. McIntyre made 20 yards for a first down. Ivey lost one and a five-yard penalty was stepped off against Brundidge. Ivey lost one, and he then took a lateral and made 11 yards and a touchdown. Davis ploughed over for another point.
The Aggies took over on the Aggie 42 after the Tigers punted. A pass was incomplete and Carpenter made 20 yards. Billy Carpenter then got loose for 28 yards to the Tiger 10. Davis made two and Brantley went over in two plays. The extra point was no good and the game ended a few plays later.
84 YEARS AGO
NOV. 26, 1931
Conecuh Hi Defeats Wallace 12 To 0: Castleberry, Nov. 24 – Two touchdowns in the final quarter gave Conecuh County High School a 12-0 victory over Wallace Friday in the second game of the season between the teams. The teams battled in mud and rain for nearly three quarters of the game, which, however, was hard fought and interesting.
Early in the fourth quarter, Wallace was forced to punt from its 12-yard line. Jim Garrett, Castleberry end, caught the punt about Wallace’s 40-yard line, shook off two men, then ran up the sideline, nearly being forced out of bounds by two Wallace men, when suddenly Kent Matthews dived under both to do the prettiest blocking of the game, Garrett ran the remaining distance without being touched.
The second touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when “Red” Barlow caught another Wallace punt and ran 23 yards to the goal line.
J.C. Quimby, Castleberry center, is believed to have set some sort of a record by blocking three Wallace punts and partially blocking another during the game. It was the first game in which he had played this position, having formerly being used in the backfield. Albreast and Garrett, the only seniors on the Castleberry team, played their last high school game in fine style.
Mr. Milton Ladd, Dr. Townsend and Stanley Fountain of Mobile came up last Saturday on a dove hunt out near Belleville. They were joined by Dr. H.C. Fountain and Mr. W.D. Lewis from this place.
This afternoon Evergreen Aggies will play the Monroeville team at Gantt Field, the game to be called at 2:00. This game is expected to be a hard fought one and all local fans who can, will be on hand to see the contest.