40 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 2, 1976
Repton Bulldogs blast Red Level; at home Friday: The Bulldogs of Repton High School displayed a romping offense and a stingy defense Thursday night as they whipped the Red Level Tigers, 52-0.
Outstanding player in the game was Alvin Watkins, who had a total of 153 yards rushing in 12 carries.
The Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first by Alvin Watkins, who broke for paydirt on a 71-yard run. The second came on a 45-yard pass from QB Donnie Reed to receiver Fred Rudolph.
(Other top Repton players in that game included Reggie Bonds, Randy Booker, Keith Givens, Steve Harris, David Nall, Ted Watson and Jerry Welch. Hugh Wilson was Repton’s head coach.)
Warriors lose opener 19-6 to Greenville: Mike Bledsoe’s debut as head coach of the Sparta Academy Warriors in Greenville last Saturday night was disappointing. His team lost 19-6 to a bigger, more experienced and faster bunch of Greenville Tornadoes.
Bobby Johnson legged 59 yards on 19 carries, Andy Skipper 41 on 14, and Jerry Peacock 20 on 11, including a touchdown from a yard out. Peacock also passed 20 times, completing seven for 73 yards, in his first start at quarterback. His brother, Terry, a freshman, pulled in four catches for 67 yards. Johnson grabbed two and Gray Stevens one.
(Other top Sparta players in that game included Hugh Bradford, John Cook, Bobby Padgett, Kent Cook, Tim Johnson, Joey Rayfield, Ronnie McKenzie, Steve Dubose, Jamie McKenzie and Greg Anthony.)
55 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 7, 1961
Spurring the Aggies on this season will be these pretty cheerleaders: Sandra Lowrey, Jackie Thornley, Sandra Brooks, Brenda Ellis, Elaine Kindig and Barbara Stinson. They’ll try out their lungpower at the opener in Atmore Friday night at 8 p.m.
Aggies open Friday night at 8 in Atmore: Light, fast and determined, the Evergreen High Aggies travel to Atmore tomorrow night for their season opener with the Blue Devils. Kick off time at Byrne Field is 8 p.m. and a large crowd of Evergreen fans is expected to be on hand.
Coach John Law Robinson and line coach Lewis Ramsay will unveil their first edition of the Aggies against an Atmore team that is rated one of the best in South Alabama going into the season.
Up front, Coach Ramsay will probably start these boys, left end, Ronnie Jones, 165; left tackle, Jimmy Kelley, 160; left guard, Bobby Lynch, 165; center, Louie Nall, 145; right guard, H.W. Ward, 145, or Bill Hinson, 140; right tackle, Donnie Jones, 185; and right end, Leon Stinson, 175.
Coach Robinson has two newcomers at quarterback, Mike Ward, 145, or Sid Lambert, 135, to start.
At left half, Bonner Ridgeway, a top reserve last season, will probably start. Jimmy Weaver, a first string end last fall, is listed at right half. Duncan Roberts, 135-pound speedster, is the backfield veteran.
Top reserves are James Ward, Don Holcombe, Dwight Pate, Winston Pugh, Donnie Bolton, John Lowrey and John Pierce. Young players pushing hard for starting positions are Alvin Dees, Mike Mininger, Stan Coker, Jimmy Warren, William Sessions, Paul Deason and Robert Rigsby.
Only two injuries are bothering the Evergreens. Playing status is listed as doubtful for H.W. Ward and Legraw Lynch.
Frazier Smiling Out At Lyeffion: Lyeffion’s new coach, Shirley Frazier, is pleased with prospects after putting his charges through early drills. His team opens in Beatrice on Sept. 22.
Top candidates on the line are Shelton Cook, 140; Patton Brown, 145; and Larry Smith, 150; tackles Elmer Gaskey, 172, and Donnie Hamrac, 155; guards Wadie Salter, 150, Harold Wilson, 135, and Allen Chavers, 155; and center Keith Holcombe, 225.
The light, speedy backfield has Ronnie Golson, 120, at quarterback; Bobby Salter, 150, and Charles Salter, 150, at the halves; and Don Garrettt, 140, and Mickey Fountain, 100, at full.
Top reserves are Hayward Salter, 135, Guy Chavers, 120, Homer Chavers, 125, Mike Burt, 125, Larry Blackmon, 115, and Don Slater, 140.
70 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 5, 1946
Football Practice Begins At Evergreen High: Labor Day held true to its name at E.H.S. Monday as Coach Wendell Hart greeted some 25 football candidates with an opening drill of passing, punting and calisthenics. Two drills a day are on schedule for the rest of the week.
Mickey Logue, James Carpenter and R.E. Ivey were passing the ball while Rex Carpenter, R.E. Ivey, Harold Potts and James Carpenter were also getting off some long punts.
All boys are urged to attend these practice sessions due to the short time remaining until the opening of the season with Hayneville on Sept. 20 at the High School Athletic Field.
85 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 3, 1931
Terrapin Race Will Attract Many Visitors Here Saturday: The stage is all set for the great International Terrapin Race which is to be run in Evergreen next Sat., Sept. 5, at three o’clock. This race has attracted interest from far and near, and every indication is that there will be thousands of people from Conecuh County and other parts of Alabama present to see the race. The race begins promptly at 3 p.m. and all terrapins which are to be entered in the race must be delivered to the committee in charge at the race track at Gantt’s Field not later than 2:30 p.m. The rules of the race state that no terrapin shall be eligible which is not entered at the race track by 2:30 p.m. and officials in charge of the race have stated that this rule must be absolutely respected. So to all who have registered entrants in the race, be sure to have your racer there on time.
As has been stated before in these columns, there will be an admission charge to see the race, that is, children five cents, adults 10 cents. This admission fee all goes to the Boy Scout funds.
It is now certain that the number of entrants will exceed the 100 mark. This means that the first prize will be 50 dollars or more, the second prize 30 dollars or more and the third and fourth prizes will exceed 10 dollars each.
All terrapins must be numbered to correspond with the registration cards and in order that they may be properly numbered all persons having entrants should take their racer to Lion Joe Kingsbery at the K&M Garage who will number them with a lacquer paint which won’t rub off.
The people of Evergreen invite their friends from all over the county and elsewhere to come to Evergreen next Saturday. The race should be a very interesting event. A number of the merchants will cooperate in this event by putting on special bargains for that day.
‘Crooked Flea’ Wins In Greenville Turtle Race: Greenville, Ala., Aug. 31 – “Crooked Flea,” owned by “Crook” Haygood and “Flea” McRee of this city, was victorious in a turtle race staged here Saturday by the Lions Club to determine the official entrant for Greenville in the International Turtle Derby at Evergreen Sept. 5.
A large crowd gathered at the City Park to witness the races. Prizes were awarded for the largest and fastest turtles taking part in the races and “Crooked Flea” won both titles.
115 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 5, 1901
Our fishermen have been much perturbed by the scarcity of bait. Catawba worms, the favorite bait, have been all the season very scarce, and now, there are none to be found although the trees have luxuriant foliage. This is unprecedented. Usually at this season, the trees are full of worms. Even the grasshoppers have failed to appear.