13 YEARS AGO
NOV. 6, 2003
Warriors end season with 26-16 victory: The Sparta Academy Warriors ended their 2003 season on a winning note when they defeated the Ashford Falcons, 26-16, Friday night at Stuart-McGehee Field.
Will Ivey was the leading rusher for the Warriors with 170 yards on 17 carries. Perry Castleberry rushed for 54 yards on 10 carries and scored one touchdown. Cody Lowery had 20 yards on six carries. Brandon Burleson had nine yards on five carries and one touchdown, and Paul Castleberry had eight yards on three carries.
At the quarterback spot, Ivey completed three of his nine pass attempts for 46 yards, two for touchdowns. He also threw one interception. Perry Castleberry’s one pass attempt was complete for 12 yards.
Burleson had two pass receptions for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Lowery had one pass reception for 12 yards, and Paul Castleberry had one reception for 12 yards.
Burleson scored first for the Warriors on a 10-yard pass from Ivey. The PAT was no good. Perry Castleberry scored next on a one-yard run. The try for the two-point conversion failed. Burleson scored his second touchdown on a one-yard run. The try for the two-point conversion failed.
Patrick Cumagun tackled an Ashford runner in the end zone for a safety to put two more points on the board. Burleson scored the final touchdown of the night on a 24-yard pass from Ivey. The try for the two-point conversion failed.
This is the symbol that was trenched into the football field at Sparta Academy late last Thursday night. The symbol was misidentified by many as a satanic symbol. It was officially identified as a symbol of anarchy by the Evergreen Police Department. The perpetrators of the damage turned themselves in to authorities the next day.
27 YEARS AGO
NOV. 2, 1989
Meeks kicks Jags past T’loosa 3-0: His face wasn’t horribly burned and he wasn’t wearing a hockey mask, but Russell Meeks proved to be the boogie man for Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s early Halloween last Friday night.
On the first play of the game after the opening kickoff, Meeks sprinted 44 yards on the carry, on defense he contributed 11 solos and two assists, but it was high right leg that did the Patriots in as he kicked a 29-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the game to give the Jaguars a 3-0 win and end their 1989 football season with a record of 8-1.
A crucial play setting up the winning field goal was a 23-yard pass to Michael Stokes from Marvin Cunningham.
The field goal came with 12 seconds left in the game from 29 yards out. A large amount of credit goes to the holder, Derek Gessner, also as he received a high snap from center and calmly placed the ball down for Russell Meeks to kick the winning points.
On the night, the Jags were led offensively by Derrick Richardson with 67 yards on 23 carries and Russell Meeks with 57 yards on only five carries.
The Greenville Academy Tornadoes completely dominated the Sparta Academy Warriors on both sides of the ball here Friday night and handed the local team one of the worst defeats in its history, 37-0.
(Top Sparta players in that game included Jeff Brundage, Craig Blackburn, Tim Salter, Steven Gall, Brian Waters and Richard Weaver. Chuck Ledbetter was Sparta’s head coach.)
42 YEARS AGO
NOV. 7, 1974
Yellow Jackets rip Uriah 22-8: The Lyeffion High Yellow Jackets staged a second half comeback Friday night to defeat the J.U. Blacksher Bulldogs of Uriah, 22-8. It was the fifth win of the season against four losses for Coach Wendell Hart’s Jackets.
Uriah took the lead when Mike Akins scored from the 5 in the first quarter. Akins passed to Wilkins for two points, and that was the score at halftime, Uriah 8, Lyeffion 0.
The Jackets buzzed back with a touchdown in the third quarter and two in the fourth to win it. Raymond Bruce scored on runs of five and 30 yards and Steve Anthony romped 40 yards for the third touchdown. Garrett added four points on runs after the last two scores.
Ft. Dale upsets Warriors 9-6: You can’t blame the Sparta Academy Warriors if they don’t like traveling to Greenville. They made their second trip of the season to the Butler County capital and were once again upset. The culprit this time was Fort Dale Academy whose Warriors downed the visiting Warriors, 9-6 Friday night.
Sparta got on the board in the third period with Joe Andrews passing to Bruce Hutcheson for 23 yards and the score. A run for the extra point was stopped.
Walker Scott continued his better than 100 yards per game rushing as he netted 115 yards for the night on total offense. Hutcheson had 77 and Andrews 40. In 10 games Scott has picked up 1,092 net yards rushing for an average of 109.2. The fullback is a junior.
57 YEARS AGO
NOV. 5, 1959
Frisco City Races Past Repton 52-0: The Frisco City Whippets dominated the RHS Bulldogs nearly the entire game, crashing the Bulldogs, 52-0.
The Whippets were led in scoring by the McCrory brothers, Vance and Billy.
Lyeffion Loses To McKenzie 21-6: Lyeffion lost to McKenzie, 21-6. The unique thing about the game was the fact that the Lyeffion coach, Dale Brown, went into the battle with only 11 players. The balance of the team were on the sick board. The coach used what he terms “the hidden ball play” that was good for 78 yards and Lyeffion’s only touchdown, in the first quarter of play. Willard Walls, left halfback, went the distance.
Coach Brown said: “My boys played their best game of the season by far. I had no extra men to send in to spell them off, and to my mind, they did a great job against much touted McKenzie.”
Aggies Down Red Level In Homecoming Tilt: The Evergreen Aggies spoiled Red Level’s homecoming Friday night in a thrilling 14-13 conquest of the favored Tigers. Trailing 13-7 at halftime, the Aggies scored a touchdown, then held Red Level’s single wing attack to minus yardage in the final two quarters.
Red Level took the kickoff and marched 66 yards in nine plays with J.C. McClain plunging the final yard. Late in the first quarter, Aggie quarterback Billy Melton intercepted a Red Level toss and took it to the Tiger 38. Eight plays later, halfback Jimmy Eddins went in from the 11-yard stripe. Key plays in the drive were Eddins’ nine-yard sprint on the play after the interception and Melton’s 14-yard pass to Eddins on the first play of the second quarter. Melton’s PAT kick was good and the visitors led, 7-6.
The Tigers took the kickoff and with the help of a 15-yard penalty against the Aggies for a personal foul, marched 60 yards in 13 plays with McClain again. The game ended a few minutes later with the Aggies on the Tiger 3 after Eddins had stolen another air attempt by the losers.
87 YEARS AGO
NOV. 7, 1929
Frisco City Trims Aggies Friday 13-0: The Evergreen Aggies lost their third game of the season to Frisco City Friday afternoon by the score of 13 to 0. Frisco City scored in the first quarter, after a 15-yard penalty and a fumbled punt. Then they scored in the second quarter.
The Frisco team didn’t lose a man from last year’s squad and with five or six extra men added to the squad this season. The Aggies have won five and lost three so far.
Friday at 3:15, the Aggies will meet another team which has the same squad that they brought to Evergreen last year. This is Georgiana. They boast of their hopes of beating the Aggies Friday. They have a mighty good team. Then Monday, “Armistice Day,” at 2:30 the Aggies will play the strong Rawls High School. Both of these teams are determined to win over Evergreen. Come out and watch the Aggies. Both games at Gantt Field. The Aggies play in Evergreen the next three Fridays. Arrange to see all three games.