113 YEARS AGO
OCT. 28, 1903
W.A. McCreary was in Montgomery Friday to see the University football team defeat the Auburn team.
69 YEARS AGO
OCT. 28, 1948
UMS Ends Evergreen Win Streak With Crushing 37 To 7 Defeat: A 12-cylinder University Military School grid machine crushed the Evergreen High Aggies by a 37 to 7 score in Mobile’s Ladd Memorial Stadium Thursday night. This brought to a halt a five-game winning streak that Evergreen had started Sept. 17. The Cadets ground out more than twice the number of points the Aggies had had scored on them in 14 previous games.
The Cadets took the opening kickoff and went 68 yards on 16 running plays and a penalty for their first score, then came right back and marched 59 yards in seven plays for another to make it 12-0 before the Aggies could muster a first down.
The Aggies got back in the ball game early in the second quarter when John Greel Ralls, triple-threat Aggie halfback, joined forces with left end Dickey Bozeman to score Evergreen’s touchdown. Ralls threw a long pass down the middle to Bozeman for 36 yards to move the ball to the UMS 24. Ralls made one yard in two running attempts and passed incomplete. On the fourth down, Ralls tossed to Bozeman in the flat and he raced over without a man touching him. Lee added the seventh point from placement, and from then on it was all UMS.
Mobile has one of the finest football plants in the South in Ladd Stadium. It is big and beautiful. While it was many a mile from filled Thursday night a good high school crowd was present. Several hundred Evergreen fans boosted the count to nearly 5,000.
Aggies Will Play Tigers in Monroeville Tonight: The Aggies of Evergreen High School will seek to bounce back with a win over the Tigers of Monroe County High School tonight after losing to UMS last week. The game will be played in Monroeville and is a feature of the Hog Festival being held there today.
Coach Wendell Hart’s crew will be slight favorites in tonight’s contest. The Aggies have won five and lost one in six starts this year. They will be spurred on by memories of the 6-0 licking they took at the hand of Monroeville. This loss spoiled the Evergreen team’s record as it was the only one incurred last year.
For the second straight week, Coach Hart must match wits with a Hanks. Coach LaVaughn Hanks of Monroeville is a brother of Coach Erastus Hanks at UMS. Monroeville has found the going rough this season losing three contests in six starts. According to the dopesters this will be their fourth loss, but in this game past performances can be forgotten. The Tigers always battle the Aggies off their feet.
The Dixie Fox Hunters Association held their second annual Bench Show and Field Trials at Burnt Corn, Ala. Oct. 19-22. One hundred and fifty-five hounds were entered in the event.
Sportsmen from all over South Alabama and Northwestern Florida began to gather at the camping grounds early Tuesday preparing their dogs for the Bench Show and Field Trials.
53 YEARS AGO
OCT. 24, 1963
Patricia Hart Is One of Alabama’s 12 Crimson Girls: Seeking beauty, personality, charm and poise, the University of Alabama named Evergreen’s Patricia Anne Hart one of its 12 Crimson Girls this year.
As a Crimson Girl, Patricia will escort Crimson Tide football players and important guests at pep rallies and games, including a bowl should Bama get a bid, and help foster school spirit.
Patricia Anne was a popular student at Evergreen High School where she graduated this year. She is the daughter of Judge of Probate and Mrs. Lloyd G. Hart.
The powerful Pine Hill Bulldogs downed the battling Lyeffion Yellow Jackets, 19-0, at Lyeffion Oct. 11.
Lyeffion Coach Shirley Frazier thought all of his boys played well against this strong foe.
Frazier said the Lyeffion offense was led by Don Garrett, who topped the ground gainers, and Ronnie Golson and Harold Wilson.
Junior quarterback Joe Frank Terrell amassed 185 yards of total offense Oct. 11 in Greenville as he led the hometown Tigers to a 19-12 homecoming victory over the Evergreen Aggies.
Scott Cook’s passing was practically the entire Aggie offense as he hit on seven of 14 for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the Aggie ground game with 31 yards in 10 carries.
(Other outstanding Evergreen players in that game included Paul Deason and Bob Ivey.)
38 YEARS AGO
OCT. 26, 1978
Frances Brown was elected Miss Homecoming and reigned over festivities at Evergreen High School that climaxed Friday night.
Sparta Academy’s 1978 Homecoming Queen is Rosemary Ralls, escorted by Tommy Hutcheson who was playing outstanding football for the Warriors before suffering a broken leg that benched him for the rest of the season. Rosemary reigned over homecoming festivities Friday.
The Sparta Academy Warriors celebrated homecoming with a sweet 42-14 win over Thomasville Academy here Friday night at Stuart-McGehee Field.
Coach Rob Kelly’s club is now even for the season with four wins and four losses. Coach Kelly and Assistant Bo Owens named Mike Raines the Lineman of the Week for his outstanding play and leadership on both offense and defense.
(Other Sparta players in that game included Scott Baggett, Tony Baggett, Bill Cope, Greg Crabtree, John Hall, Jeff Hammonds, Jeff Johnson, Bobby Mason, Ronny McKenzie, Mike Mixon, Cook Morrison, Bobby Padgett, Terry Peacock and Tony Raines.)
The Evergreen Aggies upped their record to 5-3 this past Friday night by downing Southern Normal, 28-8.
(Outstanding Evergreen players in that game included Michael Adams, David Crosby, Ernie Edeker, David Floyd, Calvin Middleton, Sanford Moye, Wendell Parker, Mark Phillips, Keith Rabb, Philander Rogers and James Steen.)
23 YEARS AGO
OCT. 28, 1993
Miss Jennifer Wiggins, a senior at Sparta Academy, was crowned Miss Homecoming during half time ceremonies recently. Jennifer is flanked by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Wiggins. Homecoming ceremonies were held Oct. 15 during the Sparta Academy-Cathedral Academy game.
Miss Lisa Hall, daughter of Phyllis Sessions and Terry Hall, was crowned the 1993 Homecoming Queen of Hillcrest High School last Friday night during pregame ceremonies. She was escorted by Brandon Garrett. Miss Shanetta Richardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Richardson, was crowned Miss Football. She was escorted by Sederick Fluker.
The Hillcrest High School Jaguars pounded out 319 yards on the ground as they defeated the Jaguars of Wilcox Central 20-6 last Friday night for a homecoming victory.
(Standout players for Hillcrest in that game included Ryan Meeks, Don Ray Mixon, Anthony Richardson, Derrick Rudolph, Roger Rudolph and Donald Williams. Dennis Anderson was Hillcrest’s head coach.)
Sparta Academy drops close one: It was a tall order for the Warriors of Sparta Academy to battle the Jackson Academy Eagles. The visiting team came into the contest undefeated and untied and almost fell victim to an upset at the hands of the home Warriors. A late rally by the Eagles secured a 16-12 victory and put a damper on the playoff picture for Sparta Academy.
(Standout Sparta players in that game included Lyle Bell, Casey Grant, Joey Smith and Britt Ward. Mike Bledsoe was Sparta’s head coach.)