45 YEARS AGO
NOV. 18, 1971
Aggies lose finale to Panthers 51-0: In their final game of the ’71 season, the Evergreen Aggies were overpowered by the Geneva Panthers, 51-0. The game, played in the cold Geneva stadium, was dominated by the Panthers throughout its entirety. The loss left the Aggies with a season record of 1-9.
After an exchange of punts (early in the game), Tony Weaver intercepted a (Don) Crutchfield pass on the Aggie 21-yard line. On the following play, halfback Frank McMillan dropped back to pass, and it was picked off by Ricky Beck. The Panthers went on to score on a two-yard burst by fullback Tony Ward.
Following the kickoff and an Aggie punt, Tony Weaver picked up his second interception of the evening and returned it to the Aggie five-yard line. This time, two plays later Willie Paige attempted to pass, and it was picked off by (Johnny) Register and returned for a touchdown.
Playing their final game for the Aggies were seniors Frank McMillan, Gene Jones, Tony Weaver, Whalen Oliver, Travis Sims, Marc Williams, Art Ward, Frank Murphy, Robert Johnson, Clinton Jackson, Alvin Lee and Julius Booker. Also present were seniors Harold Rogers and Calvin Samuels who were unable to play due to injuries received during the season.
Sparta deer hunt set Dec. 4: The second annual deer hunt sponsored by the Sparta Academy Quarterback Club will be held on Sat., Dec. 4. The first hunt last year was most successful with hunters getting seven bucks and reporting numerous missed shots.
Several landowners have made available again this year some 5,000 acres of closely controlled land for the hunt. There are about 200 stands available at $15 each. The hunt is limited to buckshot only as a safety measure.
Hunters will assemble at Sparta Academy on Pierce Street at 6:30 and be taken to their numbered stands. Breakfast and a barbecue lunch are included in the ticket price. Tickets may be obtained from Eldon Scott at the Conecuh County Bank or from any Sparta QB Club member.
Expense, owned and driven by Dennis Ellis of Mobile was a winner at the Evergreen Jaycees’ drag races. The Plowboy out of Flomaton was a big winner at the Evergreen Jaycees’ drag races recently at Middleton Field.
60 YEARS AGO
NOV. 15, 1956
Aggies Bow To Miller 20-6; Show Improved Offense Friday Night: With Wayne Frazier running in the Aggie backfield, Evergreen’s offense seemed much improved, but not enough to score enough points to win over favored T.R. Miller Friday night. Miller scored three times to win over the Aggies, 20-6.
Wayne Frazier proved to be a football player of the old school, in running with the ball, kicking off, passing, punting, receiving passes, blocking and intercepting passes, to do everything in the book. He passed to Mickey Joyner for the Aggies’ lone score in the third quarter. Frazier also was high man in the Aggie offense, gaining 105 of the Aggies’ 154-yard total.
Aggies Close Season; Meet Georgiana Team There Friday Night: Two of South Alabama’s usually strong teams will square off tomorrow (Friday) night in Georgiana for what is termed strictly a battle between “weak sisters” when the Evergreen Aggies meet the Georgiana Panthers.
This will be the last game of the season for both teams and a victory would be mighty sweet to either.
The game marks the final football battle for 12 Aggie seniors: Mickey Joyner, end; alt. capt. Russell Deason, tackle; capt. Wayne Frazier, tackle; Bert Cook, end; Jack Harper, back; Jack Gladwell, guard; Ray Wallace, end; Billy Taylor, end; and Rufus Lynch, back. Bert Tuggle and Bobby Kendall, both seniors, have been out since early in the season with injuries and will not play.
Annual Quarterback Club Banquet Will Be Tuesday November 20: Tickets for the Annual Quarterback Club Banquet are now on sale and may be purchased from club members and also from parents of Evergreen band members, according to J.W. Weaver, president of the quarterbacks.
An interesting program and an excellent menu have been arranged for those who attend this year, Weaver said. Main speaker for the evening will be Bubba Nesbitt, backfield coach for the University of Alabama and also one of their top scouts and recruiters.
E.L. (Coach) McInnis is chairman of the food committee and promises an outstanding meal for those who attend.
Castleberry Releases ’56 Basketball Schedule: Prof. M.C. Thomasson, principal of Conecuh County High School, Castleberry, announced an 18-game basketball schedule this week. The Castleberry team will also participate in the T.R. Miller Invitational Tournament, the Conecuh County Tournament and the district tournament.
Castleberry is coached by Lee Owen Dees, a former star at the school. Coach Dees expects to field one of the strongest teams in the school’s history this year. Last year’s team compiled an impressive record and graduation losses should not affect the squad too much.
The schedule opens with Lyeffion in the Lyeffion gym on Dec. 4. All B team games will start at 7 p.m. except the Red Level game on Jan. 23, which will start at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 4, at Lyeffion; Dec. 7, v. W.S. Neal; Dec. 11, v. Excel; Dec. 14, at Repton; Dec. 18, at Flomaton; Dec. 20, v. Evergreen; Jan. 1, Open Date; Jan. 4, at Neal; Jan. 8, v. Lyeffion; Jan. 11, v. Repton; Jan. 15, at McKenzie; Jan. 18, Invitational Tournament at T.R. Miller; Jan. 22, v. Flomaton; Jan. 25, v. Red Level; Jan. 29, at Uriah; Feb. 1, at Red Level; Feb. 5, v. Uriah; Feb. 8, at Excel; Feb. 12, v. McKenzie; Feb. 15, County Tournament; Feb. 19, at Evergreen.
75 YEARS AGO
NOV. 20, 1941
ANNEX SCHOOL: The basketball season seems to definitely be here. The first games were played at Starlington last week. The Annex girls were victorious over the Starlington girls with a score of 13 to 12. The boys played a hard game but only succeeded in tying the score. Both games were enjoyed very much, and we hope to again be the victors when the game is returned.
90 YEARS AGO
NOV. 18, 1926
CASTLEBERRY SQUAD OVERCOMES FLOMATON: Castleberry, Ala., Nov. 17 – Conecuh County High School’s football eleven is preparing this year for its 19-0 victory last Friday over Flomaton in the first game of the season played on local territory.
The Flomaton game Friday was the second of the season between the two teams, the first played at Flomaton resulting in a 7-7 tie. The Castleberry boys held their opponents well in hand virtually throughout the game. The first of their three touchdowns came in the first quarter, the second in the third quarter and the last in the fourth quarter.
All four members of the regular Castleberry backfield contributed to the scoring. Ralph Howington, Earl Howington and Gus Bradberry carried the ball across for the three touchdowns, and Corrie Matthews, quarterback, added the extra point after the first touchdown. Clark and Cary, ends, did their work well.
EVERGREEN AGGIES have BLACKSHER HIGH at GANTT FIELD for their “Turkey Day Tilt” – Don’t miss seeing Big Dreaden, Gaston, Captain Northcutt and other Aggie pigskin-toters in their last game in an Aggie uniform. The fan present holding the first lucky ticket gets a nice big fat gobbler, and that fan holding the second lucky ticket gets a five-pound fruit cake. DON’T MISS THIS LAST GAME. COME!!! 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, Admission 25 cents and 50 cents.
Among the visitors to the ‘Bama-Florida game Saturday were A. Cunningham Jr., R. Millsap III, C.N. Stallworth, Leon Dickerson and Kervin Harper.