|Irvin Talton Quinn|
18 YEARS AGO
AUG. 26, 1999
The Hillcrest Jaguars will open their 1999 football season this Friday night at Brooks Memorial Stadium. They will play the W.S. Neal Blue Eagles from East Brewton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. They are under the leadership of first-year head coach Arlton Hudson.
The Sparta Academy Warriors will open their 1999 football season at home this Friday night at Stuart-McGehee Field. They will be playing the Monroe Academy Volunteers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
43 YEARS AGO
AUG. 29, 1974
CCHS Blue Devils play first game in Uriah Saturday: The Conecuh County High School Blue Devils will open their first grid season since before World War II this Saturday night when they travel to Uriah to meet the J.U. Blacksher Bulldogs. Coach Patten Brown’s first year team will be lacking playing experience, but he and assistant coach Jamie Jossey agree the boys have winning attitudes and the desire to play football. Coach Brown says, “If key players stay well and the defense matures then we can win some games.”
The starting lineup will probably be on offense: Eddie Garner, 150 (pounds), quarterback; Chris Anderson, 135, tailback; Royce Baker, 165, fullback; Homer Holland, 160, wingback; Phillip Etheridge, 170, right end; Bobo Barnes, 200, right tackle; Floyd Coleman, 190, right guard; Michael Sims, 160, center; Dennis Darby, 165, left guard; Hugh Bradford, 210, left tackle; and Bobby Brown, 145, left end.
Backing these up and playing on defense will be Eddie Ryals, Donnie Laster, Andy Pate, Ricky Godwin, Paul Ellis, Bill Baker, Stan Pate, Randy Chavers, Bill Godwin, Robert Taylor, Pete Brooks, Ricky Reeves, Devon James, J.W. Monk, Johnny Godwin and Wendell Kast. Coach Brown says that most of these boys are young but learning fast and will really help the team in the next two or three years.
The 1974 schedule is Aug. 31, Uriah, there; Sept. 6, Lyeffion, home; Sept. 20, Pensacola Liberal Arts, home; Sept. 27, Repton, home; Oct. 11, Montgomery County, there; Oct. 18, Frisco City, there; Oct. 26, Lyeffion, there; Nov. 1, Straughn, home; Nov. 8, Southern Normal, there.
Sparta Warriors open Saturday in Greenville: The Sparta Academy Warriors will open their 1974 football season this Saturday night against the Greenville Academy Tornadoes. Kickoff is set for eight o’clock in the Greenville Stadium.
The Warriors are coming off a fine nine won-two loss 1973 season and have high hopes for this season. However, Greenville had few losses from last year’s squad and is rated one of the top Class B teams in the state. Sparta goes in a six to nine-point underdog.
Head Coach Richard Brown and Assistant Mike Bledsoe have 10 lettermen around which they are building this year’s club. Sparta lost a number of top players through graduation, though, and will basically be an inexperienced club.
Coach Brown and Bledsoe state they have been well pleased with the players in practice session.
68 YEARS AGO
AUG. 25, 1949
Coach Hart Calls Aggie Footballers To Practice: Coach Wendell Hart issued a call this week for candidates for the 1949 Evergreen High football squad to report for the initial practice session next Thursday morning at eight o’clock at Memorial Gymnasium.
Equipment will be issued Wednesday at the gym.
Two practices a day are slated for the first several days as the Aggies will have only two weeks to get ready for their season opener with ever tough Thomasville and must get down to serious work as soon as possible. Thomasville will come here Friday night, Sept. 16, for the opener.
Coach Hart will have the assistance of Coach John Lockwood, Troy State Teachers College graduate, who will be director of physical education and teach two subjects here this year. Thirteen lettermen are expected to meet Coaches Hart and Lockwood next Thursday morning. Seven of these were starters on last year’s eleven, but Coach Hart has announced that every position is wide open and no one has a starting berth clinched.
Lettermen expected are ends Dickey Bozeman and Ed Hooks, tackles Shelton Craig and Max Pope, guards Bruce Johnson, Jeff Moorer and Donahue Edson, center Jack Cunningham, and backs Billy Mudge Lee, James Ryan, John Greel Ralls, Pete Wells and Bertie Hassel.
Coaches Hart and Lockwood must find replacements for Sammy Hanks, 217-pound all-state tackle; Dean Shaver, 170-pound guard; Nick Stallworth and Pete White, a pair of 160-pounders who shared the right end spot last year; quarterback-halfback John Law Robinson; and halfback Thomas Coker. Another gridster who will be sorely missed is Dudley Bartlett, who backed the line most capably for the past three seasons. All these players graduated last year.
Coach Hart expects from 20 to 25 candidates next Thursday. This figure will probably receive a substantial boost with the opening of school Mon., Sept. 5.
Millry Will Fill Open Date On Aggie Schedule: Principal J.J. “Jack” Finklea announced Wednesday that Evergreen High School would play Millry High on Nov. 4. The date was open to be filled on the schedule. Contract arrangements were completed Wednesday morning. The game will be played here.
The addition of Millry gives the Evergreen Aggies a complete 10 game schedule. Seven of the games are here.
The Aggies open with Thomasville on Sept. 16 here. Remainder of the schedule: Sept. 23, McKenzie, here; Sept. 30, Andalusia, here; Oct. 7, Frisco City, there; Oct. 14, W.S. Neal, here; Oct. 21, Greenville, there; Oct. 28, Bay Minette, there; Nov. 4, Millry, here; Nov. 11, Repton, here; Nov. 18, T.R. Miller, here.
The Evergreen Golf Club will meet the Brewton County Club in a team match on the local course Sunday afternoon. The first foursome will tee off at two o’clock. The two teams have played once before on the Brewton course and the match ended in a draw.
93 YEARS AGO
AUG. 27, 1924
ATTENTION HUNTERS! – Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 25, 1924 – Editor Courant: I desire to call the attention of the shooting public to the fact that the squirrel season does not open this year until Nov. 1. The season was changed by Act of the Legislature, which Act was approved by the Governor last year after the 1923-24 hunting licenses had been printed.
The Legislature not only moved the date of the opening of the season up to Nov. 1, but greatly increased the penalty for violating the provisions of the game laws.
Very truly yours,
I.T. Quinn, Commissioner of Game and Fisheries
Dr. G.G. Newton, Dr. J.R. Brooks, William Herrin and Richard Hiser enjoyed a two-day fish on the Conecuh River last week.
It cost two men $48.85 in fines and fees last week in County Court for catching fox in closed season, each having entered a plea of guilty. This should be a gentle reminder that the game warden of Conecuh County intends to see that the law is respected and enforced.
REWARD: The Conecuh County Game and Fish Protective Association will pay $25 reward for the arrest and conviction of anyone guilty of poisoning, seining or dynamiting any stream or killing turkeys out of season in this county, notify C.L. Barlow, Game Warden, Evergreen, Ala.
FAIRFIELD: John Salter had the misfortune to break his collar bone a few days past while wrestling with some of his friends.