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THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 PAGE 9 I[I Wildcats fall to Samson Tigers by Newton Peters An overflow crowd of Samson fans watched new Head Coach Don Chesteen's Tigers end a losing steak to Florala and for the first time since 2001 defeated the Wildcats, 33-14. "Samson has a talented team and Coach Chesteen has done a great job," said Florala's Head Coach Chris Buckler. "We turned the ball over and made too many mistakes to have an oppor- tunity to win." For the second straight week a larger crowd poured into Mathews Stadium with expectations of a victory for the young Florala team. Both sides of the stadi- um were a buzz as Florala took the opening kick-0ff and begin to move the ball down the field mostly on the arm of sophomore quarter- back Austin McNeill and a 25-yard fingertip catch by junior Brock Goodwin (#40). Florala moved down to their 45-yard line and at- tempted to continue their drive on 4th and 15, but a hard rush and fumble al- lowed the Tigers' Tyler Thompson to pick the ball up and score from the defen- sive side of the ball. After a three and out series from the Wildcats, Samson took advantage of excellent field position and scored near the end of the first quarter to take a 13-0 lead. Jonathan Burleson took the ensuing kickoff 30-yards setting up Floiala to begin a scoring march. McNeil] con- nected with Burleson as the quarter ended. The Wild- cats threatened at the top of the second, but an miscom- munication between QB and receiver allowed for Samson to intercept at the goal line. The Tigers took over, but the Wildcats defense stepped up to the challenge forcing Samson to punt, but a roughing the kicker call crumbled the Wildcats hopes and the Tigers would later score ending, the first haft with a 19-0 lead.. Both teams would score twice in the second half and Florala's Zac Fleming ex- cited the home crowd with at 65-yard electrifying burst with 2:45 remaining in the third. Florala's final score came as Hunter Oswald hit pay dirt from 12 yards out and McNeill followed with a 2 point conversion ending all scoring at 33-14. While Florala's second half showed improvement and promise as the season moves into week two and re- gion play, the first half was hampered by three Samson scores all coming from costly Florala mistakes. Wee will work on some of our mental mistakes that created oppor- tunities for the [Samson]," said Buckler. "We continue to show improvement and the team continues to battle throughout the game." After two straight weeks facing 2A teams, Florala drops back to 1A region play this Friday at home against Georgiana for the first time in a decade. The previous two meet- ings have been won by one point each with the Pan- thers taking the last contest 6-7 and Florala winning in 1998, 14-13. The 1998Arlton Hudson coached Wildcats were the last undefeated team and one of only three in the history of Florala. Georgiana holds a com- manding lead in the schools' series with a 17-9 including a 12 game winning streak that started in 1981 and ended with Florala's 34-7 victory in 1997. -#1 HUNTER OSWALD scored from 12 yards out for the fnal touchdown for the Wildcats. (Photo by Heath H Har- rison) The Florala Sports and Alumni Club is working with the Florala High School Coaching Staff to recognize lo- ': cal athletes each week based on a players performance during the week's action. Each receipiant will receive a $10 dinner certificate ' to a local restaurant paid for and sponsored by Marshel Smith, owner of Stateline Small Engines, 23830 Second Avenue in Florala. The Florala Sports and Alumni Club meets the first Monday each month. The Florala football team will have three winners, special teams, offensive and defensive players of the week and one winner from the Lady Wildcats volleyball team. The players are selected by the coaching staff and will be announced each week in The Florala News. Dinner certificates will be delivered from the Sports and Alumni Club. Jonathan Burleson Defensive Player Zac Fleming, Special Teams Matthew Gibbs, Offensive Player Hillary Thames, Volleyball WILDCAT #8 Joraathan Burleson looks upfield for running room against the Tigers. (Photo bHeath H Harrison) NEI MASCOT NEW MASCOT- This year Florala High School Wildcat fans will have to adjust to a new mascot This was one of the first changes made by first year Head Coach Chris Buckler. (photo by Jan Allred) OOBLECK As part of their study of "the states of matter" Paxton School 6th graders made and played in Oobleck. Oobleck in a non Newtonian substance that allowed the children to jump on it and it was a solid. However, when they stood on it they sunk as if it were a liquid. This learning activity was extremely fun and extremely messy! LBW College names honor studen:s, Dr. Herbert H. J. Riedel, LBW Community College President, has announced academic honor students for the 2010 Summer Semester. A total of 68 students were named to the President's List and 53 students were named to the Dean's List. To qualify for these distinc- tions, students must be en- rolled on a full-time basis and post a 3.5-3.99 (B+) grade point average to qual- ify for the Dean's List, and a 4.0 (A) grade point average to qualify for the President's List. The following area stu- dents received honors dis- tinctions: President's List Florala Brandon An- thony Mock, Brianna Shay Thames and Robert S. West Lockhart - William Ralph Sunday Dean's List' Florala Joseph Ivan Powell Florala plays first ever volleyball match (Lady Wildcats fall 13-25; 16-25; 18-25) ' FLORALA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TEAM (front row, l-r) Angela Radford, Almct : Caffy, Sierre Gibson, Hillary Thames, Lyndsee Edwards; (back row, l-r) Coach Joea Mc : Neil, Victoria Foley, Katie Cassady, Bridgett Kokotovich, Savannah Gibson, Coach Patty: Robbins. (Photo by Newton Peters) by Newton Peters Florala High School add- ed another interscholastic athletic program for the 2010 school year. Last week ten young women trotted out in the gymnasium for the first every volleyball match in the school's history. "It was pretty exciting leading up to the game," said Head Coach Joea McNeil as the Lady Wildcats took the court against the 2A Lady Game- cocks from New Brockton. '"The [players] have really committed themselves and trained extra hard to be competitive." A larger than expected crowd was on hand Mon- day for the opemng serve as nerves got the most of Flo- rala allowing New Brockton to build an early game lead. However, the Lady Cats fought back with strong play from senior Hillary Thames (#7) and digs from Lyndsee Edwards (#10), but the ad- vantage was too great with New Brockton coming out on top 13-25. Florala improved in the next game as nerves settled and the "learning by fire" at- titude kept the crowd cheer- ing and excited throughout. "We're still learning a lot of fundamentals and flow of the game," said McNeil concerning her team's play. "Both Coach Robbins and I are extremely proud of the way we battled through our inexperience and didn't give up." The Lady Cats improved during game two proving a test for the sea- soned New Brockton squad and battled to within four, 13-17 before falling 16-25 in the second game. Florala's lack of experi- ence was also hampered by depth and substitution op- tions for the coaches as Vic- toria Foley and Angela Rad- ford were both injured and unavailable for play. Alma Caffy's serves start- ed Florala out scorching in what would be the final" game of the afternoon match raising the energy level as: Florala took a 3-1 advan- tage. New Brockton called" time out to gain composure : and battled to a 7-14 lead. over the Lady Wildcats. Hilary Thames, Bridget Kokotovich and Lyndsee Ed-' wards executed 3 successful attacks which resulted in scoring for Florala as the team battled back to a 16-1g! deficit before New Brockton: went on a 0-4 run to end the! Wildcats chance for their: first game win, 18-25. :': Hilary Thames scoregi 5 points by serving non re;!: turnable serves followed by:i Alma Caffy and Katie Cas.: sady with 3 and Patrici: Marsh with 2. ;:: "The Lady Wildcats looked : great and played hard," said- Coach Patty Robbins after the game. "I thought they competed really well to be their first time." Patricia Marsh (#5) hits the ball over the net with Alma Caffy (2), Bridgett Kokotovich::: (11) and HiUary Thames (7)prepare for return volley from New Brockton. The Lady Wild(.:: cats were competing in their first ever vo'lleybaU game at Florala High School.