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©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1976 m came to Mat- Friday night, harvest moon play by the sent them way without even deed. The De- their best to bring the-hea.rts of even Wildcat fan, but seemed well on Y, a Johnny Rodwell Hunt would appear grasp of a Wild- make everyone's Demons were team. If it been for the brilli- play of the Wild- the score could much different. John II individual tack- two. that saved Johnny Rodwell n saving ta- The linebackers also Lremely well. John eight individual Rusty Boles had defense was a bit offense continued job. Jeff Thrash with 101 yards averaging 10.1 carry. John An- 52 yards with the team behind him. Many of these yards were crucial first down yards. Newcomer Kenneth Ingrain carried the ball for 42 yards and a touchdown. When you think of the offensive yardage don't forget the offensive line. If it were not for the block- ing. Of Matt Bradley, Joey Evans, Chuck Stevenson, Rusty Boles, Sonny Bedsole and their replacements, none of these yards would have been possible. The Florala-Mclntosh game was a typical Paul Terry coached Wildcat victory. The Wildcats did what they had to do to win and win they did. Florala 18, Mclntosh 0. 1st Quarter Florala won the toss and chose to receive. It did not take long for the Wildcat of- fense to get cranked up. On the first play from scrimmage, AI McNeill handed the ball to Jeff Thrash and before the Demon defense closed on him, he was in Mclntosh territory on their 47 yard line. John Anthony rambled for seven and then it was Thrash again for nine. McNeill carried the ball five more yards. The Wildcats were marching straight down the field with Thrash, Anthony, McNei[l and INGRAM, 23, makes cut to avoid Demon defeedor. George Parker eating up yards. The line. was blocking ever,/ Demon on every play. It ap- peared the 'Cats were sure to score the first time they had the ball. But suddenly on a third down with two yards to score, the Wildcat back was in the endzone but the ball was on the one yard line p.nd the Demons recovered and stopped the first l~lorala drive. The Florala defense" held the Mclntosh offense and forced a punt. Steve Franklin made a fair catch on the 32 yard line. On the first offensive play of this series, Quarterback Mc- Neill, faking beautifully, hand- ed the ball to Jeff Thrash and behind good, blocking, Thrash streaked to paydirt and Florala jumped ahead with a 6-0 lead, with three minutes and 19 se- conds left in the first quarter. The remainder of the quarter was defense and at the end of the quarter, the score was Flo- rala 6 -- Mclntosh 0. and Quarter Most of the 2nd quarter was defense. Johnny Rodwell made a saving tackle on a sure De- mon touchdown midway of the second quarter. At McNeill did a good job punting thus keeping the Mctntosh offense backed up all night. He ave- raged 40 to 45 yards on four punts which is good in any league. It seemed that the half would end 6-0 in favor of Florala, but AI McNeill had a different idea. With less than one minute left, McNeill faded to pass, the line blocked well and Johnny Rodwell out- ran the defense downfield. Mc- Neill threw the ball a mile and Rodwell put another six points on the scoreboard. The extra point was missed, but Florala went into the dressing room with a 12-0 lead. Half time For the second straight week, Amly Alsup's Wildcat Band did not have any com- petition. With or without com- petition, they put on their us- ual great halftime show. Ano- ther thing about the band, their spirit and enthusiasm may well be the difference in the play of the Wildcat Football team. The Wildcat Football team and the Wildcat Band have a 2-0 record TOGETHER. 3rd Quarter Mclntosh recovered the se- cond kick-off and was stopped immediately by the Wildcat defense. Really, the only ex- citing moment of the third quarter was a 31 yard burstup the middle by Kenneth Ingram. Once Ingram caught daylight, there was no one that was going to catch him. Floralahadthelr third touchdown and an 18-0 lead. The extra point again was missed and at the end of the third quarter Florala lead Mclntosh 18-0. Ird2DCAT8 wat ae m m 4th Quarter The scoring was over but many of" the substitutes got into the action in the fourth quarter. Pat Willis took over at Quarterback, Ricky Manning, Jimmy McCoy, Steve Franklin filled the defense back positions and most of theother 'Cats got into the action. They all played well. The scoring was over -- the 'Cats had mat- ched their 18 points of the first game but had shut out their opponent. The final score Florala 18 -- Mclntosh 0. KEHNETHIHGRAM,~,3, Mr eeJm~Imy ~g. Next Week: The Wildcats next game is against the Georgiana Pant- hers, one of the highest rank- ed teams in the state. The game will be played in Geor- giana. 33, escapes one Demon and makes his move on another to gain needed yardage. JOHNNY RODWELL, 82, clo- ses in on Demon ball carrier, FLORALA DEFENSE gangs up on Demon runner. / 1976 SEASON GAME SCORES I=lorala 18 Hartford 6 I=lorala 18 Mclntosh O JEFFERY THRASH, ZS, fights for tough yardage. __