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! SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. BJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. Hi never lose. The that ? night from their by thorough- Baker Gators of 41-6. It was winners were ami before the contest Coach Paul Terry every player who green and gold in Wildcats were sure tackling, team Friday was evidence that and staff had era- in their weeks limited the a total offense of yards of which gained after many were on the had seven first of which were a ) yardpenalties as- the Wildcats. and Rusty Boles Wildcat defense each. Bug individual ta- regular defen- at least five shows that they Well. While the de- keeping the Gator Check, the Wildcat Chalking up 399 to- won the toss and The Wild- their first pos- their own 36 yard three attempts at and a five yard Wildcats were for- McNeill got off which was picked back at their 6 or almost picked wan down cover- nailed the Ba- just as he was up. The Gator the ball, Anthony and Florala was in the Baker six yard carried for five of Steven- and Bradley. Mc- over from the one took an early 6-0 Point was wide and 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the score remained 6-0. Jeff Williams kicked off for the Wildcats and also made the tac- kle on the return. The Gators made a first down on their first play from scrimmage, but after that tackles by Ad- ams, Evans, Tim Bedsole and Bradley forced a punting situa- tion. Johnny Rodwell made a fair catch on the Wildcat 23 yard line. From this point, the Wildcats started a drive that would lead to their second touchdown. The first quarter ended halfway through the drive with the score at the end of the quarter, Florala 6, Baker 0. ZND QUARTER On the drive for the second touchdown, Jeff Thrash had a long rim, Jolm Aatlmey nm consistantly for good yardage. Maybe the play that was most important on the drive was a pass from McNeill to Rodwell that carried the 'Cats to a first down on the Baker nine. From there, the Wildcat line opened a hole that you could see to Crestview through and Anthony carried the final nine yards untouched. Florala lead 12-0. Anthony carried for the two point conversion and the score, with I0 minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the half, was Florala 14, Baker 0. The Gators took the kick-off and made two first downs aided by a pass interference penalty before the 'Cat defense led by T. Bedsole, Evans, Bradley, Adams, Matthews, Hunt, Rod- well, Boles, Bulger, S. Bedsole and Parker, stif med amd for- ced a punt. On the first play from their fourteen, McNeill carried the hall around right end for a thirty yard gain and a first down at the 'Cat forty- six. From there it was the same story as the last drive, Thrash and Anthony on the ground and McNeill to Rodwell in the air. Anthony carried the final six yards and with 3 minutes and 13 seconds left in the half, Florala lead 20-0. After the kick-off, the 'Cats stopped the Gators and for- ced a punt. Johnny Rodwell made a good return and Flo- rain had the ball on their own 46 yard line with time running out. With 13 seconds left on the first half clock, McNeill hit Jeff Thrash on a perfect screen pass and Thrash made a heauU- hi nm for a Pat BAKER TACKLER reaches for John Anthony as "Big" John turns upfield. Blocker George Parker :l or a Gator to lmml. I, w w ~i! ,~ JOHN RODWELL bites the dust as Gators put bite on Wildcat pass receiver. Willis came in at quarterback and threw a strike to John Hunt for the conversion and Flortla led g8-0. The baH- time ended after the 'Cat kick- off and Florala had a demand- ing 28-0 lead. WILDCAT KENNETH INGRAM, with goal posts In s/10ft, shows Gator defenders his heels. : ~ .... ....... , PAT WILLIS (#1Z) and Chuck L/Moa look toqaur~ ~ pusts us extra point is good. 3RD QUARTER Baker received the second half kick-off and was met by Franklin, Boles and Williams on the thirty-five yard line. The 'Cat defense was still tough, held the Gators and for- ced a punt. Kenneth lugram came in and made a beautiful run down to the Baker twenty- five yard line. It took one play from there for Anthony to add six more points. Chuck Linton kicked the extra point and Florala led 35-0. Baker started a drive after this kick-off that led to their only score of the night. At the end of the third quarter, the score was Florala $5, Baker 6. 4TH QUARTER The fourth quarter was high- run by Kenneth lngram. In- gram broke through the line and ran past would-be tacklers for 56 yards and Florala jumped to a 41-6 lead. Also, the fourth quarter found new Wildcats on the field on offense and de- fense. Pat Willis was at quarter- back, Rickey Manning and Ken- neth Ingrain at halfbacks, Brent Maddox and Mickey Melton at tackles, Chuck Linton and Danny Sightler at ends, Jimmy McCoy at defensive end. Mark Franklin at center, Dennis Bo- les at linebacker, Marvin Ja- ckson, Eddie Pelham, Jeff Turner at defensive backs. Every Wildcat got into the ac- tion and everyone played.well. It was a great victory for the Florala Wildcats. Final score -- Florala 41, Baker 6. "BIG" JOHN ANTBONY stre ebes Io imp41rt us de.. hinder k)lds oe. IU INETH INGBAM m Um move. IODWZI,L trlml to sidmmt Gator S KENNETB DIGlt M tryilM to avoid Gator tackler on downfield "BIG" JOHN cuts through Gator defenders as John Hunt leads the charge. run.