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E SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. " SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS'THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1975 I Pictures By Jim Sullivan And The News Photographer 'Gators "blew" in Friday night to play football Number Two Class in the State of Ala- Florala Wildcats. may have been their own press four victories belts, the 'Cats everything but a team as they for thirty minutes but outmat- The Wild- the 'Gators cause the ball over tothem in the first half on is played in quarters the only thing that is the final score. OVercame the Baker their own mistakes Z-six points on in the third claim a 26-0 vic- ~'Gators were almost as the Wild- in the first half, ball over to the in their own ter- in the second half TD's. the entire football Played on the 'Gator field, witnessed'by Florala did not all night. of the Wildcat was evident in game. With numer- the 'Gators did not to putting six on the minutes. There is on this Wildcat shown by the fact faced with adversity not fold. They coming back until in to go right. This among those who never quit - win. 'Gators won the the opening kick- own 20 yard line to the Florala Halfback Pater- over right tack- Picked up seven over Robert Lafitte, ripped for four- lext play, broke for when tackled, rum- Own 46 yard line. ith Grantbam at qu- the football and carried the ball 26 yard line. The a 15 yard keeper A five yard the Wildcats a se- at the 'Gator line. Three and Ba- ball back to the 'Gators on a quick pitch. Baker recovered' the ball on the Florala 45 yard line, but could not move the ball in the air or on the ground against the 'Cats. It seemed that the Wildcat defense had "jelled" and the early breaks in the line were sealed. The 'Gators were backed up most of the second quarter and were forced to punt out of trouble on two occasions, but the 'Cats could not dent the score board and the score at half remained Florala 0, Baker 0. Andy Alsup sidlined by a sore throat, was replaced at the mike by Jerry Strickland and the half- time show went on. Another good show -- Congratulations Andy, Jerry and the rest of the Band. 3rd Quarter If Coach Terry recorded what he said at halftime, maybe the worries of Wildcat fans are over - Although the 'Cats again started slowly in the quarter, they finished like a "hur- ricane". And alIFlorala knows what that means. Scoring Plays (I) Scoring play No. 1 came on fourth down and three on the 'Gator twenty-three on a per- fectly executed option from Quarterback Grantham to Full- back John Anthony, who turned the corner and out ran all 'Ga- for defenders for a six pointer. The extra point was missed -- the score 6-0. (2) The next score came tip on one first down, quickly as the 'Gators fumbled ~ced to punt on fourth the kick-off and Florala re- their 42 yard line. covered on the Baker nine yard returned the punt line. John Anthony took the Ist rala 17 yard line on but fumbled the ball on his next carry again had the ball in 36 line. The :wo on four defense put on the quarter- 'Gators punted short Lldcats were in bus- ~ir own 19. picked up a the quarter end- having the ball .it own thirty- quarter score was- ' l~aker 0. take but three plays Wildcats gave the play hand-off and ran over'Ga- tors to the goal line and Flo- rala took a 12-0 lead. Jeff Owens threw to Ricky Ander- son for a two pointer and the score was Florala 14, Baker 0. (3) After Baker could not move the ball, they kicked the ball and Florala again had the ball at midfield. On second- two from the Baker 48 yard line -- Quarterback Grantham made a beautiful ran on a keeper and scored his first touchdown of the year. The extra point was missed. Score Florala 20, Baker 0. (4) Again after the kick-off Baker fumbled and Florala had the ball. Jeff Owens ran for fif- teen, George Parker for seven Steve Sexton (No. 66) and Eddie Thrash (No. 88) about to put the stop ou qGator running back. Joey Evans (No. 51) lind Eddie ThraSh (No. 88) eloar ~ I~ for INmolnl back, A~ Shaw (No. 42). and then Jeff Thrash, a star of the future, dashed for a touch- down and as the extra point was missed, the scoring ended -- Florala 26, Baker 0. 4th Quarter The game was over for the Wildcats, with the help of the 'Gators, had struck quickly and put the game out of reach. The second team defense held the" 'Gators offense in tack and kept them from mounting any offen- sive threat in the closing quar- ter. The 'Cats had risen to the occasion and won number five which was now history--final score - Florala 26, Baker 0. There can be no doubt about it, the big game for the Wild- cats will be next week against the once defeated DeFuniak Springs Braves. Florala has played and de- feated the Braves the last two meetings between the two teams -- both played on Alabama soil. The Braves will be doubletough at home. Support the Wildcats as they go for win number six in De- Funiak Springs, Friday night. George Parker (No. 34) gains yardage around right end. 't Craig Hutcheson FHS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Joey Evans Joffery Owens (No. 9)behind blocking of Victor Weeks, No. 71. / PAGE 13 iii :i/! . .... ! ~iiiiiiii:iil !:: i /: J KICKOFF LIPS TIHmOUGH GATOR RECEIVER.. HE PICKS UP BALL .... WELCOMED BY FLORALA TACKLERS .... LOOSES FOOTBALL AND... FLORALA RECOVERS FUlULE /