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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. " ....... II It was the beginning of a than the entire Straughn team 1st QUARTER: 3rd QUARTER picked up a first down. The new era in Covington County which finished with 198 yards Straughn won the toss and Florala fumbled the second score at the end of the third football Friday night in total offense. Jeff Trash fol- chose to receive. Jeff Williams half kick-off and it seemed the quarter 0wasFIorala27, Mathew Stadium" when Coach lowed Anthony with 116 yards kicked for Florala and Chuck Cats just could not hold the Straughn . rushing and Kenneth Ingram Linton made the stop on the football as Straughn recovered 4th QUARTER Paul Terry's Florala Wildcats squared off' against Coach R.C. Pooles' Straughn Tigers. It had been thirty-two years since FIorala and Straughn had met on the gridiron but if you'll look around, especially around Straughn, you can still find football fans who remember 1933 when Florala edged Straughn 13-8 and again in 1934, the last year of football in the county schools for several years, when Straughn defeated FIorala 14-7. i've been told that in the 1920s through 1934 that you would have to look far and wide to find a better football rivalrv than Florala and Straughn. No doubt in this new era, the rivalry will again develop. One reason being FIorala and Straughn are the two largest schools in the Covington County school sys- tem. The Florala Wildcats waited thirty-t~ years to revenge the 1934 loss to the Straughn Tigers, so it seems almost fitting that the Cats scored 34 points in downing the Tigers, 34-6. It also seems to fit the script that a No. 33, John Anthony would carry the ball finished with 95 yards. The offense gained a total of Sl9 yards which is a season high. The total offensive statistics reflects good blocking by the offensive line: Johnny Russell and John Hunt at Ends, Sonny Bedsole and Matt Bradley at Tackles, Rusty Boles and Joey Evans at Guards and Chuck Stevenson at Center. Also the Backs lead by George Parker were instrumental in clearing out interference for the ball carriers. While the offense was run- ning up and down the field, they did turn the ball over many times on fumbles and if it had not been for a great defensive effort the Cats might well have been in trouble. But while the offense was having trouble holding the football, the defense stood tall, lead by Rusty Boles with 18 total tackles and Craig Matthews with 13. George Parker was next with l0 tackles followed by John Hunt with 9, Johnny Rodwell 8, and Matt Bradley with .5. It was a strange night - good offense, fumbles, and good defense. When the clocked return at the Tiger 33 yard at the Wildcat 18 yard line. The line. With Jones carrying the Cat defense was again called ball, Straughn picked up a first o11 and again they answered down on three rushes at the the call. Aided by a 15 yard Wildcat defense. The Cats clipping penalty the Cats held were guilty of two ()ffside at their 16 yard line. The penalties in a row giving the Wildcats began a rapid march Tigers another first down. But down field from this point. that was all the Wildcat Ingram, Anthony and Thrash defense would allow. Tackles eating up large amounts of by Boles, Matthews and Linton yardage on each carry. On first forced a punt which fell dead down on the Straughn twenty, on the Wildcat 20 yard line. Al Pat Willis came in and pitched McNeill directed the Wildcat to Ingram on an end sweep. offense. On carries by Thrash Behind good blocks, the Cats of 5 and 13 yards Florala had a added their second touchdown. first down at the Straughn 38 Linton added the point after yard line. On the next play and with 0 min. 32 sec. left in Straughn continued a march down field and scored with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. The two point conver- sion was missed and the score remained FIorala 27, Straughn b. After the Straughn kick-off and a running play, John Anthony set sail on his longest run of the night, a 61 yard gain and a touchdown. Linton kicked the extra point and with seven minutes and 18 seconds left in the game, the scoring was over. .Florala 34, Straughn 6. All of the Wildcats who had not seen action played in the John Anthony, running behind the third quarter, FIorala had fourth quarter. Steve Franklin, good blocking by Joey Evans taken a 14-0 lead. On the Jimmy McCoy, Jeffery Turner, and Matt Bradley, broke for 22 ensuing kick-off Straughn Eddie Pelham, Dennis Boles, yards all the way to thefumbled and the Wildcats Straughn forty yard line. recovered. It took only one play McNeill again handed the ball from their own 38 yard line for to Thrash who dashed for 24 Anthony to hit Rodwell with a yards to the Straughn 16 yard strike and Linton to add the line. Anthony and lngram extra point and FIorala moved combined for a first down at ahead 21-0. After an exchange, the Straughn three. But from the Cats again marched down the three yard line McNeill field and with I rain. 15 sec. left pitched ~to Anthony on a in the third quarter, George sweep, the ball was fumbled Parker carried the ball over and the Tigers recovered the from the two. The extra point ball. was blocked and the score The Wildcat defense came .~tood at 27-0, Florala. The Rickey Manning, Mark Frank- lin, Brent Maddox, Andy Townsend, Mickey Melton, and Brent Zessin, played Straughn to a draw in :he fou" quarter. Many of these ~!~ rers were playing durir, t'.e earlier quarters spel ag the first team. Coach Terry stated after the game that he was glad to win and was pleased that he was able to play every Wildcat. Final score, Florala 34 for a season high of 208 yards ticked down in the fourth on the field and after three and throw a touchdown to quarter and when the cards running plays, were forced to Johnny Rodwell covering 38 were all in,the Floralapunt on a third and twelve yards for a great offensive Wildcats had gainedtheirsituation. The Wildcats had the night total of 246 yards, ball on the Straughn 37 yard Anthony gained more yardage line. On the first Cat offensive ~lay Thrash fumbled and btraughn recovered. The first ~uarter ended with the score orala 0, Straughn 0. fourth victory with a 34-6 triumphover the Straughn Tigers. 2nd QUARTER The Straughn offense could not move the ball and punted to the Cats. After a good run by Ingram and a 54 yard run by Anthony, the Wildcats again fumbled and Straughn recovered. After four plays, Florala again had the ball on the Straughn 43 yard line, Thrash ran for 10 yards, Anthony for 8, McNeill kept the ball on a beautiful run of 16 yards and a first down at the Tiger 5 yard line. Anthony carried for four yards, then on a jump pass from McNeill to Rodwell, Florala had there first touchdown. Chuck . Linton kicked the extra point with Pat Willis holding and Florala took a 7-0 lead. Straughn moved down the field passing the football before the half ended, but a determined Florala defense kept the Straughn offense out of the end zone and the half ended. Florala 7, Straughn 0. quarter ended after Straughn Straughn 6. Linton kicks four of five extra points Bradley, Parker, Evans work on defense An ny dashes dowaf/e/d. ANDY ALSUP, Florala High School Band director, had company Friday night to help him celebrate his 23rd birthday. On hand for the celebration and to witness the Wildcat Band's exceptional performance at halftime during the Fiorala-Straughn game Friday night were Andy's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Alsup, his brother and family. Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Aisup and daughter. Amy, all of Marianna, Florida. Alsup is one of the most talented band directors ever to direct at FHS and the band is doing an excellent job under his leadership. Keep up the good work FHS band[ Hunt and Rodwell clear lmth for Thrash I //aal Mocks for Anlhonv Joey Evans (61) blocks ]'or A nthony (33) . Evans Mc Ne i l l Bedso l e Thrash Coach's Corner Opp Is Tough Team, Bobcats Like The Air Florala High School Coach Paul Terry said Tuesday that the Opp Bobcats were probably a tougher team than Georgi- glllna. "They like to throw the bali tad are better at that than anything", he said. "Also their quarterback is better than last ),ear and can run and throw the bill." he said. Terry said he thought that playing them on their Home- coming Game might be an advantage for Florala since as he put it, "their boys might have their minds on everything except what they should be thinking about". Terry picked the following Florala Wildcats as Players of the Week or for the past three ) fmes: Florala-Georgianna - nsive, Ai McNeiil; Defen- sive, John Anthony. Baker- Florala: offensive, Jeffery Trash; defensive, Joey Evans. Flora|a-Straughan: offensive, John Anthony; defensive, Tim Bedsole. Their offensive backs are also a lot better than last year, he added. Terry also said that only Elba and Andalusia had beaten Opp this year. "Of course we are playing them on their field and I would always rather play at home", Anthony