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7 INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. You arrived midway of quarter Friday night Samson-Florala foot- you may have that something was With the scoreboard. It almost impossible a fOOtball team to score in the first 3 min- football game against and even more un- against a formibable op- Such as the Samson Ti- But Coach Paul Terry's Wildcats had done the - they had posses- ~Of the football three ti- it~l had scored a touch- down each time they had tou- ched the ball! Take a look at the record book. This may never have happened before and surely not in such a short time. With 9:51 left in the first quarter, the Wildcats had dispelled the thought that it was hard for the Wildcats to win in Tiger town and had jumped to a 21-0 lead. Florala's offense rolled up 464 yards in total yardage. The Wildcats offensive line seems to improve each week and certainly would be the key to the offensive explosion by the cat scat-backs early in the game. Quarterback AI McNeill, having his best night, lead the star-studed Flo- rala backfield with 135 yards rushing and completed 3 out of 8 passes for 46 yards. John Anthony had 106 yards rushing and completed 2 out 2 passes, one for a touchdown and one for a two point conversion. Jeff Thrash followed with 63 yards and Kenneth Ingrain with 58 yards. The Widcat defense limit- ed the Samson Tigers to 71 yards rushing and 110 yards passing. The defense was lead by Rusty Boles with 14 indivi- dual tackles, followed by Craig Matthews with 10 and Matt Bradley with 9. On many tackles it appeared that the entire Wildcat line was on the ball carrier. Every Wildcat saw action either on offense or defense and made a contribution to the victory. The scoreboard showed a score of 35-14, Florala, when the final horn sounded and upped their season record to 6 wins and 2 losses. FIRST QUARTER. Captains AI McNeill and Chuck Steven- son won the toss for the Flo- Samson Defender reoches for "'Big John" :g John" on the run. rala Wildcats. It was one of the few times the 'Cats had received the opening kick- off. It didn't take the Wild- cats long to spoil the home- coming for the Samson Ti- gers. On first down from their own 36 yard line, Quarterback McNeill faked the reverse and kept the ball going, around right end. Behind super blocking, McNeill set sail for a 64 yard touchdown gallop. The extra point was missed but with 11:46 left in the first quarter Flo- rala led 6-0. Jeff Williams kicked off for the 'Cats and Samson return- ed to their own 33 yard line. The Wildcat defense held for three downs and forced a punt. Again on first down from their own 45 yard line, McNeill han- ded the ball to Jeff Thrash on the reverse and with Guard Joey Evans leading the way, Thrash raced for the goal line. With 10:39 left in the quarter the two point conversion and Florala lead 14-0. On the en- suing kick-off Samson fumbled and Matt Bradley recovered for the 'Cats at the Samson 25 yard line. On the first play Anthony threw to Johnny Rodwell in the end zone. Rodwell made a beautiful, unbelievable falling catch in the end zone. Chuck Linton added the extra point and with 9:51 left in the first quarter. The score was Flo- rala 21, Samson 0. Florala fumbled on two dri- ves during the remainder of the uuarter, but Samson could / Anthony Breaks up middle Q not mount a drive and the score at the end of the quarter re- mained - Florala 21, Samson 0. SECOND QUARTER. The ear- ly part of the second quarter saw the Tigers and the Wild- cats swapping possession of the football. Midway of the second quarter, Florala re- covered a Samson fumble on the Tiger 44 yard line. On first down, Anthony rambled for 11 yards and another first down at the 33 yard line. On the next play, McNeill threw in the direction of Johnny Rodwell and a Samson defender near the goal line. Rodwell literally took the ball away from the Samson back and the 'Cats had a first down at the Samson one. On the next play, George Parker barreled up the middle for the score. The extra point was good and with 4:52 left in the half, Florala lead 28-0. The defenses prevailed for the rest of the quarter and the score at halftime was Florala ~.8, Samson 0. THIRD QUARTER. The Wild- cats had mounted an insur- mountable lead in the first half, but the Tigers seemed to toughen in the third period. Most of the quarter was spent Chuck Stevenson Terry Names Top Players Ot The Week Chuck Stevenson and George Parker have been cited by Coach Paul Terry as Players of the Week for the Wildcat game against Samson last week. Stevenson was chosen as the offensive player of the week and Parker was chosen for his defensive work. Coach Terry doesn't see too many problems for the Wild- cats in Florala's game this week with Luverne, except per- haps their varied offense, which is similar to the one used by Opp. "They ran a lot of quick pitches to the outside and that is the kind of stuff that has been giving us trouble all year," Terry said. Luverne has a 2-6 record and lost last week to Tho- masville, but they were in the game right up until the last when Thomasville took them 19-7, Terry reported. We will have to play them there, he added, and that is always a factor to consider. George Parker m THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1976 with both teams keeping the untouched. Linton added the ball for several downs and then extra point and Florala lead turning it over to their op- ponent by fumble, pass inter- ception or punt. The third quarter was the hardest fought quarter with neither team scoring. The score re- mained 28-0 at the end of the quarter. 35-6. Samson came back in the closing minutes and added their second touchdown and a two point conversion. Many substitutes were on the field in the closing minutes as Coach Terry cleared the Wild- cat bench. The final score reflects a FOURTH QUARTER. got on the scoreboard first in the fourth quarter on a beau- tiful pass thrown by Quarter- back Larry Kilpatrick to the Tiger wide receiver. The ex- tra point was missed and the score at that point was 28-6. Florala roared back with Ken- neth Ingrain finding daylight from the Samson 21 yard line and going into the end zone Samson good effort by a free Florala football team. Florala 35, Samson 14. McNeiii Iookin ./'or i~o'd ir! Rodwell ouwits touchdown pigskin Workhorse Anthony on one of his carries tarries Downfield Bound Ingram on the run, Evans blocking on TD run. f