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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. NEWS - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER ii, 1976 McNeill on ground graining gallop Coach Paul Terry's Florala Wildcats finished the football season Friday night in a blaze of glory that completely blind- ed the War Hawks from Dale- ville. The score was 32-8, the sea- son record was 7-3, but I be- lieve there is more to be said. Friday night, the Wildcats were a great team! They domina- ted the game from the very be- ginning against a Daleville team that had beaten, at that time, the number eight team in the State AA classifica- tion - Cottonwood. The 'Cats finished the year with a cham- pionship performance, rising above a worthy opponent with the class and skill that cha- racterizes a champion. The season record was se- ven wins and 3 losses. A very good year for the record books, but even a better year when you look back on a struggling Wildcat football team in the Spring of 1976. I have never seen a football team come so far in such a short period of time. The development of a championship team from a Ingram on run through middle group of young untested foot- ball players in less than six months, is no accident. It is a feat that not many among us could accomplish. But Coach Paul Terry and his staff did it with such ease and consisten- cy that all Wildcat players and fans forgot about that rainy night in early September, and begin to think of a State Cham- pionship. A great coaching job but an equally great perfor- mance by the players, who wear th{~ green and gold at FHS. The seniors and returning letlermen, Matt Bradley, John Anthony, Rusty Boles, Craig Matthews, Raymond Adams, John Hunt and Joey Evans, were inspirational leaders for the young 'Cats. All the play- ers worked hard. They im- proved and they won - and that's the name of that tune! It was as cold at Matthews Stadium Friday night past as it had been rainy for the first game of the season. But be- fore everyone in the stands could get warmly tucked in their blankets, the Wildcats had generated enough heat on the field to send the score- board into a fury. Before the halftime break, Jeff Thrash had crossed the goal line four times which is a credit to the entire offensive unit. The tough 'Cat defense had completely shut the door on the explosive War Hawk offense. Thrash finished the night with 116 yards rushing and a 55 yard pass reception from Quarter- back Al McNeill. John An- thony followed with 79 yards and George Parker rolled up 44 yards. The Wildcat defense was led by Rusty Boles with 16 indivi- dual tackles and 6 assists- followed by Craig Matthews with a total of 14 tackles; Joey Evans 14 and Matt Bradley with 7. Rusty Boles also recovered one fumble and intercepted two passes. Craig Matthews and Matt Bradley had a fumble re- covery each and Danny Sight- ler had a pass interception. The Wildcats had a total of- lense of 423 yards comparedto 201 yards for the Daleville War Hawks. The statistics show a total team effort in the Wildcat vic- tory. "Big John" Anthony makes one more scarnper. 2 IST QUARTER - It took Flo- rala less than one minute to put a touchdown on the score- board after receiving theopen- ing kick-off. On first down from their own 35 yard line - Anthony ran for twelve yards. On the next play, Jeff Thrash set sail behind good blocking and with 11:01 left in thequar- ter, Florala jumped to a 6-0 lead. After the 'Cat defense stopped theWar Hawks on three downs and a punt, the 'Cats again had the ball on their own 30 yard line. On the fourth play of this series, McNeill found Thrash on a screen pass and he made a beautiful run for the second touchdown. The extra point was missed, but Fdorala led 12-0 with 7:18 left in the first quarter. John Anthony had a long run on the first play of this drive. The Wildcats fumbled the next time they had offensive possession and the War Hawks had the ball deep in 'Cat territory. The Florala defense made a great stand and Daleville could not take advantage of the mistake. The 'Cats took offensive pos- session and began their third touchdown drive. The quar- ter ended with the 'Cats deep in War Hawk territory. The score -- Florala 12, Daleville 0. 2ND QUARTER - On the se- cond play of the quarter, Jeff Thrash scored his third touch- down of the night. The extra point was missed and Florala led 18-0 with 11:22 left in the half. Daleville started a drive downfield after a long pass completion, but the effort fail- ed when Matt Bradley recov- ered a War Hawks fumble. The 'Cats moved the ball upiield and then downfield on good runs by Anthony, Thrash and Parker and screen passes thrown by Quarterback McNeill. With 6:40 left in the half, Thrash scored his fourth touchdown on a 27 yard run. John Anthony made an exciting run for the two point conversion, and the 'Cats jumped to a 26-0 lead. There was no score for the rest of the quarter. The halftime score was - Florala 26, Dale- ville 0. 3RD QUARTER - The Dale- villa War Hawks got the best Crunchlll PAGt/ 9 of the third quarter by scor- ing their only touchdown of the night. The Wildcats had built a big lead and were content to play tough defense and watch the clock run. The score at the end of the third quarter was Florala 26, Daleville 8. 4TH QUARTER - Florala add- ed their fifth touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter on a 27 yard run by John Anthony. The kick failed, but the 32nd point was on the scoreboard. Both teams substituted freely from this point on, giving the inexperienced players more experience in the final game for both teams Final score - - Florala 32, Dalevllle 8. yers ee Ru tyBoles Rusty Boles and Jeffery Thrash have been picked as the outstanding Wildcats for Flo- rala's concluding victory over Daleville on Friday night by Coach Paul Terry. Boles was picked by Terry as the defensive player of the week for his 16 individual ta- ckles, five assists and for the interception of two Daleville passes and for the recovery of a fumble. Thrash gained 114 yards to be offensive player of the week with ,four touchdowns includ- ing a 68 yard run on a screen pass for a score. Terry said it had been a fair- ly successful year for the Wild- cats since they were rebuild- ing and that he was looking for- ward to spring training. He also said that they were planning a weight-building pro- gram for the off-season. With the end of football sea- son, Terry predicted the bask- etball team would go undefeat- ed. Wildcat basketball begins on Tuesday night, November 16, in .Samson with Florala facing Slocomb at 6:00 at a Tip-Off Tournament. Jeffery Thrash Wildcat Tacklers down War Hawk. Oeorge Parker on the move. Wildcats knock feathers out of War Hawk ball carrier. Ingrain on the move. ,Sonny Bedsole Blocks for AI McNeill.