15 YEARS AGO
OCT. 17, 2002
The Sparta Academy Warriors defeated Greenville Academy 21-16 on Fri., Oct. 11, 2002 in Greenville.
Perry Castleberry scored the first two touchdowns of the night for the Warriors on runs of three yards and four yards, respectively. John McGinitie added the PAT on the first touchdown and Brandon Burleson added the two-point conversion on the second touchdown.
Wiley Cobb scored the last touchdown for the Warriors on a six-yard run. The try for the two-point conversion failed.
Perry Castleberry was the leading rusher for the Warriors with 182 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Brandon Burleson had 29 yards on nine carries. John McGinitie had 14 yards on four carries. Matt Robinson had five yards on two carries and Wiley Cobb had three yards on eight carries and one touchdown.
Jeremy Anderson had five receptions for 65 yards. Brandon Burleson had one reception for 22 yards, and Paul Castleberry had one reception for 0 yards.
Sparta Academy held homecoming activities on Fri., Oct. 4, 2002. Members of the senior homecoming court are Jessica Roberts, escorted by her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Mark Roberts; Caroline McCreary, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred McCreary; Kelly Daw, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Daw; Katie Baggett, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Baggett; Miss Homecoming 2002 Callie Ezell, escorted by her parents, Gerald Ezell and Debbie Ezell; Katie Etheridge, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Etheridge; Susan Ivey, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ivey; Ashley Nolin, escorted by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nolin; and Hannah Smith, escorted by her parents, David Smith and Judy Brown.
30 YEARS AGO
OCT. 15, 1987
The Evergreen Aggies were defeated by the Luverne Tigers last Friday night by the score of 42-16.
The Aggies points all came in the third period. James Gross scored on a 54-yard run with 7:25 left in the period. Evergreen converted on a two-point conversion on a pass from Young to Marvin Cunningham to make it 42-8. Evergreen then kicked off and Russell Meeks miss hit it, I think, but it turned out okay when the Aggies recovered the kick at the Luverne 40-yard line.
With 4:57 left in the third quarter, Tony Simpson threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Cunningham. The two-point conversion was good on the same combination as before when Young threw to Marvin Cunningham.
Crenshaw Christian Academy blanked the Sparta Academy Warriors, 21-0, in Luverne Friday night.
Jamie Deason had 66 yards on 10 carries; Jeff Carrier, 30 on 15; Lee Wild, six on one; Kenny Bledsoe lost two yards on three tries.
Bledsoe completed four of 10 passes for 40 yards and had one interception. Brad Watts threw incomplete twice, and Wild’s only pass was also incomplete.
Jeff Carrier is presented the McDonald’s “Athlete of the Month” award by Jack Dwyer, manager of the Evergreen McDonald’s on Highway 83. Carrier, junior running back, pass receiver and defensive back for Sparta Academy, was chosen for his outstanding play and leadership for the Warriors.
45 YEARS AGO
OCT. 19, 1972
Sparta Academy to have first homecoming: Sparta Academy will have its first homecoming Fri., Oct. 20. There will be displays, skits and a pep rally starting at 12:30 p.m.
A pre-game show at Stuart-McGehee Field will start at 7:30. Miss Football, Miss Homecoming and her court will be presented.
Crucial mistakes and power of Luverne fullback, Sam Morgan, led the Evergreen Aggies to the gallows Friday night as they were hanged in a lackluster game by the Luverne Tigers, 41-0.
The Sparta Academy Warriors lost to Escambia Academy, one of the state’s most powerful teams, Friday night, 13-2, at Stuart-McGehee Field.
Sparta’s first and only score came early in the first period as the snap from center on an attempted punt went over the punter’s head and out of the end zone for 2-0 Sparta lead.
Sparta’s only offensive threat came from the passing of Buddy Monroe to Gary Daw as they combined on three catches for 86 yards.
Sparta’s defensive team kept Escambia to its second lowest points total that it has ever had. Leading defenders for Sparta were Will Ward, Tubby McInvale, Walt Lee Ward, Don Owens, Jerry Cotton and Gary McInvale.
(Other top Sparta players in that game included Bruce Hutcheson and Sam Skipper.)
Thurs., Nov. 2, Miss Homecoming will be crowned (at Evergreen High School). Miss Football will be named Oct. 20 by the football team.
60 YEARS AGO
OCT. 17, 1957
Eagles Nipped By Camden 7-0: Evergreen’s C.C.T.S. Eagles, outweighed man for man by 20 pounds, played a valiant defensive game, though on the short end of a 7-0 score.
The entire game was played practically on the Eagle’s side of the 50-yard line. The Eagles made four brilliant goal line stands to keep within striking distance.
The Eagles made their only threat in the final stanza. With four minutes remaining in the game, Hood Johnson intercepted a Camden pass on his 30 and ran it back to the Camden 40. The Eagles failed to gain a first down and Camden took possession on their 35.
(Other standout CCTS players in that game included James Watson, Walter Hill, Johnny Tullis and Norman Nettles.)
Aggies Out To Spoil McKenzie H’coming: The Evergreen Aggies will return to the football wars Friday night, taking to the road for their first game away from home this season. Evergreen has been out of action for two weeks as last week’s game with Greenville was postponed because of flu.
McKenzie’s Tigers have nominated the Aggies to be the victim of their annual homecoming celebration.
(Players on Evergreen’s team that year included George Bolton, Robbie Boykin, Howard Claybrook, Robert Daniels, Robert Ellington, Billy Grace, Jerry Mitchell, Jimmy Moorer, James Nelson, Paul Pace, Byron Warren and Buddy Zukowski. Wendell Hart was Evergreen’s head coach.)
The Dixie Fox Hunters Association has announced that its annual Bench Show and Field Trials will be held Oct. 28-31 at Burnt Corn.
90 YEARS AGO
OCT. 20, 1927
Brewton Defeats Aggies 20 To 0: The fast team at Brewton succeeded in defeating the locals Friday afternoon in one of the fiercest struggles of the season, when they ran up a 20 to 0 score. The first half was close indeed as the score at the close of the period was 2 to 0. The only tally in this part of the game came when the Aggies were held for a safety.
In the second half, three touchdowns were made, each time however, Brewton failed to add the extra point. It appeared that the lines of the two teams were very nearly matched, Brewton’s victory coming from their superiority in the backfield. In this department, especial mention might be of Moore, who played an exceptionally good game for Brewton. The locals showed considerable fight at several stages of the game but failed to possess the offensive necessary to gain yardage. The game was well attended by Evergreen people. The next game played by the Aggies will be in Andalusia next Friday afternoon.
Miss Martha Dickinson spent Saturday in Montgomery, attending the Auburn-LSU football game.
John Stearns and Chas. Taliaferro Jr. attended the Alabama-Tech game in Atlanta Saturday, returning Sunday night.
Castleberry: Misses Lizenby and Wise attended the Auburn-LSU football game in Montgomery Saturday.