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Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976-E5 Atlantic Faces Its Roughest Assignment Yet Karl Gulbronsen Sports Writer I A f7 led by Winston Russell, Tim King and Issac Hunt. King, a linebacker, intercepted three passes in the first two playoff games and Russell picked off two last week. "With what has happened the last couple of years," Russell said, "I'm not gonna let the kids forget about the '73 game or last year's. We won both those games on statistics, but those don't count. "We don't want any excuses this time around. We are at home and everything points our way. We have to do it ourselves and not let anyone beat us. That's what it'll take." do what they have to do to win. But if we play our game, we should win." Russell has reminded his talented team about the loss in '73. Fort Meade lost in the finals that season to Blountstown. Fort Meade could have problems scoring against the Blue Devil defense, which is led by Rickey Jackson and James Burroughs. Blaine Turner's team has averaged 19.9 points per game. Quarterback Billy Cardy is the top threat and likes to throw the ball. The Fort Meade defense has given up an average of 10 per game and is Bobby Butler has been the key man for the Atlantic defense. Last week during the Eagles 28-0 win over Miami Curley, he returned a punt 57 yards for a score and returned an interception 53 yards for another touchdown. The War Eagles have a pair of big-play men in Chris Curtis and Doug Calhoun. Curtis picked off two passes last week and returned one for a score. He also is the Space Coast's top punter with an average of over 42 yards per kick. The Eagles have faced a couple of veer offenses this year, Leonard for one. But the Lancers weren't quite as formidable as Titusville. The key will be to keep the War Eagles from going outside. Running back Reggie Herring is averaging 93 yards a game for Titusville and has scored 20 touchdowns. "They have great balance," Wilder said. "Their offense is extremely balanced. We will have to stop the outside game. We don't usually key on one man. We might wish we did after its over. But we have no plans to." The Eagles did stop Curley's running game. Curley managed just 53 yards on the ground and Eagle defensive ends Keith Baker and Frank Pingston continually turned in the outside game. "At this point in the season you do what you have to do to win the game," Wilder said. "We're going to stick with what has worked for us all year. It should be a heck of a football game and I hope we come out on top." The game will be played at Atlantic's field off Seacrest Blvd. The winner will advance to the finals to play the winner of the Ocala Forest-Panama Bay game. Semifinal seems to be a nasty word to Pahokee football followers. Twice in the past four seasons the powerful Blue Devils have been tripped up by decided underdogs in the next-to-last game of the state Class A A playoffs. Antoine Russell, the Blue Devils' head coach, hopes history doesn't repeat itself at 8 tonight. The top- FOK 31 E ONLY YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT US & READ ABOUT US IN NATIONAL MEN'S MAGAZINES. NOW VISIT PALM BEACH'S PLUSHEST & MOST POPULAR MEN'S RELAXATION SPA. "WHERE THE CUSTOMER ALWAYS COMES FIRST." EXECUTIVE'S RETREAT 5034 OKEECHOBEE BLVD. - WEST PALM BEACH 8 BEAUTIFUL PAMPER GIKLS 8 HEA VEIS'S JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY 686-0479 Sauna Complimentary Liquor Bar Roman Tub Shower! Private Mirror Rooms Waterbedi Chess & T.V. IKTHODLCTOK1 SPECIAL $10 MASTER CHARGE BANKAMERICARD - OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM-4AM RALM REACH COUNTY'S ONIY MEN'S ONIY SPA. ranked Blue Devils, 11-1, will play Fort Meade, 9-3, at home for the right to advance to next week's final game. Back in 1973, a lightly regarded Fort Meade team upset Pahokee, 3-0, to end the Blue Devils' title dreams. In last season's semifinal, Pahokee lost to eventual champion Palmetto, 7-6. Fort Meade comes into the game with a seven-game winning streak, including a 20-15 upset over second-ranked Umatilla last week. In the first round of the playoffs, Fort Meade stopped Clearwater, 17-0. The Blue Devils have crushed their two opponents. They stopped John Carroll, 55-8, and routed Miami Westminster, 48-0. "Fort Meade is a real sound football team," Russell said. "They just Handicap $31,000 est gross) (olto We Specialize in Used GOLF BALLS THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL! TOP QUALITY GOLF BAGS TOP FLITES dozen $3.75 or 3 DOZEN $10.00 3rd FREE! 3 .$3.50 ...6.00 ...8 OO .12.00 ALL STAR GLOVES 2-yr.olds 1-1 16 miles Calder surface, the only track the world . . . always fast, rain or Air-conditioned grandstand and ciuonouse. color television . . . group plans available restaurant, cafeteria & snack every Friday ...win $500 or Saturday 18 to 21 year olds admitted too will receive a free "at Calder 1.00 DZ. OR4DZ. 1.75 DZ. OR 4 DZ.. 2.25 DZ. OR 4 DZ.. 3.25 DZ. OR 4 DZ. $00 (QDOZ. 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"They will be the best team we have played since last year's finals. We'll have to play our best game of the year to come out on top." Titusville competes in the tough Space Coast Conference and its two losses were to Class AAAA teams. Eau Gallie stopped the War Eagles, 25-20, and state semifinalist Merritt Island shut out Titusville 17-0.0 Chris Collingsworth, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound quarterback, is the War Eagles' biggest threat. Collingsworth runs the veer offense so well that he is considered the state's top quarterback prospect. The Titusville defense, like Atlantic's, is the strongest part of the team. The War Eagles have shut out eight opponents, while Atlantic has posted six shutouts. In last week's regional win over Naples, the War Eagles didn't allow Naples past mid-field. Mitchell Trojans' Lake Worth and North Shore, both 3-0, meet at 8 tonight at the Lake Worth gym in a nonconference basketball game that features a pair of high-scoring juniors. The Mustangs' Darryll Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, has scored 71 points in his last two games. In his last outing, he hit on 15 of 18 shots against Twin Lakes Tuesday night as North Shore routed the Rams, 80-58. Lake Worth's Oscar Taylor, a 6-5 guard, has scored 33 points in his last two games after recovering from a knee injury. "When we play North Shore," Lake Worth head coach Harry Kin-nan said, "we don't play any one man, we play the whole team. "Of course, we are concerned with what Mitchell has done, but who he lines up against will guard him. They are too talented a team to concentrate on just one man." Eitherr Ron Taylor, Oscar's older brothe who scored 23 points in his last game, or Winfred Patrick, also a 23-point scorer last time out, will guard the high-scoring Mitchell. Despite being unbeaten, Kinnan is not totally satisfied with his team's offense. Defense and rebounding have pleased him, but the offense has taken longer to develop. "We are still playing with more emotion than reason," Kinnan said. "We haven't had the consistency we would like to have. Our ability to run our offense will get better as the season goes on. "It (the offense) takes a period of time where the players have to get the feeling of playing together. It will come later in the season, but tomorrow (tonight) would be soon enough as far as I am concerned." Nagging injuries have plagued the Trojans thus far. Guard Roy Mar-guess has a broken hand and is still out. Oscar Taylor had knee problems and Kinnan said he needs to get back in shape. Tito Fuentes, the Trojans' 6-6 center, has come down, of all things, with chicken pox. "Yeah," Kinnan said. "We've been having problems. We just can't get everybody together. Fuentes called me Monday and said he had the mumps. I told him that couldn't be, not at his age. I was right, but found out it was the chicken pox. That's something you don't expect from a kid high-school age. It is just a combination of little injuries. Someday, we'll have everyone ready." "So far, we have been overcoming our mistakes and injuries. North Shore is a talented team and it will show me something about what kind of team we have. I don't think we We or la? T Lake Worth Rd. To Test Defense can afford too many turnovers against them." Other Games: ATLANTIC (1-1) at CARDINAL NEWMAN (0-2) - Bucky McGann needs to get his young Cardinal Newman team to score more points. Atlantic got on track by stopping Pa-hokee Tuesday. PAHOKEE (1-2) at JUPITER (1-2) - Bennie Salery and Steve Bon-zabar sparked Warriors to first victory. Stafford Evertt continues to carry to Pahokee scoring load until football season is over. FOREST HILL (0-2) at SUN-COAST (1-1) - The Chargers got good play from Benny Goldwire and Earlie Brown in loss to Palm Beach Gardens. Warcecer Jakes, head coach at Forest Hill, is still looking for the right combination. 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