The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 18, 1967 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, November 18, 1967
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Quits PAGE EIGHT By Frank Ellis I f Courier Sews Sports I chlnr Bob Williams, head football coach for the pasl Hum \ci •> at Blytheville High School, resigned last night following Hie final game of (he f.e- m aim _ loss to Jacksonville 1 i?h S< hool z Suu . d , yi Novcmb , r 18 , 1557 ".Line Coach Alan Slolt will he :the new head coach for the 1963- « 69 school year. I Williams, a native of Tc\as f hi has just seen his Ghici^saw schedule they played couldn't players conclude a season which j help but demoralize them a -brought them onlv one win in a;great deal, ten game schedule, a season in j .. We have | ia( j a fj ne relation- which the AAA school had been | sl) j p an( j (], ey are 0 [ the highest picked to be one of the Eastern, character. I want to congratu- Conference favorites due to the; j a(e eac ^ a [hi e t e r ve coached number of returning letlermen j in t | ie p as t three years for their Hil!! i!i!iiiiiiii!iii!!iiilll!ii:illlliliil]llllllll!l«!!l | "I have no plans whatsoever, COURIER NEWS B in 01 " out of Coach ' n 6> and P lan ' I'm grateful for the hoys I've d here and know that the and the above average size of the linemen. Unfortunately, unexpected injuries and a lack of needed quickness both offensively and defensively seriously harmed courage to stick with the. gram and give the program and me their best. "My heartfelt thanks go out to J. K. Williams, our superintendent, and D. B. Meador, our Jhe Blytheville attack, even j p r i nc i pa i j for their interest in though, as Williams himself our pro g ram and also for their said throughout the year, "the effort was there on the part of the boys." moral support to me. "I owe my grateful apprecation to those fans who have supported our Several weeks ago Williams i program and have been loyal informed the school board that to it and to the assistant coaches he would resign effective immediately following the final game of the season, and last night's curtain-closer, played before a fairly large turnout of fans was his final appearance Chickasaw mentor. as the Williams made the following _ statement as his final act as . ..Jiead coach: ho have given their best, including a very fine job of coaching. "I want to wish the new coach, the returning boys and those coming up from junior high, all the luck in the world and I sincerely hope that Blytheville can develop the best football program in the state. (o he with the Blytheville school system until the last of May. '•I have not decided whether 1 will remain in coaching or not, and if a good offer comes along outside of coaching, I would give it full consideration." * * * The season just concluded was was the seventh coaching year for Williams, the 1961 graduate of the University of Arkansas having taken his first position in the Fall of that same year as head coach at Cabool, Mo. High School. He served as athletic director and history teacher as well as coach at the medium-sized institution and guided the gridiron aggregation to an 8-1 record and the South Central Conference championship. He moved on to El Dorado the following season, accepting a post as assistant to one of the best known coaches in Arkansas, Garland Gregory. The Wildcats compiled a mark of six and six in the tough AAA Central division and Williams was offered the head position at Morrilton in an attempt to revive the football fortunes of the Devil Dogs. The Region 3-AA East school was the smallest in its division, but that fact did not prevent the Dogs from registering an 8-4 season in 1963 and wind up being ranked in the top 12 teams Stolt Coach gest moments at Morrilton were when his team scored a 20-6 upset win over Conway in his first season and the 14-13 victory over perennial powerhouse Russellville the second year, the Cyclones having recently lost by graduation the services of present-day Razorback Quarterback Ronny South. While at Morrilton, Williams was instrumental in developing two players who have gone on to starting roles in the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC). . Wayne Sroczynski, an all-state gridder, was moved by .Williams from end to halfback before moving on to Arkansas Tech where he performed for the Wonder Boys. Don Dixon altered Harding College and has played consistent ball for the Bisons of John Frock. Previously, Williams had seen three of his proteges at Cabool move on to college career. had a 1,01)0 yard season, SYW- aging 10 yards on 100 carries while scoring 19 TDs as he averaged 33 yards per touchdown run. Williams accepted a call from the Blytheville school authorities to replace the departed Bill Templeton who moved on to an assistant coaching position at Arkansas Stale University in Jbnesboro. (BOWLING BLYTHEVILLE AIR FORCE BASE Sunday Night Mixed Doubles STANDINGS Williams . time to clean out desk. Phillips Ford 25 11 Guards Jewelry .... 23 13 One of the threesome, Burl i Team 10 21 15 Wood, was named a Little All-1 Team 3 20% 15% BORE'S 19 17 WOSCO 18'/2 17% 19% 21 14 22 8% 27V4 American for his exploits at Coffeyville, Kan. Junior College J while his twin brother, Earl, played at Coffeyville as well before both the young men moved on to starting positions as line-backers at West Texas in AA that first year of Williams' short tenure. The school was placed in a new league following the '63 sea- Chickas. To Drop Finale 14-0 By Frank E'lis Courier News Sports Editor Two men, who minutes before had been rivals facing each other across the expanse of Haley Field as Blytheville and Jacksonville struggled in the football finale for both, sat and calmy discussed the pros and sons of the 14-0 Jacksonville win in the office of the Chickasaws head coach last night. : Bob Williams and Olan Burns both obviously were relaxed now that the long season had lOOBc uail IAJ &CL u|J IUG o*-ui- »•••chance but after Pat Long Sikeston. come to and end. "Our boys were really hitting out there tonight," Wil' liams said, "and I think there • was real good effort on t h e ,'.,..part of all the players, - --"The whole complexion of the ball game could have been ;. : 7 changed by just one or two ' breaks but having the old Bly. theville luck we didn't score when several chances came and it cost us the victory." Burns, visibly tired after the r last of a lengthy 12-game schedule, expressed admira- "• tion not only for his own men but praised t!ie Blytheville de!•'.'• fense, especially the rushing '; linemen. ; - "We were forced to pass as './.; much as we did when Blythe-1 Devil 31 before the attack sput- - ville threw as many as eight' . men up against us, men whom "We don't have real speed," the visiting mentor continued, "but the boys came through for us even though our defense was not what we expected, we have showed." Williams reference to the game's complexion being changed was to a play in the early minutes of the opening quarter when the Chickasaws recovered their first punt on a Red Devil fumble of the spiral off the foot of Tommy Tompkins at the enemy six, but were unable to crash through for a score which might have given the momentum for a win. Mike Sizemore pounced on the loose ball to set up the scoring This grab preceded a move-1 In the fourth period, Jackson- ment to the Jacksonville 18|to give the visitors a 7-0 lead, thanks to plunges by Long and | ville was forced into its first Richardson but again the attack fizzled on three incomplete passes. A third highlight was provided by Tackle Mike Brothers who picked up a fumble and rambled 30 yards with less than a minute in the half. The 201- pound senior was dragged down from behind at the enemy 15. punt of the game, Richard Brewer returning it 14 yards to Three plays later, a Johnson pass intended for Freddie Shipp was intercepted at the host' 44 with the clock showing 4:25 in the game. Brown got 14 around end on a power play and repeated with son, Fuller, Cabot, Sheridan and Watson Chapel joining the Devil Dogs in a stronger conference, and the Willims-men beat Cabot but lost to Sheridan by a 14-6 count to finish second in the league. Williams said that his two big- Cage Pros NBA Friday's Results Phila'phia 125, St. Louis 117 Baltimore 116, Los Ang'es 107 Cincinnati 120, Boston 119 San Fran. Ill, Chicago 109 Seattle 130, San Diego 124 Today's Games Baltimore at New York Boston at Philadelphia Detroit at Chicago Los Angeles at St. Louis San Francisco at San Diego Sunday's Game Detroit at Seattle Monday's Games Dallas 116, Houston 107 Denver 120, New Jersey 104 Pittsburgh 95, New Orleans 94 Today's Games No games scheduled Sunday's Games Oakland at Anaheim Minnesota at Denver Dallas at Houston, afternoon Pittsburgh at Kentucky, afternoon Monday's Games Minnesota at Oakland Kentucky at Houston 126 Ibylyx d!8 eg!8 NEW YORK (AP) - Tim McCormick of the Syracue Blaa- zers was suspended indefinitely by Eastern Hockey League President Tom Lockhart after Detroit vs. Seattle at Taco- referee Bill Pringle reported ma, Wash. ABA Friday's Results McCormick punched him during Friday night's game at Long Island. State. Latest report is that the 225 and 210 hefties have signed with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian League. Halfback Greg Peabody, the third Cabool representative, matriculated at Southwest Missouri State College at Springfield after an almost unbelievable senior year under Williams. As a twelfth grader, Peabody Robertson's 16% Branscum's 15 Maye's Books ... Liberty Supmkt. HIGH GAMES Clifton Whitney 207 Sam Simer 206 Martha Halden I 75 Faye Whitney 1™ HIGH SERIES Sam Simer 555 Brent Casper 523 SPLITS D. Jaeger 3-6-7-10 B.Casper 6-7-10 Betty Jackson 6-7 Pete Halden 5-7 SREOIAL!.. PRESTONE Anil-Freeze Coolant- HANDY TWO-PAK $1.69 per. gaL HAWKS PAWN SHOP AND ARMY SURPLUS 322 E. Main Phone PO 3-8288 One pass failed before an at- a run for 20^ more.jiided by tempted field goal by Brothers was blocked as the half ended. * * * The tide turned as the second half began, just as it did two weeks ago in the loss to got three, a penalty cost five yards before Long regained nine and Terry Richardson got the ball to the one. A fumble on fourth down returned the ball to the visitors at the goal-line. Blytheville stopped an ensuing Jacksonville drive after it carried 79 yards to the Blytheville 20 and the remainder of the half was a see-saw battle up and down the field. high- Jacksonville returned the kick off 23 yards to its own 38, and in ten plays, aided by a personal foul call and despite Fullback Andy H o 11 i d a y being thrown for a short loss on a strong play by Guard John Elliott, the Red Devils were on the Scoreboard. Quarterback David Stiles sparked the 62-yard drive with his scrambling and his accurate passes to Terry Kemp, a 125- it is impossible to get through without great effort." lights being a fumble recovery I pound tailback, while Sidney by Richardson which led the ; Brown added valuable ground way to a penetration to the Red ! yardage, levil 31 before the attack sput- Holliday scored from the four tered, and a beautiful pass at 8:23 of the quarter even from Russ Johnson to Long, on though hit hard by Buddy Joe which Pat made an in-stride | Layton in the secondary. Rick catch good for 33 yards. Stamper booted the conversion LAUNCH ONE-BIylhevillt! Quarterback Russ Johnson receives good protection as he prepares lo let on? go against Jacksonville. (Courier News Photo) fine blocking by Holliday. Holliday gained nothing and! Brown got five just before' Stiles eluded several pursuers and found Stamper all alone in the end zone for six points. Stamper again converted and with 2:18 on the clock, it was all over in the game and for j the season as far as the Chick- i asaw players and fans were' concerned. I Rickey Reed did intercept a I Stiles pass and return it to the! 25 moments later, but «t went for naught as the whistle sounded amid the ensuing pile-up of white and maroon jerseys. The stands were deserted | save for those removing the' reserved seats, the lights had j been dimmed and the score-1 board was blank as the two! coaches talked in the loser's office. Both knew that despite the j season records (Blytheville fin- j ished with a and nine loss mark, while Jacksonville wound up at 6-6 and took the AAA Eastern Conference crown ' with a 3-0 league mark) they,: [heir staffs and their players ; iiad given their best and that, as was always the refrain of the former Brooklyn baseball j Dodgers, "there's always next! year." * * * Chickasaws who saw action in ; the season finale were Tommy ! Tompkins, Russell Johnson, I Freddie Shipp, Pat Long, Steve Owen, Dennis Edwards, Rickey | Reed, Billy Trotter, Richard ! Connell, Buddy Joe L a y t o n, j John Elliott, Mike Widner, Pat j Shirley, Lewis Spaeth, M i k e j Brothers, . Whit Morgan, Rob- j ert Elliot, Marty Smith, Jim ; Hcfley, Terry Richardson, Jim- j my Thompson, Richard Brewer j Mike Sizemore, Rob Porter, John Worlund, Theodis Golden and Dan Burks. POWNAL, VI. (AP) - A snowstorm forced cancellation of the last three races on Friday's thoroughbred program at Green Mountain Park. KNOVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Johnny Payne, an all-Tennessee ; halfback at Knoxville Central j High School seven years ago,' died Friday of Hodgkin's Disease, lie was 21 1 DO YOU MEAN TO STAND THERE AND TELL US YOU DONT KNOW CLASSIFIED ADS BRING YOU CASH? It's time you looked at the Classified Section a little more carefully. . .you'll find all kinds of good merchandise offered for sale. . .by people just like yourself. 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