The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 17, 1954 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, September 17, 1954
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (AEK.) COURIER NEWS Chicks Take on Strong No. Little Rock Tonight Tribe After Second Victory of Season Blytheville's Chickasaws, 42 strong, left this morning for North Little Rock and their first real test of the 1954 football season. The Chicks are scheduled to do battle with the Big Seven Wildcats at 8 p.m. tonight on North Little Rock's field. Paps Lose 18-12 In Practice Game Poplar Bluff High's "B" Team Victorious In Scrimmage Affair Blytheville's Junior Papooses were beaten last night but, on the official records, the loss won't count. Poplar Bluff High School's "B" team ground out an 18-12 decision over Mo., Paps at . night in Poplar Bluff, a game that featured a gruelling defensive battle the last half. However, Coach Jimmy Fisher said- this morning that he and Poplar Bluff coaches agreed before last night's game that the game was to be a practice affair and would not be recorded on the official records. The game was .tight all the way with the Paps twice coming from behind to tie the score. But they were late getting rolling offensively in the second half and Poplar Bluff emerged with a one touchdown edge. Coalter Scores Poplar Bluff drew first blood in the opening quarter but the high- geared Paps came roaring back to knot .the score. Quarterback Charley Coalter got the touchdown on a 30 yard jaunt to pay dirt. Poplar Bluff went ahead 12-6 in the second quarter but once again the Paps came back. Coalter threw a 15-yard pass to end Wilford for Blytheville's -second touchdown to knot the score at 12-12 at halftime. Poplar Bluff scored again in the third period but the Paps couldn't quite make, it. The game ended with the Paps in possession of the ball at the Poplar Bluff 35. Harrison High ens Season Here Tonight Harrison High School's Dragons kick off their 1954 season here tonight when they tangle with Hoi- man High School of Stuttgart at Haley Field. Coach Ira Young will send his charges into battle at 8 p.m. The Dragons have been working in preparation for this conference encounter since Aug. 23. Stuttgart was AAA champion last year. Young has ten lettermen back from last year's squad which won six and dropped three. The Chicks will be after their second win of the season. They started the year off with an easy 33-7 victory over the Class B Osceola Seminoles last Friday night. But Coach Buss Mosley's tribe is not expecting easy sailing tonight by any means. The Wildcats are perennial contenders in the state's Big Seven Conference and they always field a rugged, hard to beat eleven. And, according to last week's action ,this year is no exception. Coach Rabbit Burnett's Wildcats ran roughshod over Class AA Subiaco last Thursday night and, according to Chick scouts who saw that game, North Litle Rotck has a better ball club than the one the Chicks eeked out a 2-0 verdict over last year. Fisher Won't Start The Chicks left town at 10 this morning still doubtful as to the status of their hulking fullback, Kenneth Fisher. Fisher underwent an appendectomy three weeks ago and returned to practice togs only this week. However, Coach Mosley has said that it is doubtful Fisher will see action tonight. The Chicks are expected to go with Charles (Bug) Abbott, the 180- pound junior, at fullback. Abbott, who played both fullback and blocking back last year,, started at the Calame to Miss Sooner Opener? Sore Ribs Sideline Oklahoma's Star;, Game on Television BERKELEY, Calif. (.*) — The status of Oklahoma's ace quarterback, Gene Calame, remained a question mark today, the eve of the meeting of the Sooners and California in the first nationally- televised college football game of the season. ', Coach Bud Wilkinson put his Sooners through an.hour-long drill shortly after their arrival by plane yesterday. But Calame, his ribs so sore he couldn't run, watched from under a tree. The Sooners, picked by sportswriters as the second best team in the country in the pre-season Associated Press ppll, planned a workout in Memorial Stadium, scene of the game, today. More will be known about the 168-pound y senior quarterback's chances after that. Hurt Wednesday He was hurt Wednesday. Calame or no Calame. Coach Lynn (Pappy) Waldorf of the ex- in some nifty runs. The remainder of the Chicks' offensive backfield is expected to be as it was last week. Bobby Jones will be at blocking back, Freddie Akers at left half arid co-captain Danny Edgmon at right half. The Chicks wound up their pre- game drills with a light workout perience-shy Bears was conceding nothing. His team, ranked 12th nationally in the AP poll, has made satisfactory progress, he- said. Pat O'Neal, another senior, took Calame's place in running the first Sooner team in yesterday's workout at the Castlewood Country Club. Burris Will Play Fullback Robert Burris, who has a bad knee, will be able to play, Wilkinson said, although he may not start. The linebacking of Burris and his brother, Kurt, who plays center, is one of the features of the Oklahoma defense. Although Wilkinson said pre-season guessers must be confusing his current squad with last year's Orange Bowl champions, he does CHARLES ABBOTT under the Haley Field lights last have such standouts as halfback night. They are due in Little Rock at shortly after noon today and will spend the hours until game time resting. Tonight's game is expected to be another battle of the T against the single wing. The Wildcats employ ;he T and split T with their offense centered around the fancy running of fullback Tommy Worrell. Graham Thompson, a nifty ball landling quarterback, generals the Wildcats offensive and is reported as one of the finer ball handlers in the state this year. Offensively, the . Chicks are expected to use the same forward v*;all that they did against Osceola. Drane Adams and Chuck Langston are expected to get the starting call at the ends with co-captain John Fong and Allen Shanks hold- ng down the tackles; Jodie Hall and Jerry Nail at the guards and Danny Cobb at center. James D. Norris, president of the International Boxing Club, owns the Spring Hill Racing Farm Stable at Paris, Ky. Buddy Leake and ends Carl Allison and Max Boydston. Cal will rely heavily on quarterback Paul Larson, who runs as well as he passes and was the nation's leader in total offense last year, and Matt Hazeltine, a rugged linebacking center. Miss Rawls Leads In Wichita Goif WICHITA, Kan. (fl — Betsy Rawls, the pre-tournament favorite, led the field into the second round of the S5.000 Wichita Women's Open today, but Babe Zaharias and Marlene Bauer were only a couple of strokes behind her. Miss Rawls, of Spartanburg, S C., toured the 6,310-yard Wichita Country Club course in 39 for the front nine and 35 for the back nine, giving her a 3-over-par 74. Mrs. Zaharias, Tampa. Fla.. had 39-37-76 and Marlene Bauer Sarasota. Fla., a 38-38-76. The 72 holes of medal play will wind up Sunday. College Grid Season Gets Started Tonight By TED SMITS NEW YORK (AP) — The 1954 college football season opens tonight with two first rate games, but the big attraction comes tomorrow when highly regarded Oklahoma meets California at Berkeley in the television game of the day. Rain Again Delays Title Bout; Rescheduled for 9 Tonight Oklahoma was'a close second to Notre Dame in AP r s pre-season poll of football strength, and California was 12th. The game will be one of the sternest tests of the year for Rice meets .Plorida; Washington plays Utah, and Texas will be tested by Louisiana State. Two of the flock of new coaches will make their debut tomorrow. Coach Bud Wilkinson's Sooners. | Blanton Collier, former Cleveland Brown assistant, is directing Kentucky, and Andy Pilney, who won his fame at Notre Dame, pilots Tulane. / Otner Uames In other games -Saturday, Oregon meets Idaho in a Pacific Coast Conference affair; New Mexico has Brigham Young in a SksOine Eight Sports Roundup— Delays Help Charles, Experts Say By GAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (#)—Among the waterlogged set of boxing writers and other miscellaneous experts who watched the rain come down for the second straight day, there was one of some 30 years' standing in the fistic community who felt that Ezzard Charles' chances of being the first man ever to regain the heavyweight title had been considerably enhanced by the two-day postponement. This was Harry MendelL the former six-day bike promoter and Broadway bon vivant, who has been a constant attendant at the Charles training camp both for the June engagement with Rocky Marciano and the one which everyone hopes fervently will be fought tonight at Yankee Stadiym. Harry has been fairly high on the challenger all the time, despite the long odds against him, and he especially likes the way Ez has reacted to the 48-hour hiatus. Didn't Relax "Take Marciano," he said, "what did he do after they called it off for the second time? Why, he worked out again and then went right back to his hotel with his manager, Al Weill, and his trainer, Charlie Goldman, and continued to do nothing but talk about the fight. In other words, he stayed right in the same fight atmosphere and didn't have a chance to relax. "But Charles, after his workout he first went to spend a little time with his mother and then he went up and spent two hours with his wife and his two little girls, something he hadn't had a chance to do for five weeks. He just sat around I that, too. This two days of extr gym work and running on the roac has given Ezzard a chance to tak off a little weight if he wanted to Marciano already was down s< light that he couldn't afford to tak off any more, could he?" This seemed a little confusing inasmuch as it had been widelj believed that Charles was coming in at the heaviest weight of his career—192 y 2 pounds originally— so that he could throw it all intc an attempt to kayo Rocky at th outset of the battle. Why would he wish to shed any of this solid sue at such a late date? "I didn't say that he was," Harrj protested. "I just said that if he Forty states competed for honors this season in the first annual national tennis tournament staged kids. A man who was tense and worried about a, fight wouldn't have done that, would he?" We conceded readily that Ez certainly must have been relaxed, but was that necessarily a sign thut he would be a tiger in the ring tonight? f»«t More Weiffht "Well, 4 ' Harry said testily, "it helps. But if it's the technical as- pectif you want, we can go into their laet 11 <?ame*~ Robbins Winner In Arkansas Open JONESBORO. Ark. {.?) — A two- foot putt on the 18th hole dropped into the cup and gave Hillman Robbins of Memphis the Arkansas Open golf championship by one stroke. Robbins, the recent winner of the national intercollegiate golf tournament, shot a 72 in the final round for a 54-hole score of 210 — nine under par. Two pros were one stroke . behind Robbins after yesterday's final round. Gib Sellers of Hot Springs, Ark,, and Jake Fendren of Memphis both shot 71 and finished in a tie at 211. Fendren won a sudden death one-hole playoff for the $300 first prize for pros. Blytheville Country Club Pro Paul Farrington finished his final 18 even par to card a 222 tournament score. by the U.S. Commerce. Junior Chamber of In 1944 when the St. Louis Browns won their only pennant, they beav Detroit by one game, winning 10 of wanted to, he could. Irs given him a chance to get exactly the weight he wants for a one-punch knockout. A lot of people don't know it, but Charles has knocked out 10 guys with a single punch. There's no reason he couldn't do it to Rocky." Tonight, however, comes two major games. Alabama, the 14th-rank- ed team of the land, faces Mississippi Southern, a little team that surprised last year by dumping Alabama 25-19. Southern California takes on Washington State. In what should be only a breather, powerful Mississippi faces North Texas State. ' The 1954 version of football finds the rules unchanged, and the N.C.A.A.. limiting television to one game each week, under A.B.C. sponsorship, except for a few regional Saturdays'later in the season. Notre Dame Idle Notre Dame, under its new and youthful coach, Terry Brennan, is idle this week-end but next week meets Texas in a thriller,, Notre Dame was voted first place in the AP poll this week. Continuing the trend that began with the end of World War n, a flock of major games are scheduled tomorrow, making this one of the earliest big football Saturdays of all. Maryland, the national champion last year but ranked third for 1954, takes on Kentucky; Georgia Tech, another powerhouse, opens batle, and Virginia Military plays host to Davidson in the Southern Conference. Oklahoma A and M., expected by many to win the Missouri Valley title, and Wyoming, a Skyline Conference contender, play at Laramie. Aexas Christian journeys to Kansas, Drake plays Colorado, Iowa State meets South Dakota State, and Kansas State opposes Colorado A. and M. In the south Georgia should not be troubled by Florida State, while Mississippi State meets Memphis State, Virginia Tech plays North Carolina State and Texas A. and M. tackles Texas Tech. In far western games Stanford plays College of the Pacific, U.C.L.A. meets the San Diego Navy, Washington opposes Utah, and Den- with Tulane; Baylor faces Houston; ver faces Colorado College. Big Seven Action Tops Prep Slate Ft. Smith-El Dorado, Chick-N. Little Rock Tilts Head Lineup By The Associated Press The highly-rated El Dorado Wildcats play host to the little- favored Fort Smith" Grizzlies in the only Big Seven Conference football game scheduled tonight. With all-conference halfbacks Bobby Bates and James Mooty leading the way, the Wildcats are considered to be a good bet to finish high in the standings, probably second behind Little Bock. El Dorado came from behind to defeat Magnolia's Panthers, 20-7, last week. Fort Smith's, new coach, Steed White, has a thin" squad. He feels that the games they win will be taken on spirit, not heft or an overload of talent. The Grizzlies fell to Van Buren, 20-19, last week. The other Big Seven teams will play outside the loop, and most of them look to be in for a rough night of it. Wildcats Play Chicks Little Rock takes on Texarkana, Tex., Hot Springs goes to Camden, North Little Rock entertains Blytheville, Pine Bluff opens against Jonesboro and the Texarkana Razorbacks host Norman, Okla. Blytheville's Chickasaws are expected to provide a rugged test for North Little Rock. The Chicks opened the season last week by romping over Osceola, 33-7. The Wildcats, moving into their first season under coach Raymond (Rabbit) Burnett., walloped Subiaco Academy, 27-0, last week. Pine Bluff's Zebras are opening the season a week behind their conference mates. They also have a new coach, Marcus Kaufman, replacing George Terry, who moved to an assistantship at Louisiana State University. Jonesboro vs. Pine Bluff The Zebras' opening night opponent, the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane, is dubbed as an also-ran in District 2AA at this stage. Hot Springs, which hasn't finished off the bottom in the triple- A circuit since it was formed, faces a formidable foe in Camden's Panthers. Last week, while Hot Springs was being smothered by Texarkana, the Panthers were' rambling to a conference victory, 32-0, over the Fairview Cardinals. In District 3AA last year's Brave Weatherman Promises Clear Skies for New York Area By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK (AP) —* Yes, folks, heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano and challenger Ezzard Charles still are waiting around to fight for the title. The 15-rounder, twice, postponed, is scheduled for Yankee Stadium at 11 p.m., EDT (9 p.m., CST) tonight. KENT KING SIZE KING SIZE and REGULAR Note, it says scheduled. Rain washed out the return bout on Wednesday and Thursday to equal the heavy weight championship postponement record set in 1948 by Joe Louis and old Jersey Joe Walcott. * The game weatherman, sticking his chin out again, says it will be "mostly fair" this afternoon and tonight. He predicted Wednesday that it would rain Thursday, let up in mid-afternoon, and be cloudy Thursday .night. Promoter Jim Norris couldn't wait. The morning rains wet all the seats and everything else in the park and he called off the fight at noon. For the record, the rain did stop late Thursday afternoon. But it started drizzling again at 7 p.m., let up shortly after, and then 10 minutes before the original 10:30 p.m., starting time it began to rain again. At 10:50 p.m., it was pouring. If it rains tomorrow and another postponement is forced, the rain- jinxed scrap will be rescheduled for Saturday night at 11 p.m., EDT. Beyond Saturday, nobody knows. The Yankees come home Monday and will need the park themselves. The International Boxing Club will have to take out its expensive ring and seat setup. Norris can't shift to the Polo Grounds because the Giants expect to play in the world series and don't want their precious field messed up. And Norris doesn't want any. more trouble with the Giants. A" conflict with the Giants, among other things, is the reason for the late 11 p.m., main event starting time tonight. Another reason is that the IBC can't compete, even if it wanted champs, the Malvern Leopards, visit this year's favorites, the Conway Wampus Cats. Two 4AA games are scheduled. Fordyce and Arkadelphia, both rated low on the ladder in the eight- team district, tangle at Arkadelphia. Fairview goes to Smackover, to play the Buckaroos, who are picked to finish near the top. to, with its regularly sponsored Friday night radio-television fight series. The. radio-TV fight, starting at 10 p.m., EDT (9 p.m., EST), features middleweights Walter Cartier and Willie Troy in a 10- rounder at Washington. This will be telecast to homes .across the nation. The heavyweight title fight will be seen only at the stadium and in. theaters across the country. The theater people cleared a cable for the closed circuit telecast for tonight and tomorrow night. There will be a nationwide broadcast via CBS. President Horace Stoneham got sore at the IBC because it scheduled the fight in opposition to a Philadelphia-Giants game at the Polo Grounds across the river. According to an agreement among the IBC, Giants and Yankees, the IBC can't put on a fight in competition with a ball game. Stoneham ''reluctantly consented" to the fight when Norris explained to him that he thought the Giants were playing in the day time. They had been scheduled for a day affair originally but some time ago changed it to an arc- lighter. The Giants start at- 8:15 p.m. (EDT) and should be finished by the time the fight gets under way. It must have been a lot easier in the old days when they fought on barges and only had to worry about the cops. The managers of the fighters were worried about the gate but Norris remained optimistic. He said the refund demand wasn't too bad, that there will be about $350,000 in the till, and that the show still might do $500,000 with a good last day rush. The fighters, of course, were plenty disgusted over the postponements. In addition, they had to weigh in again at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) in the Madison Square Garden lobby. The 33-year-old Charles, making an unprecedented third bid to regain the heavyweight crown, weighed, *192 l / 2 — the heaviest of his career on Wednesday. Marciano scaled 186 l /2. 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