The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 27, 1954 · Page 8
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Wednesday, October 27, 1954
Page 8
Start Free Trial

PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1954 Clarksdale Improved After Weak Beginning Cadets Take Over Offensive Lead Army Team Has Average Gain of 146 Yards a Game Wildcats Bring 3-4 Record Here Friday By HOB JENNINGS Sportft Ktlitor Clarksdale Press HcRtater CLAHKSDALE, Miss. — Mindful that the distinction of being the only'team to defeat Blytheville High in 1953 will I probably add'to the difficulties of trying to repeat in 1054, Three of the | [h c Clarksdale High Wildcats will invade the Chick stronghold Friday nighl leery of an ambush. NEW YORK nation's top five teams i» this week's Associated Press poll are rolling along with dcvfi.siaLinc ground ,j.j, e £ a ( S nav( , won three attacks and. uvo ol thorn. Army and i j os ^ j our this senson compared to UCLA, are in the midst of spertac- j a jj nfl j record of 0-4 for '53. The ular streaks seldom equalled in j K qu fl (] has improved consistently major college history. j but has far to KO. NCAA stnMst-ics released today ^ nucleus of only six lettermen showed Army has moved into first place in iota! offense with an average gain of 146 yards a game. The Cadets are second in Colorado in rushing offense with 340,4 yards a pame to the Buffaloes' 345.8. UCLA Leads Scoring: UCLA leads in scoring with 44.2 points a game and Is third in ground attacK. making 318,3 yards per start. Unbeaten Oklahoma, the other highly rated team in the AP poll, is fourth in rushing at 296.2 yards a game. ; Army racked up 600 yards against Columbia, Saturday, 532 on the ground, a single game high for the season. UCLA ran 458 yards in whipping Oregon State 61-0. It came on the heels of .the Udans 72-0 rout of Stanford. No other team in modern times has scored 133 points in consecutive games against major opponents- Cincinnati Second Second to Army In total offense k Cincinnati with 402.7 yards a game. Arizona is third at 300. Wichita is ninth with 377.4 yards per game average. The air is expected to be lull ol passes during the Oregon-Washington game this Saturday. Oregon ranks No. 1 with 185 yards via passes a game- aWshington is third with 165.2 Oregon has thrown 15(i passes a game. Washington is third best pass completion average, however belongs to California, which owns a 62,8 percentage. Purdue and Alabama lead in touchdown passes with 12 each. FITS FINE— tries on the uniform Washington Senators, whom ih< former Brooklyn bo^s signed to guide for two years. (NEAj ., , basketball and track as well as in football. was available when August drills started, a small number with which to mold a team for competition in the rugged Big 8 Conference and for the representative non-conference schedule the Wildcats play en en .season. Those six lettermen and a Iwnd- ful of new faces have curried the, brunt of the burden through the team's .seven games. FrunUIln Sparks Offense Sparking the offense has been junior Bobby Pnmk- lin, a lightweight who won letters in baseball. He runs the team capably from the T formation, punts extremely well and has been a dangerous runner and passer in outings. Up front the other five lettermen are stanchions of a line which has gained snvvy and poise since being badly pushed around at the start of the season. They arc Ctipt. Bob Sisk, a probable all-conference tackle; Shed Roberson, the other tackle; center Joe Wasson; end Chris Carruth; and guard Ncal Orantham, an alternate captain. Lost to South Sld« The live non-lettermcn In the usual offensive starting lineup are: halfbacks Danny Foster and Joel Williams, both sophomores and both fly weights; fullback Jtm Johnson; end Doug McClaln; and guard Billy Butler. The Cats opened their season with a 21-fi loss to South Side of Memphis in Clarksdnle. They were trampled in their Initial conference name 33-0 by Lee High In Columbus but hit the win column at the expense of Joiiesboro, Ark., here 32-20. Christian Brothers of Memphis was nudged 10-13 hrloru Tupelo took a lifi-0 decision in a Big 8 game. Clarksdale then pulled a substantial upset by defeating Corinth 10-14 but lost last week to traditional rival Greenwood, undefeated team. 21-0. ' Cats Wmi Last Year Lnst .season the Cats defeated Blythevillc 33-1-1 here, taking .. 10-0 lend hi the first half. The current edition Is not considered us strong us l; year's crew, chiefly because oi lark of weight, and a power runner in the hack field and the absence of depth and a shortage of experience in the line, The team is couched by Wayne Harris fourth Gazette Ranks Chicks Seventh North Little Rock Jumped to Third In Weekly Ratings Admitting that they "probably should he ruled higher," the Arkansas Ga/,ette today moved Blytheville Chicks up one peg in their weekly rating of Arkansas' high school football teams. The ratings, picked solely by the daze tin's -sports staff, listed the Chicks No. Seven this week in spite of their 5-1 record. The Gazette listed as the reason for the Chicks' low ranking the fact that they have played only outstanding Arkansas team, North Little Rock. The Gazette said: "Blytheville presents a headache for the rating crew for ft has played only one contest against a strong Arkansas team — that a win over North Little Rock, ,now greatly Improved, the second week of the campaign. Perhaps the Chicks should be htKher in the ratings but the 'insufficient tlnta' plea consigns them to seventh." North Little Rock 3rd Among the other changes In the Gnez tie's top ten rankings North Li I tie Rock was Jumped from fourth to third and Pine Bluff was dropped to sixth. Little Hock and El nained the two Lop Dorado re- teams, respectively, with Class A A Van Bur on ranked fifth. Newport, De- Queen and Ft. Smith complete the lop ten. Team Top Ten Conference .. LlUle Hock (BiR Seven) '2. Kl Dorado (Bin Seven > 3. No. Little Rock (Big 7) 4. Camdeu <4AA> 5. Van Bureii (1AA ) (i, Pine Blulf i Dili Seven) 7. Blythovllle <1!AA) 8. Newport <2AAJ !). De Queen t7A) 11). Fort Smith (Big Seven) Mystery Again Surrounds Arkansas' Training Camp SENIOR HACK — Another product of Blytheville High School's "B" team football program is Kny Wcstbrook, who Is wearing the Chicks' Maroon ami While as a reserve halfback this year. Westbrook i.s a sf.'iiior. (Courier News I'hoto) McElhenny and Perry NFL Offense Leaders PHILADELPHIA 'API — Two hard running San Fran Cisco backs — Hugh McElhenny and Joe Perry — are battling for the ground gaining leadership, while Los Angeles' grea passing ace, Norman Van Brocklin, tops the passers in the National Football League. Tho Intcst Icacne statistics show : for 1.331 yards and six touchdowns Unit McEllK'tuiy has wrested first j Graham has an average of 9.' phici- iy as wrese rs ra . runnini! department i yards with 93 thrown, 01 complcte uili 1 Perry as Ilicifo K7(i yards ami eight touch uc eas Inlo Us slxlh wi-i-k or j downs. Bobby Thomnson of Phila cnmpaiKii. Dclrntl am! Clevc- . delphla ranks third on a 8.1 aver in tin from tenm leasuc heads the Play Underway In Touch League Cats and Stinkers Get Victories in Opening Contests Play In the Y's newly-formed Football League got underway this week with teams of Don Coleman and Kenneth Stanley walking off with victories. Monday afternoon, Coleman's Cats took an 18-12 decision over Dick Poster's Fowls and yesterday afternoon Stanley's Stinkers gained a decisive 36-6 victory over Pug Shelton's Slayers. In Monday afternoon's game, the aLs scored the winning touchdown midway in the fourth period on James Tremain's pass to Coleman which covered 14 yards. Passing; Pays Off The Cats took an early lead in e ball game by scoring two touchdowns in the opening stanza. The Fowls scored their two touch-downs in the second and third periods. A devastating passing attack led the Stinkers to their' win yesterday. The winners scored three times before the Slayers were able to cross the goal line and then the Stinkers added three more in the second half for good measure. Sta nley passed for !our of the tallies and Sam Lum heaved for two more. Miss Rawls Leads In Texas Open FORT WORTH. Tex. tf> — A hot four-under-par 71 let Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg. S. C., lead the field into the first rounds of the 19th annual women's Texas Open Golf Tournament today. Miss Rawls met Mary Nell Weathered of Dallas in the opening match play. Trailing the medalist were Betty MacKinnon of Savannah, Ga., and Betty Hicks of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Both posted 76s over the 6,209-yard layout. age, 55 passes, 27 completed, 503 yards gained and five TDs. Hogs Holding Secret Drills And Everyone Wonders Why By ADRE.V COOPER FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — When the word got around last night that the University of Arkansas Razorbacks were holding a secret workout, for the third straight week, there must have been a tremendous surge of speculation among followers of the unbeaten Hogs. The average amateur grid expert with tongue in check, must ers of the unbeaten Hogs. The average amateur grid expert with tongue in check, must 3e wondering what clever, intricate plot Coach Bowden Wyatt is planning to use against the unranked, undermanned — and possibly underrated—Texas Aggies. Will the Razorbacks surprise their foes with a quick-kick? Tailbacks George Walker of Rison and Buddy Benson of De Queen have dene it in every game.) Will Henry Moore try to split the jniddle on a fullback trap play? Moore has never been known to do anything else.) Will Benson try to use his speed to pick up yardage around the ends? Buddy does this so often that, by the fourth quarter, he must feel like he has been running into old friends all day. His average : belter than four yards per carry.) Will Benson, the boy who can't pass, complete passes? He has completed better than 60 per cent of his tosses.) Will Wyatt come up with a new razzle-dazzle play? no) As far as offensive strategy is concerned, the Hogs are not very mysterious. The Arkansas offense is like a locomotive: you know it's coming, but you can't stop it. Wyatt's old-fashioned single win plus a lot of old-fashioned victories. The blunt offense of the Hogs seems to be based on the theory that if you cut out the razzle- dazzle, you cut out the mistakes. However, Wyatt is not opposed to deception. The boss of the Hogs has been known to work an entire game "setting up' 'an opponent for a knockout punch and his boys have been known to devise variations of simple plays while on the field. Against Mississippi, Benson ran around the ends time alter time. On third down, with six yards needed for a first down, Benson started to his left in the familiar end run maneuver. Preston Carpenter went downfield as usual to block the Ole Miss halfback. Carpenter faked a block and then stepped past the Rebel halfback into the clear. He caught Benson's pass without breaking stride in a. 66-yard golward gallop that gave Arkansas the touchdown it needed to whip Ole Miss. Wyatt said th« play had been tried only once before the Ole Miss game. A similar play worked against Baylor. Moore had been hammering the right side of the Bear line. Moore faked a drive into the line, and Tailback George Walker shot a pass to Carpenter in the left flat that was good for 30 yards and a TD. However, on that one, Carpenter had to dodge tacklers for the last 15 yards. It's easy to see why the quick kick seldom fails to make opposing teams nervous. If an opposing man fails to back up when he suspects a kick, the ball goes over his head and rolls for valuable yardage with little chance for a runback. If he chooses to back up, it leaves his team with a 10-man defense. Perhaps the best device used by Wyatt thus far is the "two-unit" system. With two teams of almost equal ability, Wyatt can alternate them every quarter and keep everybody fresh. The second unit — "Benson's team"—seemed to be slightly weak on defense' in early games this year, but Wyatt bolstered that platoon with the addition of first- stringers Bud Brooks and Carpenter and that team held like a rock against hard-driving Ole Miss backs. A big difference, of course, was the help of the second unit received from "first-stringers" Bud Brooks and Carpenter. For the first time in years, the Hogs will "outnumber" a Southwest Conference foe when they meet the Aggies. Some say that the Cadet's J»- mous "12th man"—the roarinj Cadets—will take up the slack. land hove pinyrcl only LTiimt J'ive for ihr others. Th . meet in ,'fime. Dec. I!) _ iy, former University Washington slur who finished a enth among ' !lt> l)!l11 1 ' 1|1T " year, has pained '157 yard: iMimt 1 ;;, »n uvcv»',',p of ti R ji Perry is second with -H)7 y; fi3 attempts, an iivrriMi- lU-id Is Third it Giv postponed Record McEllu ... ft-2 . ... G-l 5-2 of last n 52 run. Furgol's Arm Is Improving Delta State) who'is in'his Golf Champion Ed Pnrgol was still fuson as hrjul coach here. I niiuvriipd over his ailing arm toil Ithough he reported a "100 7 -° Floyd < Breezy > Reid ot Given Bay ^•0 i held on to third place with 311 yard:;, followed by the third of San Fr;inei.M:o's ripva.-;t.itinu trio, John Johnson, with L'ft-1. Van Brorklin maintained his pii.sslnp leadership, nlihomili hc is , bt-inp. pressed by the veteran Otto 'Gnhnm of Cleveland. Van Hrnrk- - Nation,,! Open j ^ *™ l ] t .™\!.J'w '• m '™''" ""'"' He has throw In his three campnlpns the Cats each time managed to come out with n .500 or better record for the season. It will dike some heavy doine, to maintain that record for 1954, l.AItCil! OEM The aquamarine, of till precious .stones, Ls found in the Inrgest flnw- crystals. Lar^ nem ever found was a ^O-poundnquuiiiuniie 1L7.C of a nail keg. which yielded 2(111 COfl carats ol cut Kein .stones. It was found near the Brazilian village ol Marambaiii in lillO. per cent improvement" utter a brief practice session. Furgol injured his right arm during a driving exhibition in Sydney. Australia. The golfer's left arm i.s permimpmly. stiff and 10 mrhts .shorter than his right, arm us a result, of a childhood accident. The open fhixnvn stiid he pvnctic- ed, about JS minutes with a No. J) Iron ye.steidny and would continue to improve. Fiirgol said three .specialists in Ansralia told him he might have (o undergo surgery unless a gap in arm muscle fills in. Sports Roundup— Branca Had Colorful Career By GAVU-: TALHOT NEW YORK '--;'•—Tiier. 1 ;v;i.« an item en the sports pai^c the other day \vhirh MS id that Rjilph Branca, at 28 years of ape. had been waivi'd out of The hiL; Ir-aLMir.-. ii \vi).--hcd- up pitcher \vho didn't know which way to turn next. Inmicdiately three pictures came to mind of this tragic young athlete who only a few yeai'5 ago appearrri destined for greatne.'^. In the first picture he was silling all alone on the Brooklyn DodLit-rs bench, a brilliant but nervous kid of 21, waiting to .start the game of the 1947 Series against the New York Yankees. He had won 21 games during the season and was, perhaps, Manager Bun Shot- ion's logical choice to face the Bombers in the opener. But just sitting thi.-rc- and waiting while his t('iiinm;ne>, look their p'regame practice obviously was an ordeal for the dark, intense youngster. A reporter, \vt- rcculi. commented quietly that he doubted Branca would net two balls over the pltiie. Hc was wrong, though. The kid got it over and the Yankees racked him up, In ail, he pitched 8 1-3 inning.s in the Series ana was ganged lor 12 hits and fi earned runs. Famous Gopher Pitch Some might say hat the experience burned lUelf inlo Brim- en's mind, and they could be ri^ht, for he never again was to be quite the pitcher he had been at 21. The most games he ever won after that was 14 the following year, and by 1951, when he throw the mostjfnmous gopher pitch in t,use- bull history to Bobby Thomson of I the Giants, his \von-losl murk WHS jcione to 13-12. j The second vivid picture that , : conu-s back had to dp. of comsr, ; with that fatal pitch which the big i fellow delivered in relief. The Gi', ants, just miraculously catapulted ; into the World Se-ne.s on Thorn• .son's blow into the stands, were i i n .ri u 1 g jug in a maudlin sceno 1 around home plaie. We ivcall watching the stricken pitcher stuff i his glove into his hip pocket and i bow his head and slowly begin tin? | long, long walk out to the Polo Grounds dressing rooms. The third picture was the night of the annual ba.seball writers show only a few months hucr, and the ballroom of a local hotel was fiUcd j to the level with figures of the national game. And suddenly there in iht? spotlight on the big stage were both Branca and the man who had laid him low, Thomson. You novel' heard such i\ commotion as went up, most of it out of sincere admiration for the boy from Brooklyn. Had Heart of Lion Branca sang his lament in a good tenor voice, \vith scarcely n ! quiver, and Thomson, the hero of | the .skit, thanked him in kind for I having losseti up exactly the bi\ll the wanted. It was easily the high- i light of the show, and there were some misty eyes around, ft previously jolly gathering when the last note of the duet had died. The incident about convinced the baseball world that Branca had the heart of a lion, just for having shown up if nothing, nnd we heard the belief expressed more than once later in a long night that } hi finally wa.s ready to take up ui^ain where iie had started four , years before. j But it wii.Mi't to be. The next j year there was arm trouble and j Branca got into only Ifi games. ' Two si'iiMins agao, in 'S3. Manager Charlie Dressen permitted him j to work in only seven innings be; lore he gave up on-him. for good, ! and in July of that summer Branca | was waived out of the National I Lcagut 1 . Iiptroit took a chance on him, then the Yankees. But now 'Branca, who should be right at the eak ol a grent niveor, is looking or a Job again. • LATF CATCH displays ;i s; he can;;! the Gulf Strc.'im on" Orc ? ;,V[ let. N-C. It's customary to up on snilfish in the area . the summer season on theory that they migrate -s no i ore autumn. Now pint; licators sny the outlonk f,>;- species mny be Rood until fall (NKA) the uth thp Ue General Election Nov. 2.1954 I earnestly solicit your vole and support for election to a second term as City Attorney. Elbert S. Johnson City Attorney CAPA»1,E — HONEST — Political advrrtlsfmrnt |mld S1NCHHE — VKTKRAN for by ICIItrrt S. .InhiiMin TAYLOR Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Once you taste ihis exceptional bouling you'll give it a place of honor alongside OLD TAYLOR bonded bourbon. So ask for OLD TAYLOR 86— as light and mild as a really rare bourbon can be — and make a new friend for life! For generations, whiskey connoisseurs have loved the deep mellow flavor and character of OLD TAYLOR 100 proof bottled in bond bourbon. Now all this superb quality—this true bourbon flavor—comes to you also in lighter, milder OLD TAYLOR 86 proof OLD TAYLOR 8G THE OLD TAYLDS DISTILLERY COMPANY. FBANKFORr S. LOUISVILLE. KNIUCKY IT'S LIGHTER • IT'S MILDER IfS LOWER-PRICED

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free