The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 18, 1955 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, November 18, 1955
Page 14
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PAGE FOURTEEN BLTTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWI FRIDAY, KTOrEMRER 18, 19W Chicks Meet Wildcats in Season Finale El Dorado Here For 'Dads Night' Battle Tonight Blytheville's Chickasaws face their last (and probably toughest) gridiron foe of the 1955 season at Haley Field tonight and they'll go into the fray determined to win for their dads and Bobby. The Tribe clashes with the Wildcats from El Dorado at 8 p.m. in one of the top-rated prep games in the state. Highly Rated Beth teams tire highly rated El Dorado given an edge over the El Dorado given edge over the Chicks in an unofficial poll and rat ing about a touchdown f.-vorite. The Wildcats are listed as tin number four team in the state b> the Arkansas Gazette sports staft poll and Blytheville Has been in the number five position all season. The game will be played in hono of Chickasaw dads and former student manager Bobby Bratton. A breakfast for the dads at Rustic Inn this morning was attended by about 20 iads and 40 or 30 othci persons. Parade Set Other activities of the day include a parade this afternoon. Dads will sit on the sidelines with the team at the gome tonight and Bobby Bratton also will view the game from the sidelines. Eight members of the squad will be playing their final football game for BHS. They are seniors Bobby Jones, Freddy Akers, Charles Abbott, Fred Hodge, Homer Ratliff, Freddy Rounsavall, Jimmy Gee and Jimmy Bratcher. All have played major roles in the success of the Chickasaws this year. Abbott and Gee are co-captains. Victory .No. 25 This group of seniors will be seeking victory number 25 of their three-year high school career. Since they started with the Chicks in 1953 they have hung up a tremendous record of 24 wins and three losses under the coaching of Russell Mosley and Bill Stencil. The Tribe will go into the game In good physical and mental condition. Spirited practice sessions for the game were completed last night. Only starting tackle and linebacker Homer Ratliff, who has been out most of the week with flu, may not see action in the game. Ratliff was recovered today but was left in a •weakened condition from the illness and may miss the action. Kuffged Opposition The Chicks win go into the game facing; the fastest and probably the best balanced offensive and defensive team they've met all year. The Wildcats' 6-3 record is not to IK sneezed at. The losses have come at the hands of Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Fort Smith (14-13). And included in their victories is a 14-7 win over the tough Natchez, Miss., team. The 'Cats came from behind to win that one with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Running primarily from a sp!it-T formation, El Dorado also uses the ••I" formation with the two half backs directly behind the quarterback and the fullback behind the halfbacks. Potent Backficld The formation has been used largely as a harassing maneuver by the Wildcats most of the season, though they may use it more frequently than usual against the Chicks. They shift into punt formation from the "I". Wildcat Coach Garland Gregory also utilizes a spread formation on occasion, both for running and passing. Halfback Jim Mooty, their star speedster, is not a one-man backfield by any means. The remainder of the backfield also is very fast. Quarterback' Larkus PesneU runs ; and passes well from the quarterback slot and the other halfback. Billy Jack McGlothlin, is an extremely quick, shifty runner. Fullback Tommy DeBruin at 180 pounds a strong runner and good pass receiver. PROBABLE LINEUPS Blytheville Pos. El Dorado Hodge ........ L.E ........ Morris Imythe ...... L.T ....... Dickson Huffman ..... L.G ........ Harris ee ....... ____ C ...... Weedman Hall ......... R.G ......... Floyd Sparks ....... R.T ........ Taylor . R.E Q.B H.B. H.B F.B * LAST OF MANY — These seven seniors (and one who wasn't present; wiirbe playing their last game as Chickasaw gridders tonight when they tangle at Haley Field with the El Dorado Wildcats. The group, after three years of football for the Chicks, is seeking win number 25 against three losses. They are (across the front line) end Freddy Rounsavall, center Jimmy Gee and ends Jimmy Bratcher and Fred Hodge. Over center is quarterback Bobby Jones and in the b.ickfield are fullback Charles Abbott (left) and nalfback Freddy Akers. Homer Ratliff, tackle, was stricken with flu earlier in the \veek and was not present for the picture. It was still uncertain today whether he would get into the game. (Courier News Photo) Hogs Rate Slight Edge Over LSU Rounsavall Jones Akers Privett Abbott * Carney pesnell McGlothlin Mooty. De Bruin •* ONE FOR BOBBY — Blytheville's Chickasaws are playing their lost game of the season against El Dorado tonight for Bobby Brfltton. former student manager for the Chicks. Bobby recently had to undergo a leg amputation which forced him to give up his duties ns manager. Bobby, shown above with the Blytheville-Jackson game ball, given him by the squad with names of the couches and squad members printed on it. will be on the sidelines with the Chicks tonight when they battle the; Wildcats. (Courier News Photo) By ADREN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Louisiana State Tigers, two improving football teams that reached their peak last week, will tangle in an intersectional game at War Memorial Stadium tomorrow at 2 p.m. The Razorbacks will try for their first victory over Louisiana State since 1929 and a possible trip to the Gator Bowl. The two teams are similar in im.tiy ways. Both have popular, 31-year-old coaches and both have improved tremendously since the start of the season. Both coaches are in their first year as major college mentors. around star fullbacks — Henry Moore of Arkansas and O. K. Ferguson of LSU. The Porkers have made three fine showings since losing to Ole Miss. They permitted only one touchdown in three games and generated enough offense to keep pretty good control of the ball. Louisiana State's story has bc^n; mark into their season finale. They will be favored for the first time in seven games. The Hogs were favored last year against LSU but ca-sy mark anywhere, and two of] the Tigers triumphed 7-6. In the the Tigers' defeats have come atj 1953 game here the Bengals took '9-8 decision. a succession of close losses to some of the top teams in the Southeast, schedule doesn't show an Both accent ^ound offense built the hands of nationally known teams: Maryland (I3-0> and Georgia Tech (7-0). The two LSU wins were major surprises. The Bengals downed Kentucky 19-7 in their opener, got o " ~ a tie in the next five games and then last week popped mighty Mississippi State The Razorbacks bring a 5-3-1 One Big Eight Bout in State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Only one Big Eight conference game is scheduled for the state tonight with North Little Rock meeting Texarkana at the border city. El Dorado's Wildcats meet Blytheville, but the Chicks, a new member of the Big Eight aren't eligible for the championship and then- games don't count in the conference standings this season. Arkadelphia Journeys to Smack over for a District 4AA clash. The remainder of the state's Big Eight and Double tennis play non-conference opponents. Nothing but prestige, and little of that, is at stake In the Big Eight contest between Texarkana mid North Little Rocfc. Little Rock has the Big Eight championship, and Pine Bluff and Fort Smith are set in second and third place, re- respectively. El Dorado will provide Blytheville with another Big Eight contender next fall. The Chicks, who have a 7-1 record, have lost only to Pine Bluff. They have defeated two Big Eight members. North Little Rock and Hot Springs. Two Fine Offenses The game will match two of the finest rushing offenses In the state. Freddy Akers and Charles Abbott, two contenders for All Conference honors, led the Chicks. Akers is an all-around performer who excells In every offensive de- ]-.irtmcnt Abbott is n big, fast fullback who concentrates on moving inside the ends. El Dorado boasts two fine breakaway boys in Tommy DeBruin and Jim Mooty, plus the effective passing of quarterback Larkus Pesnell. Little Rock takes on its sixth out-oi-stato opponent at Bessemer Ala., tonight. The Tigers lost theii first three games of the season to outsiders, but now have won seven in a row. i appointing 2-7 season record and Pine Bluff is host to Magnolia,! aren't epxected-to make a show- often a power in the Class AA! ing against the Big Eight power, ranks of south Arkansas. This year, Fort Smith and Hot Springs, the however, the Panthers have a dis- other Big Eight members, are idle LSU has managed nine victories mid a tie in the last, 10 games in the series. The tie was the scoreless 1947 Cotton Bowl game that was played in cold and mud Because of their late season comeback, Coach Jack Mitchell's Porkers are one of nine teams under consideration for the Gator Bowl. A convincing victory is necessary to continue serious consideration of Arkansas. The hogs also have a mathematical chance at second place in the conference and the accompanying host b.erth in the Cotton Bowl. 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Elbert Rigsby, a rugged fullback 13-13 tie who had not put on a uniform this week and who saw the first half of last ngiht's game from the bench, engineered a 75-yard march m the third quarter. Rigsby Scores On the touchdown play, Rigsby started over tackle, failed to find an opening ajid then ran around end on a five-yard touchdown play.. Wilson Pos. Wright L.E. ... Jones L.T. .. BO wen L.G. .. Dan Carpenter C. Harnden ..... R.G. .. Floyd R.T. .. Tr annum D- Carpenter Suggs . R.E. Q.B. L.H. Rogers R.H. Cissell ... .. P.B. . Burdette .. Robinson S. Pankey A. Pankey ... Shearin .... Aycock ... Duncan ... Langley Burks Jon Payne Easley Don Payne Burks' conversion was destined to be the difference. The Bulldogs took to the air tor their fourth quarter score. With Doyle Carpenter pitching and Billy Tnmum catching, the Bulldogs moved [o the Burdette four. Jack Sugg then bucked over for the score but Carpenter's conversion attempt was wide. 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