The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 7, 1955 · Page 15
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 15

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 7, 1955
Page 15
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1,100 Bbmnnmi (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGI firntEK eriOH Here's Vote for Freddy Akers For All-Big Eight Team Blytheville sports fans can well be proud of the two Chlcka- •aws who were named to the All-BlR Eight football team . . . the honor accorded Charles Abbott and Bobby Jones was well- earned and richly deserved for our money. Both boys played major roles In the success of the Chicka- •aws, both this year and during their entire high school careers . . . and the extent of that success fs just now beginning to be realized throughout the state. But there is something missing from the picture, and anyone who has seen the Chickasaws play even once knows what it is ... it is a youngster by the name of Freddy Akers. This trio has constituted the nucleus of Chick a saw athletics for the past two years and have played together as Papooses and Chickasnws for six years. BUT IT'S NOT for sentimental reasons that We feel Akers should have made the all-state team together with Abbott and Jones, There are some substantial tacts and figures to back up such ft position. Akers is probably one of the most accomplished triple- threat single wing tailbacks turned out by Blytheville High School in several years. He ended the season this year Its the second highest scorer in the Big Eight with 10 touchdowns and 19 points after touchdown for a total of 79 points in nine games. That was topped only by El Dorado's James Mooty with 84 points on 14 touchdowns in 12 games. Blytheville also had the third bigh«rt »corer in the Big Eight with Abbott teHyfe* tt TD's for tt.potofe. AS PA88OR AND runner, Ak- •rs' total offense for the year probably ranks near the top of the conference. Running mostly from the single wing behind fine blocking he gained 812 net yards rushing in ,: 103 plays for a 7.8 .average an^ completed 30 of 72 pass attempts for 469 yards. That's-a total offense of 1,281 yards — not to be sneezed at fei any league. And Freddy looked as good against the tough ones as he did in the easy games., Against Pine Bluff he gained 74 yards on 18 tries from scrimmage in the Tribe's only loss of the season. Ban for 117 yards and passed for 89 more against North Little Rock. The Chicks' wide rupning, at which Akers is particularly Adept, was held almost to standstill in the rain and mud of the El Dorado game, but the little tailback still managed to gain 3C yards and pass for 35 more. THERE'S MUCH MORE to be said in Akers' favor. All of these statistics do not include his tremendous ability as a kickoff and punt retu/n specialist. He scored several touchdowns &nd set up others with long punt return*. One of these was an 85- yard return against White haven. In addition to the 79 points he personally scored, Freddy's passing accounted for an additional five touchdowns, giving him a hand in 109 of the Chicks' 230 total points for the season. Though small at about 155 pounds, Akers has always been plenty tough and rugged. He's never been Injured badly enough to miss a practice or game throughout hi« high school career . . . and it's said he never missed a practice session in six years of junior and senior high football — some sort of record itself. * * • THIS IS NOT to take anything away from Abbott and Jones. Abbott, who had a magnificent average of 10 yards per carry during the season in rushing for 947 yards in 94 carries, was generally accepted by Big Eight coaches as the best fullback in the state. In fact, no other fullback in the Conference was even nominated in opposition to him for the first team position. And Jones' value to the team and his ability as an all-arpund player often was obscured to the general viewer because of the nature of his duties in the single wing. His ability on defense was well - exhibited throughout the season and his effectiveness as field general and the moving power behind the single wing offense was well-established in the Whitehaven game. With Jones missing all that game except a few plays because of an injury, the Chicks were held to a meager 130 yards rushing — lowest of the season. • * » AND THAT was against a team tied by Jonesboro and winner over West Memphis by only a couple of points — hardly of the caliber of Pine Bluff, El Dorado and North Little Rock, against all of whom the Chicks got more yardage. It was the viciously effective blocking of Jones and a pair of hard-running guards, Jodie Hall and Bo Huffman, that made It possible for the Chicks to move Illini Make Big Noise WithWinOverButler; Hectic Season Seen XT w wujci The AuocUted PreM This figures to be a hectic college basketball season for Illinois Coach Harry Combes, the great worrier. It looks like he has a winner. Nothing leaves Harry limper than one of those rip-snortin' title races in the Big Ten and that's apparently right where he's headed after the way his Illini made their debut last night with a whomping 107-75 victory over Butler. Illinois' big noise drowned out the continued success of top- ranked San Francisco and third- rated North Carolina State as each tacked, another game to winning streaks. The Dons, with All- America Bill Russell packing in 20 points in the 22 minutes he played, mauled outclassed San Francisco State 72 - 47 for their 20th consecutive victory. The Dons now put the string on the shelf until meeting Marquette Dec. 16. No. 15 (or NC State , N.C. State, meanwhiV, bagged No. 15 in a row as Vic Molodet canned 26 in a 90-81 decision over Wake Forest. It was the Wolf- pack's first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season, but their third straight triumph of the new schedule. Illinois, ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll, was a preseason pick for the Big Ten title scrap along with defending champ Iowa and Indiana. But probably no one figured the Illini to break upon the scene with such a show of offensive Judson and punch. Capt. Harv Smith Paul each scored 22 points as the Illini rang up their highest one-game total ever. .. No other teams among the top 10 in the p&ll were active last night. The Southern Conference got going en masse, with defending champ .West Virginia spilling Furman 85-71. Washington & Lee's Five-Star Generals .tagged Eich- the ball so well on the ground. Perhaps it's true, as some said, that Blytheville didn't play enough Big Eight teams to qualify three men on the all-state team, but it's difficult to see how the accomplishments of Freddy Akers could be completely overlooked — even by bargaining coaches. He gets our vote. LOW DOWN PAYMENT GIVES DAD A JOHNSON SEA-HORSE FOR CHRISTMAS Give Dad a 19?6 Sea- Horse. 9 great models— } to 30 hp! Beautiful new styling. Wonderful new features. See us now! Time payments available. BYRUM IMPLEMENT CO. 118 E. Main Johnson Ph. 3-4404 SEA-HORSES FOB DEPENDABILITY WE REMANUFACTURE GAS & DEISEL ENGINES Look For This Label on all Remonufactured Engines JOHN MILES MILLER CO. BLVTMeVILLC. AUK. MTE MSTAUXD DATF OUI1T There it a difference between a rebuilt and a Remanufactured engine. JOHN MILES MILLER CO BlytlwyHfe, Arkansas Phont PO. 2-2007 mond 78-76 in a battle of contenders and George Washington, another "favorite," smacked William and Mary 81-75. Floyd Get. 27 Washington & Lee's youngsters dumped in six free throws—three by 8-5 Marshall—in the last two minutes to snap a 72-72 tie to hand the Spiders their first setback. Sophomore Dom Flora of W&L was high with 27 points. All America Darrell Floyd hit 27 for previously unbeaten Furman bul except for a close first half, West Virginia had things its way. College Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS N. C. State 90. Wake Forest 81 George Washington 81, Wm&Mary 75 McNeese (La) 84, Arkansas A&M 61 Northwestern La 85, Central Missouri 77 Navy 15, American trniv. 51 Illinois 107, Butler 75 Kansas State 89, Texas. Tech 70 Pittsburg (Kan) 93, Northeas- ern Okla 71 Missouri Valley 73, Rockhurst 72 (overtime) -Missouri Mines 91, Harris Tchrs (Mo) 69 Southern Methodist 65, Texas Wesleyan 42 Okla Baptist 111, Ouachita 63 Central Okla 87. Langston 67 San Francisco 72, San Francisco State 47 Hot Rod Hundley counted 20 for the Mountaineers. George Washington had a bit of a scare in the second half but had. room to spare against William & Mary with center Joe Holup scoring 36 points although being triple-teamed. Elsewhere, Kansas State of the Big Seven made its debut with an 89-70 decision over Texas Tech as 6-9 Jack Parr scored 22; and Southern Methodist warmed up for its three-game invasion of the Bi< Ten (Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin) with a 65-42 victory over Texas Wesleyan. Lafayette scored six consecutive points in the last three minutes to hand Prlnceto n's Ivy League champs a second defeat 85-83. LaSalle, upset by MuUenberg last weekend, came back with a 96-63 victory over Albright. TFgers Fall Twice To WardeH OABUTHERSVILLE — Warden's Cardinals took both halves of a twin-bill Jro mthe Canithersville Tigers here last night. Warden won the A game 74-59 after taking the B contest 57-32. The A game was tied 34-34 at the half. Boren of Wardell was high point man with 29. Clayton of Caruthersville meshed n, while Patterson of the Tigers racked up 16. Wardell had a 22-17 edge midway through the B Buttle Hooten of Wardell scored 17 points and Gofft- ner of Caruthersvjlle had 16. A GAME Caruthenville Clyaton, 17 Pos. P Bartholomew, 8 F C G O Patterson, 16 Green, 8 White, 10 Wardell Redmond, 4 Cain, 8 Boren, 29 Bullock, Usher, 4 Substitutes: Caruthersville—Cook, Edgerton, Michie; Wardell—Wilson 11. Fiqhts Last Ninht By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rochester, N. Y. — Ezzard Charles, 197'/2. Cincinnati, out- pointed Toxie Hall, 191%, Chicago 10. Buffalo, N. Y. — Bob Satterfield, 186, Chicago, knocked out Paul Andrews, 185'/ 2 . Buffalo, 9. Milwaukee — Kenny Lane, 138V 2 Muskegon, Mich, outpointed Don 'Mason, 1S7, Milwaukee, 10. WANTED Mechanic and Parts Man Good Working 'Conditions and Good Pay —Experience Preferred— BUD WILSON MOTORS 101 W. 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