Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on December 2, 1971 · Page 28
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 28

Panama City, Florida
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Thursday, December 2, 1971
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Frank Pericola Sports Editor Nettles Honored Doug Nettles, who played a lot of football for Panama City Rutherford before he accepted a scholarship at Vanderbilt, was given honorable mention on the all- Southeastern Conference sophomore team selected by the Associated Press. Nettles was named as a defenisve back. Fort Walton Beach's Jamie O'Rourke, 5-11180 pounder, was named as a running back on the first team. Nettles was third in the conference on total yardage In Wckoff returns, with 447 yards in 11 games. His average for the 22 games was 20.3 yards and one of the runbacks went for a touchdown. Georgia quarterback Andy Johnson headed the all- soph team. Florida Gators making the team were guard Joe Sheppard and center Mark King. Tallahassee's Buddy Brown made the squad as an Alabama tackle. James Boots 'Em Speaking of honors, Panama City's John James finished the season in second place among Southeastern Conference punters. The Florida Gator punted 57 times in 11 games for an average of 40.3 yards. His total yardage was 2,297. Only Greg Gantt of Alabama ranked ahead of James with a 41.9 average. James finished in great style, his three punts in the final game against Miami Saturday averaging 50.7, Seminoles Named And Florida State placed six men on the all-South Independent football team. They are quarterback Gary Huff, end Rhett Dawson, offensive tackle Joe Strickler, defensive linebacker Larry Strickland, defensive back James Thomas and place kicker Frank Fontes. Former Tallahassee Leon star Mike Oven made the team as a Georgia Tech tight end. BEASLEY, MUSSO, TOO Sullivan Tops List iiHS-HERALD, Panama City, Florida, Thursday, Dec. 2, a *e 3x) UP! 1971 Lt AMEfc NEW YORK (UPI)-Defensive end Walt Patulski of Notre Dame was the leading vote- getter from the sportswriters and sportscasters across the nation who have selected the 1971 United Press International All American football team it was announced Thursday. Patulski, a 6-5, 235-pound senior from Liverpool, N.Y., received 164 votes while Oklahoma halfback Greg Pruitt had 160 and Cornell's durable running back Ed Marinaro was next with 154. Marinaro, who established a collegiate rushing record of 4,715 yards in 27 career games, was repeating as UPI first team All America as was Notre Dame defensive back Clarence Ellis. Marinaro and Pruitt were joined in the backfield by Auburn's Heisman Trophy- winning quarterback Pat Sullivan and Alabama's classy all- purpose runner Johnny Musso. Sullivan was the fourth best vote-getter with 3 43. Sullivan's fa vr. rite pass-target, Terry Beasley, was selected by the writers and broadcasters as a wide receiver and the Auburn senior was joined by Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers at the other end. The aerial combo of Sullivan and Beasley led Auburn to a 9-1 record for the 1071 season when running backs dominated most of the nation's offenses. Sullivan completed over 57 per cent of his passes and threw 20 touchdown strikes. Beasley had 12 touchdowns. Rodgers, an Fill-purpose player for Nebraska and only a IN FOOTBALL PLAYOFF Bonifay By FRANK PERICOLA Sports Editor BONIFAY — Lou Eitson, veteran Bonifay High football ooach, takes his Blue Devils into the opening round of the state prep 2-A playoffs against Port St. Joe here Friday night as decided underdogs. But that's nothing new to Eitson. And he rather likes the role. Bonifay Is 8-2, St. Joe 10-0. St. Joe's Sharks won the District Two title and Bonifay was the District One leader. Both are champions of their conferences, Bonifay being unbeaten in the Panhandle Conference with a 4-0 record and the Sharks leading the newly organized West Coast Conference, also 4-0. The teams had only one common opponent. Bonifay met Chipley in its second game and lost, 40-6. St. Joe clinched the district honors and the conference crown by defeating Chipley, 24-6, in the final game of the season. "We jelled as we went along," Eitson. "We probably wouldn't have beaten Chipley if we had played them later in the season but it would have been a better game." Friday's game will start at 8 p.m. Admission prices, set by the Florida High School Activities Association, are $2 for adults $1 students. Bonifay's Memorial Stadium is a big place and can hold a lot of people. The rodeos and all- night sings are held there, too. The two teams are no strangers to each other. They met in the first round of the playoffs last year, too, and St. Joe won, 24-8. Eitson has a wholesome respect for the Sharks. "They are a great team and Wayne Taylor is a fine coach," he said. He added: "They have experience, they have size and they don't make many mistakes." The Bonifay coach added as an afterthought: "And we'll LOU EITSON . . . Bonifay coach have to make even fewer mistakes if we expect to win." Eitson and his players have been studying St. Joe game films, and they are studying them some more. Bonifay started the season with an inexperienced team. The Blue Devils graduated 14 seniors, nine of them starters, from the 1970 team that went 9-1. Only Bryan Isom and Steve Bruner of the returnees had much experience. They played tackles in 1970 but Ison was switched to an end this season. None of the 1970 starting offensive backs returned. But the Blue Devil backfield of quarterback Wayne Boyette, halfback Robert Sewell, fullback John Dunn and wingback Norris Hogan did all right. Only Sewell is a senior. The team doesn't throw an awful lot, averaging about 10 passes a game. Dunn was the leading ground gainer with 867 yards in 159 carries. The Blue Devils completed 52 of 104 passes, and Boyette threw 85 of them. Sewell gained 528 yards in 95 carries, Hogan 197 in 27, mostly on reverses. End Kenny Arnold caught 15 passes for 200 yards, Sewell 18 for 151, Hogan six for 165 and derdog end Eugene Cooper eight for 67. The Blue Devils will probably start Isom and Cooper at offensive ends, Bruner and Mike Cullivan tackles, Shay McCormack and Neil Eitson guards and Billy Galloway center, with Stanley Parker getting in there as linebacker, Mark Braxton seeing some service as an offensive end, Eddie Garner as a defensive lineman, Tommy Harcus and Arnold safety, and Ben Bruner and Mike Baugher corner- backs. Of these players only Harcus, Baugher, Sewell, Galloway, Bruner, Isom and Cooper are seniors. Bruner and Parker are sophs. Eitson is proud of his team. "They don't have much speed but they have plenty of ambition," he commented. Bonifay wound up with 221 points while allowing the opposition 113, more than one-third of these points being scored by Chipley in that early season game. The Blue Devils beat Century, 14-0, to clinch the district lil.le. . By contrast, St. Joe scored only 198 points but gave up only 6.1 It could be an interesting game, and probably will. Gymnastic Club Eyes Two Meets Panama City Gymnastic Club will be represented by teams at both fhe state novice junior Olympic meet at Riviera Beach. Fla., and the Baton Rouge, La., invitational gymnastic festival Saturday. Going to Riviera Beach are Melody Hadaway, Christine Green, Greta Mason, Sandy Boe, Sharon While and Nancy Donahue. The team going to Baton Rouge is composed of Ann McBride, Vickie McBride, Ellen McBride, Brenda Dixon, Carolyn Foshee and Jan Jones. Rutherford 5 Lacks Height Coach Joe McKinney, who takes over the reins from George Cochran as head varsity basketball coach at Rutherford High, inherits a team that does not have much height. Tallest players on the Ram squad, which opens Its season against Port St. Joe Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ram gym, are 6-3 Reginald Tubbs and 6-2 Grady Rogers. Rogers, Tommy Barton, Kenny Barnes, Alan McDonald, Bobby Brown and David Strickland are back from last year's team, which was 13-13 for the season. Newcomers include Leon Seabrooks, Russell Swilley, Tubbs, Sid Jackson, Larry Granger and 6-1 Allen World. McKinney coached the Ram junior varsity team to a 19-3 record last season. Cochran took an administrative post at Rutherford, retaining only his football duties in addition. There will be no junior varsity game Saturday night. The St. Joe team, always a contender in state playoffs and a recent state champion in its class, is coached by Bill Dickson, regarded as one of the best prep coaches in the state. KENNY BAKM s , . . ready for Ram* Locals To Enter Gymnastic Meet Carter Gymnastic School will be represented by a team at the Baton Rouge La., invitational gymnastic team Saturday. Making the trip will be Mary Ann Hundley, Barbara Reid, Dorothy Carter, Terri Tillman, Maro Maloy, Sherri Denton and Teresa Howell. I junior, was third in the nation in punt returns, caught ten 'touchdown passes and had 96 total points for the unbeaten and top-ranked Cornhuskers. Selected as offensive lineman were Ohio State's Tom DeLeone at center, Georgia's Royce Smith and Michigan's Reggie McKenzie at guards and Penn State's Dave Joyner and Texas' Jerry Sisemore at tackles. All but Sisemore are seniors. Nebraska showed its defensive might by landing end Willie Harper and tackle Larry Jacobson alongside Patulski on the defensive line. The final defensive line position went to tackle Mel Long of undefeated Toledo. Along with Rodgers, Nebraska can also.look forward to the return of Harper next season. Tennessee's Jackie Walker was the leading vote-getter at linebacker with R7 and he was joined by Michigan's Mike Taylor and Stanford's Jeff Siemon. Taylor has been described by his coach Bo Schembechler as "the best I've coached since Bob Babich at Miami", while Siemon, at 6-2, 225, is expected to be a high pro draft choice. LSU's Tommy Casanova, Tennessee's Bobby Majors and Michigan State's Brad Van Pelt join Ellis in the defensive backfield. Casanova, a 6-2 195- pound senior, was hurt much of this season but always managed to make it back for the big games and was considered the key to the Bayou Bengal defense. Majors, who along with Casanova was second team All America last season, was Tennessee's most dangerous return man while Van Pelt, a 65, 220-pound junior has been tabbed a "can't miss" pro prospect on size alone. Nebraska, with Rodgers, Jacobson and Harper, landed the most players on the first team while Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame and Auburn each had two. Leading the second team as Penn State's sensational hair- back Lydell Mitchell. Mitchell, who received 74 votes, led the nation in scoring with 28 touchdowns and 168 points in his first ten games. Other familiar names on the second team were Toledo quarterback Chuck Ealey, Notre Dame end Tom Gatewood, Oregon running back Bobby Moore and LSU defensive tackle Ron Estay. Offense Pos Name College HI Wt Yr Age Hometown Pts 0E Terry Beosley Auburn 5-11 186 Sr. 21 Montgomery, Ala 1*11 OE Johsny Rodgers Nebraska 5-11 176 Jr. 20 Omaha, Neb. 45 OT Jerry Sisemore Texas 6-4 255 Jr. 20 Plalnvlew, Tex 97 OT Dove Joyner Penn St. 6-0 235 Sr. 21 StateCollegc, Pa 63 OG Royco Smith Georgia 6-3 240 Sr. 22 Savannah, Ga. 109 OG Reggie McKenzie Michigan 6-4 232 Sr 21 HlghlandPark.Mlch 94 C Tom DeLeone Ohio St. 6-2 227 Sr. 21 Kent, Ohio 59 QB Pat Sullivan Auburn 6-0 190 Sr. 21 Birmingham, Ala. 143 RB Greg Pruitt Oklahoma 5-9 176 Jr. 20 Houston, Tex. 160 RB Ed Marinaro Cornell 6-2 210 Sr. 21 New Mllford, N.J 154 RB Johnny Musso Alaboma 5-11 196 Sr. 21 Birmingham, Ala 88 Defense DE Walt Patulski NotreDame 6-5 235 Sr. 21 Liverpool, NY. 164 DE Willie Harper, Nebraska 6-3 207 Jr. 21 Toledo, Ohio 80 DT Larry Jacobson Nebraska 6-6 250 Sr. 21 Sioux Falls, S.D. 72 DT Mel Lonq, Toledo 4-1 230 Sr. 24 Toledo, Ohio 52 LB Jackie Walker Tennessee 6-0 200 Sr. 21 Knoxvllle, Tenn 87 LB Mike Taylor, Michigan 6-1 224 Sr. 22 Detroit, Mich. 81 LB Jeff Siemon, Stanford 6-2 225 Sr. 20 Bokcrsfield, Cal 75 DB Tommy Casanova LSU 6-2 19£ Sr. 21 Crowley, La. 135 DB Bobby Malors Tennessee 6-1 197 Sr. 22 Sowanee, Tenn. 134 DB Clarence Ellis Notre Dame 6-0 178 Sr. 22 GrandRapids Mich 108 DB Brad Van Pell, Mich. St 6-5 220 Jr. 20 Owosso, Mich. 46 Second team Offense OE Mike Slani, Vlllanova (3/) OE Tom Gatewood, Notre Darno (23) OT John Hannah, Alabama (40) OT John Vella, USC (39) OG Dick Rupert, Nebraska (40) OG Ken Jones, Oklahoma (20) C Tom Brahaney, Oklahoma (581 QB Chuck Ealey, Toledo (15) ' RB Lydell Mitchell, Penn St. (74) RB Bobby Moore, Oregon (31) RB Billy Taylor, Michigan (25) Defense DE Robin Parkhouso, Alabama (19) DE Junior Ah You, (Arliono SI.) (12) DT Ron Estay, LSU (51) DE Herb Orvls Colorado (48) LB Dave Chaney, Son Jose St. (%') LB Stove Aycock, Oklahoma (29) LB Willie Hall, USC (28) DB Wlndlan HalUArlzona St. (41) DB Dickie Harris, South Carolina (29) DB Tom Darden, Michigan (28) DB Eric Hutchinson, Northwestern (26) Honorable Mention (Five or more votes) Offensive end—Carlos Alvarez, Florida; David Bailey, Alabama; Cliff Branch, Colorado; Al Chandler, Oklahoma; Mike Creaney, Notre Dame; Rhett Dawson, Florida St.; Billy Joe DuPree, Michigan St. Riley Odoms, Houston; Bob Parsons, Penn St.; Jim Poole, Mississippi Tom Reynolds, San Diego St.; Charles Young, USC. Offensive tackle—Carl Johnson. Nebraska; Tom Nash, Georgia; Dun Yochum, Syracuse. Offensive guard—Bobby Chllds, Kansas; Mike Demarle, LSU; Tom I.Acn, Purdue; Skip Slngletary, Temple. Center—Dave Dalby. UCLA; Doua Dumler, Nebraska; Ordorla Mitchell, Air Force; Guy Murdock, Michigan; Mike Tomco, Arizona St. Quarterback—Don Buncc, Stanford, Joo Ferguson, Arkansas; Gary Huff, Florida St.; lack Mlldren, Oklahoma; John Reoves, Florida; Sonny Slxklllor, Wash Ington;, Jerry Taggo, Nebraska Running back-Eric Allen, Michigan St.; Otis Armstrong, Purdue; George Amundson. Iowa St.; Jim Bertelson, Texas; Charlie Davis, Colorado; woody Gen, Arizona St.; Bernle Jacksor,. Washington St.; Jclf Kinney, Nebraska. Robert Newhouse, Houston;Howard Stevens, Louisville; Curt Watson, Tennessoe. Defensive end—Bruce Bannon, Penn St.; Ray Hamilton, Oklahoma. Defensive tackle—Ron Curl, Michigan St.; Rich Glover, Nebraska; Mike Kadish, Notre Dame; Pete Lazetlch, Stanford; Sherman White/ California. Tommy Yearout, Auburn. Linebacker—Mark Arneson, Arlzosa; Ralph Clndrleh, Pittsburgh; Bill Light, Minnesota; Tom Graham, Oregon; Keith Schroeder, lowo St.; Chuck Volth, Navy Stan White, Ohio St.; Charles Zaploc, Penn St. . _ . Defensive bocks—Willie Buchanan, San Diego St.; Joe Bullard, Tulone; Craig Cleamons, Iowa; Bruce Dyer, USC; Joff Ford, Georgia- Tech) Dan Hansen, Brlgham Youtg; Ernie Jackson, Ouke; Bill Kosch, Nobraska; Steve Hlgglnboth- am, Alabama; Ralph McGIII, Tulsa; Tom Myers, Syracuse; Colvln Jones, Washington; Buzy Rosenberg, Georgia. WITH BIG ONE COMING UP SATURDAY Commodores Show Off 10-1 By JEROME EARNEST Spoils Writer Gulf Coast's Cor.-\ 'nr 'ntvs r'.v well on ihoir way toward another 30-win junior college basketball season. They went to Lake City Tuesday night and dumped the always-tough Tiniberwolves, '. H --!!4, to run their record to 10-1. Coach Jack Jackson's Gulf Coast teams have poslcd 30-3 and 32-6 records the last two years. And they will take the first step in defense of their state championship here Saturday night against undefeated North Florida of Madison in 1he Division One conference opener. The Commodores lost to the high-scoring Sentinels, 114-110, in the Tipoff tournament at Madison, but Satur- day's meeting will give one team a mighty important jump in the division race. "North Florida scores a lot of points," noted Jackson, "but thev give up a lot of points, too. The least they have .scored is 112 and the least their opposition has scored is 101. "Seminole (of Sanford) is known for their defense and they scored 131 points against North Florida the other night and got beat," added Jackson. "We lost to them by 127-124 here last year." North Florida is averaging a whopping 125 points while giving up 112 a game. One thing in the Sentinels' favor so far this season has been the fact that most of their games, have been at home, j Although the Commodores whipped a Lake City - team that is highly-ranked and usually is extra tough to be on its home court, Jackson said his team did have a strong overall performance although GC led by 11 points early and by 1(5 in the second half. "Not at. anytime during the Lake City game did we play the type of ball we played in the first half against Crowder Saturday night," noted Jackson, referring to his Commodores' win over the tall Missouri team in the finals of the GC invitational. But he added: "So the Lake City game is a good indication of what p-'r fi>;>')i ( n do viv < w" coi v ; 'h it. We are capable of playing with some good people and winning the ball game." Lake City won the slate title two years ago and the Timberwolves had a veteran team after going mostly with iI'O'hmcn Insl year. Two Commodore players had impressive games against Lake City. Mariel Rogers, the freshman forward from Rutherford High, racked up 37 points and Barry Scroggins, the freshman guard from Baltimore, started fast in the point department for the fourth straight game since gaining a starling role. "Rogers had about as good a night as a basketball player can have," commented Jackson. "He was 17 for :'() on door shots, (hive of three at the foul line and he had 15 rebounds. He also worked real hard on defense. A lot of his points came on rebounds as he used his real fine quickness to maneuver inside for rebound position and when he got the opportunity, he put it back in." Rogers probably could fit right in with the greyhoii 'ids at Ebro. Scroggins scored 17 points, hut his driving fast- breaking buckets led to nine points as the Commodores jumped ofr to a 14-3 lead. He was voted the most valuable player in the Commodore Classic for doing the same thing. "Scroggins has been doing an outstanding Job on offense and a great job on defense," commented Jackson. "He came through with some big baskets again, his quick starts may be attributed to the fact that he probably catches the defense off guard. And most of the time one of our guards scores high, he usually has been playing good defense to pick up the baskets off the breaks." KXTliA DRIBRI.KS The Orlethorpe nl All --tit--- te-!fn that wi'til against Klnrifld Stale Insl rikdii in Ihe cohere f-IIKO opener is coached |iy llo- I'/T Couch, who .unified Oulf MAIIIKI, ItOUKKS, FKKSIIMAN rOKWAlU) . . . piles lip 37 points against I.aUe City Bay's Lineup Is Tall Group Bay High's basketball squad goes to Pensacola Friday for its opening game, an afternoon contest with Escambia High's Rebels. Coach Chuck Seal's plans to start b-.'i Stan Todd at center, 6-3 Donnie Potter and either ft-2 John Jinks or fi-2 Willie Taylor at forwards and ti-2 Mac Black and ft-3 Ronnie Blue al guards. All of these men played on last year's squad, which wound up 1he season 12-12 while winning eight of its last 10 games. Willie Craft, who will also probably see action today, played on the varsity last year. Steve Poirier and Henry Davis are up from the junior varsity, and Dan Mathis and Eldritch Williams are first year men. Pat Higgins, a transfer from Maine, has looked good. Potter was last year's leading scorer and Black was third high. The team's chief losses by graduation were Chuck Hollinger and Dennis Hanson. Bay opens its home season here next Tuesday in an afternoon game against Pensacola High. DONNIK I'OTTKK . . Tornado veteran Coast to a 21-!) record in M6<l- il.'i. foiled has moved up alter several years at Druid Hills, an Atlanta hind school. One of his former players — Rudy Kinard — is hack with him af- I'M- Iranslerriric from Tennessee and (.'ouch has a 7 -footer in Rupert Rreedlove, who has made shorl-lived slops al Cincinnati, Tennessee and Mercer. . .Where arc Ihe five lirsl-leam All-Americas from last year's junior college ranks? (luir Coast's Dennis Cell is at Drake, Rohert MeAdoo of Viueennes of Indiana is at North Carolina, Clyde Turner of Robert Morris of Illinois and Ron Behagrn of Southern Idaho uro nt Minnesota and Abe Steward of Casper, Wyo., Is ut Jacksonville. . .The Commodores' (i-fl, 2','.~<-\nnmi\ Rulch Taylor was Ihe stale blub school shot pill champion at Greenville, S.C., while David Brent, the 7 -fout­ er who is supposed to try 1o fill Artir (iilmorc's big shoes at Jacksonville, won the state 21il )-ynrrl dash while a St. I.ouis prepstei". OPEN 7 A.M. - 7 P.M. FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY STEAKS & SEAFOODS IN OLD ENGLISH ATMOSPHERE CATERING TO PARTIES & BANQUETS SIR LOIN STEAK HOUSE ,, 10015 W.HWY. 98 ^ ^PANAMA CITY BEACH 234-3821 >

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