Ram-grif­fin game is key con­test

The Covington News - - Covcrypt - By Bob Greer

An­other tough re­gion op­po­nent awaits the New­ton County Rams Fri­day night as the charges over Coach Norm Ol­son travel over to Grif­fin to meet the po­tent Grif­fin High team. The kick off is sched­uled for 8 p. m.

It could be a case of Ol­son’s boys jump­ing out of frying pan and into the fire. They met the tough R. E. Lee Rebel team in Cov­ing­ton Fri­day night and came very near af­ter achiev­ing an up­set.

Early in the fourth quar­ter the Rams scored and went for the two­point con­ver­sion that would have tied the game at that time 24- all.

Mean­while, Coach Max Dowis’ Grif­fin team had an equally tough game against the Rock­dale County Bull­dogs. His club went into the fi­nal pe­riod dead­locked at 14- all, but with the run­ning of Mike Head, his out­fit won the game 20- 14.

Tues­day, Dowis was busy get­ting his club ready for the Rams. He said that his scouts came back home Fri­day telling him what a fine ball club New­ton County had, and that the Cov­ing­to­ni­ans played a good game.

“We al­ways have a tough game with New­ton County, and the game Fri­day may just go right down to the wire be­fore the score is set­tled,” stated Dowis. “I said at the start of the sea­son that New­ton County would be in there with R. E. Lee, Rock­dale, New­nan and North Clay­ton in a fight for re­gional hon­ors.”

“An­other strong ball club this sea­son is the Jones­boro team. They are a con­tender and they have a fine coach in Wey­man Sel­lars,” Coach Dowis added.

The Grif­fin men­tor cited two of his play­ers for their de­fen­sive game against the Rock­dale Bull­dogs.

He said that Ron­nie Bass and Steve Har­ri­son were tow­ers in keep­ing the Bull­dogs from rac­ing up and down the field like they did last year.

Ol­son’s main threat with the ball is def­i­nitely Robert (Blue) Strong. He has scored three touch­downs this year. His jaunts against the Lee Rebels were 68 and 19 yards and he has an­other TD taken back in the first quar­ter of the game.

How­ever, there is an­other back on the Ram team who has shown that he knows how to get yardage from scrim­mage.

He is Mike John­son. He scored the other TD Fri­day night on a 19yard run in the sec­ond quar­ter.

If New­ton gets near the en­emy’s goal and a drive stalls he can call on Randy Smal­ley, the gi­ant tackle on the team who weighs around 260 pounds. He booted a 27- yard field goal Fri­day and the ball ac­tu­ally trav­eled about 20 yards be­yond the up­rights.

The Blue Ram­bler Band will at­tend the game and present an­other sparkling half­time show. Four num­bers will be played “Right On,” “How the West was Won,” “Hang’em High” and “Bat­tle Cry and Hymn.”

File photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

SEPTEM­BER 21, 1974

The Ram back fell for­ward for a nice gain in the New­ton ver­sus R. E. Lee game Fri­day. Eight Rebels sur­rounded the ball­car­rier. New­ton play­ers are Bill Laseter (65) and Randy Smal­ley (72). (Photo by Mike Oliver.)

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