Ram-griffin game is key contest
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.”
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.)