Rams open at Rockdale Friday
The thud of the shoe against the leather of the football will usher in the 1967 high school football season at Conyers Friday night at 8 o’clock as the Newton County Rams and he Rockdale County Bulldogs battle.
For the Rams, Friday’s game will mark the first start of the local team under new head coach Wilbur Fisher.
Milton McLaney, now the assistant principal at NCHS, guided the local eleven for the past 11 seasons.
Fisher’s squad this year consists of 26 players, small in number for a Class AA school.
However, he is optimistic about the caliber of the fellows on his team. The squad and coaches have spent a week at Lake Jackson’s FFA Camp and conducted two-aday drills.
The team returned to Covington Tuesday.
The Rams will probably open with Matt Crowell and either Billy Williams or Jerry Fisher at the flank positions.
Crowell, son of Porterdale AD Billy Crowell, logged some time at the end spot last season until he broke an ankle. Williams is a converted back and is touted as an excellent pass catcher.
At the tackle spots the NCHS players who will start are Andy Howell and Tommy Davis. Howell weighs 190 and is a co-captain of the team. Davis tips the scales at 210 and played intermittedly last season.
Manning the guard spots will be Captain Louis Courchaine, and either Kenneth Dial or Dilmus Fuller, both facing their first season of action.
Courchaine has been an outstanding lineman on the team for the past two campaigns.
Center this year will be Jabo Cowan with Slade Exley in reserve.
Cowan is also one of the team’s linebackers and much of the team’s success depends on his savvy.
Starting at quarterback will be Jim Allen, who operated at a half-back spot last year when the team had a 5-5 record.
Allen had a fine spring game and appears ready to fill the generalship spot.
The two halfbacks in the Conyers tilt will be John Lamar Callaway and Terry Dyer. Both are small but they can get the yardage once they are past the line of scrimmage. Callaway was a regular last season.
At fullback will be Tony Moon, one of the better athletes on the squad.
Tony had to sit- out the 1966 season due to an illness but he appears to be ready for the coming gridiron season. Tony was a cage star on the NCHS five last campaign.
Lee Piper is back again and will handle the PAT tries and field goal attempts. He booted 11 of 12 points after TDs last year.
Rockdale’s Head Coach Earl O’Neill is in his third season at the Class A Conyers school. The Rams downed the Bulldogs last year 14-0, but the two teams fought to a 0-0 tie at Conyers two years ago.
Richard Moore, a Newton County product, and Bill McCord are the assistants at Rockdale County.
Coach Fisher will have as his assistant this year Perry Haymore, a former star guard on the NCHS teams of 1957-58.
Haymore comes to Newton from Evans High where he was the assistant to Bobby Way for the past three years. Tom Wortman will handle the backs this year, and may head the B team as it plays a limited schedule.