Rams open at Rock­dale Fri­day

The Covington News - - THE SECOND OPINION -

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.

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