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#1 Ira

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 06:38 AM

WARNER ROBINS 21, NEWNAN 0
Date: Dec. 12, 1981
Site: Drake Stadium (Newnan)
Coaches: Robert Davis (Warner Robins) and Max Bass (Newnan)

SCORING
Warner Robins ?-?-0-7
Newnan 0-0-0-0

First Half
Warner Robins – Arthur Clark 47 run (kick good)
Warner Robins – Clark 54 run (kick good)
Fourth Quarter
Warner Robins – Clark run (kick good)

GAME SUMMARY
Warner Robins dominated the game from the start to finish, rolling up 391 yards of total offense with all but 28 coming on the ground. The Demon defense held Newnan to 38 yards total offense. Arthur Clark was the main offensive weapon, rushing for 187 yards on 15 carries and scoring all three touchdowns. His scoring runs of 47 and 54 yards in the first half put Warner Robins up 14-0 at the break. “I was surprised it came so easy,” Clark said.

WAYCROSS 46, COLUMBIA 13
Date: Dec. 12, 1981
Site: Waycross
Coaches: Dale Williams (Waycross) and Raymond Bonner (Columbia)

SCORING
Columbia 0-0-7-6
Waycross 6-20-6-14

First quarter
W - Todd Williams 20 run (kick failed)
Second quarter
W - Ralph Herron 2 run (pass failed)
W - James Medlock 14 run (Terrell Murphy pass from Otis Mooring)
W - David Douglas 3 run (pass failed)

Third quarter
C - T. Smith 1 run (xxx Dix kick)
W - Alfred Mcelroy 35 pass from Williams (run failed)
Fourth quarter
W - Medlock 26 run (Jeffrey Taylor pass from Williams)
W - Douglas 21 run (pass failed)
C - xxx Harris 1 run (pass failed)

GAME SUMMARY
Waycross devastated Columbia with 26 first half points on the way to a convincing 46-13 victory. The Bulldogs finished with 22 first downs, 200 yards rushing, and 227 yards passing. (The Waycross Journal put those numbers at 20-193-233.) Quarterback Todd Williams (son of the coach) completed 10/17 passes, threw for one touchdown and a two-point conversion and ran for another. Tailback James Medlock ran for 98 yards on 14 carries (15-102, per the Waycross paper) and scored twice. Tight end Terrell Murphy caught four passes for 97. The Waycross defense, led by linebacker Steve Stipe and tackle James Orange, was awesome in the first half. They held Columbia to minus 4 yards rushing, 7 yards passing, and no first downs. Orange had three sacks (4.5 per Waycross) for 32 yards in losses as the home team led 26-0 at the break.

COMMERCE 28, GREENE COUNTY 14
Date: Dec. 11, 1981
Site: Commerce
Coaches: Ray Lamb (Commerce) and Tom Temple (Greene County)

SCORING
Greene County 0-0-0-14
Commerce 7-7-14-0

First Quarter
Commerce - Hal Lamb pass from Bobby Lamb (Todd Lord kick)
Second Quarter
Commerce - Bobby Lamb 1 run (Lord kick)
Third Quarter
Commerce - Delano White 29 from Bobby Lamb (Lord kick)
Commerce - Bobby Lamb 15 run (Lord kick)
Fourth Quarter
Greene County - Fred Terrell 3 run (Willie Hill to Seed Miller)
Greene County - David Thornton 49 run (pass failed)

GAME SUMMARY
Commerce quarterback Bobby Lamb (son of the coach) had a hand in all four touchdowns as the home team built a 28-0 lead after three quarters. The most important play of the game came early in the third period. Greene County, down 14-0, took the second half kickoff and drove to the Commerce 9. Clark Williams intercepted a Willie Hill pass on the goal line and returned it 68 yards to the Greene County 32. Three plays later, Lamb threw 29 yards to Delano White for the touchdown that made it 21-0 with 5:39 left in the third. “That was a big play,” said Ray Lamb. “But I still wasn’t happy with 21 points. I didn’t really feel secure until we were up by 28.” Later in the third, another interception set up the fourth score, a 15-yard Lamb rollout around left end, and Commerce led 28-0 going into the fourth. Greene responded with a 90-yard drive that ended on a 3-yard run by Fred Terrell who had 121 yards on 15 carries for the losers. Greene’s last score came on a trick play. Quarterback Willie Hill handed the ball back to center David Thornton who ran 49 yards for a touchdown. Greene County led the statistics with 363 yards and 19 first downs, but much of it came late after the game was decided. Quarterback Willie Hill was 12/24 for 166 yards and three interceptions. Commerce had 233 yards total offense and 10 first downs.
Note: three Commerce players had been planning this championship since the seventh grade. Bobby Lamb, Clay Hendrix, and Taylor Rucker had agreed to repeat their eighth-grade years in order to have an extra year of eligibility in high school.

DOUGLASS MONTEZUMA 20, PALMETTO 0
Date: Dec. 12, 1981
Site: Montezuma
Coaches: Garfield Stephens (Douglass) and Thurston Taylor (Palmetto)

SCORING
Palmetto 0-0-0-0
Douglass 0-0-7-13

Third Quarter
Douglass - Darrin Simpson 6 run (Alvin Sims kick)
Fourth Quarter
Douglass - Wilbert Cromer 32 run (kick failed)
Douglass - Kenneth Holmes 46 interception return (Sims kick) 0:17 remaining

GAME SUMMARY
Wilbert Cromer had a huge game for Douglass, rushing for 137 yards on 21 carries and intercepting two passes. Douglass recorded its tenth shutout of the year and got the only score it really needed on the opening drive of the third quarter. Cromer's 32-yard scoring run with 3:18 remaining in the game clinched the title. The final touchdown came on a Kenneth Holmes interception return with 17 seconds left. Palmetto's only real scoring threat came in the second quarter when Jimmy Harper had his 34-yard field goal attempt blocked by Tony Westberry. Cromer, a 6-0, 195-pound senior, said, "We knew we had a good offensive team and we knew we could get outside on them. It was just a matter of time."

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 08:08 PM

I added the scoring summary and a few stats to the Waycross-Columbia game.

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 07:33 AM

Thanks, Todd. I removed the game from the list of the missing. Considering the high point total, this was one of the games that concerned me the most as far as records go. Did you notice that one touchdown in the second quarter is missing?

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:54 AM

I fixed it. Nice catch.

Columbia's final TD was probably scored by Henry Harris, the all-state lineman. It was his only attempt of the game, and I imagine that he either was a short-yardage guy, or Columbia just wanted to reward a great player at the end of his career. Harris starred at UGA, as did Columbia's top rusher, Freddie Lane, who played WR at UGA.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:44 PM

Clarification on Commerce's three mentioned seniors. They did NOT have an extra year of eligibility, but only played 4 years of varsity football. They played b-team ball as "redshirt" 8th graders. Perfectly within the rules.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:47 PM

Another interesting note on the Commerce season: after an injury to our starting kicker, Tony Smallwood, early in the year, freshman Todd Lord took over the duties which he never relinquished for his entire carer. In the championship game, his booming kicks kept Greene's speedy returners from being much of a threat. He was also perfect to PATs for that game and nearly all of his career.

Smallwood, fully recovered from hias injury, was integral in the win both from a linebacker position and as a fullback when Commerce went into "clock-eating mode" for the final drive.

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:02 PM

added