1935 Tallulah High School Football Season
The following reformatted newspaper clippings were collected by the late Coach M. A. Phillips. The clippings were scanned by Janet Byram Newsom and converted to a computer-sensible format (OCR) by Dick Sevier. Coach Phillips pencil-critiqued each game, and these are shown in blue after each article.
Kickoff Is at 8 o'Clock
Bears Have Heavier Team
Madison Parish Eleven Has Outstanding Record to Uphold in Battle With Blue and White.
Probable Bolton and Tallulah line-ups for tonight's kickoff at 8 o'clock are:
Bolton Pos. Tallulah
Pardue LE Smith
Williams LT Newman
Connally LG Byram
Pace (c) C Scurria
Durham RG Jones
Gaspard RT Alexander
Williamson RE L. Wade
Dugger QB J. Wade
H. Whitten HB M. Cagnolatti
Love HB Morton (c)
J. Whitten FB Coad
Officials: Grove Stafford (L. S. U.), referee; T. S. Fontenot (St. Charles), umpire; U. A. Wilson (L. S. U), head linesman; Nathan Weil (Army), field judge.
Bolton High School opens their grid season here tonight with Tallulah with the kickoff scheduled at 8 o'clock. The Madison parish eleven has an outstanding record to uphold in the battle with the Blue and White and the contest promises to be a real football show.
The Bears will go into the game with a team averaging 11 pounds per man heavier than the visitors, if the probable lineups are used. Bolton has a 160-pound team, a 167-pound line and a 148-pound backfield. The Tallulah team averages 149 pounds, the backs 144 and the line 152.
Two Bolton regulars will not see action because of injuries. Powe is out with a foot injury and Siple has hurt his knee again.
However, the Bears will have a seasoned line to pit against the former Class "B" champions who are advancing to Class "A" tonight for the first time. "Ma"' Phillips, Tallulah coach who formerly toted the pigskin at Louisiana College, is bringing his eleven Into faster company this year after copping all of the "B" titles during the past three seasons.
Coaches Nesom, Allen and Henderson have rebuilt a backfield around Dugger, quarter, the only returning letterman. Jim and Harrell Whitten, brothers. and Randy Love, all newcomers, will see action tonight. They will not play the whole game, however, and the fans will probably see Watson, Beaver, Marye, Levee and others in action behind the line.
Smith, end, is also scheduled to take his turn in the line.
Phillips is bringing a seasoned backfield to Alexandria. His line, though, has been rebuilt around Scurria, star center of last year.
Pardue, Williams, Williamson, Durham, Connally, Pace and Gaspard are the probable starters in the Bolton line.
Coach Phillips’ Comments: Can’t expect too much as we lost too many of last years’ players. Many green and experienced players.
Bolton Gridders Win From Tallulah, 6 to 0
Bears' Touchdown Comes on Pass from Watson to Pardue — Madison Parish Team Strong
A fifteen-yard pass from Causby Watson to Thurman Pardue in the second quarter brought a touchdown for Bolton and a 6 to 0 victory over Tallulah high school here last night in the opening game of the season. A. large crowd for the first game of the season looked on.
Coach "Ma" Phillips' aggregation from Madison parish, Class "B" champions for the past three years, showed a well-balanced team with plenty of fight. They were playing in Class "A" for their first time and will be a tough opponent for any grid team in the state this year, although they are not so heavy.
The Bolton running attack netted seven first downs while Tallulah was rolling up three, one on a pass, one on a spinner and another on a trick play.
Thurman Pardue, 134-pound Bolton end, led the Bolton attack and defense. He slipped through on several occasions to throw Tallulah backs for losses. He showed all-state possibilities on defense while he took the touchdown pass on a run to score.
Charles Pace, Bolton center, was up to his usual form and was a power on defense. Williamson, Bass, Durham, Connally, Williams, Gaspard and Willis showed up well in the line and the Bears show promise of developing a forward wall that will be hard to rout this year.
Bolton was well up on fundamentals and the Bears were blocking with precision on many plays. Tallulah, except for a few plays, had trouble getting their running attack in action.
The Bears drew 25 yards in off-side penalties while Tallulah failed to violate the rules.
Coaches Nesom, Allen and Henderson have prospects of a winning eleven this year when Powe and Siple, regulars out with injuries, return to the fold.
The blue and white backs, the subject of much speculation because of inexperience, came through with flying colors. Dugger, holdover quarter, showed a wise selection of plays and was a good punter, blocker and runner last night.
Randy Love, Bolton speedster, will be hard to stop when he adds a change of pace to his stepping. He is hard to hold and one of the fastest gridders in the state.
Causby Watson, coming up from the Cubs, was the most consistent ground gainer last night. He promises to be a dangerous back on cut-backs, showing good form in side stepping and pivoting.
This was the first time the two teams had met and the fans were commenting on the fine sportsmanship. This contest, if renewed annually, should prove to be one of the year's most interesting grid spectacles in high school circles there.
The Whitten Brothers, Harrell and Jim, played steady football, proving to be good defensive men, especially. They also did some good blocking.
Bolton's score came on the only pass they tried, except for one hide-out pass to Pardue which was called back because of an off-side penalty.
Next week the Bears go to Lafayette.
Bolton kicked and Tallulah defended the south goal. Pace kicked to Coad on the Tallulah 20 and he returned 14. W. Cagnolatti made eight at right end. James Wade lost one on a criss cross at left end. James Wade quick kicked to Dugger on the 4 and he returned to the Bears 18. Love failed to gain at left tackle.
Dugger kicked to W. Cagnolatti on the Tallulah 40 and he returned 5. Morton made three at right end. Coad fumbled and Williams recovered on the Tallulah 49. Love failed to gain. Dugger made two at left guard. Jim Whitten kicked out on Tallulah's 15. W. Cagnolatti made five at left tackle. Coad kicked to Dugger on the Bolton 36 and he returned 24 to Tallulah's 40. Love fumbled and recovered for an eight-yard loss. Love lost five at right end. Jim Whitten kicked to J. Wade on the Tallulah 17. Coad kicked to Bolton's 41. Jim Whitten made three at center. Love at center made two. Jim Whitten kicked to Morton on his ten and he returned to the 23. Morton lost ten at right end. Morton kicked to Dugger on the Bolton 48 and he returned to Tallulah's 27. Jim Whitten made two at left tackle. Watson four at right end. Watson made six at left tackle for a first down on Tallulah's 15. Score: Bolton, 0 Tallulah, 0.
Watson no gain at center. Watson failed to gain at right tackle. Watson to Pardue was good for 15 and a touchdown. Jim Whitten failed to make the point from placement. Alexander broke up the kick. Score: Bolton, 6; Tallulah, 0. Time out, Bolton.
Pace kicked to Coad on his 15 and he returned it to his 37. Morton made one on a criss cross at right tackle. Morton kicked to Dugger on his five and he was nailed in his tracks. Jim Whitten kicked to W. Cagnolatti on the Bears' 43 and he returned to Bolton's 37. Morton made five at right tackle, but Bolton was offside. W. Cagnolatti lost ten at left end. Morton quick kicked over the goal line. Watson no gain at right end. Watson on a cut-back at left tackle made 14 and first down on his 33. Watson made nine at left end on a cutback. Dugger over left tackle made three and first down on the Bears' 44. Watson lost two at right end. Watson quick kicked to W. Cagnolatti on his 15. He fumbled and Morton recovered. Morton failed to gain at right end. On a Statue of Liberty fake kick Morton passed to W. Cagnolatti for 20 yards and a first down on their 35. Morton no gain on criss cross. Coad one at center. Pace partially blocked Morton's punt and the Bears took the ball on Tallulah's 43. Watson at left end made 18 yards and a first down on Tallulah's 27. Watson made 5 at right tackle. Watson made five and a first down as the half ended. Score: Bolton, 6; Tallulah, 0.
Morton kicked to Levee on Bolton's 18 and he returned to the Bears' 34. Levee no gain. Watson made eight at left tackle. Watson at right tackle made nearly two and missed first down by inches. Dugger punted to W. Cagnolatti on his 20 and he returned to the 30. James Wade made five at right tackle. W. Cagnolatti made one at left guard. Morton kicked to Dugger on his 28 and he returned to his 40. Watson lost a foot at right end. Dugger made three at right guard but Bolton was offside. Watson made two at right end. Dugger punted to W. Cagnolatti on his 15 and he fumbled. Scurria recovered on his 25. Morton punted to Dugger on his 35 and he returned 5. Watson made two at right end. Levee fumbled and Dugger recovered for a yard gain. Dugger punted to Morton on his 20 and he returned to the 34. W. Cagnolatti failed to gain but Bolton was offside. Coad on a spinner made 17 and first down on Bolton's 43. J. Wade made 6 on a criss cross. W. Cagnolatti no gain at right end. Pardue threw J. Wade for a loss of 7 yards. Morton quick kicked over the goal line. Love made seven at right end. Love no gain at left end. Score: Bolton, 6; Tallulah, 0.
Jim Whitten punted out on Tallulah's 47. Coad made three at center. Coad passed out of bounds. Morton no gain at right end. Morton punted to Dugger on his five and he returned to his seven. Love made 11 at right end for first down on his 18. Love lost five at left end. Love at right end made five. Jim Whitten kicked to Morton on his 35 and he returned to Bolton's 46. Morton to W. Cagnolatti was good for eleven and a first down on Bolton's 39-yard line. Pardue threw W. Cagnolatti for a loss of ten on a criss cross around right end. Love Intercepted Morton's pass on his 40 and returned to Bolton's 49. Love lost five at right end. Dugger one at center. Jim Whitten kicked to Tallulah's 29 where a flock of Bears covered it. James Wade made three on criss cross at left tackle. W. Cagnolatti made two at right tackle. Morton fumbled and lost ten on an attempted kick. Morton kicked to Dugger on his 35 and he returned 8. Love fumbled on a bad Pass from center and lost four. Dugger made five at center, but Bolton was off-side. Love fumbled and Scurria recovered on the Bears' 33. Morton to W. Cagnolatti was incomplete. Morton's pass was knocked down by Harrell Whitten who barely failed to intercept the ball. Morton's pass incomplete. Morton's pass incomplete again as Bolton took ball on their own 33. Love at left end made 16 and first down. Love four at right end. Love to Pardue was good for twenty, but Bolton offside. Love three at right tackle Score: Bolton, 6; Tallulah, 0.
Bolton (6) Pos. Tallulah (0)
Pardue LE Smith
Williams LT Newman
Connally LG Byram
Pace C Scurria
Durham RG Jones
Gaspard RT Alexander
Williamson RE C. Wade
Dagger QB J. Wade
H. Whitten HB W. Cagnolatti
Love HB Morton
J. Whitten FB Coad
Score by quarters:
Bolton 0 6 0 0—6
Tallulah 0 0 0 0—0
Scoring touchdown for Bolton: Pardue on pass from Watson.
Substitutes: Bolton: Bass, Levee, Lee, Marye, Watson, Willis. Tallulah: M. Cagnolatti, Taylor.
Officials: Stafford (L. S. U.) referee; Fontenot (St. Charles) umpire: Wilson (L. S. U.) head linesman; Blanchard (L. S. U.) field judge
Coach Phillips’ Comments: The whole team played good ball. Work of Sam Scurria was best on field. We had many nice compliments about the whole team. Every one showed up mighty well. Harry Don averaged over 40 yards on kicks.
Bolton Hi Beats Tallulah Eleven by 6 to 0 Scare
(Special to The Times-Picayune)
Alexandria, La., Sept. 21.-Bolton High school's Bears opened their football season here Friday night by defeating Tallulah, class B champions for the past three years, 6 to 0. The lone score of the ball game came early in the second quarter when Watson passed 15 yards to Pardue into the end zone. It was the only pass Bolton used in the game.
Tallulah, coached by M. A. "Ma" Phillips, former Louisiana college star, invaded the Bears' territory only in the last quarter. Near the close of the contest, the visitors recovered a fumble on Bolton's 33, but four passes were incomplete and the ball went over.
Scurria's defensive play for Tallulah was one of the game's features.
Bolton Position Tallulah
Pardue L E Smith
Williams L T Newman
Connally L G Byram
Pace Center Scurria
Durham R G Jones
Gaspard R T Alexander
Williamson R E C. Wade
Dugger Q B J. Wade
H. Whitten H B W. Cagnolatti
Love H B Morton
J. Whitten F B Coad
TALLULAH BEATS UTICA'S ELEVEN
Trojans Battle Entire Game Through Driving Rain To Win, 14 To 0
TALLULAH, La., Sept. 27.-(Special)-Playing in a driving rain during the entire game, the Tallulah high school Trojans defeated the strong Utica high school football team here today, 14 to 0, before a large crowd that braved the elements to attend the game. Coach Phillips' boys played heads-up football all the way and took advantage of all the breaks to completely outclass the invaders from Mississippi.
The locals blocked a punt on Utica's 12-yard line early in the first quarter, after making a first down on the Mississippians' two-yard line, Coad plunged over for the marker. The attempt for the extra point was futile.
In the second quarter Cagnolatti took in a punt on Utica's 40-yard line and galloped behind perfect interference for a touchdown. Again the attempt for the extra point failed.
A few minutes later Tallulah smothered a Utica player behind his own goal line when he fumbled the ball on an attempted punt and gained two points. This was the last scoring of the game.
Morton, Cagnolatti, and Coad stood out in the backfield for the Trojans, while Scurria, at center, was the defensive star of the game. Jackson, at tackle, stood out for Utica.
Coach Phillips’ Comments: Played game in mud and really didn’t get our offence to work.
Farmerville Defeated In One-sided Game
Tallulah Wins Game Here By Score of 50 to 6 Last Friday
Displaying a smooth powerful running attack, and a defense equally efficient, the Tallulah Trojans defeated the visiting Farmerville eleven 50-6 on the local grid-iron last Friday afternoon. A good sized crowd was present, the weather was perfect.
At times the game was very interesting despite the lop-sided score. Numerous passes, both complete and incomplete, and some intercepted, combined with some very good broken-field running on the part of Morton and M. Cagnolatti, Trojan backs, kept the crowd on its toes. At other times, however, the game took on the resemblance of a race track, with the visiting gridsters literally "trailing" the home eleven. Three touchdowns were scored during the first quarter by the Trojans, and from there on, Coach Phillips did a lot of substituting in the Trojan ranks, and nearly every Trojan had opportunity to get in the game.
The Farmerville bunch made their single touchdown in the last quarter, after the locals had been weakened by excessive substitutions. Most of the visitors' gains were made through the completion of one special pass the Trojans couldn't seem to stop. Aside from this particular play, however, the home team displayed an extraordinarily strong pass defense.
Powerful running plays and some intercepted passes, with perfect interference at all times, accounted for the Tallulah score. Numerous long runs and long returns of punts were the highlights of the game. Tallulah made three touchdowns in the first quarter, three in the second and two in the fourth.
Much improvement was shown in the Trojan ranks in this game, and they promise to develop soon into a team that will be hard to defeat.
The starting Trojan line-up was as follows:
Smith, left end; Newman, left tackle; Byram, left guard ; Scurria, center; Jones, left guard ; Alexander, right tackle; C. Wade, right end; J. Wade, quarterback; M. Cagnolatti, halfback; Morton, halfback; Coad, fullback.
Coach Phillips’ Comments: Score could have been as large as we wanted it. Used many substitutes during game & all game out OK.
Ouachita Noses Out 6-0 Victory Over Tallulah
Lions And Trojans Put Up Snappy Battle Before Big Crowd
Treating the biggest crowd to witness a football game here this year with the best high school game of the season, the Lions of Ouachita parish high school subdued the hard-fighting, powerful Tallulah high school Trojans, Louisiana Class B champions, 6 to 0, at Brown stadium last night.
It was a hard earned victory and a fight to the finish. Ouachita was never assured of winning the game, even after the touchdown, as the well drilled Tallulah aggregation repeatedly burst forth with a show of aggressiveness that rivaled that of the Lions. The tension was not relieved until the final whistle, and then the stadium vibrated with the victory cry of Ouachita supporters.
The score that decided the battle in Ouachita's favor came near the end of the final period when Bob Staples, Lion fullback, smashed into the sturdy Tallulah line from the Trojans' one-foot line for the touchdown.
A pass, deflected by a Tallulah, back into the hands of a wary Lion, gave Ouachita the break they had been awaiting for nearly four quarters and paved the way for their touchdown. A Tallulah fumble which was recovered by Ouachita on the invaders' 33 yard line started the touchdown drive.
Taking the ball on the visitors' 33. Solly Mayer, stellar Lion back, slashed through left tackle and then stretched out for an 18-yard sprint to Tallulah's 15 yard line and a first down. Eddie Bowles lost four on the next play as the Trojans swarmed over him, but Staples regained the lost yardage on a six yard drive through the middle.
Then Bowles, backing up to Tallulah's 23-yard stripe, shot a pass toward Earl Cobb, end, who was almost on the goal line. But Cobb fell to his knees and then a Tallulah back, running in to knock the pass down, barely tipped the spiral enough to deflect it directly into Cobb's arms and the ball was down on Tallulah's one-foot line. Staples' line drive followed for the tally.
Tallulah's best showing was in the first quarter and the power and drive that featured that display of football sent Ouachita fans deep into their seats. From all appearances of the early part of the opening quarter, the Lions were due for a scalping. But Coach "Lefty" Haynes' boys managed to stave off the severe attacks and turn the tables on Coach '°Ma" Phillips' charges. And from then on the game was played first deep in one team's territory and then threateningly close to the other's goal.
The visitors chalked up four first downs so fast the minute they got their hands on the ball that the Ouachita defense was completely baffled for several minutes.
Harry Morton, Trojan halfback, received the opening kickoff on his own ten and returned to the Trojan 30, but promptly kicked it back to Ouachita and Bowles returned it to Tallulah's 49. Ouachita was offsides on the play and the ball was called back, the Lions getting a five yard penalty. Morton picked up four yards at left tackle and Hunter Coad followed it with a five yard stab through the middle for a first down. James Wade was held to a one yard gain around left end but Malcolm Cagnolatti went wide around left end for 25 yards and f a first down on Ouachita's 40. Ouachita was offsides again on the next play and received a second 5-yard penalty. Coad was held for no gain but James Wade slashed through right tackle for six and another first down. Three more smashes at Ouachita's line by Morton and Malcolm Cagnolatti put the ball on the locals' 11-yard line and there the Lions made their first stubborn defensive stand, Ouachita finally getting the ball when Sol Mayer intercepted one of M. Cagnolatti's passes.
Mayer intercepted the pass on his own five-yard line and returned it to his 29 but Ouachita soon netted another penalty, this time for ten yards, and the ball was moved back to their 19. Then it was the Lions time to turn on the steam. Netting 37 yards on four successive plays, the locals made three first downs just before the half ended with the ball in their possession on Tallulah's 44.
The rest of the game was a battle such as has not been witnessed here this season and both teams were playing exceptionally good ball.
One of Tallulah's best plays of the game was a fake kick early in the second period that netted 34 yards. In possession of the ball on their own 16, Morton dropped back as if to kick but Woodrow Cagnolatti came around fast and took the ball around left end to the Tallulah 40. Ouachita held them there and Morton was forced to kick.
Two Ouachita passes, Bowles to Cobb, also featured the game near the end of the half. One was good for a 31 yard gain and the other should have been a touchdown but Cobb was behind the end zone on the catch and the ball went over to Tallulah on their own 20.
With the ball on Tallulah's 36-yard marker, Bowles hurled his first pass to Cobb, who took it to the invaders' 5-yard line before being dragged down by the Trojan Pack. Three stabs at the Tallulah line netted a three-yard loss, and then Bowles shot another heave toward Cobb, who ran through the end zone out behind the goal posts to make the catch. It was ruled no good, behind the end zone.
Every man that played was playing his best and the offense of both elevens was at its peak, even though they were unable to put over the scoring punch when within scoring distance.
Cobb, Monroe Trimble, John Renwick, Rudy Vandenberg, Wheeler Mitchell, Joe Butler, F. C. Eason and Moise Peters all played hard in the Lion line, while Sam Scurria, Tallulah's veteran center, was a power in the invading line. Clyde Wade, Robert Alexander, T. A. Smith, Donald Newman, J. C. Byram, Ray Jones and Ralph Taylor all shared in the heavy duty work for the Trojans.
The combination of James Wade, Woodrow and Malcolm Cagnolatti, Coad and Morton was hard to beat but Ouachita's backs, Harvey Gregg. Bowles, Mayer, Staples and Watson Stron were equal to the occasion.
Tallulah (0) Pos. (6) Ouachita
Smith LE Cobb
Newman LT Eason
Byram LG Mitchell
Scurria C Vandenberg
Jones RG Peters
Alexander RT Trimble
C. Wade RE Renwick
J. Wade QB Gregg
Morton HB Mayer
M. Cagnolatti HB Bowles
Coad FB Staples
Score by quarters:
Tallulah 0 0 0 0—0
Ouachita 0 0 0 6—6
Scoring touchdowns: Staples. Substitutes: Tallulah, W. Cagnolatti and Taylor; Ouachita, Butler and Stron. First downs: Tallulah, five; Ouachita, eight. Penalties: Tallulah, none; Ouachita, 40 yards. Officials: Milani (Tulane), referee; Bendel (Tulane), umpire; and Binion (Centenary), head linesman.
Coach Phillips’ Comments: Had tough luck again. All breaks went against us. Should have been a tie – Harry Don & Sam hurt & will be out a week or two.
TALLULAH DEFEATS LAKE PROVIDENCE
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La., Oct. 19.-(Special)—In one of the most exciting games ever played on the local gridiron, the Tallulah Trojans defeated the hard-fighting Lake Providence Panthers, 25 to 13, here yesterday.
The Panthers got the jump on the Trojans in the first quarter when they surprised the invaders with an aerial attack that netted two touchdowns and an extra point.
In the second quarter Tallulah tried the overhead route and netted two touchdowns also but failed to convert the extra points, the half ending 13 to 12 for the locals. But the Trojans got their running plays to clicking in the last half and wasted no time raking in two more touchdowns and an extra point.
The Panther passing attack of Brice to Lightsey and Bonner was the chief ground gainer for the locals. They completed 15 passes and first downs were about even.
Lake Providence has a clean slate in Class B circles. Next week they meet Forrest.
Whatley, Erwin, Trim, Davis, Shochley, Howard, Lightsey played in the local line with Bonner, Brice, Goode, Braswell and Murray in the backfield. The Cagnolatti brothers, Morton, Coad and Wade were outstanding for Tallulah.
Coach Phillips’ Comments: Things looked bad at first. Finally got to working & they looked more like a football team. Odo hurt in this game.
FERRIDAY TO PLAY AT TALLULAH FRIDAY
FERRIDAY, La., Oct. 21.—(Special) —Several hundred Ferriday fans will accompany the Bulldogs to Tallulah Friday afternoon for the annual struggle between the local eleven and Coach M. A. Phillips' Tallulah Trojans, more than 100 members of the Ferriday "F" club being among those who have pledged themselves to attend the contest. It is expected that the largest crowd in the history of the rivalry will go from here to see the teams in action.
Although Ferriday is entering the engagement crippled by recent injuries to such stars as Baker Newton, Milt Wilson and Donald Pennington, all regulars, they hope to hold the Trojans to a close score.
TALLULAH WALLOPS FERRIDAY, 29 TO 0
TALLULAH, La., Oct. 25.—(Special) —The Tallulah high school Trojans. scoring almost at will, ran up 29 points during the first half of the game here today with the Ferriday high school eleven and then took things easy the remainder of the game to emerge victorious over the visitors by a score of 29-0.
Coach Phillips substituted players freely during the game in an effort to keep the score down, but the Trojans played brilliant football all the way and threatened time and again during the last half but were never able to push across for a score.
S. Scurria in the line and Morton, Cagnolatti, Coad and Wade in the backfield were outstanding for Tallulah while Welch and Belgard, ends, played brilliant defensive ball for Ferriday.
The most spectacular play of the game occurred in the second quarter when Cagnolatti took the pass from center on his own 45 yard line and ran the remaining 55 yards for a touchdown.
Coach Phillips’ Comments: Played best ball of season. Scored all in 1st half & could have beaten them a lot more but used plenty of substitutes.
TALLULAH PLAYS AT WATERPROOF
Two Strong Teams Ready to For Important Battle This Afternoon
WATERPROOF, La., Nov. 1.-(Special)—Waterproof high school's Tigers and Tallulah's Trojans were ready for the opening whistle of their game here Friday with both squads in tip-top shape. Fully 1,500 fans are expected to witness the first meeting of these two teams.
Tallulah, featuring two hard running, shifty backs in Harry Don Morton and Mac Cagnolatti and the smashing Scurria in the line, rules a slight favorite by virtue of its 29 to 0 win over Ferriday last week, while the Tigers were running over Jena 25 to 6 in their first Class B game.
The Tigers' threat men, Jimmy Lancaster, passer deluxe, and Bob Fife, bone crushing fullback, are ready for the opening signal. Both these men, injured in early season games, are back in form and ready for their duel with the Trojans. Bennette will be back at center and Wiggins at end for the game.
Both coaches, Phillips of Tallulah and Crosby of Waterproof, were noncommittal about the outcome of the game. Each expects a hard battle with the team getting the breaks coming out in front.
TALLULAH, La., Nov. 1.—(Special) —The Tallulah Trojans will have their full strength to throw at the Waterproof Tigers in the first battle between the two teams at Waterproof Friday.
The Tallulah backfield showed up exceptionally well against Ferriday last week and the practice sessions this week have been devoted largely to molding an attack which will get the backs out into the open. Blocking has been the main objective. Mac Cagnolatti is ready to go and so is Scurria. Scurria's defensive work has been the best in high school football this year.
Waterproof will outweigh the Trojans 15 pounds per man but Tallulah fans believe the locals will win if they can get Cagnolatti or Morton loose consistently.
TALLULAH LOSES TO WATERPROOF
Tigers Come From Behind To Defeat Trojans In Thriller, 14-7
WATERPROOF, La., Nov. 1.—(Special)—Uncovering a new ball carrier in Paul Welsh, Waterproof's high school Tigers tamed the Tallulah high Trojans, 14 to 7, in a battle witnessed by 1,500 fans here Friday. The Tigers came from behind to win the deciding battle of their 1935 campaign.
The Trojans scored early in the game when Sam Scurria blocked Wiggins' punt on the 2 yard line. Morton recovered and then one play later, Morton crashed over for the score. Coad's kick was good and the Trojans lead 7 to 0 after ten minutes of play.
The Tigers, not to be denied, came back with a bang and when Welsh took in Morton's punt on his own 49 yard line and ran it back to the Trojan's 33 yard line, the Tigers crashed over for the touchdown. Welsh got 11 yards at end and Bennette, playing fullback today, crashed through center for 4 yards. Fife then hit left guard for 12 and first down on the 7 yard line. On a double fake spinner, Welsh took the ball around right end for the score. Bennette hit the line for the extra point.
In the second half, Welsh ran the kickoff back 55 yards to Tallulah's 41 yard line. Fife hit center for 12 and then Fife hit center for 10 more yards and first down on the 20 yard line. Bennette went over guard for five and then Fife hit right tackle for the score. Welsh placekicked the extra point.
Waterproof made 13 first downs, and Tallulah 5. The passing of Bennette, in the absence of Lancaster, was sensational, but the ball carrying of Fife and Welsh was the spear head of the Tigers offense.
Coach M. A. Phillips showed two good ball carriers in Harry Don Morton and Mac Cagnolatti and a good center in Sam Scurria. The Tigers weight was too much for the Class "A" Trojans as Waterproof began its drive for Class "B" honors.
In the line the play of Wiggins at end Goldman at tackle and Crews, a new man at center, was outstanding.
TALLULAH NOSES OUT DELHI, 6-0
Trojans Score In Final Minutes To Win Thrilling Battle
DELHI, La., Nov. 9.-(Special)-The fighting Bears of the Delhi high school went down to defeat Friday afternoon before the Tallulah Trojans in the greatest game of football ever witnessed here.
The hard running of Woods and Ingram for the Bears and the blocking of Copes and Bryan gave the above boys many opportunities for spectacular gains throughout the game. The playing of the Delhi line consisting of Tamburo and Simms, ends; Gilliland and Leggett, tackles, and Halbert and Johnston, guards, and Crawford, was the best thing that could be presented to the fans. This bunch of Bears, seven of which are playing their first year, held the Tallulah Trojans for four downs on the one yard line, only to be scored on later by a pass in the closing minutes of play.
Tallulah received the opening kickoff and returned to their own 20 where they were forced to punt and then the Bears took the ball and marched down the field but failed to score. Then Ingram intercepted a Tallulah pass and ran it back to the Tallulah ten yard line, where again the Bears fumbled their opportunity to score.
The half ended with the Bears in possession of the ball on the Tallulah 22 yard line.
The second half was a thriller. First one team then another would be in position to counter but the strong defenses which the two teams offered would bog down the polished offenses of the two teams at the critical moment and the other team would march into a threatening position.
Finally with only two minutes and 45 seconds left to go, Cagnolatti of Tallulah intercepted Wood's pass to Ingram and ran it back to the Delhi 40 yard line. Then with the Trojans coming out of the huddle on the run and snapping into a set formation, Coad passed to Morton deep in Delhi territory and so high that Morton barely touched it on his leap but held it and carried it over for a touchdown. The try for point was blocked by seven Delhi Bears. The Bears received and made a desperate last bid for a tie and possibly a win, carrying the ball deep into Tallulah territory, but time was not long enough and the game ended the battle.
Mangham Beats Tallulah 18-0
Dragons Earn Crack At Class A Crown As Result Of Victory
MANGHAM, La.. Nov. 22.—(Special) —Mangham earned an opportunity to contest the Class A championship of north Louisiana by decisively defeating the strong Tallulah Trojans by a score of 18-0 on the local field this afternoon.
Mangham showed a powerful line and a deceptive backfield, which passed and ran their plays all around the Trojans. The first score was made by L. Booth, who grabbed a partially-blocked punt and ran 50 yards for the touchdowns. A pass to Piro and another to McConnell paved the way for the second score. The third touch-down came as the result of an intercepted pass by L. Booth, who carried to the one yard line before being stopped, from where it was shoved over by D. Booth.
The Tallulah team presented a strong line and a pair of halfbacks that were consistent in their defensive and offensive playing. The stellar playing of G. Piro, fullback for the Mangham Dragons, kept the Tallulah team from making much headway.
Tallulah Loses Game To Mangham By 18-0
Victory Entitles Mangham To Place In Class A Playoff
The Tallulah Trojans lost to Mangham Friday by a score of 18 to 0. Although several of the first string players were out with injuries, the team played a nice game, but were not strong enough to hold the Mangham eleven.
The Dragons made their first score in the first quarter, on a partially blocked punt, which was recovered by a Mangham player who ran fifty yards for a touchdown. They failed to convert. In the second quarter the play was fairly even, with neither team getting in scoring position.
With the aid of long passes and short plunges, the Dragons crossed the Trojans' goal line twice in the third quarter, but failed both times to make the extra point. In the last quarter the Trojans settled down and held them to short gains, and neither team got into scoring position.
This game entitles Mangham to be considered in the Class A play-off this year, as they have won five Class A games, tied two, and lost none.
RAYVILLE MEETS TALLULAH TEAM
Hornets Hope To Close Season With Win Over Trojans Thursday
RAYVILLE, La., Nov. 26.—(Special) —The Rayville high school Hornets will complete their 1935 campaign when they tangle with the Tallulah high school Trojans at Tallulah on Thanksgiving day.
The game with the Trojans will end the hardest, most extensive campaign ever attempted by a Rayville eleven. The Hornets will have played eleven games this year when they finish at Tallulah. With only four dependable men at the start of the season, the locals lost their first four games in succession to Ferriday, Haynesville, Dubach and Bolton, all powerful elevens that have good records for the year. They then came up to beat Delhi's Bears, tie Mangham, which is claiming an undefeated record in Class A, and beat Winnsboro and Oak Grove. They fell before the powerful Ouachita Lions a couple of weeks ago but came back to trim the Rams of Bastrop last week. The record thus far is five defeats, four victories and a tie. A victory over the Trojans, who have been slipping the past few weeks, would give the Hornets an even break for the year.
The game with the Trojans will be one of the Hornets' hardest of the year, but the Trojans will be nearer their weight than any team the locals have met this season and Coach John Whatley is planning an attack for his charges that may upset the Trojan war horse.
Alternate-Captain Meeks, Hornet fullback, will be playing his last game with the Hornets against the Trojans. He has been a consistent ground gainer for the locals and will be sorely missed next season. Captain Meadors, tackle, is making a strong bid for all-state honors and will attempt to strengthen his claim Thursday.
Donald, guard, was crippled in the Ouachita game and may not see action. Either Landrum or Izner will start in his place. Nickols and Wigginton, first string ends, are still injured and if they have not recovered by game time, Scheeler and Statham, 125 pound substitutes, will start instead.
Dickens, guard Leary, tackle; Carey O'Neal, center, and Carlyle O'Neal quarterback, will all be ready to take their usual places.
TALLULAH WHIPS RAYVILLE, 52-0
Trojans Close Season In Spectacular Victory Over Hornets
TALLULAH, La., Nov. 29.—(Special)-The Tallulah Trojans were in a scoring mood Thursday and downed the Rayville Hornets by a score of 52-0 before a large Thanksgiving crowd.
The local eleven started scoring in the first three minutes as M. Cagnolatti with the aid of his brother made it possible for Coad to run 24 yards and a goal to give the Trojans their first tally.
Not only did Tallulah outplay their rivals but they completely outclassed them in every department, The Rayville line could not check the fast charging Trojans who had been crippled for the last six weeks.
W. Cagnolatti, Morton and M. Cagnolatti were too much for the visitors as each gained on every play, M. and W. Cagnolatti averaging 8 yards per try, with Morton running a kickoff for 50 yards. Coad proved to be what the locals needed when he plunged over the Rayville line time after time for an average of 4 yards. The Trojan line was invincible.
This ended Coach M. A. Phillips' season with a record that had not been blemished until this year in Class A competition and Thursday's victory assured him of a strong eleven for the coming season.
Rayville Pos. Tallulah
Nickols LE C. Wade
Leary LT Newman
Dickens LG Byron
Carlyle O'Neal C Scurria
Donald RG Jones
Meadows RT Alexander
Wigginton RE Taylor
Curey O'Neal QB W. Cagnolatti
Savage LH Morton
Adcock RH M. Cagnolatti
Meeks FB Coad
Rayville 0 0 0 0— 0
Tallulah 14 14 18 6—52
First downs: Tallulah 14, Rayville 6. Officials: Barbour (Ole Miss), referee; Arnold (N. E. C.), umpire; Devine (L. S. U.), head linesman.
Scoring touchdowns: Tallulah, Coad (2), Morton (2). M. Cagnolatti (2), W. Cagnolatti, Bourne. Points after touchdowns: W. Cagnolatti (2), Morton.