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SPIRIT OF J VFERSON ADVOCATE SECTION B--SPORTS PAGE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1961 NEWS BY MAX BROWN PATROL JUDGE :Norman 'Junior' Corbin will replace Donald 'Dmmie' as one of the patrol judges at popular Shenan- Downs when the track opens it's 24-night Fall of Racing on Monday. ------o-- HAS SLIGHT INJURY John Skinner, defensive center and line'backrr for the Virginia University Mountaineer football eleven, a slight injury to his hip in last Saturday night's test with the Vanderbilt Commodores when no than eight of the regulars came down with injuries will probably keel) most of them out of the con- with Syracuse on Saturday... o STARTS FOR FRESHMEN Danny Eismon, one of the finest all-around athletes to came out of Charles Town High School, started left end and played the greater portion of the game the WVU Freshmen defeated Fairmont State Fresh- 19 to 7 Monday night at Fairmont... Eimson was to gain the attention of the coaches and fans with his stellar defensive work and would have had an TD if the quarterback had noticed him standing alone in the end zone, waiting for the pigskin... .0 COACH GEORGE WILSON of the Detroit football the team which edged the Baltimore Colts in a ding-dong thriller last Sunday, has always preached his players that the game isn't over until the offi- have let the air out of the footballs... O NOW A PRINCIPAL ,ROGER KOONTZ, the unpredictable catcher for the Town Legion baseball club several years back, now doing a splendid job as principal of the Middle- (Va.) High School... ------.o------ TO SOUND FOOTBALL WHILE HE WAS very proud of the way in which his handled Petersburg here last Saturday, Coach Sims said that until the entire squad learns a little about the fundamentals of the gazne {football)--- )lans to stick to only sound football. "There'll be if any razzle- dazzle until we are ready," the ge- chap who has been winning friends by the hun- ever since he arrived in Charles Town said this "There is plenty of work to be done and we'll easy and take our time in an effort to make the basic work as they should." "I think we'll come around and I am pleased with the spirit of the squad," said as he sent the team through a spirited practice Wednesday afternoon... Boonsboro will be next b_.Panthers and if they come up with the same of football which they gave out with last week, :their record will be .500---2 wins against 2 set- when the sun goes down Saturday evening... -----.o------- HOOS' WIN ! H-U-R-R-A-H ! l 'JIM MASON, Ed McDonald and Bill Perry, supp6rters years of the University of Virginia and it's team, saw the Cavaliers break into the victory last Saturday under their new coach Bill Elias. arrived back home Saturday night and the first thing Mason said to Manning Smith early Monday morning :,bring on your Blue Devils, Smith--and, you won't give me any points this time, either. Virginia tke clash in the Tobacco Bowl Saturday in Rich- and this will be a real toughie for Elias' boys to O ALBERT J. BENNETT, better known to his many Hagerstown and this area as 'AI', is now general for the Antietam Paper Company in Hagers- where he is doing the same splendid job that he in for the old Hagerstown Owls and Packets the baseball diamond... EFFORT BY PANTHERS YES, INDEED---it most certainly was a team effort last SatUrday in the blazing 90 degree sun at Legion as the Purple Panthers hit pay-dirt and the vic- column for the first time this season. The entire squad, every man sent into the contest by Coach turned in a superb effort and we might add, the :rs were a fired-up outfit with their sure and of Petersburg ball carriers... And, we certain that there's more to come this season of the and brand of football which the Sims-coached put on for the fans last Saturday... AGAINST LEGION IF THE CINCINNATI Reds make it all the way, and little doubt now that they will do just that, one starting pitchers will be a chap who pitched the Charles Town Legion back in 1949-50 when Walters was holding down the shortstop post locals. His name is Bob Purkey, the hard-throw- rj hthander who worked several games against the when he (Purkey) was stationed at nearby Fort And, you can believe us, he never found the 1'URN TO PAGE 2--B TURN TO PAGE 2--B little track in the world THE IRON HORSE MILE September 22t 1961 This week's feature racing e~,ent at Shenandoah Dawns is the first run- ning of the Iron Horse Mile . . . o salute tO Alerted, the Iron Horse of the early 1950% Alerted will be shown under tack prior to the race. The Iron Horse Mile marks another step in the move to major thorough- bred racine at Shenandoah Downs. IIENAI'kTD 0 kll do v-r s | | Winner of Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Race at Shenandoah Downs Gets Platter After being held scoreless and winless in their first two encoun ters this season the Charles Town High Panthers roared to a 19-7 victory over the Petersburg High Vikings on the Charles Town I,eg ion field. The Panthers, who have been showing steady improvement de- fensively with each game, stop- )ed the Vikings on the ground and in the air, turning two pass interceptions into scores and call mg upon their improved offense for the third score. The smallest crowd to witness a high school football game in Charles Town in several seasons, stood in the 90 degree heat and watched their Panthers roll with more offensive power than at any time this season. Coach Kenny Sims' Panthers certainly atoned Saturday for their lack of offensive punch in the past two games, when they rolled up 117 yards rushing at scrimmage and even completed a pass for a total 10 yards. Scored First The Panthers scored their first touchdown of the season early in the first period the first time !they gained possession of the + ball. The Panther line set the stage for the first Charles Town score, however, when they held the Vik- ings for downs after the opening kickoff. Then on the 11th offen- sive play which Charles Town ran, Steve Willingham, who with Don Ballenger were the workhor- ses for the Panthers, crashed into paydirt from the 5-yard line. The Panthers had gained poss- ession of the ball on the Peters- burg 37 following a Viking punt. Then with Tommy Crane, Steve Witlingham and Don Ballenger, alternating at carrying the ball they moved for three consecutive first downs to the Petersburg 5 from where Wfflingham scoxed: When Joe DeNault, Petersburg halfback blocked Doyle's attemp- ted placekick it was 6-0 for Char les Town. A fumble by Steve Willingham of a Petersburg punt minutes la- ter, however, proved the break which put the Vikings right back into the ball game. Earl Alt re- covered the fumbled punt on the Charles Town 17 with only about a minute of play left in the first period. Ten plays and a penalty later the Vikings had scored with DeNaolt going over from two yards" out. When Ketterman made good the placekick Peters- burg had a 7-6 lead. Up'To Defensive Team From then' until the end of the first half it was the Charles Town defensive team which had to sweat it out trying to hold the Vikings in check. Once the Vik. ings did threaten when they mov ed to the Charles Town 21 yarO line, but here the Panther defen- se held. With only about a minute of play left in the third period and trailing by a 7-6 score, Willing- ham redeemed himself for his punt fumble earlier in the game when he snared Shaf-fer's pass at the midfield stripe and returned it to the Petersburg 40. The Pan- thers also had the good fortune to gain another break on this same play when the Vikings were pen- alized 15 yards for piling on and the ball was moved to the Peters burg 25 yard stripe. The first four plays of the last quarter with Ballenger, Willingham, Snow and Specht carrying the pigskin in that order, the Panthers mov- ed to the Petersburg six from where Steve Willingham again scored. This time John Snow, who had replaced Tommy Crane in the Panther backfield, bulled his way through the center of the Petersburg line for the extra point and it was 13-7 for Charles Town. Late in the fourth period the Vikings backed up almost against 'their own goal line and trailing by six points, tried desperation passes and one of them Was taken off by John Snow to set the stage for the third and final Charles Town score. After Snow's inter- ception on the Petersburg six- yard line, Ballenger was thrown for a five yard loss, Willingham moved to the nine and then on the third play Coach Kenny Sims sent in the word to run a reverse and Ballenger skirted the left end for nine yards and the score. Tom Doyle's try for the extra point via place kick was no good. In the few waning minutes of the game Petersburg again tried to move through the air, but a fumble occurred and Bobby Ner hood recovered to give the Pan- thers possession of the ball. They still had it when the game ended. Turn To Page 2---B --By-- DON RENTCH lm m Back in mid-August when most of the scholastic coaches of the section and area were at the foot of football's wailing wall trying to figure out what to do about the victims the 1960 graduations claimed, Charles Town High's new head football coach Kenny Sims looked over his crop of some 30 inexperienced fobtball candid. ates and said: "We'll just have to start building a new team. How long that will take is anybody's guess. But I think by the early part of October we should be showing signs of being a represen tative football team." By the time the 1962 season rolls around and this fine crop of sophomores have had a year's experience we should be able to play 'right a- long with the rest of our opposit- ion and two years from now we should have a real fine football team," Coach Sims declared. Af- ter the Panther's fine exhibition Saturday against Petersburg, there can be no question, but that Coach Sims has, with patten ice and hard work, brought his en tirely green and new team a long way down the road to at least some measure of success this sea son. Coach Sims, who came out of the mountains of Pocahontas County where in the past he has turned out some of the state's top Class "A" football teams, in- cluding several in the undefeat- ed class, has gone through many such re-building programs as the one which faces him here at Char les Town. And consequently when he looked over. his 1961 Panther squad, he knew exactly what was facing him and how to go about getting the job done. First Kenny spent hours and days getting acquainted with his grid proteges and learning their potential as football players, Af- ter three weeks of working with a squad of boys which he had never seen before and who had never seen him, Coach Sims, with invalua+ble assistance and sugges. tions from his assistant coach Bill Jordan, molded a team which turned in a fine ground defensive game in their 1961 opener again- st a good Romney High team which has sailed through three consecutive victories. Coach Sims was not entirely pleased with the team's defensive play, particul. arly against passes and for the next week he drilled his squad entirely on defensive play. Again st a great Keyser High team the following Friday his Panthers- showed great improvement. With his defense pretty well advanced, Coach Sims decided to start teach ing his boys some offensive plays. And Saturday the Panthers not only gave their best defensive show of the 1961 season, but they also showed they can move the football on the ground. In fact they did both so well they upset the Vikings and gained revenge for that 6-6 tie which Petersburg held them to last year. * * * ~ * HARD LUCK JINX If there was a trophy being of- fered the team encountering the most hard luck during the season it would unquestionably go to the Charles Town High Panthers this season. Not in the history of foot ball at Charles Town has so mtany boys on one football team been taken out of action by becoming victims of broken arms or brok en legs. Tuesday afternoon the fourth Panther player was lost to the team for the remainder of the year when Tom Shirley, a re serve defensive end, suffered a broken arm on defensive play. :Larry Peer, a reserve lineman was the first to be taken out of action for the season when he suf fered a broken leg in the first Turn To Page 2--B Tuesday night, September 19, was Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce night at Shenandoah Downs race track and some 120 members, their wives and husbands enjoyed dinner on the starlight terrace at the track. Following the dinner the group settled back for an evening of racing, forgoing any business matters pertaining to the C. of C. Before the evening ended Shirley M. Hunt, presi- dent of the organization, went to the winners circle and presented a silver platter to the owner of the horse which won the Chamber of Commerce purse, st special race having been run in honor of the C. of C. The ~tbove picture shows the winning horse "Hill Girt," stnd those who were in the winner's circle for the presentation of the platter. They are, left to right:--Hstrold (Chuck} Kisner, Vice President Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. Kisner Brooke Blackford, Executive Secretary; Mrs. Shirley Hunt; President Shirley Hunt" Owner Robert Greer of Pstnoramst Fstrm; Jockey William Liddle, and Trainer Thomas O. Rawlings. Although they staged a brill-' iant last half rally which produc- ed two touchdowns, it was not good enough for the tIarpers Fer ry High Tigers to offset five cost AI ly misfakes they made in the first r half and they went down to a 25- 12 defeat at the bands of the Musselman High team Friday af ternoon at Inwood. Unlike in their two previous games when they played their op positi0n on even terms in the first half and faltered in the stret ch, the Tigers, this time had a bad beginning and came on strong in the late stages. BY DON RENTCH .-.--.----. While there are still a few win less scholastic football teams in the section and area, the ranks were thinned somewhat the past weekend when such teams as Hedgesville, Charles Town, Hand It was the third consecutive de I ley High of Winchester, Va. and An intercepted Harpers Ferry ]Shepherd College, another big pass on the game's first scrim-IProgram of gridiron excitement mage play, set the stage for Muslis on tap, and once again we will selman to opening the game's ltry to predict what an un-predic- scoring. Six plays later the Apple I table oblong ball will do in tak- men had completed a 41 yard ling it's weekly bounces on the sec march into paydirt, with a seven yard' pass play from Eddie Fidd- ler to Tom Wright pi'oducing the touchdown. Another Pass Interception Late in the first period another pass interception by Musselman set up the second touchdown. Coach Steve Ripley's boys started from their own 35 late in the first period and ten plays later and in the early part of the sec- ond period, Musselman had it's second touchdown, with Jimmy Guess going in from three yards out. About midway of the second period Eugene Dunham recover. ed a Tiger fumble on the Harpers Ferry 22 and in four plays Mus. selman had scored it's third touchdown, with Grove phmging from three yards out for tl~ TD. Just before the half ended Mus sehnan stopped a Harpers Ferry Turn To Page 2--.B tional and area football fields. Turning first to the Friday af- ternoon action we see Musselman taking the measure of Shepherds- town on the Inwood school field by a 25-6 score. The winless Harpers Ferry High Tigers will go into Morgan county to battle the Berkeley+ Springs High Indians who also l~ave yet to meet with success this season in four games. And while this will be a clo~ one, the Tigers will have to be given the nod. Lets say 13-6. in the big ones Saturday, the Boonsboro High gridmen will be at the Legion field in Charles Town. Coach Kenny Sims' Pan- thers are roaring to go now and they are.expected to make it two in a row with a 20-6 win over the Marylanders. The Hedgesville High Eagles broke their 23 game losing streak last Friday against Shepherds- for your RM! through You get more money for all your grain when you market it through Southern States. Complete satisfac- tion guaranteed. . Market prices Accurate we,ghts Correct grading Prompt payment Fast, efficient service Savings returned as patronage refunds Get Prices Here Today! SOUTHERN STATES ' CHARLF.S TOWN COOP[RATIVE PHONE 443 RANSON, W. VA. At Musselman ay Engagements With the 1961 scholastic foot- ball season moving to the half- way mark this weekend there will be nmre interesting and exciting battles on tap Friday and Satur- day in this section and area than at any time'thiss eason. There will be at least three bal tles waged in this section Friday afternoon which holds local in- terest, three more Saturday af- ternoon and one Saturday night. The big ones for Jefferson County fans Friday will be taking place at Musselman High School at Inwood and at Berkeley Springs in Morgan County. The Shepherdslown High Car- dinals, with a 1-1 record, will move into Musselman for a bi- county battle with the Mussel- man ttigh gridmen who also hold a 1-1 record on the season. The Cardinales defeated tlar- pers Ferry 8-6 in their opening game and then dropped a 7.0 de- cision last week to the Hedges- ville tIigh Eagles at Shepherds. town last Friday. Both teams are laden with vet eran players and both have shown defensive power in the past two battles. The Ripley-eoached Mus selman boys have, however, shown more offensive punch than the Cardinals and it may be this edge that it will decide the issue in favor of Musselman. At Berkeley Springs, the Har- pers Ferry Tigers, who have sur- prised everyone in all three of their outings this season, are ex- pected to give the Berkeley Springs Indians a rough time ()f it, but it's doubtful if they have enough offensive punch to break their losing string. This will be a battle between two wiriles~ teams, witl( Berkeley Springs ex peeled to break into lhe ~,iclory column this week. Another Friday battle which will be watched closely by ,l(,ffer son courtly grid fans will be file Clarke County-Central game at Berryville Fr'iday night. ('oat*|t Don Maphis' Clarke County Eag. les have already rolled Lip nlol'e points in their two ~'ames thin season than any other s('holaslic team in the seelion or area and they are expected to keep right on rolling along in lhis battle. Turning to lhe Salur(lay action the Legion field in Charles Town will be the scene of lhe biggest attraction of the day with the Charles Town High Panthers play ing host to the Boonsboro tligh Warriors in a Bi-State Conferen- ce battle at 2 p. m. Coach Kenny Sims' Panthers broke their losing jinx last Satur day in beating Petersbur2 and they will be going all out to even their seasonal record at 2 and 2 when they meet the Warriors, who hold a victo~~ over Harpers Ferry and a loss to Gaithersburg, Md. ~Coach ,lira Taylor will take his Page Jackson High Spartans to Arlington, Va. for another rough engagement, this time against the Hoffman-Boslon club+ It will be a morning game, set for 10:30. Saturday night a lol of Jeffer- son County grid fans will be wat thing with interest to see ~hat happens when the Martinsbut'g High Bulldogs and the South tta gerstown High Rebels tangle at 8 p. m. in South ttagerstown High stadium. town, but we don't think they will be able to extend this win streak any further this Saturday when they go to Hancock, Md. to meet the top team in the Bi-State Conference. It could be Hancock by a 20.6 score. Page Jackson High o~ Charles Town will again be on the road this Saturday and Coach Jim Tar lor's boys will face oppososition as rugged as they have in the past two weeks in Hoffman-Bos- ton of Arlington, Va. Looks like a 19-6 win for the Virginians. Saturday night the Martins- burg High Bulldogs who have not won in two times'out this season, will go into Rebel territory arid do battle with the South Ilagers town tiigh Rebels who have shown a lot of power in ibeir games t6 date. Both ttagerstown and Martinsburg have strong, or elevens than last >ear when they battled to a 7 7"tie. It ap. pears, however, in performances of the two teams to date that South tlagerst(~wn must t)e given the nod in this one' by a 20-14 score. And this is the way it could happen in other Friday action a- Turn To Page 2---B Next To Postoffice Charles Town, W. Va,