Mathis sparks Dragons to victory over Dallas
The passing arm of quarterback Johnny Mathis moved Pepperell 80 yards down the field in the final two minutes of play Friday night on a touchdown drive that broke 14-14 tie and gave the Dragons a 20-14 victory over Dallas.
Dallas had knotted the score with a march in the third period and had Pepperell backed up at its own 20 with time running out when Mathis started the Dragons on their winning march.
On last down, the cool field general clicked on a 26-yard pass to Jerry Boatner. With a couple of runs spired in to keep the Dallas defense honest, the Dragons moved the chain again. Then on first down, Mathis dropped back in the pocket, rifled a pass down field that Ned Beard took in stride and carried to the six yard line. Mathis then rolled out for the final yardage with just 58 seconds left in the game.
Pepperell drew first blood in Friday’s encounter, scoring in the opening period on a two-yard pass from Mathis to Ricky Stephens. Mathis then passed to Studdard for the PAT to make it 7-0.
Both teams scored in the second period. Pepperell’s tally came when Jerry Hendson tore up the middle, twisted away from two tacklers and scampered 51 yards to paydirt. Mathis ran the extra point.
Dallas came back on a drive that was climaxed when Tim Cole blasted in from three yards out. After the kick, Pepperell’s margin was narrowed 14-7.
Then in the third period, Jimmy Hayes capped another Dallas drive with a three-yard slant into the end zone. Again the kick was good and the score was knotted at 14-all.
This set the stage for the final Pepperell drive.
Mathis clicked on six of 10 passes during the game for 116 yards. Henderson was also cited for his offensive efforts. Defensively Coach Otis Gilbreath praised the play of tackle Robin Harris and end Ned Beard, who made two key tackles behind the line of scrimmage when Dallas was threatening.
Monday, Oct. 15, 1962
You can’t deny it served as good collateral
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – William Griffiths, 21, ran out of gasoline Sunday.
He had enough money to buy a gallon of gasoline but not enough to leave a deposit on the service station’s container.
Police said he solved the problem by taking patrolman Bernard Graff’s sports car from a nearby police station and
leaving it as collateral. Graff said he was just coming out of the police station when he spotted Griffiths putting the car back in the parking lot.
Graff collared Griffiths and charged him with larceny of an auto. Police said Griffiths is listed as AWOL from Ft. Gordon, Ga.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1962
Polk ‘widows luncheon’ unique, unusual event
ROCKMART – One of the most unusual parties ever given in Rockmart, and one which brought a note of cheer and friendliness of spirit to those who were privileged to attend was when Mrs. Parks A. Durham entertained at a “Widows Luncheon” at her hospitable home on Heard Street.
The occasion assembled friends of the hostess from over the city, and heading the list of those who assisted in receiving and entertaining was her 89-year-old mother, Mrs. N.A. White, affectionately known as “Ma” White to her friends and relatives.
Mrs. Roy Stephens greeted the guests at the door and assisting in serving were Mrs. James Ezzell, Mrs. Jack Isbill, Mrs. H.M. Copeland and Mrs. Grady McBride.
The attractive arrangements used for decoration of the spacious rooms were of fall flowers combined with colorful
pomegranates from the hostess’ garden. After grace by Mrs. Durham, the guests served themselves from buffet tables and were afterwards seated at beautifully appointed tables in the dining room and enclosed porch.
The meal consisted of chicken pie, baked ham, lima beans, fresh turnip greens, corn, beets, candied yams, congealed salad, sliced tomatoes, pear and cheese salad and a variety of relishes with hot rolls and cornbread squares and coffee, topped with ice cream and angel food cake.
Those present included Mrs. T.E. McBryde, Mrs. Gladstone Burnette, Mrs. George Morgan, Mrs. R.L. Campbell, Mrs. Clifton Mundy, Mrs. E.R. Morgan, Mrs. Hugh McRae Sr., Mrs. Florine Fuller, Mrs. Aline Simerville, Mrs. Hermie Lane Selman, Mrs. Bertha Cochran, Mrs. D.P. Schley, Mrs. Roland Campbell, Mrs. J.S. White, Mrs. G.L. Brock, Mrs. D.W. Peacock, Mrs. C.E. Whitehead, Mrs. Carrie Brackett, Mrs. Emma Crawford, Mrs. Minnie Mundy, Mrs. John C. Hendrix, Mrs. Myrtle McKelvey, Mrs. Glover Grimes, Mrs. Silas Lee, Mrs. Mary Lee and Mrs. Adna Hardage, who was accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. E.C. Morgan, of Cedartown.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 1962
East Rome Junior High moving ahead
Throughout the past year, teachers and administrators at East Rome Junior High have been involved in a program, not only of reevaluation of the school and its curriculum, but in action taken to improve the existing standards of the school.
With the opening of classes late in August, the results of the task became an obvious reality. The change has been a success to the extent that several of last year’s dropouts have re-enrolled.
Previously, East Rome Junior High has been rated as an average school and had a very limited curriculum. All seventh grade students were taking English, social studies, arithmetic, science and reading. The eighth graders were taking exactly the same studies, with the addition of a study hall in the library.
This made it difficult for a teacher to take a class group to the library, and the librarian spent her time monitoring 40 or 50 students rather than serving as a librarian. The gymnasium-auditorium was used only for band practice and chapel programs.
This year there are more than audible changes. The first recognized goal was the establishment of an organized physical education program under the direction of a trained instructor. Every able student now participates in the physical fitness program.
All eighth grade students now have an opportunity to take an exploratory half year of typing. One classroom has been designated for the chorus and its work. A crafts class has been started in which the boys learn to use shop tools and the girls learn the fundamentals of sewing and crafts work.
Spanish classes are in progress with the aid of tape recorders, record players and movie projectors. The junior high is putting into a practice a plan which will give students a conversational background of the language to use as a basis when they take regular language classes in high school.
Other changes are the addition of regular reading classes for all students, and the services of a school counselor with a well-equipped office and waiting room. Students have been placed in one of three groups in terms of grades made last year, teacher recommendations and standardized test scores. Such grouping has necessitated a re-study of the grading system to enable it to evaluate satisfactorily the work accomplished on each level.
The planning has not stopped with the addition of new courses. Teachers meet regularly to improve the course content and technique of teaching. Discussions are underway which are aimed to result in the addition of home economics and industrial arts courses.
The faculty of East Rome Junior High School, Mac B. Bolton, the principal, M.S. McDonald, Rome City School superintendent, and the Board of Education are united in their efforts to upgrade the school.