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Thomasville - 1974  State Champion GHSA  AAA

THOMASVILLE 26, LAKESIDE 20
Date: Dec. 14, 1974
Site: Thomasville
Coaches: Jim Hughes (Thomasville) and Wayman Creel (Lakeside)

SCORING
Thomasville: 7-13-6-0--26
Lakeside: 6-0-0-14--20

First Quarter:
Lakeside - O'Neal, 4 yd run, (kick failed)
Thomasville - William Andrews, 3 yd run (Peeples kick)

Second Quarter:
Thomasville - Andrews 15 pass from Cannady (bad snap on PAT)
Thomasville - Hadley 50 interception return (Peeples kick)

Third Quarter:
Thomasville - Andrews 45 pass from Cannady (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter:
Lakeside - Childs 3 run (Brien kick)
Lakeside - Spur 29 pass from Brien (Brien kick)

GAME SUMMARY
For the second time in two years, Thomasville had a big lead in the title game only to allow their opponent back in the contest late in the game.

After forcing the Vikings to punt, Thomasville's Clifford Kirbo attempted to field a punt around the Thomasville 13 and fumbled it back to Lakeside. Four plays later, Lakeside hit paydirt and closed the gap 26-13.

After exchanging a series of punts, the Vikings put the ball in play on the 49 yard line. They proceeded to march down the field to the Bulldog 29. While being pulled down by a Bulldog defender, Lakeside's Brien somehow managed to complete a pass to Frank Speer, who made an unbelievable catch in the endzone to bring the score to 26-20. After an unsuccessful onside attempt by Lakeside, Thomasville was back in business only to see Andrews fumble back to Lakeside on the very next play, after a 6 yard run. The Vikings had the ball on the 45 yard line with 1:40 left in the game.

Thomasville's defense again rose to the occasion and Mike Gammons sacked Henderson to give Thomasville the ball back with 18 seconds left.


First downs: Thomasville-6, Lakeside-18
Yards rushing: Thomasville-138, Lakeside-167
Yards passing: Thomasville-79, Lakeside-195
Total offense: Thomasville-217, Lakeside-362
Passes: Thomasville-4/6, Lakeside-13/33
Passes intercepted by: Thomasville-3, Lakeside-1
Punts: Thomasville-6/32, Lakeside-4/33
Fumbles lost: Thomasville-3, Lakeside-0
Penalties: Thomasville-2/24, Lakeside-6/60

Game notes:

For the second time in two years, Thomasville had a big lead in the title game only to allow their opponent back in the contest late in the game.

After forcing the Vikings to punt, Thomasville's Clifford Kirbo attempted to field a punt around the Thomasville 13 and fumbled it back to Lakeside. Four plays later, Lakeside hit paydirt and closed the gap 26-13.

After exchanging a series of punts, the Vikings put the ball in play on the 49 yard line. They proceeded to march down the field to the Bulldog 29. While being pulled down by a Bulldog defender, Lakeside's Brien somehow managed to complete a pass to Frank Speer, who made an unbelievable catch in the endzone to bring the score to 26-20.

After an unsuccessful onside attempt by Lakeside, Thomasville was back in business only to see Andrews fumble back to Lakeside on the very next play, after a 6 yard run. The Vikings had the ball on the 45 yard line with 1:40 left in the game.

Thomasville's defense again rose to the occasion and Mike Gammons sacked Henderson to give Thomasville the ball back with 18 seconds left.



AAA – THOMASVILLE (12-1) Coach: Jim Hughes; key players: William Andrews RB (all-state Back of the Year), Roscoe Mitchell FB, Jack Canady QB, Clifford Kerbo FL
Sept. 6 Tift County 40-0 W team ranked #1
Sept. 13 Albany 34-20 W
Sept. 20 Westover 50-0 W
Sept. 27 Valdosta 40-0 W
Oct. 4 Crisp County 42-21 W
Oct. 11 Bainbridge 28-6 W
Oct. 25 Dougherty 20-27 L team falls to #4, Wheeler is the new #1
Nov. 1 Monroe 27-22 W
Nov. 8 Moultrie 14-9 W team still #4 at 8-1
Nov. 15 Lowndes Co. 41-0 W team to #3
Nov. 29 Groves 33-14 W at home
Dec. 6 Columbus 28-14 W at home
Dec. 14 Lakeside 26-20 W at home

FINAL RANKING
1.
Thomasville 12-1
2.
Lakeside 11-3 (beat Henderson 14-3 at DM, Griffin 36-35 at G, and Wheeler 13-7 at Tara)
3. Wheeler 12-1 (beat Northside 35-14 on Nov. 30 at
Tara, lost to Lakeside on Dec. 7)
4.
Columbus 11-1 (beat Richmond 13-7 at home on Nov. 29 and lost to Thomasville)
5.
Griffin 10-2 (beat Rockdale Co. 27-7 at home on Nov. 22, lost to Lakeside on Nov. 29)
6.
Groves 11-1 (beat Wayne Co. 45-28 at home on Nov. 22, lost at Thomasville)
7.
Warner Robins 9-1
8. Richmond Acad. 9-2 (lost to
Columbus)
9. Rockdale Co. 9-2
10. Wayne Co. 8-3

Class AAA All-State: William Andrews (Thomasville Back of the Year), Mike Hubbard (Columbus, LB, Lineman of the Year), Joe Jones (Columbus SE), Doug Johnson (North Clayton DE), Willie Jones (Richmond Academy SE), Mack Guest (Central Macon T), Mike Blanton (Lowndes T), Tommy Parkerson (Lakeside T), Jesse Baker (Rockdale Co. T), John Pagura (Warner Robins G), Robert Shaw (Wheeler C), Mike Klarman (SW DeKalb LB), Mike McQuaig (Waycross LB), Hal Jenkins (Moultrie LB), Ricky McBride (Groves LB), Tom Gary (Clarke Central QB), Willie Jordan (Griffin QB), John O’Neal (Lakeside RB), Ed Guthrie (Wheeler RB), Chip Sanders (SW Macon RB), Bo Thomas (Richmond Academy RB), Mack Green (Dougherty RB)

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