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The ECHO Yearbook (Spring 1957)

Yellow Jackets Close First Year in a Blaze of Glory

From The ECHO (Spring 1957):

"Closing out their first year of football, the Sprayberry Yellow Jackets rode to victory, dropping only [one game] and tying one.

Lack of adequate equipment, a playing field, and experience were handicaps overcome by the fighting Jackets.  The fine [coaches] and their unending faith in the team, the wonderful support of the parents, teachers, and students added much to the success of the team.

This is our football team and we are justly proud of them.  We hope that this year's success will be their first stepping stone to a greater team next season.

Three players were named to the All-County Team.  Richard Baker and Harlin Davis made the First Team, while Neil Martin was named to the Second Team.  Baker gained 100 yards with 2 intercepted passes and a 40-yard return.  Davis, a halfback, scored 5 touchdowns and 33 points for the season.

Homes games were played at Marietta's Northcutt Stadium.


Sprayberry - 0, Cumming - 0

Sprayberry - 26, Barnesville - 7

Sprayberry - 6, Cumming - 21

Sprayberry - 19, Johnson (Rome) - 7

Sprayberry - 37, Cleveland - 6

Sprayberry - 14, East Fannin - 0"

[Sprayberry - 13, South Cobb - 9] Editor's Note: The 1957 ECHO refers to Forsyth County (now Forsyth-Central) as "Cumming," to Gordon Military College as "Barnesville," and to White County as "Cleveland."  The 1957 ECHO also mentions the above undated 13-9 victory over "South Cobb's Bees" (see article at right above). 

Sprayberry Wins Over South Cobb's Bees, 13-9

From The ECHO (Spring 1957):

"Sprayberry's Yellow Jackets won a tense, exciting game Saturday night over South Cobb's Bees, 13-9.  Harlin Davis, the Co-Captain for this game, scored the first touchdown of the evening.

John Kirby played an improved ball game, catching a quick pass down the middle from Martin, and was able to score the second touchdown of the game.

Our line was alert and in fine form.  The Bees penetrated deep into our territory, but were stopped on two determined goal line stands by the Jackets.

Richard Baker, Tom Allred, and Leroy McCleskey were very outstanding in their positions as they fought diligently to keep the Bees back."

Football Team Holds Buffet, Dance Party

From The ECHO (Spring 1957):

"A gathering of the football players, cheerleaders, and dates was held Saturday night, November 17, and was sponsored by the football coaches.

Supper was served and then a dance was held in the gym.  Practically all the football players were present, and three of the eight cheerleaders attended.

Coach Aaron announced at the dance that all football players would letter with some Seniors receiving a sweater along with their letter."

1956 Football Season