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DECEMBER 14, 1966
BULLDOG CAGE TEAM IS OFF TO SUCCESSFUL START
FOOTBALL SQUAD FINISHES 7-1-2
The 1965 Gardner-Webb football
season was certainly a successful
one as the Buldogs finished the sea
son with a 7-1-2 record and a share
of two conference championships.
The Buldogs won the W C J C A C
crown over Lees-McRae, the onlv
other team playing football, and tied
Ferrum for the title in Region 10
The Bulldogs stopped Lees-McRae
twice, Chowan twice, Hargrave,
Davidson, Furman, tied Carolina
Military and Ferrum, which was the
number one junior college team in
the nation at that time, and lost the
last game of the year to the fresh
men of Citadel.
Several individual players receiv
ed honors after the season on the
All-Region 10 team and NJCAA
The most outstanding player on
tlie squad according to the post-sea-
son polls was Roy Thompson, a star
on both offense and defense.
Thompson was an outstanding of
fensive end leading the team in re
ceptions and passing yardage.
Thompson was also a fierce com
petitor on defense and scored ten
points while playing with the de
fenders en a pass interception for
a touchdown and two safeties. For
all these efforts, he was named as
an honorable mention on the All-
America team and was a unanimous
choice for All-Region Ten honors.
Also named to the All-Region
team was John Taylor and Tom
Gillis. Taylor played both ways for
the Bulldogs at offensive guard and
defensive linebacker. Taylor, who
weighs 160 lbs. made up for his
size with determination. Taylor
ranked high in the conference as
he tallied on a pass interception, a
fumble recovery and a blocked punt.
Tom Gillis was the third Bulldog
to win All-Region honors, Gillis was
also a two-way man as he started
at offensive halfback and at defen
sive linebacker. Gillis led the team
in rushing with 507 yardsin 155
'^^These were just three reasons why
the Buldogs had one of their best
records in several years.
C-W DOMINATES ALL-WCJCAC TEAM
Gardner-Webb College’s Bulldogs
dominated the All-WCJCAC Team
for the second season in a row by
placing six men on the team.
Foster McLane, a 6’1”, 205 lb.
tackle, anchored the Bulldog line on
both offense and defense.
Jerry Eskew, a 5’10” end from
Tommy Thompson, 5’10”, 170 lb.
end from Mooresville, rounded out
the linemen named to the team^
Thompson was one of the
the conference at end on both of
fense and defense, and was named
as an honorable mention for All-
Bobby Spain, 6’, 175 lb. fullback,
received honors from the backfield.
Spain led the team in scoring.
Tony Mauldin, 5’10”, 180 lbs.,
completed the team. Tony was out
standing in the defensive backfield.
John Taylor was voted the most
valuable player by the team; Foster
McLane, the Best Lineman; and
Tommy Thomason for Sportsman-
Gardner-Webb College’s Bulldogs,
ranked 19th in the nation in NJCAA
pre-season rankings, are off to a
roaring start toward another suc
cessful season. The Bulldogs have
overpowered the first five foes they
have faced and have emerged as one
of the teams to beat in the Western
Carolinas Junior College Confer-
The Bulldogs are coached by Ed
die Holbrook, now in his third sea
son as head coach. Since taking over
the reins of the Bulldogs, Holbrook
has produced two winning teams
and the first basketball crown in
the history of the school last year.
This season Coach Holbrook is be
ing assisted by Ken Daves. Coach
Daves was a successful coach at
East Rutherford High School and
last season at Oakland Elementary
Holbrook, who sports a 37-16 re
cord at G-W, guided last year’s team
to the conference championship
with a 11-1 in the family and 22-6
One of Holbrook’s biggest tasks
this season was to replace last years
leading point maker, Dennis Child
ress. This was accomplished when
he recruited Laurence “Sonny”
Johnson from New York City. John
son is currently the leading scorer
and has also assisted in many point
plays. Johnson played for Laurin-
burg Institute of Laurinburg, N. C.,
before coming to Gardner-Webb.
Although the squad has several
freshmen players, it also has five
returnees who add experience to
the club. Drew Bridges is starting
at one guard position with Johnson
at the other. Bridges, from Hilde-
bran saw considerable action on
last year’s squad. He was voted to
the all-tournament team in the con
ference tournament at Forest City.
Alsoback from last year’s champ
ions is Rudy Reeves. Reeves, of Can
ton, saw action in every game after
Christmas holidays last year and
adds rebounding strength to the
! Mike Tolley, a hard-working
guard from Greensboro; Cleve. Ray-
field, a forward from Stanley and
an injury victim from last year and
George Poston from Canton, a
strong shooting forward from Can
ton, are also returning players.
Freshmen players on the team
have contributed greatly to the win
ning affect thus far. Other than
Johnson, the team includes, David
Brown of Purclear who is the tallest
man on the squad at 6 ft. 6 in.
Brown has been a big factor in
Gardner-Webb wins thus far.
Aly Lizza, a small 5’7” guard
from Oyster Bay, Long Island, had
a good shot at a starting position
until he injured his ankle. Dick
Mazoyer, a highly regarded basket
ball player from Huntington, N. Y.,
adds depth at the guard slot.
Karl Neilson of Miami Springs,
Fla., has been a terror on defense
during thee first five games and is
an outstanding jumper.
Jim Moody of Nebo, a good re
bounding forward; Jim Wilmoth, of
Dobson and Lou Flores, an all
around athlete from Brookyln, N.
Y., should also see some duty.
Coach Eddie Holbrook had a cau
tious view of the season before it
began and pointed to reliance on
freshmen as a possible problem.
When talking about the club he
stated, “You know it’s our toughest
schedule in history. It includes the
freshman units of Wake Forest,
Davidson and Furman as well as
the always tough clubs in our con
ference. We’re going to depend on
inexperienced freshmen and as a
result will lose some games, espec
ially early in the season.” The con
servative coach should be well plea
sed with the teams performance
Bost Gymnasium will be the
scene of a holiday tournament Dec.
16 and 17 with the Bulldogs playing
host to three teams. Ferrum of Fer
rum, Wa., Brewton-Parker of Mt.
Vernon, Ga., and Cumberland of
Lebanon, Tenn., will be on hand
to vie for the tournament champion-
lOHNSON SCORES — Here is
just one of the reasons why the
Bulldogs were undefeated through
ttheir first six contests. “Sonny”
has scored 20 or more points m
four of these games to lead the
Bulldogs. He also has developed
into a fine team leader.
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