Fair Street High School
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Fair Street Grabs State Title, 13-7
By PHIL JACKSON
Times Sports Editor
Fair Street’s Tigers — sparked by the explosive clutch running of tiny Gene Carrithers — scored early and late here Friday night to defeat a fine Thomasville team, 13-7 and gather their second consecutive Georgia football championship.
With only three minutes and 40 seconds left on the City Park clock and the score knotted at 7-7, Carrithers cracked over tackle on a crossbuck, bounced off one tackler and fought his way six yards for the winning touchdown.
Tiger end Arthur Moss intercepted a pass to stop the last Thomasville threat with 30 seconds remaining. Fair Street ran out the clock and jubilant players lifted Coach E. L. Cabbell and Carrithers to their shoulders for a victorious ride across the gridiron.
Thomasville’s Douglas High Lions were a tough, spirited eleven that featured the keeper runs and passes of quarterback Charlie Ward and the quickie dashes of halfback Roosevelt Reed, but hulking Clarence Niles, David Camp, Johnny Keith, and William Johnson furnished the defensive knocks for Fair Street when they were needed.
Fair Street jumped off to a quick lead in the first quarter. Fullback Ellis Cantrell set up the score when he returned a punt 20 yards to the Thomasville 19.
On the first play, quarterback Cecil Young lofted a high, floating spiral to Moss who gathered it in over his shoulder in the Lion end zone. Cantrell plunged over for the point and a 7-0 lead.
Thomasville’s offense suddenly came alive midway in the second quarter and the Lions drove 69 yards for the tieing tally. Ward’s keeper cutbacks off tackle were the main thrusts of the push. Reed bucked over from the two. Ward carried for the extra point and the teams went out for the half.
Fair’ Street’s strutting band presented an imaginative Christmas show during intermission that was complete even to a formation of a tree with blinking, colored lights.
Neither team could muster an effective offense in the third quarter and through half of the final period.
But just when it seemed a tie was in the books, the Tigers started their winning drive from their 41 yard line with six minutes remaining.
Carrithers got it underway when he burst through center, cut to the sidelines and sped 32 yards to the Thomasville 27. Cantrell hit for five, Carrithers for six, Clifford Stevens for five and Cantrell for five again to the six.
Little Gene then fired his 135-pound frame through for the big one and Fair Street had its 16th straight victory and the state Class A trophy.
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