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LEESBURG GIVEN LION'S SHARE OF ALL STARS TEAM
Three on First Team and Two on Second With Two Mentioned
December 27, 1935
Elmo Miller, James Girtman and Leonard Phillips were named to the 1935 all northeastern
conference eleven and Joe Knowles and Harvey Scarborough made the second team, according to
made this week by Coach Ray Hayes, president of the conference, following a poll of all coaches in
Landon, winner of the conference title, placed four men on the squad, Varn, halfback; McQuaig, center;
DeBartholomeis, guard; and Davis, tackle.
Selections were limited to seniors only, which explains why Daytona's Ted Taylor, all southern backs,
not named to the squad. Others who made the first eleven were Bob Williams, Sanford, guard; Rick
halfback; Wyman, Daytona Beach, fullback; McCollum, Leon, end.
Second team selections were F. Miller, Daytona Beach, and G. Thompson, Ocala, ends; Bennett,
Daytona Beach, and Wilson, Ocala, tackles; Strow, Ocala, and Johnson, Daytona Beach, guards:
Squires, Sanford, center: Searborough, Leesburg, and Capps, St. Augustine, halves; Henderson,
DeLand, quarter: Knowles, Leesburg, fullback.
Honorable mention was given to: Ends - J. Cunningham, DeLand, Sawyer, DeLand: tackles,
Daytona Beach, Owens, DeLand, Jack Knowles, DeLand: guards, Lindeman, Leesburg: backs,
Leesburg, Grissett, Leon, Wright, Sanford, and L. Smith, Daytona Beach.
Three factors stood out in the 1935 campaign. Perhaps most outstanding was the all around
the Landon machine, coached by George Trogdon. It presented a versatile attack, headed by Varn, a
passing, punting, running back of three years experience. A hard charging line ahead of him and
consistent blocking from his backfield mates carried the Jacksonville team through an undefeated
season. Only a tie by Daytona Beach marred the Lions' record
Second was the showing of the Yellow Jackets after losing the two Knowles brothers and several
experienced linesmen, besides losing stars through graduation. Starting slowly, after dropping a
conference tilt to Landon and taking it on the chin from Ft. Myers, the Jackets came back to down
Daytona Beach in a nip and tuck battle.
Only Orlando succeeded in heading the Jackets after they got under way.
The third feature of the season was the host of outstanding backfield men. Leesburg's quartet of
perhaps was the finest in the conference and could have scored on any high school team in the
conference with a stronger forewall ahead of them. Each of these, four was named on the conference
squad of 32 men picked by the coaches.
Joe Knowles, had he played against Landon as he did against teams later in the season, probably
have gotten a first string berth. There is no doubt but what he was the most improved man on the team
by the time Sanford was met in the last game of the season. It was a 35 yard run against Orlando by
pile driving fullback that led to the Jackets only score in this game.
The all conference first team backfield presents a well balanced quartet of backs, Miller at quarter was
the outstanding ball carrier of the conference, and never went into a game but what he was covered by
least two men. Despite this fact, he constantly gave trouble, breaking away for long gains.
Varn, Landon's outstanding back, could do anything well. He was a good passer, an excellent punter,
a consistent man at offtackle and end run smashes.
Rick; Leon, could match most of Varn's accomplishments and on top of that was a good blocker.
Wyman was the outstanding line plunger of the season and was death at backing up a line. He
perfectly with Taylor, smashing holes in the line for his teammates to plow through.
DeBartholomeis was the biggest man in the conference, tipping the beam at 238 pounds. He was
his feet and ran interference to the disaster of opposition tacklers. He was impregnable on defense.
Williams was the mainstay of an otherwise green and mediocre line at Sanford.
Phillips and Davis were as good a pair of tackles as ever played football in the conference. For three
years Davis had played outstanding ball for Landon. Phillips was in line for all conference honors a
ago, but was not eligible for selection until this year. This year, he was not up to his last year's play, but
injuries were largely responsible for that. He was respected to the extent that every team Leesburg
sought to run its plays over the side of the line opposite to which he was playing.
End play was not up to the par of last year, but Girtman and McCollum were easily the outstanding
of the conference. McCollum was a good defensive player and pass receiver. Girtman was the most
aggressive player on the Jacket club, playing brilliantly on the defensive and showing up well as a
and pass receiver.
Landon's center, McQuaig, though he weighed but 135 pounds was poison to every team the Lions
He handled the ball perfectly and held up his pivot post in a brilliant defensive line.