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Yellow Jackets Drop 26-6 Decision To Ocala
Marion Countians Run, Pass Way To Victory
The Daily Commercial
Sunday, September 23, 1956
The Wildcats of Ocala High showed their heels to Leesburg's Yellow Jackets as they ran and passed
way to a 26 to 6 win over the locals at the Ocala football stadium Friday night. Featuring a well drilled
well-oiled team they scored in each of the quarters as they downed the locals in the season's opener.
The Wildcats opened up early in the game when the second play of the game, a double reverse, put the
ball in the hands of Wayne Nalls, Ocala's speedy left halfback. Nalls raced down the sidelines from his
own 30 to Leesburg's 15 for a sparkling 55 yard jaunt. Stopped cold when their running attack bogged
down the Wildcats took to the air and Quarterback Larry Moody passed to right end Joe Sigmon for
paydirt and the six points.
In the second quarter the Jackets pulled even when Eddie Parker plunged over from the five after a
sustained drive of some 66 yards. Before the half ended however Ocala pulled ahead with a 27-yard
touchdown pass from Quarterback Bill Nelson to right end Joe Sigmon. Halfback Bob Milby cut the
safety men down with a key block that shook Sigmon loose and allowed him to score.
Leesburg was without the services of their pile driving fullback Eddie Parker in the second half and the
results showed as the Jackets were able to move to withing the Ocala 20 on two separate drives only to
become stalled. Eddie suffered a leg injury late in the second quarter and sat out the rest of the game.
End Reggie Fechtel sustained a broken right leg in the game.
In the third quarter Ocala put together a 50 yard march with Halfback Wayne Nalls scoring from the
Ocala played much of the second half in their own territory as Leesburg kept pressing their attack and
Ocala was never able to get out of trouble.
With less than a minute left to play Halfback Bill Maloney hiding the ball beautifully after taking it off a
reverse sprinted down the right sidelines for 37 yards and the final score of the evening. Once past the
scrimmage line he had two blockers in front of him as he streaked for the end zone.
For the Wildcats of Ocala High it was their halfback Wayne Nalls who was the big ground gainer and a
constant thorn in the side of the Yellow Jackets. The ball handling of Larry Moody was a sight to behold
as he handed off to his hard charging backs who were running from the winged T and split T
Another halfback Bob Milby was particularly impressive as a blocking back. Many times he cut down our
defenders with key blocks that sent those Wildcats on their way.
Though he played only one half of the game Fullback Eddie Parker was the leading ground gainer for
Yellow Jackets. Halfback Chuck Showley was a standout and showed some fine form when he
cut down several of the opponents with key blocks and played a whale of a defensive game as well.
Quarterback Ivan /Roberts handled the ball well but his passing was erratic as he was able to connect
only one out of ten attempts. In the line Russell Avera played his usual aggressive game while Jimmy
Johnson and Jimmy Tichenor were stalwarts on defense.
Leeburg: Roberts 32, Showley 30, Blount 10, Parker 73, Higgins
19, White 2.
Ocala: Nalls 75, Miby 72, McDonald 66, Moody 1, Nelson 4,
Maloney 40, Lusher 3, Hatch 1.
Score by periods:
Leesburg 0 6 0 0 - 6
Ocala 6 7 7 6 - 26
Leesburg scoring: Parker plunge five yards.
Ocala scoring: Sigmon pass play five yards, Sigmon pass play
27 yards, Nalls plunged three yards, and Maloney end run 37
Extra points: McDonald two on plunges.