Football Season Begins Here Friday

October 07, 1943

The Lincolnton Red Devil football squad swings into action Friday afternoon against a heavier and more experienced team from McCormick, S.C.

The game, slated to begin at 3 P.M., central war time, is expected to be the unveiling of one of the classiest backfields Lincolnton fans have seen in years.

Buddy ‘Red’ Bufford, newly elected captain, heads a list of backs consisting of Wylie Estes, a 150 pound triple-threat second year man, James Cooper, a splendid wing-back, who can grab a pass from any angle, John M. Poland, speedy blocking back who also is an excellent pass receiver, and Billy ‘Rabbit’ Mims, the fastest man on the squad, who can handle a ball like it has handles on it.

Two new-comers will hold down the end positions: Stanley Martin and Bobby Mercier, both are fast and either of them can snatch a pass with the greatest of ease.

Heading the list of linemen is Oneil Butler and William ‘Bill’ Cartledge, two 160- pounders with plenty of experience. Ernest Smith and Zimrie Sprouse, guard and tackle, respectively, are fast developing into a pair of fine linemen.

At center John Spratlin and Kenneth Goolsby will alternate at the center position. Spratlin is light, but a splendid player both on offense and defense. Goolsby is a fine defensive man and is plenty heavy to take care of himself.

The probable line-up for Lincolnton:
Left End----------------------------Bobby Mercier.
Left Tackle-------------------------Zimrie Sprouse.
Left Guard--------------------------Ernest Smith.
Center-------------------------------Goolsby or Spratlin.
Right Guard------------------------Oneil Butler.
Right Tackle------------------------William Cartledge.
Right End----------------------------Stanley Martin.
Blocking Back----------------------John M. Poland.
Tail Back----------------------------Buddy Bufford.
Wing Back--------------------------Cooper or Mims.
Full Back----------------------------Wylie Estes.