1966 TR Miller vs. WS Neal|
T.R. Miller's Tigers ended an eight year losing string in defeating
W.S. Neal 25-14 in the 1966 edition of the annual 'Battle of Murder Creek',
one of Alabama's premier high school football rivalries.
Miller, led by All-State back Butch Stokes, #14, went nose to nose with Neal's premier All-State back, Keith McClammy, #42.
In a foreshadowing of things to come, Miller freshman quarterback and future two-time All-State star, Bucky Phillipi, #12,
threw for two TDs and ran for another TD.
But the night belonged to Stokes who gained 167 yards behind the inspired line led by All-State guard, Tom Fouts, #60,
who played injured for much of the game.
Coupled with 95 rushing yards by Jimmy Reece, #40, the Miller ground game was devastating, setting up a great passing attack,
primarily Phillipi to Johnny Davis, #41, who caught two TD passes.
Miller is in the dark jerseys.
The highlights shown are of the two Phillipi TD passes as well as his TD run.
Another highlight that went a long way in wearing down the Eagles was a beautifully executed fake punt.
With Phillipi faking a ‘Statue of Liberty’ play to Stokes that had Neal’s defense going after him,
Phillipi darted down the sideline behind a bone-crushing block by Reece for another big gain.
W.S. Neal's McClammy, who also gained well over 100 yards, is shown scoring his touchdown late in the 2nd quarter.
And finally, my favorite highlight of the game is the tremendous 60 yard run by McClammy that was stopped short of a
TD by Stokes who caught him at the 8 yard line. Note the end of the play... Stokes helps McClammy up from the ground;
true sportsmanship displayed by two great players from two storied teams.
Thanks to Tony Powell for the video and the article.
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