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Highlights of Fleming-Neon H.S.




Fleming Pirates play homecoming game

The Fleming Pirates were victorious over the Prestonsburg Red Devils by the score of 19-6, in the weekend game. They meet the Pennington Gap, Virginia High School eleven in their annual homecoming game on the Fleming Field Saturday night, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. All old grads and former students are urged to attend.

In the game with Prestonsburg High, the Pirates had a tough time getting started, although they clicked off four first downs in a row, after receiving the opening kick-off, only to fumble on the Prestonsburg 15-yard line. They got their plays to clicking in the 2nd quarter to score with Allen going over from the two yard line.

After forcing Prestonsburg to kick, the Pirates took over the ball and a series of plays, including two passes from Allen to Johnson and Allen to Hall, and some fine ball carrying by Allen, Vertucca and R. Richardson, a touchdown was set up on a 57-yard run by Vertucca who was finally downed on the 7-yard line, where the Pirates scored on two line plays. Allen with 2 touchdowns and Vertucca with 1 led the scoring for the Pirates. Clark scored Prestonsburg’s lone touchdown on a pass late in the fourth quarter. The Fleming line did not allow a first down through the line, Prestonsburg making only four first down, all on passes, while Fleming rolled up 13 first downs.

(The above article is from the Oct. 2, 1941 Mountain Eagle.)

Fleming Pirates win homecoming game

The Fleming Pirates kept their winning streak intact with an 18-7 victory over Pennington Gap, Va. high school on Saturday, October 4, before a large homecoming crowd.

The Pirates took the kickoff and marched for a touchdown without giving up the ball. They scored again in the first quarter to take a 12-0 lead, which remained that way the first half. Pennington Gap received the second half kick-off and opened up a dazzling passing attack to drive deep into the Pirates’ territory, only to lose the ball when Fleming intercepted a pass, took over the ball and marched for a third and final touchdown, making the score 18-0.

Late in the fourth quarter the “Tom Cats” from Pennington Gap started filling the air with passes and drove 70 yards to score their lone touchdown. Vertucca led the Pirate offense, crossing the goal line twice, with Johnson scoring the other one on a 30-yard pass from Allen. Allen played a great defensive game, making numerous tackles and intercepting two passes to stop scoring threats of the Tom Cats. The first downs were about even, with 11 for Fleming and 10 for P.G.H.S.

In the Window Display Contest, S.F. Dawahare Department Store and the Yellow Front Store tied for first place in advertising the homecoming game.

(The above article is from the Oct. 16, 1941 Mountain Eagle.)

Fleming Pirates lead

Big Sandy Conference

The Fleming High School Pirates remained on top in the Big Sandy Conference standing by annexing their third straight victory by a 26 to 6 score over Wheelwright High School Saturday evening September 20, on the Wheelwright field.

The Pirates are now the only undefeated team in Letcher County; both Whitesburg and Jenkins were defeated the past week. Coach Vaughn’s Fleming Pirates were never in danger in Saturday’s game, for they scored twice in the first quarter, on a 45-yard run by Allen, and on a 15-yard run by Vertucca. Vertucca also scored in the third quarter on an 8-yard dash through the line. The last touchdown was a pass from Allen to Mullins. The Wheelwright eleven scored on the Pirates reverses on the last play of the game.

Fleming’s journey to Prestonsburg Saturday, September 2, is another conference game, which should be a thrilling one. Last year when these two teams met, the Pirates won by a 13-12 score.

(The above article is from the Sept. 25, 1941 Mountain Eagle.)

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