Monday, August 29, 2011

Week two in Ross football history...1951


Week two of the 1951 football season saw The Little Giants take their 1-0 record on the road to battle the tough Steelmen of Lorain Senior.
A capacity crowd of nearly 7,000 fans filled the stadium in Lorain to watch the two team battle. Ross was led by two types of thunder on the warm September night. John(Big Thunder) Lewis, and Jerome(Little Thunder)Surratt led a determined Ross offense that gave the Little Giants their second-ever win over Lorain and first victory over the Steelers in 31 years.
Lewis got the Little Giants on the board midway through the first quarter. Big Thunder bulled his way over the goal line from five yards out capping a 60 yard drive. Ronnie Whitcomb kicked the extra point and the Fremonters out in front. The score remained 7-0 Ross at the half.
Lorain proved their ability to put points on the board in the third quarter. The Steelemen capped a long 83 yard drive when quarterback Dan Jones pitched to end JimDick on a six yard scoring drive. The Steelemen made the all-important PAT and the game was tied 7-7.
The two teams defensive units battled the potent offensive units of the other side throughout the second half. The Little Giant D, led by Bob Biggs made some clutch defensive stops. Biggs stops Lorains Lavon McCall for a 14 yard loss at one point to stop the Steel-city crew from scoring.
The game was 7-7 at the end of three quarters and remained that way well into the fourth quarter until Ross unleashed more thunder.
The second bout of thunder unleashed on Lorain came in the form of lightening-quick speedster Jerome Surratt. Little Thunder dashed into the end zone on a left end run of nine yards with just 54 second to go in the game to put Ross up 13-7. Whitcombs PAT kick put the purple and white up by the winning margin and the Little Giant defense made sure the Steelmen were bottled up for the rest of the game.
John Lewis led Ross running for 167 yards. Surratt complimented that effort by rushing for 84 more. The Little Giants outgained the Steelemen for the night 242 total yards to just 107. The purple and white attemped just six passed, completing one. Lorain attempted 22 passes, completing 9. The win put the Fremonters record at 2-0 and primed the way for the next three big games of the 1951 season against rivals Fostoria, Findlay and Sandusky.

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