Billy Ricks ~ A Jefferson Dragon Legend
Billy Ricks was one of the finest athletes to ever wear the red and blue of Jefferson High School. He was a three year starter at halfback and capped off his JHS career with an outstanding season in 1956. During the 10 game season, Billy rushed for 1523 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He was responsible for 114 of the teams 182 points on the season.
One of the high-lites of Billy's season was a 206 yards rushing, four touchdown game in a 26 - 20 win over Oglethorpe County on October 26, 1956 in Jefferson Memorial Stadium. With Jefferson leading the Indians at that time by a 19-13 score, Ricks took a pitchout from quarterback Bobby Potter, swung wide, cut back and ran 52 yards for a Dragon score. There was a flag on the play for illegal motion. After the five-yard penalty, quarterback Potter looked at Ricks and said in the huddle, "good run, now lets get one that counts. He called the same play. Ricks again took the pitch and almost mirrored the previous run for a 56 yard score. Jefferson went on to win the game 26 - 20.
The Dragons finished that 1956 season with a 7 - 3 record. Their 3 losses were to Stone Mountain, Morgan County and Rockdale County. Stone Mountain lost 12 - 0 to Rockdale County for their only loss, while Rockdale County lost only to Morgan County during the regular season. Morgan County won the Class B state title that year with a 13 - 7 win over Blakely- Union.
Billy Ricks was a two-year starter on the basketball team and a four year starter on the baseball team. He also was a sprinter on the Dragon track team.