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1964 Coffee Yellow Jackets

1964 Coffee Yellow Jackets
 Record: 10-0
 Head Coach: Joe Grant
 The 1964 Coffee Yellow Jackets were chosen as Class 4A  State Champions by the Associated Press.

1964  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
19   Ramsay W
 Woodlawn W
 Russellville W
20   Muscle Shoals W
13   Deshler W
13   Athens W
28   Walker 14 W
33   Decatur W
21   Butler W
39   Sheffield 19 W
20210-0-0 75
 Final Poll                           11/26/1964
 Rank   Team   Record   Votes   Source 
1       Coffee 83  AP
2       Tuscaloosa 82  AP
3       Sidney Lanier 79  AP
4       Tarrant 72  AP
5       Gadsden 58  AP
6       Dothan 57  AP
7       Lee Montgomery 31  AP
8       Walker 26  AP
9       Foley 13  AP
10       Woodlawn 12  AP

1964 Coffee All-State Players
 Bill HuntB Sr.165 1  AP
 Hugh RiceL HM  AP
 Gary McDonaldB HM  AP
 Bill HuntB Sr.168 1  BN
 Larry MarshallT HM  BN
 Bill HuntB Sr.165 1  BPH
 Gary McDonaldB HM  BPH
 Hugh RiceG HM  BPH

1964 Coffee All-Star Players
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Bill Hunt HB Sr. 5-10 170 Auburn  

         Coffee began the season ranked number eight in the first poll by the Associated Press released on September 17, 1964. They quickly rose to the fourth spot in the second poll and hung around there until the 9th week where they had risen to the third spot behind Sidney Lanier and Tuscaloosa.

         Sidney Lanier lost to Lee Montgomery on the final weekend to leave Tuscaloosa and Coffee in a virtual tie for the championship. Tuscaloosa finished 9-1 and Coffee completed the season a perfect 10-0. In the final Birmingham Post-Herald poll the Black Bears from Tuscaloosa squeaked out the number one spot even though they had lost a game to Sidney Lanier earlier in the season. 

         Not to be denied the Associated Press, which was the forerunner to the current Alabama Sportswriters Association, voted the Yellow Jackets number one and they had their first state title in school history.

         The Yellow Jackets finished 10-0 for their first undefeated season since 1937. They were loaded with star players scattered throughout the lineup. Led by co-captains Hugh Rice and Joe Hollis they picked up steam as the season went along after several close games early on.

         The biggest win came in the second game when they face a good Woodlawn team at home. Coffee trailed 6-3 late in the second quarter and had done little of offense. Billy Hunt, who starred at halfback, raced 90 yards with a kickoff to give the Yellow Jackets the lead they would never relinquish. They hung on for the 9-6 victory and managed a 7-0 win over Russellville the following week and with the offense coming together they were able to complete the season unblemished. Two of their opponents, Woodlawn and Walker, were ranked at season end.

         Coffee had actually led in the polls during the 1959 and 1960 seasons but stumbled along the way each year. They won the always tough Tennessee Valley Conference championship in 1959, 1960 and again in 1964.

         Joe Grant coached the Yellow Jackets to the title in 1964. He arrived at Coffee in 1958 and would remain through the 1969 season winding up with a 84-38-6 record.

1964 Coffee Roster
  Bo Jackson E 150
  Danny Frederick E 155
  Sam Rice E 165
  Richard James E 185
  Tommy Hill E 170
  Richard Romine E 155
  John Uptain E 165
  Larry Marshall T 185
  Mike Broadfoot T 180
  Dan Young T 165
  Jerry Bernauer T 190
  Danny Killen T  
  Don White T  
  Robert Downey T  
  J.D. Grimes T  
  Hugh Rice G 170
  Doug Brown G 165
  George Luckey G 160
  Jimmy Johnson G  
  Tommy McMurtry G 165
  Jimmy Doss G 150
  Ronnie Brewer G 145
  Larry Brown G 150
  Don Balsden C 160
  Joe Neese C 165
  James Montgomery C 175
  Ken Williams C 155
  Joe Hollis QB 160
  Don Graham QB 155
  Randy Keeler QB 140
  Bill Hunt TB 165
  Joe Thigpen TB 140
  Greg Chapman TB 150
  Bryan Mason TB 145
  Ganum Smith TB 145
  Jimmy Grant WB 160
  Jimmy Hartley WB 150
  Jackie Townsend WB 140
  Larry Young WB  
  Gary McDonald FB 180
  Allan Spry FB 165
  Joe Creel FB 145
  Dewey Mitchell FB 155

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