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          This rivalry series will forever be known as the Clay Bowl. Considered one of the best in the entire state it sadly ended following the 2011 football season when the two schools were combined to form Central Clay County High School.

          The rivalry is one of the longest in the state with the two teams playing every season between 1922 and 2011 for 90 consecutive seasons.

          Clay County's students would roll the trees around the courthouse square in Ashland with toilet paper after a Panther win and Lineville's students rolled downtown Lineville after an Aggie victory. And the only score listed on the cement markers at Lineville honoring each senior class is the score of the Clay Bowl.

          Clay County High School was just five miles south of Lineville High School, just off Alabama 9 which links the two rival schools. The two schools first met on the football field during the 1922 season. As a matter of fact they met twice that year. The Panthers won the first meeting and Lineville won the second 7-6 to start the heated rivalry.

          The next season Lineville beat the Panthers twice 18-0 and 12-7. Eighty-nine years and 100 games later, the rivalry judged as one of the Top 10 in the nation by USA Today in the 90s would come to an end. For decades the Clay Bowl wasn't just a football game, it was a major social event in the area.

           The rivalry was never more heated than during the 1990s. Clay County claimed five state championships between 1994-2002, including the 1996 title against Lineville. The Panthers won three consecutive titles from 1994-96. Lineville claimed two back-to-back state championship appearances in 1998 and 1999.

           In 1998 both teams entered the season ending game undefeated and ranked as the top two teams in Class 2A. The Panthers came away with a 37-21 victory and seemed destined to win a fourth state championship in the last five seasons. But the Aggies had other plans. They defeated Clay County 42-18 in the semi-finals to thwart any championship celebration.

           The Panthers won seven straight against the Aggies in the 1990s but it did little to diminish the rivalry. Clay County coach Danny Horn and Lineville coach Steve Giddens both played on the 1980 team at Clay County. Horn was the quarterback and Giddens his favorite receiver.

           Clay County won the series with a record of 55-43-4. The Panthers were 582-333-38 overall and the Aggies were 575-322-25. It is the most wins among any of the states rivalries.
         
            As the final game approached, tailgating began bright and early on Friday morning on Clay County's football practice field. Pep rallies were held both Thursday and Friday in Ashland. A few miles down the road in Lineville, an Aggie Walk progressed through the square, followed by a pep rally at the school. Another pep rally was held Friday at 2:30, before the Aggies and their fans headed to Ashland for the game.

            Clay County pulled out a hard fought 7-6 victory in the final game of the series.

            In 1980 the two teams met during the season. Clay County had not won in Lineville in 12 years but pulled out the win with a 16-15 victory at Lineville, Nov. 7, 1980. Lineville led by 15 points and looked on their way to extending their home winning streak. During the game both quarterbacks left the game with injuries. Clay County‚Äôs Garey Reynolds left with a knee injury and Don Jordan hurt his shoulder. And each went to the hospital.

           The Panthers got a field goal just before the end of the first half to cut the lead to 15-3. Late in the third quarter, backup quarterback James Echols passed to Dee Walker for a 10-yard touchdown to pull the Panthers within 15-9. Dexter Martin scored on an 8-yard run late in the game and the extra point proved to be a winner.

           In 1961 Lineville was 9-0 entering the Thanksgiving Day contest and ranked No. 1 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. With no playoff system in place to decide state titles on the field, the Aggies needed an impressive victory to preserve their No. 1 ranking and claim a mythical state championship. Clay County entered the game with a 1-8 record and left on the short end of a 48-0 blowout at the hands of the Aggies. 

          The last time both teams ended a season with losing records came way back in 1952.

          While fans will forever argue about the best rivalry in the state of Alabama and this one will fad into memories as the years pass, no one can argue the fact that it is among the best of all-time.


Total Meetings:  102
Series Record:  Lineville leads 55-43-4
Home Record: Lineville: 30-18-2
                        Clay County: 24-25-2
First Meeting:  11/30/1922, Lineville 7, Clay County, 6
Last Meeting:  9/23/2011, Clay County 7, Lineville, 6
Longest Winning Streak:  Lineville 7 (1934-1940), Clay County 7 (1993-1997)
Biggest Wins:  Lineville 48-0 (1961), Clay County 42-0 (1996)

Biggest Upsets:  1985 - Lineville (4-5) upset Clay County (8-1) 15-7


Clay County vs. Lineville
2011 Clay County 7-6 Lineville
2010 Lineville 41-6 Clay County
2009 Clay County 14-0 Lineville
2008 Clay County 28-7 Lineville
2007 Clay County 24-0 Lineville
2006 Clay County 45-7 Lineville
2005 Clay County 13-0 Lineville
2005 # Clay County 16-12 Lineville
2004 Lineville 20-14 Clay County
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2004 # Clay County 27-0 Lineville
2003 Lineville 30-6 Clay County
2002 Clay County 21-7 Lineville
2001 Lineville 9-0 Clay County
2000 Clay County 28-7 Lineville
1999 Lineville 28-7 Clay County
1998 Lineville 37-21 Clay County
1998 # Lineville 42-18 Clay County
1997 Clay County 10-7 Lineville
1996 Clay County 21-0 Lineville
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1996 # Clay County 42-0 Lineville
1995 Clay County 26-6 Lineville
1995 # Clay County 28-0 Lineville
1994 Clay County 29-3 Lineville
1993 Clay County 14-3 Lineville
1992 Lineville 13-6 Clay County
1991 Lineville 6-0 Clay County
1990 Clay County 20-7 Lineville
1989 Clay County 17-7 Lineville
1988 Clay County 13-7 Lineville
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1987 Lineville 36-12 Clay County
1986 Lineville 6-3 Clay County
1985 Lineville 15-7 Clay County
1984 Lineville 30-12 Clay County
1983 Lineville 21-9 Clay County
1982 Lineville 16-3 Clay County
1981 Clay County 17-0 Lineville
1980 Clay County 16-15 Lineville
1979 Clay County 25-0 Lineville
1978 Lineville 14-7 Clay County
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1977 Clay County 22-6 Lineville
1976 Lineville 7-3 Clay County
1975 Clay County 9-7 Lineville
1974 Lineville 42-13 Clay County
1973 Clay County 30-0 Lineville
1972 Lineville 10-7 Clay County
1971 Lineville 23-8 Clay County
1970 Lineville 17-6 Clay County
1969 Clay County 8-6 Lineville
1968 Clay County 41-0 Lineville
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1967 Clay County 21-6 Lineville
1966 Clay County 25-0 Lineville
1965 Lineville 15-7 Clay County
1964 Lineville 27-7 Clay County
1963 Lineville 21-0 Clay County
1962 Lineville 28-7 Clay County
1961 Lineville 48-0 Clay County
1960 Lineville 21-12 Clay County
1959 Clay County 25-6 Lineville
1958 Lineville 14-0 Clay County
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1957 Lineville 33-7 Clay County
1956 Clay County 27-0 Lineville
1955 Lineville 14-7 Clay County
1954 Lineville 20-0 Clay County
1953 Lineville 13-13 Clay County
1952 Clay County 12-0 Lineville
1951 Lineville 27-6 Clay County
1950 Lineville 13-7 Clay County
1949 Lineville 14-0 Clay County
1948 Lineville 40-0 Clay County
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1947 Lineville 41-0 Clay County
1946 Lineville 0-0 Clay County
1946 Lineville 13-6 Clay County
1945 Clay County 13-6 Lineville
1945 Lineville 6-0 Clay County
1944 Clay County 26-0 Lineville
1944 Clay County 21-0 Lineville
1943 Clay County 7-0 Lineville
1943 Clay County 15-0 Lineville
1942 Lineville 0-0 Clay County
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1942 Lineville 13-0 Clay County
1941 Clay County 13-0 Lineville
1940 Lineville 13-6 Clay County
1939 Lineville 28-7 Clay County
1938 Lineville 32-0 Clay County
1937 Lineville 28-0 Clay County
1936 Lineville 36-0 Clay County
1935 Lineville 13-0 Clay County
1934 Lineville 7-0 Clay County
1933 Clay County 34-0 Lineville
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1932 Lineville 7-0 Clay County
1931 Lineville 8-7 Clay County
1930 Clay County 12-0 Lineville
1929 Lineville 34-0 Clay County
1928 Lineville 7-0 Clay County
1927 Lineville 13-0 Clay County
1926 Lineville 10-6 Clay County
1925 Clay County 6-0 Lineville
1924 Lineville 0-0 Clay County
1923 Lineville 18-0 Clay County
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1923 Lineville 12-7 Clay County
1922 Clay County 39-0 Lineville
1922 Lineville 7-6 Clay County

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David Parker
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