We now have 827 teams &  
180,575 games on

Search Site

AHSFHS Article Series

   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

1973 State Championship Final Summaries

1973 Class 4A State Championship Game
Banks vs. Grissom
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
 41   Ramsay W  
 35   Berry W  
 35   Jackson-Olin W  
26   Mountain Brook 15 W  
   Ensley W  
 37   Jones Valley W  
 17   Woodlawn W  
 17   Phillips Birmingham W  
 24   Huffman W  
35   Homewood 10 W  Dental Clinic
35   Wenonah 19 W  1st Rd
 Butler W  Semi
 21   Grissom W  Finals
33813-0-0 103
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
37   Etowah W  
20   Walker W  
10   Athens 16 L  
 Butler W  
10   Lee Huntsville W  
35   J.O. Johnson 14 W  
17   Bradshaw W  
21   Huntsville W  
 Decatur W  
16   Anniston 13 W  1st Rd
25   West End 18 W  Semi
   Banks 21 L  Finals
20710-2-0 116
Game Summary
0 7 7 7 -- 21
0 0 0 0 -- 0
 Scoring Summaries: 
Banks: Bobby Morrow 31 yard pass from Jerry Murphree (Joe Shaw PAT)
Banks: Jerry Murphree 27 yard run (Joe Shaw PAT)
Banks: Jerry McDonald 80 yard punt return (Joe Shaw PAT)
  Banks Grissom
First Downs 12 7
Rush/Yards 231 74
Pass/Yards 35 29
Pass att/com/int 6-2-0 15-2-3
Total Yards 266 103
Fumbles/Lost 0 0
Punt/Avg. 4-35.8 4-31.5
Penalties 40 11
Time of Poss.
Game MVP:
Records: Banks (13-0); Grissom (11-2)
Coaches: George "Shorty" White, Banks and Larrie Robinson, Grissom
Game: Played Friday, November 30, 1973 at Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville
           In the Class 4A state championship game, the Banks Jets rolled over Grissom 21-0 without the services of Jeff Rutledge. They ran their unbeaten streak to 25 games with the win. Jerry Murphree led the offense with 147 yards rushing on 29 carries and Joe Wahl added 29 yards.

           Rick Neal handled the quarterbacking duties and played linebacker on defense. The Jets got on the scoreboard with two minutes remaining in the first half on a halfback option pass from Murphree to Bobby Morrow for 31 yards.

           In the third quarter, Banks missed a short field goal after driving to the Grissom one-yard line but got the ball back immediately on a Jerry McDonald interception at the Grissom 31 yard line. Murphree scored a few plays later on a 27-yard run to give the Jets a 14-0 lead.

           After the defense forced a three and out by Grissom, Jerry McDonald returned the punt 80 yards for a touchdown and Banks led 21-0. The defense shut down Grissom the remainder of the game and the Jets celebrated their second consecutive state championship.
Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Robby James has won nine AISA State Championships during his career at Catherine Academy, Morgan Academy and Marengo Academy.