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Fort Payne All Star Players and Awards


Fort Payne Wildcats
Fort Payne High School

201 45th St. NE Fort Payne, AL 35967
Stadium: Wildcat Stadium
Colors: Black & Gold
Coach: Chris Elmore
Region: 6A-R7
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 Honored Players 
 Player   Year   Pos.   Class   Ht.   Wt.   Award   College   Source 
 
 Alabama vs. Mississippi All Star Game 
 Matt Hammond1988 OL Sr. Did Not Play 
 Divel Bell1990 DL Sr.6-3265 Did Not Play 
 Marcus Carter2003 DB Sr.6-1190 Alabama 
 Aaron McDaniel2003 DB Sr.6-1165 Alabama 
 
 All Southern 
 Wayne Freeman1960 B Sr.190 Alabama Orlando Sentinel
 
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game 
 Billy Ray Brown1949 E Sr. Tennessee Chattanooga 
 Herman Watson1950 T Sr. Vanderbilt 
 Arland Carter1955 HB Sr.6-1170 Alabama 
 Tommy Jacoway1959 QB Sr.6-0165 Alabama 
 Wayne Freeman1960 FB Sr.6-2200 Alabama 
 Jimmy Chambers1962 E Sr.6-0188 Alabama 
 Joe Venable1963 MG Sr.6-2225 Auburn 
 Dwight Brisendine1964 S Sr.6-2180 Auburn 
 Mike Holtzclaw1965 FB Sr.5-11185 Auburn 
 Dick Groat1966 C Sr.200 Auburn 
 Eddie Freeman1972 DT Sr.6-2200 Jacksonville State 
 Jonathan Dryer1998 LB Sr.  
 Andrew Ridgeway2004 LB Sr.6-2217  
 Seth Dodd2010 P Sr.5-11200  
 
 Super All-State 
 Divel Bell1990 DL Sr.6-3265 Did Not Play Bham News




 All State Players 
 Player   Pos.   Class   Ht.   Wt.   Team   College   Source 
 
 2019   6A 
 Alex McPhersonK So. 5-7125 1st   ASWA
 
 2017   6A 
 Evan McPhersonK Sr. 6-0170 1st   ASWA
 
 2015   6A 
 Desmon TurnerRB Sr.5-10163 1st   ASWA
 Reid HulganOL Jr.6-4285 2nd   ASWA
 
 2013   5A 
 Derek WatkinsDL Sr. HM   ASWA
 
 2012   5A 
 Brandon HeardOL Sr. HM   ASWA
 Derek WatkinsDL Jr. HM   ASWA
 Logan McPhersonK Sr. 5-11165 1st   ASWA
 
 2011   5A 
 Dalton VealDL Sr. HM   ASWA
 Logan McPhersonPK Sr. HM   ASWA
 
 2010   5A 
 Kyle CrabtreeATH Sr.5-9150 1st   ASWA
 Logan McPhersonPK So. HM   ASWA
 Seth DoddLB Sr.6-0205 1st   ASWA
 
 2009   5A 
 Seth DoddLB Jr. HM   ASWA
 
 2008   5A 
 Blake SmithWR Sr. HM   ASWA
 Josh TerryOL Sr.6-3305 1st   ASWA
 
 2007   5A 
 Conor McDonoughDL Sr.5-11195 1st   ASWA
 Nick JohnsonWR/TE Sr. HM   ASWA
 Slade SmithRB Jr.6-1190 1st   ASWA
 Will DavisLB Sr. HM   ASWA
 
 2006   5A 
 Nick JohnsonATH Jr.5-11182 HM   BN
 Nick JohnsonATH Jr.5-11182 HM   ASWA
 Randy PoseyWR Sr.5-9145 HM   ASWA
 Randy PoseyWR Sr.5-9145 1st   BN
 Slade SmithQB So.6-1185 HM   ASWA
 Slade SmithQB So.6-1185 HM   BN
 
 2005   5A 
 Andrew RidgewayDL Sr. HM   BN
 Andrew RidgewayDL Sr. HM   ASWA
 
 2004   5A 
 Bradley BrownfieldP Sr. HM   ASWA
 Bradley BrownfieldP Sr. HM   BN
 
 2003   5A 
 Aaron McDanielDB Sr. HM   BN
 Aaron McDanielATH Sr. HM   ASWA
 Marcus CarterDB Sr. HM   BN
 
 2002   5A 
 Marcus CarterDB Jr. HM   BN
 
 2001   5A 
 Aaron McDanielRB So. HM   BN
 Luke PruittDB Sr. HM   ASWA
 Luke PruittDB Sr. HM   BN
 
 1998   5A 
 Darryl PraterRB Sr. HM   BN
 Heath OwenWR Sr. HM   BN
 Jonathan DryerLB Sr. HM   BN
 
 1997   5A 
 Thomas BrandonP Sr.6-1170 1st   BN
 Thomas BrandonP Sr.6-1170 HM   ASWA
 
 1996   5A 
 Hank CobblePK Sr.6-0175 1st   ASWA
 Hank CobblePK Sr.6-0175 1st   BN
 
 1994   5A 
 Brian JacksonLB Sr. HM   BN
 
 1992   5A 
 Reggie NixonOL Sr.6-3320 HM   ASWA
 Reggie NixonOL Sr.6-3320 HM   BN
 
 1990   5A 
 Brian NorthcuttPK Sr.5-9155 HM   ASWA
 Brian NorthcuttPK Sr.5-9135 1st   BN
 Clay HarrisLB Sr. HM   BN
 Divell BellDL Sr.6-3265 1st   BN
 Divell BellDL Sr.6-3265 1st   ASWA
 
 1988   5A 
 Curtis McDanielDL Sr. HM   BN
 Matt HammondOL Sr. HM   BN
 Matt HammondOL Sr. HM   ASWA
 
 1987   5A 
 Curtis McDanielOL Jr. HM   ASWA
 
 1985   5A 
 Britt HaasQB HM   BN
 Richard CampL HM   ASWA
 Will PrestwoodB HM   ASWA
 
 1984   5A 
 Craig DavisRB HM   BN
 Craig DavisRB HM   ASWA
 
 1976   3A 
 Willie UnderwoodB Sr.5-11184 HM   BN
 Willie UnderwoodB Sr.5-11184 2nd   BPH
 
 1975   3A 
 Mike LocklearLB Sr.6-3205 2nd   BPH
 Mike LocklearB HM   BN
 
 1974   3A 
 Wayne CriderB HM   BN
 
 1972   3A 
 John PateE 2nd   BPH
 
 1971   3A 
 Tommy BurtB HM   BN
 
 1967   3A 
 Cole TaylorL HM   AP
 Ronnie LittleE 180 HM   AP
 Ronnie LittleE 180 2nd   AP
 
 1966   3A 
 Dick GroatG Sr. HM   BN
 
 1965   3A 
 David CrowB HM   BN
 Mike HoltzclawB Sr.185 1st   BN
 Mike HoltzclawHB Sr.180 1st   BPH
 Mike HoltzclawFB Sr.190 1st   AP
 
 1964   3A 
 Dwight BrisendineB Sr.180 1st   AP
 Dwight BrisendineB Sr.180 HM   BN
 Dwight BrisendineB Sr.180 1st   BPH
 Gehrig GilesB HM   BPH
 Jimmy HarrisE Sr.178 1st   BN
 Jimmy HarrisE Sr.172 1st   BPH
 Jimmy HarrisE Sr.172 1st   AP
 Rudy WomackT Sr.212 2nd   BN
 Rudy WomackT Sr.212 HM   BPH
 Vernon WellsCoach 1st   AP
 
 1963   3A 
 Joe VenableT Sr.255 1st   BN
 Tommy GroatB HM   BPH
 
 1962   2A 
 Bill PrestwoodG HM   BN
 Jerry GreggB 2nd   BPH
 Jerry GreggB HM   BN
 Jimmy ChambersE Sr.188 1st   BN
 John JacowayE HM   BPH
 Morris DuttonG HM   BPH
 
 1961   2A 
 Allen BeasonB HM   BN
 
 1960   2A 
 Wayne FreemanB Sr.198 1st   BN
 Wayne FreemanB Sr.198 1st   BPH
 
 1957   3A 
 George ProchB 3rd   BPH
 
 1954   2A 
 BeckT HM   BPH
 BurkeB HM   BPH
 CarterB HM   BPH
 CunninghamE HM   BPH
 
 1950   1A 
 Buck WatsonT 3rd   BN
 
 1945   A 
 KershawB HM   BNAH
 RiceG HM   BNAH
 
 1943   A 
 ChitwoodB HM   BN
 Edwin TaylorG HM   MA
 Edwin TaylorG HM   BN
 
 1940   A 
 McCurdyB Sr. 3rd   BN
 McCurdyQB Sr. HM   BN
 
 1939   A 
 CoreyG HM   BN
 McCurdyB Jr. HM   BN
 TateT HM   BN
 
 1938   A 
 LeathT HM   BN
 WhitmoreG HM   BN
 
 1936   A 
 ThompsonQB HM   BN



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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.