We now have 834 teams &  
188,070 games on

Search Site

AHSFHS Article Series

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

Fort Payne Wildcats

 Dale Cook 

Dale Cook lettered five years while playing football for Cullman High School from 1953 to 1957. He is still listed as the record-holder for most varsity letters for the Bearcats with 12 while also playing baseball and basketball. Cook played two years for Alabama in Bear Bryants first season before transferring to Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Cooks first head coaching assignment came in 1968 when he accepted the job at Fort Payne High School. Over the next two seasons his teams finished a disappointing 2-17-1. He resurfaced as the head football coach at Ramsay High School in Birmingham in 1971 for three seasons.

He took over the program at Gardendale for the 1983 season and took the team to an undefeated regular season before losing in the state playoffs. The Rockets finished the year with an 11-1 record.

In 1984, Coach Cook accepted the head coaching position at Cullman High School where he remained for the next nine seasons. His 1985 team went 10-1. Following the 1992 season he retired from coaching for a year.

Cook came out of his brief retirement to take over the Corner football program in 1994. For the next six years he led the Corner football team before stepping down for health concerns after the 1999 season.

He then joined longtime friend and former assistant Dafford Smith at St. Bernard High School. Cook coached the Saints defense while battling cancer. Coach Cook made a full recovery from open-heart surgery but remained committed to retirement after 36 years in high school football.

Coach Cooks football record is 113-106-1 in 21 years as a head coach. He passed away in November, 2005 after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Known Record:  113-106-1   51.6%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Corner1999 4A5-5228249R101-35186
Corner1998 4A5-4234175R102-25959
Corner1997 4A1-992299R110-3698
Corner1996 4A7-3248167R112-17247
Corner1995 4A9-22371200-11421R102-14638
Corner1994 4A6-4157162R101-22259
 6 Years33-27119611720-114218-12256387
Cullman1992 5A7-42691690-12021R13#2-06333
Cullman1991 5A8-33401640-11421R13#4-013271
Cullman1990 5A4-6171217R131-362103
Cullman1989 5A5-5157135R131-24854
Cullman1988 5A7-3288100R131-26233
Cullman1987 5A4-71591930-1038R132-16241
Cullman1986 5A9-42341432-12414R132-17142
Cullman1985 5A10-1227800-1021R15#3-05414
Cullman1984 5A3-7115215R150-34685
 9 Years57-40196014162-55811516-12600476
Gardendale1983 3A11-22491201-13827R10#5-010850
 1 Year11-22491201-138275-010850
Ramsay1973 4A1-944277
Ramsay1972 4A6-4189177
Ramsay1971 4A3-7123198
 3 Years10-203566520-0000-000
Fort Payne
Fort Payne1969 3A0-9-175289
Fort Payne1968 3A2-877247
 2 Years2-17-11525360-0000-000
 21 Years113-106-1391338963-711016329-24964913

 The Fan Shop
Custom Sportswear, Merchandise & Apparel including T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Jerseys & more
Records reflect scores in our database. Some records may be incomplete. We have chosen to publish this information in hopes our visitors will participate in assisting us to complete every school.

Join us in the forums to submit corrections and new information.

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Thomasville scored 54 points against Gulf Shores in the first quarter of a game in 2003. They managed to hang on for an 81-14 win.