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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

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 Lee Holladay 

Lee Holladay grew up near Selma, Alabama and attended high school at Orrville. He received his degree from Livingston University following high school. Holladay spent seven years as an assistant before taking the head coaching job at Louisville in 1962.

Holladay served fourteen seasons at Excel High School where his teams went 43 regular season games without suffering a defeat from 1972-76. Arriving in 1970, he enjoyed 11 consecutive winning seasons and would compile a 90-27-1 record.

Over his career he was the head coach at eleven different high schools around the state. That alone may be a record for a coach at so many different schools.

Holladay coached at Graceville, Florida in 1990-91 before returning to Alabama. He won 239 games over a span of 42 years as a head coach. After retiring as a head coach he served as defensive coordinator for Keith High School.

The Alabama Football Coaches Association honored him in 2010 with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alabama Record:  222-148-6   60.0%
Other States Record:  0-0-0   
Overall High School Record:  222-148-6   60.0%
 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 
Central Christian
Central Christian2007 AISA-A1-84764R11-54761
 1 Year1-847640-0001-54761
Meadowview Christian
Meadowview Christian2001 AISA-AAA4-6197224East-11-27261
 1 Year4-61972240-0001-27261
Jackson Academy
Jackson Academy2000 AISA-AA7-3131154West-11-23982
 1 Year7-31311540-0001-23982
Catherine Academy
Catherine Academy1997 AISA-A6-51612050-11429West#4-05917
Catherine Academy1996 AISA-A8-42942271-13952West#4-014867
Catherine Academy1995 AISA-A9-32091281-168West4-211685
Catherine Academy1994 AISA-A5-62282250-11330West4-2135100
 4 Years28-188927852-47211916-4458269
Warrior Academy
Warrior Academy1993 AISA-A4-61891970-1813West
Warrior Academy1992 AISA-A5-61332430-1650West
 2 Years9-123224400-214630-000
Meadowview Christian
Meadowview Christian1989 AISA-AAA7-51681931-11043East3-380112
 1 Year7-51681931-110433-380112
Appalachian1988 1A6-52341710-14647R122-16537
Appalachian1987 1A6-4173116R151-24255
Appalachian1986 1A7-41651180-1614R152-15039
Appalachian1985 1A7-41521600-1735R15#2-03113
 4 Years26-177245650-359967-4188144
J.B. Pennington
J.B. Pennington1984 3A1-964206R110-32366
 1 Year1-9642060-0000-32366
Appalachian1983 1A5-71101200-1028R11#1-0100
Appalachian1982 1A4-71111560-1018R11#1-01312
 2 Years9-142212760-20462-02312
Excel1981 1A3-7110189R22-468104
Excel1980 1A6-3190131R24-211588
Excel1979 1A5-5149119R24-29424
Excel1978 1A6-3-1165101R25-112446
Excel1977 1A8-218655R24-26521
Excel1976 1A6-3-121171R23-311055
Excel1975 1A10-1241680-1026R2#6-017222
Excel1974 1A10-0346107R23-011920
Excel1973 1A10-1421960-11628
Excel1972 1A10-1327600-12028
Excel1971 1A8-1-127084
Excel1970 1A7-317387
 12 Years89-30-3278911680-3368231-14867380
Dixie Academy
Dixie Academy1968 AISA4-5-1159138
 1 Year4-5-11591380-0000-000
Excel1967 1A7-317852
Excel1966 1A5-4-118894
 2 Years12-7-13661460-0000-000
Pine Hill
Pine Hill1965 1A4-6117171
Pine Hill1964 1A4-5-1175191
 2 Years8-11-12923620-0000-000
Louisville1962 2-7-198147
 1 Year2-7-1981470-0000-000
 35 Years207-152-7647048683-1519144962-3717971187

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Graceville, Florida
2 Years0-0-00-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
37 Years207-152-73-15 

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

The first night game played between high school teams in the state occurred on September 23, 1927 when Pike Road and Cloverdale met in the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.