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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

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 Lou Scales 

Lou Scales started at fullback in 1936, 1937 and 1938 for the Glencoe Yellow Jackets in high school. Glencoe was 17-1-0 in Scales junior and senior seasons.

As a senior, he was the leading rusher for the undefeated Glencoe team of 1938. Scales earned All-Etowah County and All-State football honors and was an All-State selection in basketball while at Glencoe.

Scales lettered at fullback for Alabama under the legendary Frank Thomas. His college career was interrupted by World War II and his entry into the Armed Services.

After his discharge from the military, he continued his dream of playing collegiate sports by being the only senior member of the football team to play in the 1946 Rose Bowl, where the University of Alabama defeated Southern California 34-14 in the Tides last appearance in Pasadena until 2009.

Coach Scales began the pursuit of his dream of coaching, by taking the head coaching job at Thompson in 1946. After spending a year in business he ultimately returned home and landed the head football coaching position at Alexandria High School, which he held for 38 years.

His 1952 team finished 9-0 and were named State Champions by the Birmingham News for District 3.

In 1957, the Valley Cubs were undefeated at 7-0-2. The 1972 team completed regular season play 9-1-0 then went 1-1 in the playoffs. The 1974 Cubs ended the regular season 10-0-0 before finishing 12-1-0 overall.

After going 8-2-0 in the regular season and finishing as Area runner-up, the 1985 Valley Cubs ran off five consecutive playoff wins to claim the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A State Championship. In the title game, Alexandria downed Elba 35-0. This would be his last team at Alexandria before retiring as the head football coach.

Scales was named the 1985 Class 4A Coach of the Year by the ASWA. He retired from coaching in 1985 after 38 seasons at Alexandria with a record of 219 wins, 144 losses and 13 ties.

Scales served as president of the state coaches association and his 1966 basketball team was runner-up in the state tournament. In 1995 he was elected to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Coaches Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Calhoun County Hall of Fame.

Coach Scales passed away on July 18, 2003.

Known Record:  220-147-15   59.9%
 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 
Alexandria1985 4A13-23901255-016835R112-17334
Alexandria1984 4A6-52321890-12228R112-16050
Alexandria1983 3A8-21731410-1041R11#6-113585
Alexandria1982 3A6-4143131R114-3108100
Alexandria1981 3A3-6122193R111-569144
Alexandria1980 3A2-8143266R111-592186
Alexandria1979 3A5-5131129R112-33349
Alexandria1978 3A8-41991681-14135R11#4-18141
Alexandria1977 3A5-5142162R113-372113
Alexandria1976 3A6-413685R113-37062
Alexandria1975 3A6-4177122R11
Alexandria1974 2A12-13671452-110062R8#
Alexandria1973 2A4-3-2121114
Alexandria1972 2A10-2251981-14354
Alexandria1971 2A6-3172100
Alexandria1970 3A6-3-114694
Alexandria1969 3A1-8-1116226
Alexandria1968 3A4-5165132
Alexandria1967 3A8-2288133
Alexandria1966 3A5-4112110
Alexandria1965 3A6-312972
Alexandria1964 3A6-4148123
Alexandria1963 3A6-213646
Alexandria1962 5-414690
Alexandria1961 6-3-1219134
Alexandria1960 2-5-276158
Alexandria1959 3-6101132
Alexandria1958 2A6-317464
Alexandria1957 2A7-0-217685
Alexandria1956 6-4228107
Alexandria1955 2-6102216
Alexandria1954 2A6-3236133
Alexandria1953 2A6-3177123
Alexandria1952 2A9-123073
Alexandria1951 2A5-3-119588
Alexandria1950 2A8-031181
Alexandria1949 6-2-218085
Alexandria1948 1-954201
 38 Years220-141-12674448749-537425528-26793864
Thompson1946 0-6-312132
 1 Year0-6-3121320-0000-000
 39 Years220-147-15675650069-537425528-26793864

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