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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Lauderdale County Tigers

 Robert Earl Grisham 

Robert Earl Grisham Sr. was born December 2, 1934. He attended Lauderdale County high school where he was a standout running back on the football team. Grisham was four year starter for the Tigers, scoring 43 touchdowns during his high school career with 21 of those being tallied during his senior season.

He made the All Tri-County Team twice and was team captain during his two seasons. He participated in the Alabama North-South All-Star Football Game in 1954.

He earned a scholarship to the Florence State Teachers College where he played wide receiver before graduating in 1958. Grisham was a letterman in college from 1965-57. He received a Masters degree from Montevallo University in 1974.

Grisham began his coaching at Falkville and at three Georgia schools; Osbourn, Sandy Springs and East Hall. He returned to Alabama when he became the head coach at Phil Campbell in 1964. Two years later Grisham became the head football coach at Lauderdale County High School, his alma mater, where he remained for the next 25 seasons.

Grisham enjoyed an overall 156-105-5 record, including 14 winning seasons, and six state playoff appearances. His last three teams (1988-90) won region titles and each qualified for the playoffs.

His coaching tenure was cut short when, due to health reasons, he was forced to retire following the 1990 season at Lauderdale County. He had a tremendous influence on athletic programs in the State of Alabama and made an impact on the lives of countless young people.

Coach Grisham was the only coach ever to win a football State Championship in a Lauderdale County school.

Grisham left behind a legacy that includes induction into the prestigious Lauderdale County High School Hall of Fame and was inducted into the 2004 Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Robert Earl Grisham Sr. of Rogersville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001 at the age of 67.

Alabama Record:  167-112-5   59.9%
Other States Record:  15-15-0   50.0%
Overall High School Record:  182-127-5   58.9%
 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 
Lauderdale County
Lauderdale County1990 3A8-53171532-18842R14#3-0677
Lauderdale County1989 3A7-42411440-11421R14#2-15830
Lauderdale County1988 3A10-32531192-16237R14#3-03821
Lauderdale County1987 3A8-222166R131-23441
Lauderdale County1986 3A5-512885R130-33345
Lauderdale County1985 4A2-8171231R161-380120
Lauderdale County1984 4A8-217388R162-26650
Lauderdale County1983 3A6-5168210R165-5149204
Lauderdale County1982 3A3-783172R163-783172
Lauderdale County1981 3A5-5116158R164-391118
Lauderdale County1980 3A2-8148245R161-690148
Lauderdale County1979 3A1-974216R160-646120
Lauderdale County1978 3A8-2205111R164-210082
Lauderdale County1977 2A8-2216100R136-216987
Lauderdale County1976 2A6-4205110R135-316484
Lauderdale County1975 2A7-3202111R13
Lauderdale County1974 2A13-14531354-09458R13#
Lauderdale County1973 2A9-2232670-12225
Lauderdale County1972 2A10-1254890-11823
Lauderdale County1971 3A7-3251162
Lauderdale County1970 3A5-4-1161117
Lauderdale County1969 3A5-5159157
Lauderdale County1968 3A4-5-1183165
Lauderdale County1967 3A6-4216129
Lauderdale County1966 3A4-5-1118155
 25 Years157-104-3494834958-529820640-4512681329
Phil Campbell
Phil Campbell1965 3A7-1-217559
Phil Campbell1964 3A3-790171
 2 Years10-8-22652300-0000-000
 27 Years167-112-5521337258-529820640-4512681329

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
East Hall, Georgia
3 Years15-15-00-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
30 Years182-127-58-5 

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