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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Pickens County Tornados

 Russell Funk 

Russell Funks first head coaching job came in the fall of 1991 at Stringer MS. Over two seasons his teams finished with a 27-2 record and won state championships both seasons. In 1993 he moved to Brookhaven high school in Mississippi for three years.

In 1996, Funk took over the football program at Houston MS. He stayed with the school for seven seasons before moving to Columbus MS for two years in 2004-05. He served as an assistant at Tupelo high school the next two seasons before coming to Alabama.

Coach Funk took the head coaching job at South Lamar in 2008 for one season. His team finished with a 9-4 record. The next year he moved over to Marion County high school. Over the next five seasons, Funks teams went 45-17 including a 14-1 record in 2011 and a Class 1A state championship. The Red Raiders defeated Linden 23-12 for the title.

Marion County made a return appearance in the championship game the following season but lost in the title game to a great Brantley squad. In 2014, Coach Funk resigned at Marion County to take over the football program at Curry for one season.

Alabama Record:  63-43-0   59.4%
Other States Record:  95-67-1   58.6%
Overall High School Record:  158-110-1   59.0%
 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 
Citronelle2017 5A5-5226195R13-3129117
Citronelle2016 5A6-53642540-12135R13-3173129
Citronelle2015 6A2-8181428R11-7150365
 3 Years13-187718770-121357-13452611
Curry2014 4A1-9188428R51-5133255
 1 Year1-91884280-0001-5133255
Marion County
Marion County2013 1A6-4460330R54-3320235
Marion County2012 1A13-27002534-1213122R5#7-034989
Marion County2011 1A14-16853405-017598R5#6-1384180
Marion County2010 1A8-44614151-18385R5#6-1299215
Marion County2009 1A4-6156204R73-5133164
 5 Years45-172462154210-247130526-101485883
South Lamar
South Lamar2008 1A9-44993172-113894R7#7-1324148
 1 Year9-44993172-1138947-1324148
 10 Years68-483920316412-463043441-2923941897

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Stringer, Mississippi
Brookhaven, Mississippi
Houston, Mississippi
Columbus, Mississippi
14 Years95-679-4 
Totals Alabama and Other States
24 Years163-115-121-8 

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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.