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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Athens Golden Eagles

 Steve Rivers 

Steve Rivers was named to the 1966 honorable mention All-State team by the Birmingham News as a quarterback at Sylacauga High School. Rivers played in the Alabama All-Star Game in Tuscaloosa following his senior season. He later received his degree from the Mississippi State.

Rivers was an assistant coach at Decatur from 1972-78 under Coach Earl Webb. He spent two seasons, in 1979 and 1980, as the head football coach at Pelham before returning to Decatur when Earl Webb retired the next year.

As head football coach at Decatur, he compiled a 103-59 record and is Decaturs second winningest coach, behind only the late H.L. "Shorty" Ogle. His 1993 team finished 10-0 in the regular season before losing in the second round of the state playoffs.

In 1996 he succeeded Garner Ezell at Athens High as the head football coach. Over the next four seasons his teams went 39-10, winning region titles each season and qualifying for the playoffs each year.

hillip Rivers, the San Diego Chargers starting quarterback played for his father at Athens. Following Phillips graduation from Athens he earned a scholarship to North Carolina State to play football.

Coach, and father, Steve Rivers took a head coaching position at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina to be near his son. He started the football program from scratch when the school opened in 2000. His last two teams made the playoffs.

When Phillip was drafted by the Chargers in 2004, Dad moved the family to San Diego to once again keep the family together.

His overall record in Alabama is 153-78 with eleven area and region titles along the way.

Alabama Record:  152-79-0   65.8%
Other States Record:  0-0-0   
Overall High School Record:  152-79-0   65.8%
 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 
Athens1999 5A10-34432152-17066R16#4-014463
Athens1998 5A11-25281822-18342R16#4-018532
Athens1997 5A10-13981320-11420R15#3-014232
Athens1996 5A9-32361371-12320R15#3-0643
 4 Years40-916056665-419014814-0535130
Decatur1995 6A9-2240990-1314R16#2-0276
Decatur1994 6A2-8123171R160-22035
Decatur1993 6A11-12861081-12936R16#2-0389
Decatur1992 6A10-32491602-14425R16#1-11721
Decatur1991 6A6-4189128R152-17051
Decatur1990 6A5-5166223R150-33687
Decatur1989 6A8-22841160-13134R15#4-016031
Decatur1988 6A9-22531621-12856R15#4-012114
Decatur1987 6A6-4144182R151-23862
Decatur1986 6A9-2175990-11217R15#3-05416
Decatur1985 6A5-61591420-11425R152-13830
Decatur1984 6A10-32861742-14230R15#3-08725
Decatur1983 4A6-416190R113-18255
Decatur1982 4A4-6146189R111-34964
Decatur1981 4A3-781201R112-34188
 15 Years103-59294222446-820323730-17878594
Pelham1980 3A4-6125145R81-591114
Pelham1979 3A5-5149102R80-103
 2 Years9-112742470-0001-691117
 21 Years152-794821315711-1239338545-231504841

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Wakefield, North Carolina
4 Years0-00-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
25 Years152-7911-12 

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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.