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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Strange and Unusual Facts  

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          Over the years many odd and strange events have occurred on and around the football field. Many are simply due to the time period they happened and what seemed normal then, is considered very strange today.

     *   1926 - Geraldine finished the season undefeated against nine Alabama teams. The lone loss came to Central High School of Chattanooga TN by a score of 2-0. The oddity is not the 2-0 loss but the fact that two other games played that season were won by identical 2-0 scores. The victories came against Arab and Valley Head.

     *   1943 - From the Washington County News - Chatom's game with Coffeeville, scheduled for Oct. 8, was cancelled because Coffeeville was unable to secure transportation for the trip.

     *   1936 - From the Roanoke Leader Newspaper - The first lighted field game to be played in Roanoke is set for Thursday, Sept. 24, against LaFayette. Other features heretofore not enjoyed by local fans will be a loud speaker system to announce play-by-play descriptions, the music of the local band, larger seating capacity and additional side gate and a score board.

     *   1985 - The Speake Bobcats finished the 1985 season with a 1-10 record. They qualified for the playoffs by defeating Madison Academy as their only win of the season. The area they participated in only had three teams so the lone victory was enough to reach the playoffs with a 1-9 regular season record.

     *   1933 - When the Colbert County Indians did not field a team in 1932, they returned to the field in 1933 only to find their uniforms had rotted and were useless.

     *   1928 - Pickens County high school of Reform beat Kennedy 103-0. The teams rushed for 621 yards led by G. House with 184 yards and Everett Wilson who scored five touchdowns and five extra points.

     *   1970 - The Thomasville Tigers finished the season with an 8-2 record under the leadership of coach Carvel Rowell. The Tigers lost two games by a single point even with a roster that included only seventeen players. They were locally known as the "Sensational Seventeen".

     *   1939 - Escambia County defeats Robertsdale 37-2. While the game was uneventful to most fans, a first for Alabama occurred during the game when Luverne Wise kicked the extra point following the fourth touchdown for the Blue Devils. She was a 5'5" blonde who gained the nickname of Toad. She was the first girl to participate in a football game in the state.

     *   1966 - Opp edges Valley 35-33. The Opp Bobcats turned three second quarter interception into touchdowns and scored 35 points but had to hang on for the victory over Valley. Johnny Grimes scored on interception returns of 85 and 40 yards and Chuck McGill added an 80-yard interception return score as the Bobcats built a 35-13 halftime lead. Valley came back in the second half but failed on a two point conversion late in the game.

     *   1943 - From the Mountain Eagle, Jasper - Nov. 19 Curry 20, Carbon Hill 0 - Curry took only seventeen men to the game who had training and practice was delayed for two weeks this fall due to lack of shoes.

     *   2012 - The last tie football game played by a team from Alabama happened recently in 2012 when Russell County tied Northside of Columbus GA 14-14.

     *   Oct. 20, 1937 - From the Roanoke Leader Newspaper - The Randolph County Training school boys took the field last night outfitted in their new jerseys, which would have done Mussolini's army of 'Blackshirts' proud. The black jerseys were set off by red accessories -- being helmets and numerals.

David Parker

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Foley outscored their opponents 433-6 in 1961. The Lions were named state champions by the Alabama Sports Writers Association that season.