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    Thursday, Aug. 2, 2022 

       To get everyone through the last days before football season begins, it might be good to take a look at some of the obscure trivia from high school football in the state. Who knows, you may win a few bucks or a gift certificate to Chick-fil-A with a trivia question that no one else can answer. The most important thing is to get through the next couple of weeks and all will be well.

    Can Thompson win their fourth state championship in a row this year?
         Only two teams have won more than three titles in a row. Hazlewood won five consecutive championships between 1988-1992 and Hoover won four in a row between 2002-2005.

    Did you know there have been five football players from the state of Alabama that have been the first overall selection in the NFL draft?
         Harry Gilmer, Woodlawn (1948), Bo Jackson, McAdory (1986), Aundray Bruce, Carver Montgomery (1988), Jamarcus Russell, Williamson (2007) and Jameis Winston, Hueytown (2015)

   What is the most popular mascot among current teams?
         Most people think Bulldogs are the most common, but the Tigers are the most commonly used mascot by 46 teams.

   The first night football game was played in Montgomery.
         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.

    The longest game in state history went seven overtimes.
         Murphy and Theodore battled through seven overtimes before the Panthers came out on top 33-26 in 1979.

    There was once a playoff game where 135 points were scored.
         Clay-Chalkville defeated Scottsboro 85-50 in 2014 to set a state record for most points scored by both teams in a playoff game.

    What are the most points scored in a single quarter in a football game?
         Thomasville scored 54 points against Gulf Shores in the first quarter of a game in 2003. They managed to hang on for an 81-14 win.

   The Hoover Bucs played in 13 of 14 Class 6A State Championship games between 2000-2013.
          The only season the Bucs did not reach the Super Six title game was in 2007 when Prattville defeated Spain Park for the title.

    The last game with a 0-0 tie was in 1987.
          The last game in Alabama that ended in a 0-0 tie happened on September 4th 1987. Actually there were two games that day where both teams went home without scoring a single point. Fruitdale and Beat Four MS battled for four quarters with no score. In the AISA Demopolis Academy and  Escambia Academy did the same exact thing. Strange that two games occurred on the same date.

    Paul Burnum finished with a career coaching record of 44-0-1.
          Coach Burnum was the head football coach of the Tuscaloosa Black Bears from 1925-29 and never left the field with a team that lost a football game. He left in 1929 to become the Alabama freshman football coach.

   What team has been ranked #1 the most weeks ASWA polls since 1981?
           It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Hoover Bucs have been ranked a total of 109 weeks as the number one team in the state's highest classification since 1981. Since 2000 the Bucs have been ranked every week and that's a total of 249 weeks. They have been the #1 team almost half that time.

   Most Undefeated regular seasons.
         Fyffe has compiled a record fifteen undefeated regular seasons. More than any other school. Twelve of those have come since the year 2000.

    Four schools have had multiple Mr. Football winners.
          Vigor had Tommy Compton (1982) and Darrell Williams (1988). Etowah players are  Freddie Kitchens (1992) and Carnell Williams (2000). Pike County had Steven Coleman (1898) and Chris Nickson (2003). Pinson Valley had Bo Nix (2018) and GaQuincy McKinstry (2020).

     Dadeville went from 0-10 to 10-0 in one year.
         In 2007, Dadeville finished the season with an 0-10 record. The next year they finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. It is the only time in state history this has occurred. Almost as incredible, is the fact that the Tigers have only lost seven games in the past five seasons since that forgettable 2007 season.

   


David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org







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