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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Did You Know? 

    Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2022 

       More trivial information to pass the time this week for all the high school football fans scattered around 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.

    Most overtime losses by any team.
         Decatur has lost the most overtime games of any school in the state. They are 8-12 in overtime games since they were first introduced in 1974. Murphy has won the most overtime games with fifteen.

   The Clarke County Bulldogs have played the most tie games in history.
         Clarke County has the distinction of holding the record for tie games with 54. If a tie is like kissing your sister, as the saying goes, the Bulldogs need a psychological intervention.

    Colbert County and Hoover have played in the most playoff games.
         Both teams have suited up for 129 playoff games since 1966. Hoover/Berry is 104-24-1 while the Indians are 89-39-1. T.R. Miller has played in 128 playoff games winning 93 of them.

   Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.
         Bart Starr (1966-67) and Kenny Stabler (1976) were Super Bowl winning quarterbacks from the state of Alabama. Stabler is also one of the few quarterbacks to win a state championship in high school, a national championship in college and a Super Bowl.

   So you think a 2-0 score in a high school football game is rare?
         Not really. Since 1980 there have been 32 games which ended with a score of 2-0. The most recent was in 2021 when Baldwin County defeated Blount.

   What team has been ranked the most weeks since 1981 in the ASWA polls?
         It may surprise you that the T.R. Miller Tigers have been ranked in 331 of the 462 polls released by the ASWA.

   R.C. Hatch and a losing streak.
         R.C. Hatch once lost 123 consecutive region or area games between 1980 and 2007. 

   Most points by a team scoring and allowing in a season.
         Here is a strange one for you. Last season Hueytown set a state record by scoring 784 points in fifteen games. Their defense gave up 348 points. So combined fans saw an average of over 75 points scored in each game last season in Hueytown. That's a lot of offense folks and the most ever by any team.

   Most consecutive region championships.
         Hazlewood won the most consecutive region/area championships with seventeen. Ironically another school that closed recently, R.A. Hubbard, is second with fifteen.

    Point differential in a season.
         So which team holds the record for defeating every opponent in a season by the greatest number of points? The Tuscaloosa Black Bears in 1927 beat nine foes by an average of 57.3 point. In modern times Linden defeated 14 opponents by an average of 46.0 points in 2016.

    The longest rivalry in the state.
         Albertville and Guntersville have played more games against each other than any other schools in Alabama. Guntersville leads the series with a 54-47-6 record. That's 107 games played.

    Never reaching the post season.
         Bullock County was the last team to compete in the AHSAA every season since the playoffs began in 1966 to have never qualified for a spot in the post season. They finally qualified for the post season in 2019.

    Most victories over one team.
         Foley has beaten Robertsdale 77 times. The most wins against any opponent for any team. The Lions dominate with a 77-17-6 record against the Golden Bears.

    Worst playoff record.
         While many teams have never won a playoff game, Francis Marion holds the worst record by going 0-14 in the post season. Francis Marion has won just 273 games and lost a record 591 since first playing football in 1914. They have been shutout a total of 250 times during that time.

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Hamilton shutout an amazing 14 consecutive opponents from 1928-1930. A streak that will never be matched in modern football.