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Friday, July 30, 2010

The Last 25 Years of Football in Alabama

Dynasties in High School football are very difficult to define. In Pro football you immediately think of the Green Bay Packers of the 60s, the Steelers of the 1970s and most recently the Patriots. In college you would remember the Crimson Tide of the 1960s and 70s, Nebraska, Florida State, Miami and USC. What about high school football in the state of Alabama? Which teams come to mind? Hoover, Hazlewood, Sweet Water, Sidney Lanier, T.R. Miller, Vigor and Colbert County all had great runs at some point in the 20th century.

There is one school that has compiled the overall best record in the past twenty-five years that may surprise a few people. Clay County tops the list with a record of 271 wins and 54 losses. To put that in perspective Paul "Bear" Bryant amassed  a record of 232-46-9 in his twenty-five years at the helm for the Crimson Tide. Clay County actually has a better winning percentage than the Tide did over their impressive run (.834 to .824). Think about that. The Panthers of Clay County have lost just over two games a season for the past twenty-five years. They never had a losing record and made the playoffs every year except two.

The Panthers were an amazing 102-15 in region play and won their region championship thirteen times. Along the way they managed to win six State Championships and appear in three other title games. The most amazing stat may be the state record 55 game winning streak from 1994-1997 when the racked up three of the State Championships. I do believe that would constitute a dynasty by any standards. To accomplish so much over such an extended period of time is truly noteworthy.

The top ten teams with great records over the past twenty-five years are:

Clay County - 271-54   83.4%
T.R. Miller - 272-58   82.4%
Hazlewood - 249-62   80.1%
Morgan Academy - 243-61  79.9%
Deshler - 258-69   78.9%
Alexandria - 232-66   77.9%
Russellville - 244-71   77.5%
North Jackson - 199-61   76.5%
Vigor - 231-72   76.2%
Trinity - 219-69   76.0%

David Parker
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