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1957 Escambia County Blue Devils


 1957    Escambia County Blue Devils
 Record: 9-0-1
 Head Coach: Arvel Holmes
 
 The 1957 Escambia County Blue Devils were chosen Class A State Champions by the Birmingham News from District 1.
 

 
 

Escambia County had been a powerhouse in South Alabama for years and finally captured their first state title from the Birmingham News. The Blue Devils rushed for 3,106 yards while completing 11 of 33 passes for another 288 yards.

They held their opponents to 950 yards rushing and 318 yards passing as they could only complete 20 of 77 passes with 11 interceptions. The defense was led by all-state tackle Wendell Barnes.

Lefty Cochrane led the Blue Devils by scoring 11 touchdowns while Lou Vickery tallied 10 scores. Coach A.R. Holmes arrived in Atmore in 1952 and has led Escambia County to a 45-8-7 record since then.


 1957    Escambia County Blue Devils Team Photo


1957  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
   Clarke County W
 34   Monroe County W
 40   Ernest Ward FL W
 33   Foley W
   T.R. Miller T
 14   Robertsdale W
 27   Crestview FL W
 32   Evergreen W
 13   Baldwin County W
 52   W.S. Neal 13 W
  
259 9-0-1 32


1957 Escambia County All-State Players
 Wendall BarnesT Sr.200 1  BN
 Wendall BarnesT Sr.200 3  BPH
 Wendall BarnesT Sr.200 1  MA
 WebbT HM  MA
 WebbC HM  MA


1957 Escambia County All-Star Players
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Wendell Barnes G Sr. 6-1 220 Alabama  
 Jimmy Sharpe G Sr. 5-11 190 Alabama  




1957 Escambia County Roster
  NAME POS    
35 Jim Staff E 6'1" 155
45 Wendell Barnes T 6'1" 210
40 Emmett Carden G 5"11" 200
34 Joe Webb G/C 5'10" 200
58 John Guy   6'0" 170
41 George Prewitt   6'0" 180
33 Ellie Bailey G 5'11" 160
56 Wenton Etheridge HB 6'1" 145
48 Farrell Brown T 6'0" 165
39 Larry Shiver C 5'11" 145
37 Ronald Cochran HB 5'10" 160
87 James McDonald QB 5'10" 165
86 Benny Tew HB 5'10" 140
39 Wyatt Wardrop G 5'11" 155
59 John Brown   6'0" 160
51 Harold McElhaney G 6'0" 160
61 Lou Vickery QB 6'0" 170
85 William Brown B 5'10" 135
60 Wayne Davis   5'11" 150
74 Bob Joyner T 6'0" 165
38 Jerry Etheridge G 5'11" 155
30 Bobby Smith FB 5'10" 150
76 Jerry Madison HB 5"10" 140
         


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