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1957 Sylvania Rams

 1957    Sylvania Rams
 Record: 9-0-0
 Head Coach: Elbert Couch
 The 1957 Sylvania Rams were chosen Class A State Champions by the Birmingham News from District 4.


The 1957 Sylvania Rams were named State Champions for the Fourth District by the Birmingham News. The Rams rolled through the first eight games of the season defeating their opponents by a combined score of 185-15.

In the last game of the season against Dade County GA, Sylvania lost with six starters sidelined and the rest of the squad battling a case of the flu. Later, the Georgia High School Association forced Dade County to forfeit the game.

Donald Murdock, 165 lb. Senior, led the team by scoring 50 points from his end position. He along with Wallace Beam, 200 lb. Senior tackle, were named to All-State teams by the Birmingham Newspapers.

Murdock, Beam, L.C. Goolesby, 140 lb. Senior guard, and Kenneth Parker, 200 lb. Senior quarterback, were named to the All-DeKalb County team following one of the most successful seasons in school history.

1957  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 25   Fyffe W
 16   Valley Head W
 19   Pisgah W
 32   Geraldine W
 18   Ider W
 13   Crossville W
 34   Altoona W
 13   DeKalb County W
 14   Dade County GA 32 W
184 9-0-0 47

1957 Sylvania All-State Players
 Wallace BeanT Sr.205 2  BN
 Don MurdockE Sr.175 1  BPH

1957 Sylvania All-Star Players

1957 Sylvania Roster
E Jack Hugh    
E Ronald Bryant    
E Jimmy Callahan    
E John Cifaldi    
E Charles Graham    
E Donald Murdock    
E Deloy Moss    
E Gerald Shirley    
E Jimmy Williams    
E Ronell Williams    
T Coy Barron    
T Wallace Beam    
T Bobby Brown    
T Maurice Edwards    
T Ausbon Finch    
T David Garland    
T Charles Gilbreath    
T Lamar Gilbert    
T Donald Wells    
T Wayne    
G Douglas Bearden    
G Freeman Brooks    
G Glenn Brooks    
G Hershel Garrett    
G Billy Goolesby    
G L.C. Goolesby    
G Reba Izell    
G Lebron Jones    
G Thomas Lacke    
G McCurdy    
G Bob McRoy    
G Jessey Pullens    
G Bobby Shankles    
G Dwight Sparks    
G Kenneth Williams    
G James Nance    
C Brent Barrentine    
C Ronnie B..    
C Johnson    
QB Kenneth Parker    
QB Mical Jones    
QB Bryon West    
HB M.W. Williams    
HB Maurice Weaver    
HB Howell McSpadden    
HB Gay Galbreath    
HB Wyatt Frazier    
HB Wayne Culver    
HB Billy Colley    
HB Doyle Benefield    
FB Vito Cifaldi    
FB Wilburn Poe    

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