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Hal Riddle

Hal Riddle played quarterback at Hewitt-Trussville High School in the mid 1970s and received his degree from Montevallo.

Riddle served as an assistant coach at his alma mater under Coach Jack Wood to begin his coaching career. After 18 years as an assistant football coach, most of them at Erwin, Hal Riddle landed the head coaching job at Erwin High School in 1993. He took over for Larry Farris, who moved over to Mortimer Jordan High School.

His five teams at Erwin went a combined 39-20 making the playoffs his last three seasons at the school. In 1998 he took over the top position at Mortimer Jordan for one year finishing 6-3 before moving over to Clay-Chalkville in 1999.

Riddle replaced the first football coach in Clay-Chalkvilles history, Toney Pugh, before the 1999 season. In his first season, Riddle led the Cougars to a 12-3 record and a Class 6A State Championship, beating Robert E. Lee of Montgomery 30-27 in overtime. The Cougars dipped to 7-5 and 7-4 the next two seasons, but made the playoffs both years.

In 2002 Coach Riddle returned home to Hewitt-Trussville as the head coach. Since that last move his success at Hewitt-Trussville has been consistent. All but two of his teams have made the playoffs and most have finished with winning records.

His overall coaching record stands at 150-90 in 21 seasons as a head football coach. Coach Riddle was named as the 6A Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association in 1999.

Known Record:  150-90-0   62.5%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Hewitt-Trussville2013 6A5-62982810-11221R64-3232156
Hewitt-Trussville2012 6A4-6231246R63-4179158
Hewitt-Trussville2011 6A8-33272950-11440R75-2200191
Hewitt-Trussville2010 6A9-32581871-14847R75-214196
Hewitt-Trussville2009 6A8-32291500-11435R75-215880
Hewitt-Trussville2008 6A9-42802642-15859R7#6-116197
Hewitt-Trussville2007 6A9-32102041-14961R75-288116
Hewitt-Trussville2006 6A5-5198188R74-3130120
Hewitt-Trussville2005 6A6-52842310-1928R71-4119153
Hewitt-Trussville2004 6A7-43352730-1042R73-2150147
Hewitt-Trussville2003 6A5-62062680-1342R72-375119
Hewitt-Trussville2002 6A4-71821910-1716R73-29096
 12 Years79-55303827784-1021439146-3017231529
Clay-Chalkville2001 6A7-42752050-1027R75-2219119
Clay-Chalkville2000 6A7-53362201-14847R75-2223102
Clay-Chalkville1999 6A12-34743135-015491R132-15255
 3 Years26-1210857386-220216512-5494276
Mortimer Jordan
Mortimer Jordan1998 5A6-3192131R111-23971
 1 Year6-31921310-0001-23971
Center Point
Erwin1997 5A8-52311852-16662R11#3-07428
Erwin1996 5A8-42801961-12827R11#3-07720
Erwin1995 5A10-32441922-16047R10#3-06851
Erwin1994 5A7-41951480-11420R102-15438
Erwin1993 5A6-4267173R101-372103
 5 Years39-2012178945-416815612-4345240
 21 Years150-905532454115-1658471271-4126012116

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

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.