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John Meadows

John Louie Meadows was a native of Neel, Alabama in Morgan County. He graduated from Falkville High School in 1942 where he played football, baseball and basketball and was valedictorian of his class.

He would serve in the military during World War II and enrolled at Jacksonville State following the war. Meadows played football and made the Little All-American team as a wide receiver. He graduated from Jacksonville State in 1951. He was named to JSUs All-Time Team in 1983 and was inducted into the JSU Hall of Fame in 1985.

Coach Meadows began his career at Cullman High School in 1952 where he served as an assistant for three years.

In 1955 he accepted the head coach job at Hanceville High School and began one of the most distinguished coaching careers in high school football in the state. He produced at least one undefeated team at every school at which he served as head coach. He remained at Hanceville for two years with a record of 17-2-1 and an undefeated team in 1955.

In 1957 he moved over to Gordo for two years and a record of 16-1-2 with another undefeated team in 1957. Next up was a seven year run at Scottsboro where his teams were 55-9-5 with undefeated teams in 1960 and 1965. His 1965 team at Scottsboro won the Associated Press Class 3A State Championship. In addition to his five undefeated teams and five state playoff appearances, Coach Meadows had three teams that played in post-season bowl games, winning all three.

Coach Meadows would leave the state but not coaching in 1979 when he accepted the head football coaching position at the newly opened Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee. Within three years he had led the new school to a Tennessee State championship. In 11 years at Lincoln County, Coach Meadows produced a record of 87-29 with five state playoff appearances and several bowl games.

He compiled a record of 179-47-7 as a head coach in Alabama and an overall career coaching record of 266-76-7. He was named coach of the year in Alabama three times and in Tennessee twice.

Meadows was one of the first inductees in the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Alabama State Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Pickens County Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

Alabama Record:  182-46-9   79.8%
Other States Record:  94-33-0   74.0%
Overall High School Record:  276-79-9   77.7%

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 Season Total   Playoffs   Region/Area Record 
 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Butler1978 4A5-4142107R122-27844
Butler1977 4A9-2178840-107R12#3-14730
Butler1976 4A9-32491481-14142R12#4-09756
Butler1975 4A3-5-199150
Butler1974 4A4-4151120
Butler1973 4A9-2272681-13115
Butler1972 4A7-2210103
Butler1971 4A9-2169952-13623
Butler1970 4A6-2172129
Butler1969 4A6-318167
Butler1968 4A8-2268137
Butler1967 4A11-12831241-12033
Butler1966 4A8-222091
 13 Years94-34-1259414235-51281209-3222130
Scottsboro1965 3A10-026758
Scottsboro1964 3A6-2-1147103
Scottsboro1963 3A9-127068
Scottsboro1962 6-1-317242
Scottsboro1961 9-126187
Scottsboro1960 10-023560
Scottsboro1959 5-4-1116117
 7 Years55-9-514685350-0000-000
Gordo1958 7-1-213818
Gordo1957 9-025524
 2 Years16-1-2393420-0000-000
Hanceville1956 8-219096
Hanceville1955 9-0-119413
 2 Years17-2-13841090-0000-000
 24 Years182-46-9483921095-51281209-3222130

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Lincoln County, Tennessee
11 Years94-33-09-7 
Totals Alabama and Other States
35 Years276-79-99-7 

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

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