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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Morris Higginbotham

Morris Higginbotham played football at Phillips High School in Birmingham before graduating. He would play minor league baseball for a while until enrolling at the University of Alabama at the age of 24. His first head coaching job was at Walnut Grove in 1952 where his team finished with a 7-2-1 record.

Higginbotham moved over to West Blocton the next year replacing Chuck Sweeney who had recently resigned to join the Air Force. At the time he was playing baseball in Tuscaloosa and working on his Masters degree at Alabama.

In 1953 he took the head position at West Blocton where in five years his teams were named State Champions twice by the Birmingham News and Post-Herald (1955-56).

Higginbotham stepped down as the coach of the Tigers following the 1957 season and served as the head football coach at B.B. Comer for one year with a 5-4-1 record.

He moved to Enterprise High School for the 1959 season. The next year, his Enterprise Wildcats team won another title as awarded by the Birmingham News and the ASWA.

He stepped aside at Enterprise after the 1961 season before taking over the football program at Hueytown for five years. His Golden Gophers went a combined 27-17-4.

Between high school head coaching jobs he was the head coach at Livingston University from 1967-1969 before returning to the high school ranks as the head coach at Scottsboro in 1970.

He stayed at Scottsboro for only two seasons before moving on to Hewitt-Trussville in 1972 for another four years before finishing out his coaching career in a return trip to Hueytown High School.

Coach Higginbotham is recognized as one of the greatest coaches of his era. His head coaching career began in 1952 with Walnut Grove and would span a total of thirty-one years and eight high schools before he finally retired following the 1981 season at Hueytown.

His overall high school football record is 161-75-11 as a head coach.

His son, Robert, coached for many years and also found great success. They rank as the winningest father/son duo in state high school football history. As a father and son combination their record was 485-201-26.

Named coach of the year twice, he had 24 players who went on to play in college. He is a member of the AHSAA Hall of Fame, being elected in 1993.

Coach Morris Higginbotham would pass away on June 13, 2011.

Known Record:  161-75-11   68.2%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Hueytown1981 4A3-7132132R61-35660
Hueytown1980 4A7-316366R62-25423
Hueytown1979 4A3-7120166R60-31350
Hueytown1978 4A2-7-174148R61-21641
 4 Years15-24-14895120-0004-10139174
Hewitt-Trussville1975 3A6-4230167R10A
Hewitt-Trussville1974 3A7-2223158R10A
Hewitt-Trussville1973 3A7-3187102
Hewitt-Trussville1972 3A4-5-185195
 4 Years24-14-17256220-0000-000
Scottsboro1971 4A3-7105205
Scottsboro1970 4A10-22531441-13235
 2 Years13-93583491-132350-000
Hueytown1966 4A6-3-115877
Hueytown1965 4A5-3-114160
Hueytown1964 4A6-414598
Hueytown1963 4A7-1-114132
Hueytown1962 4-3-111267
 5 Years28-14-46973340-0000-000
Enterprise1961 9-125447
Enterprise1960 9-0-129048
Enterprise1959 9-125163
 3 Years27-2-17951580-0000-000
B.B. Comer
B.B. Comer1958 5-4-1176176
 1 Year5-4-11761760-0000-000
West Blocton
West Blocton1957 4-4-2138114
West Blocton1956 10-037067
West Blocton1955 10-027963
West Blocton1954 8-217375
West Blocton1953 10-023951
 5 Years42-6-211993700-0000-000
Walnut Grove
Walnut Grove1952 7-2-113040
 1 Year7-2-1130400-0000-000
 25 Years161-75-11456925611-132354-10139174

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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

In 1925 Langdale tied a record by defeating Milltown 125-0. Hamilton had set the record by thrashing Fayette 125-0 in 1915.