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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

R.L. Watson

R.L. Watson graduated from Vigor High School in Prichard, Alabama and Livingston (now West Alabama). He was a three time letterman on the football field at Livingston between 1965-68.

Watson got his first experience as a head football coach in 1972 at Patrician Academy where he remained for two seasons. In 1974 he moved to Escambia Academy in Atmore for one campaign.

He accepted the head football coaching position at Alba High School in 1979. The Sharks had just broken a 30-game losing streak when Watson took over.

Within four years, Alba had become a Mobile County power, having completed a 9-1 regular season in 1982. That team reached the semi-finals of the state playoffs.

His 1985 team finished the season with an 11-1 mark. It was a huge turn around for the Sharks but Coach Watson stepped down following the 1987 season. In 1988 he moved to Baldwin County High School in Bay Minette.

Watson came to BCHS on the heels of Gary Atkins, who coached the Tigers to a 2-8 record in 1987. He inherited a Tigers team that had gone 20-62 in the early 1980s and had experienced eight straight losing seasons.

The Tigers finished 6-4 in their first campaign under Watson then turned in regular season marks of 10-0, 7-3, 7-3 and 8-2. That included four straight area championships.

After coaching the Tigers for five seasons it was time to move on. In 1993 Coach Watson left Baldwin County for Andalusia High School. At Andalusia, Watson found a similar project on his hands. The Class 5A Bulldogs went 1-9 in 1992 under Douglas Prater.

The going was much tougher and in two years his teams finished 1-19. Coach Watson would step down following the 1994 season and retire from his sideline duties as a head football coach.

Watsons overall football record is 116-86-1 during his career. His teams reached the playoffs a total of nine times and won six area titles.

Known Record:  116-86-1   57.4%

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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 
Andalusia1994 5A0-1054335R40-412149
Andalusia1993 5A1-957207R40-31495
 2 Years1-191115420-0000-726244
Baldwin County
Baldwin County1992 6A8-32701580-12128R3#3-010724
Baldwin County1991 6A7-4147890-1617R3#2-16315
Baldwin County1990 6A7-4123760-1610R3#3-04013
Baldwin County1989 6A11-1308781-14932R4#2-0706
Baldwin County1988 6A6-416783R40-21324
 5 Years39-1610154841-4828710-329382
Alba1987 4A7-41821351-12228R11-14135
Alba1986 4A7-51741461-12048R11-11413
Alba1985 4A11-1252931-13720R1#3-04926
Alba1984 4A5-5176147R10-32576
Alba1983 2A6-417790R12-26430
Alba1982 2A12-1203642-16621R1#4-06614
Alba1981 2A2-7-172176R11-421107
Alba1980 2A2-881191R11-441128
Alba1979 3A4-57498R12-23234
 9 Years56-40-1139111405-414511715-17353463
Escambia Academy
Escambia Academy1974 AISA-B3-7156300
 1 Year3-71563000-0000-000
Patrician Academy
Patrician Academy1973 AISA10-1355670-11431
Patrician Academy1972 AISA7-3201111
 2 Years17-45561780-114310-000
 19 Years116-86-1322926446-924123525-27672789

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