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           Gadsden and Etowah was always a special rivalry, especially when the teams met in the Charity Bowl. It was high school football at its best. The stars of those games were considered heroes around town.

           Businesses would decorate their windows with school colors and player's photos. Many would close early so their employees could attend the games.

           There have been stories about fights breaking out between the fans after some of the games. There was one fight following the 1932 game that caused the series to be cancelled from 1933-1937.

           The teams first played in 1924 with Etowah winning 3-0. The two teams met again in 1928. They played every year since, except when the series was suspended in the 1930s, until Gadsden high school closed following the 2006 school year.

           The Gadsden Quarterback Club started the Charity Bowl in 1949 to raise money for local charities. It was one of the biggest bowl games in the state until the playoffs and the AHSAA put an end to it in the 1980s. These two teams played a total of twenty-five times in the Charity Bowl.

           One of the most memorable games came in 1967. Etowah was undefeated and had beaten Gadsden 21-14 in the regular season but saw themselves pitted against the Tigers in the Charity Bowl. Quarterback Mike Douglas tossed two touchdown passes in the final seven minutes to give the Tigers a hard fought 20-7 win.

           The next season Gadsden was undefeated and headed for the playoffs after defeating Etowah 35-7 in the regular season. The Tigers were expecting to win their rematch in the Charity Bowl but Coach Jim Glover had the Blue Devils ready and upset Gadsden 6-0 to derail their undefeated season and playoff hopes.

           In 1992, Gadsden was the defending state champions and looking to return to the title game when the two met in the third round of the playoffs. Etowah had won 17-13 in during the season as Freddie Kitchens tossed a touchdown pass to Bobby Hill to pull out the victory. In the playoff game, Etowah dominated winning 28-18.

           On Nov. 27, 1998 a crowd of 10,000 packed Murphree Stadium to watch the Blue Devils edge arch-rival Gadsden 27-26 in double overtime in the semi-finals of the Class 5A state playoffs. Gadsden had won the regular season game 28-21 but fell short of the hopes for a state championship. Etowah lost to Blount 27-20 the following week in the title game.

           The final game between the two rivals saw Etowah come from behind to secure a 27-21 victory over the Tigers. The Blue Devils will have eternal bragging rights with a 56-41-6 advantage in the series. All week the Etowah players had heard about how this would be the final game between the two schools and much it would mean to win.

           Some of the players from both schools that participated in the game include: Patrick Nix, Freddie Kitchens, Tyrone Nix, Toderick Malone, Wayne Owen, Steve Clay, Carnell Williams, David Beddingfield, Danny Ford, Bobby Payne, Jerry Watford, Harry Littleton, Wyman Townsel, Wayne Proffitt, Kenneth Scissum and John Croyle.



Total Meetings:  103
Series Record:  Gadsden leads 56-41-6
First Meeting:  1924, Etowah 0, Gadsden, 19
Last Meeting:  10/21/2005, Etowah 27, Gadsden, 21
Longest Winning Streak:  Etowah 4 (1949-1950), Gadsden 11 (1980-1986)
Biggest Wins:  Etowah 36-0 (1999), Gadsden 70-6 (1982)

Biggest Upsets:  1957 - Gadsden (9-0-1) was tied by Etowah (2-6-1) 0-0




Etowah vs. Gadsden
2005 Etowah 27-21 Gadsden
2004 Etowah 24-0 Gadsden
2003 Gadsden 22-20 Etowah
2002 Etowah 22-7 Gadsden
2001 Gadsden 24-10 Etowah
2000 Gadsden 34-25 Etowah
1999 Etowah 35-32 Gadsden
1999 # Etowah 36-0 Gadsden
1998 Gadsden 28-21 Etowah
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1998 # Etowah 27-26 Gadsden
1997 Etowah 27-12 Gadsden
1996 Etowah 42-27 Gadsden
1995 Gadsden 14-6 Etowah
1994 Etowah 17-14 Gadsden
1993 Etowah 28-25 Gadsden
1992 Etowah 17-13 Gadsden
1992 # Etowah 28-18 Gadsden
1991 Gadsden 17-7 Etowah
1990 Etowah 30-16 Gadsden
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1989 Etowah 30-28 Gadsden
1988 Etowah 7-6 Gadsden
1987 Etowah 13-0 Gadsden
1986 Gadsden 16-13 Etowah
1985 Gadsden 42-24 Etowah
1984 Gadsden 21-14 Etowah
1983 Gadsden 41-12 Etowah
1983 * Gadsden 42-0 Etowah
1982 Gadsden 49-0 Etowah
1982 * Gadsden 70-6 Etowah
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1981 Gadsden 31-6 Etowah
1981 * Gadsden 36-0 Etowah
1980 Gadsden 9-6 Etowah
1980 * Gadsden 35-13 Etowah
1979 Etowah 36-0 Gadsden
1978 Gadsden 16-0 Etowah
1978 * Gadsden 15-3 Etowah
1977 Etowah 20-14 Gadsden
1977 * Gadsden 12-6 Etowah
1976 Gadsden 17-10 Etowah
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1976 * Etowah 31-17 Gadsden
1975 Gadsden 28-7 Etowah
1974 Gadsden 42-8 Etowah
1973 Etowah 20-12 Gadsden
1973 * Gadsden 21-16 Etowah
1972 Gadsden 28-19 Etowah
1971 Etowah 3-0 Gadsden
1971 * Gadsden 33-14 Etowah
1970 Gadsden 7-6 Etowah
1970 * Gadsden 7-6 Etowah
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1969 Etowah 24-0 Gadsden
1968 Gadsden 28-7 Etowah
1968 * Gadsden 6-0 Etowah
1967 Etowah 7-6 Gadsden
1967 * Gadsden 20-7 Etowah
1966 Gadsden 13-8 Etowah
1966 * Gadsden 20-0 Etowah
1965 Gadsden 21-0 Etowah
1964 Gadsden 14-0 Etowah
1964 * Gadsden 20-7 Etowah
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1963 Etowah 19-14 Gadsden
1963 * Gadsden 23-22 Etowah
1962 * Etowah 28-13 Gadsden
1961 * Etowah 12-6 Gadsden
1960 Etowah 18-13 Gadsden
1960 * Gadsden 0-0 Etowah
1959 Gadsden 19-0 Etowah
1959 * Gadsden 7-6 Etowah
1958 Etowah 7-0 Gadsden
1958 * Etowah 27-21 Gadsden
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1957 Gadsden 0-0 Etowah
1956 Etowah 20-0 Gadsden
1955 Etowah 20-0 Gadsden
1954 Etowah 20-0 Gadsden
1953 Etowah 7-0 Gadsden
1952 Gadsden 7-7 Etowah
1951 Gadsden 7-7 Etowah
1951 * Gadsden 7-6 Etowah
1950 Etowah 20-0 Gadsden
1950 * Etowah 13-0 Gadsden
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1949 Etowah 6-0 Gadsden
1949 * Etowah 6-0 Gadsden
1948 Gadsden 19-0 Etowah
1948 * Gadsden 14-14 Etowah
1947 Etowah 26-6 Gadsden
1947 * Gadsden 12-12 Etowah
1946 Gadsden 15-7 Etowah
1945 Etowah 13-12 Gadsden
1944 Gadsden 48-0 Etowah
1943 Gadsden 34-0 Etowah
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1942 Gadsden 42-0 Etowah
1941 Gadsden 12-7 Etowah
1940 Gadsden 13-6 Etowah
1939 Gadsden 13-0 Etowah
1938 Gadsden 25-0 Etowah
1937 Gadsden 13-0 Etowah
1933 Etowah 7-2 Gadsden
1932 Gadsden 7-0 Etowah
1931 Gadsden 7-0 Etowah
1930 Gadsden 20-0 Etowah
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1929 Gadsden 40-0 Etowah
1928 Gadsden 13-6 Etowah
1927 Etowah 13-0 Gadsden
1924 Gadsden 19-0 Etowah

# Playoff game
* Charity Bowl


David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org




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