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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

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 John Niblett 

John Niblett graduated from Tarrant High School and Jacksonville State. While in college, he played football from 1965-68 for the Gamecocks.

In a storied coaching career, Niblett won AISA State Championships at South Montgomery Academy (1979), Demopolis Academy (1990) and Glenwood Academy (1991 & 1992).

Niblett took over the program at Demopolis Academy in 1989 after a 1-9 finish the previous year. His first team lost in the finals before winning the AISA football title the next season.

His teams have won a state basketball title, two baseball titles and a girls softball title as well. Coach Niblett was inducted into the Alabama Independent School Associations Hall of Fame in 2000.

Coach Nibletts overall record is 176-145-2 in 29 seasons as a head football coach. His teams were 16-11 in the playoffs. He was the head coach at no less than ten different schools during his career in Alabama.

His two sons, Tad and Josh have followed in their fathers footsteps. Tad has been the head football coach at several schools around the state and Josh is the current head coach at perennial power Hoover High School.

Alabama Record:  224-105-0   68.1%
Other States Record:  5-5-0   50.0%
Overall High School Record:  229-110-0   67.6%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Hooper Academy
Hooper Academy2007 AISA-AAA1-989278R11-675188
Hooper Academy2006 AISA-AAA2-8135310R12-5104198
 2 Years3-172245880-0003-11179386
Central Christian
Central Christian2003 AISA-A6-52482310-1037R25-118662
Central Christian2002 AISA-A10-22971861-14846R2#6-017283
Central Christian1998 AISA-A1-9100405West0-564207
 3 Years17-166458221-2488311-6422352
Meadowview Christian
Meadowview Christian1997 AISA-AAA6-52871720-1627Central3-116768
Meadowview Christian1996 AISA-AAA9-34282251-14630Central#4-019562
Meadowview Christian1995 AISA-AAA9-32691251-12962West5-216933
 3 Years24-119845222-38111912-3531163
Glenwood School
Glenwood School1994 AISA-AAA7-42401470-1010East4-215561
Glenwood School1993 AISA-AA6-52301930-1612East
Glenwood School1992 AISA-AA12-14381413-011154East
Glenwood School1991 AISA-AAA12-1390753-07715East
 4 Years37-1112985566-2194914-215561
Demopolis Academy
Demopolis Academy1990 AISA-A12-1447733-01110
Demopolis Academy1989 AISA-A8-53901852-14539West3-3212110
 2 Years20-68372585-1156393-3212110
Coosa Valley Academy
Coosa Valley Academy1987 AISA-AA6-52031890-1629
Coosa Valley Academy1986 AISA-AA7-42801460-1723
Coosa Valley Academy1985 AISA-AA5-5239179
 3 Years18-147225140-213520-000
Lee-Scott Academy
Lee-Scott Academy1983 AISA-AA7-325890
Lee-Scott Academy1982 AISA-AA6-6342221
 2 Years13-96003110-0000-000
Lee Academy
Lee Academy1981 AISA-AA3-8130285
Lee Academy1980 AISA-AA0-10-168361
 2 Years3-18-11986460-0000-000
South Montgomery Academy
South Montgomery Academy1979 AISA-AA11-1389602-0416
South Montgomery Academy1978 AISA-AA5-6267202
 2 Years16-76562622-04160-000
Meadowview Christian
Meadowview Christian1977 AISA-AA8-3-12391290-1047
Meadowview Christian1976 AISA-AA9-32921210-1712
 2 Years17-6-15312500-27590-000
Southside Selma
Southside Selma1975 4A6-4256154R30-12635
Southside Selma1974 3A3-7127261R6
Southside Selma1973 3A3-7118215
 3 Years12-185016300-0000-12635
Dadeville1971 2A4-6287270
Dadeville1970 2A0-10146435
 2 Years4-164337050-0000-000
 30 Years184-149-27629606416-1254044933-2615251107

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Southwest Georgia Academy, Georgia
1 Year5-5-00-0 
Totals Alabama and Other States
31 Years189-154-216-12 

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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.