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Bessemer City Purple Tigers
Bessemer City High School

100 High School Dr. Bessemer, AL 35022
Stadium: Bessemer City Stadium
Colors: Purple & White
Coach: Antonio Nelson
Region: 6A-R4
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Bessemer City Purple Tigers



Bessemer City Football History

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Team History on AHSFHS.org
 
Team Timeline
First Team: 1910  (#1)
  1918 - First undefeated season.
  1932 - First perfect season.
  1935 - First game at Snitz Snider Stadium.
  1940 - Allowed 6 points in the 9 games.
  1952 - First 10-0 regular season.
  1969 - Changed name to Jess Lanier
  1969 - Consolidated with Carver to form Jess Lanier.
  1977 - First playoff appearance.
  1977 - First region championship.
  1981 - First playoff win.
  1986 - First 12 win season.
  2010 - Changed name from Jess Lanier.
 
Championships
State Playoff Championships
1990
State Mythical Championships
1940 , 1951 , 1952 , 
1954 , 1954 
Region Championships
  None
 
Team Records
 Overall Record 659-396-34
 Winning Pct. 62%
 State Playoff Titles 1
 State Mythical Titles 5
 Region/Area Titles 
 Region/Area Record 141-99
 All State Players (#3)14
 NFL Players (#4)0
 Weeks Ranked #1 0
 Home Record 273-136-9
 Away Record 179-179-5
 
By The Numbers
 Seasons 116
 Winning Seasons (#2) 82
 Losing Seasons (#2)27
 Most Wins in A Season 12 (1990)
 Most Losses in A Season 10 (2021)
 10 Win Seasons 11
 Most Points Scored in a Game 93 (10/11/1919)
 Most Points Scored in a Season 419 (1990)
 Most Points Allowed in a Game 62 (8/28/2020)
 Most Points Allowed in a Season 400 (2021)
 Largest Margin of Victory 93 (10/11/1919)
 Largest Margin of Defeat 62 (8/28/2020)
 Most Points Both Teams in a Game 93 (10/11/1919)
 Last Shutout 10/16/2020
 Last Time Shutout 10/22/2021
 Shutouts All-Time 276
 Been Shutout All-Time 130
 
Streaks
 Longest Win 18 (9/21/1951-11/20/1952)
 Longest Losing 12 (10/23/2020-Current)
 
Playoff Records
 Overall Record 31-27
 Appearances 28
 1st Round 15-13
 2nd Round 9-6
 3rd Round 4-5
 Semi-Finals 2-2
 Finals 1-1
 
By the Decade
 2020-29  2-18
 2010-19  58-53
 2000-09  67-41
 1990-99 82-35
 1980-89 74-38-2
 1970-79 57-42-1
 1960-69 43-47-8
 1950-59 60-34-2
 
Enrollment History
 Year  Students  (Rank) 
 2022-23 627 (79)
 2020-21 685 (73)
 2018-19 756 (66)
 2016-17 613 (89)
 2014-15 637 (77)
 2012-13 744 (62)
 2010-11 756 (59)
 2008-09 689 (64)
 2006-07 667 (68)
 2004-05 642 (69)
 2002-03 735 (61)
 2000-01 736 (56)
 1998-99 774 (43)
 1996-97 775 (39)
 1994-95 794 (37)
 1990-91 835 (42)
 1988-89 733 (56)
 1986-87 712 (60)
 1984-85 825 (43)
  
Next Game
 8/19/2022 (Fri)
 Woodlawn
in a Non-Region Game.
Last Time: Bessemer won 50-0 in 2013.
All-Time:
  vs. Woodlawn 27-16-2 62.8% 
 
2022 Season
 8/19   Woodlawn            
 8/26   Tuscaloosa County            
 9/2   McAdory   *          
 9/9   Northridge   *          
 9/16   Hueytown   *          
 9/23   Shades Valley            
 9/30   Brookwood   *          
 10/7   Hillcrest Tuscaloosa   *          
 10/14   Central Tuscaloosa   *          
 10/21   Paul Bryant   *          
 10/28   OPEN 
 
2022 Season Totals
  Record0-0
  Scoring0-0
  Region Record0-0
  Home Record0-0
  Away Record0-0
 
 Region 4 Standings
  Bessemer City 0-00-0
  Brookwood 0-00-0
  Central Tuscaloosa 0-00-0
  Hillcrest Tuscaloosa 0-00-0
  Hueytown 0-00-0
  McAdory 0-00-0
  Northridge 0-00-0
  Paul Bryant 0-00-0
 
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Longest Running Rivalry
 Bessemer & Hueytown have played 77 games.
Bessemer has won 52 games.
Hueytown has won 23 games.
with 2 tie games.
 
Record Against Ranked Teams (since 1984)
 Total 3-19
 Regular Season 2-15
 Playoffs 1-4
 Lower Class 0-3
 Same Class 2-14
 Higher Class 1-2
 5A 0-3
 6A 2-14
 7A 1-2
 
Record when scoring..... (since 2000)
 Scoring  Record 
 less than 10 4-54
 10 or more 123-58
 20 or more  101-30
 30 or more 65-3
 40 or more 32-0
 
Record when allowing..... (since 2000)
 Points Allowed  Record 
 less than 10 67-3
 10 or more 60-109
 20 or more 19-89
 30 or more 3-55
 40 or more 1-26
 
Border Wars
 vs. Georgia 7 - 4 - 1
 vs. Tennessee 6 - 0 - 0
 vs. Florida 0 - 1 - 0
 vs. Mississippi 0 - 1 - 0
 
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NOTES:
(1) If 'First Year' is unknown we assume a year based upon research.
(2) Winning and losing seasons counted only if team plays at least 5 games.
(3) All State players counted for the all state teams we have in our database. We must have an entire team for the appropriate classification to make additions to the teams. Only ASWA teams are recognized after 1982.
(4) NFL Players counted for any player that participated in a regular season game.

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.