POLL: Best Troy/Pike County area high school football team?

Published 1:51 pm Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What team is the greatest high school football team from the Troy/Pike County area?

  • 1980 CHHS Trojans (34%, 186 Votes)
  • 2009 PLAS Patriots (29%, 156 Votes)
  • 1989 PCHS Bulldogs (10%, 57 Votes)
  • 2005 PCHS Bulldogs (8%, 43 Votes)
  • 2008 PLAS Patriots (7%, 38 Votes)
  • 2003 CHHS Trojans (7%, 38 Votes)
  • 2010 GHS Eagles (2%, 11 Votes)
  • 1991 GHS Eagles (2%, 10 Votes)
  • 2011 ZCHS Rebels (1%, 8 Votes)
  • 1974 ZCHS Rebels (1%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 544

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1980 Charles Henderson Trojans

The 1980 Trojans, led by iconic head coach Jay Jeffcoat, captured the school’s only state championship,, knocking off Hartselle 14-7. The Trojans rolled to a perfect 13-0 record, giving up an average of just 9.2 points per game. Running back Jerry Beverly and lineman Willie Collins earned all-state mentions following the title season.

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 2003 Charles Henderson Trojans

Hugh Fountain’s eighth year at the helm of the Trojans went down as one of the best ever for CHHS. The Trojans finished 10-2, and runner-up in their region. CHHS’ defense dominated opponents throughout the season, allowing just 7.3 points per game, and pitching five shutouts. Jason Smiley, Josh Post, Patrice Brooks and Willie Suddith were all-state selections.

 1989 Pike County Bulldogs

The Bulldogs’ Steven Coleman ran wild through defenses in 1989, en route to 13-2 record and back-to-back state titles for Pike County, Pike County, led by Wayne Grant, was a perfect 9-0 inside the confines of Bulldog Stadium, including a 20-19 win over Colbert County in the title game. Steven Coleman, Tony Lee, Leonard Phillips and Joey Davis led the way for Pike County, and were selected to All-State teams.

 2005 Pike County Bulldogs

Wayne Grant captured three state titles in his second stint in Brundidge, but 2005 stands out. Pike County dominated their way to the title, posting a perfect 15-0 record and outscoring opponents by an average of 41 points per game. In a five game stretch in the middle of the season, PCHS outscored opponents 309-0. James Jackson, Jarmon Barrow, Julius Fenn, Kevin Marshall, Martez Boykin, Tim Isaac, and Grant earned all-state nods.

 2008 Pike Liberal Arts Patriots

In just Steven Kilcrease’s second year on the job, the 2008 Patriots emerged from nowhere to capture the AISA AAA State Championship, knocking off Ft. Dale 20-17 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Pats’ offense, led by Jerrel Foster and Douglas Hawkins averaged 30 points a game along the way. The defense, anchored by lineman Cory Goodson, held opponents to just 12 ppg.

 2009 Pike Liberal Arts Patriots

It was another year, another title for Pike Liberal in 2009. Some folks say the hardest thing to do in sports is winning championships in back-to-back seasons, but the Pats did just that. The PLAS offense, led by quarterback Trey Walters and tight end Sam Carroll, averaged over 35 points a game, and trounced Bessemer in the title game 36-20. The defense was anchored by Justin and Nick McLaughlin. Walters, Carroll, the McLaughlin brothers, Carroll and Tanner Grant were named All-State players.

 1991 Goshen Eagles

Goshen’s 1991 squad accomplished things that no other team in school history had ever done. The team posted the school’s fist 11 win season, and still holds the record for most wins in a season. Goshen posted a perfect 6-0 mark at the Eagles Nest. The offense averaged over 31 points a game, and the defense, anchored by All-State selections Demetrie Berry Sedric Marti and William Teague, gave up just eight points a game on average.

 2010 Goshen Eagles

The Goshen offense soared in 2010, averaging over 44 points a game, and racking up nine wins. The offensive unit scored less than 20 points just once during the season, a 21-19 loss at Elba, and notched at least 50 points on four different occasions. In head coach Bart Snyder’s second season, the Eagles set the record for most points scored in a season, 479, and in a single game, 65.

 1974 Zion Chapel Rebels

The 1974 Zion Chapel Rebels marched through the season undefeated before falling the 1A state title game to Carrolton. Zion averaged 27 points a game on offense, and allowed just 6.6 ppg on defense. The team allowed more than 12 points only one time during the 13 game season. Standout center Rex Marler was selected to play in the post-season All-Star Game.

 2011 Zion Chapel Rebels

Emerging from obscurity, the 2011 ZC team finished in the runner-up spot in its region after years of sub-par seasons. The Rebels finished 8-3 and hosted a playoff game for the first time since 1979. The offense, led by Dustin Riggsbee, LaMarcus Adair and Blake Powell, averaged 23 points per game along the way to what many in Jack call the “Dream Season.”