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Anniston Turkey Bowl

   The Turkey Bowl was played each Thanksgiving in Anniston from 1951 until 1961. The first four years saw the Calhoun County Champion play Anniston but in 1955 Anniston was out and the top two county schools played.

  In 1961, the last year of the Turkey Bowl, Anniston played one last time. Beginning in 1962 all the schools in the county, except Anniston, played an 8 game schedule and the top four played in a county playoff. In 1963 and 1964 no championship was played but in 1965 the top two teams played a Championship game at Anniston.

Over the years it was known as The Model City Classic, The Calhoun County Championship and other names. The game began being played on Thanksgiving day but was later moved to an earlier date when the playoffs interfered with such a late date. The Anniston Quarterback Club sponsored the annual event.

Anniston Turkey Bowl results:

195111/22/1951Anniston 34 Alexandria 31
195211/27/1952Anniston 14 Alexandria 13
195311/26/1953Anniston 27 Ohatchee 7
195411/25/1954Anniston 33 Jacksonville 7
195511/24/1955Oxford 33 Jacksonville 7
195611/22/1956Jacksonville 13 Alexandria 0
195711/28/1957Alexandria 14 Jacksonville 13
195811/27/1958Piedmont 26 Walter Wellborn 6
195911/26/1959Piedmont 25 Alexandria 14
196011/24/1960Piedmont 13 Oxford 0
196111/23/1961Anniston 26 Jacksonville 6
196211/22/1962Walter Wellborn 12 Oxford 0
1963-64No Games
196511/19/1965 Walter Wellborn 7 Piedmont 0
196611/18/1966Oxford 7 Walter Wellborn 7
196711/17/1967Alexandria 24 Walter Wellborn 16
196811/15/1968Oxford 12 Cobb Avenue 6
196911/14/1969Cobb Avenue 34 Anniston 21
197011/19/1970Oneonta 13 Alexandria 7

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