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1972 Foley vs. Fairhope

1972 Foley vs. Fairhope
1972 Foley vs. Fairhope

In 1972 only eight teams would qualify for the playoffs in each classification. In the case of the Foley and Fairhope game that season the importance of the game was huge. The winner went to the playoffs and the loser stayed home.

Foley came into the game with a 6-1-1 record while Fairhope entered with an 8-1 record. Foley took a 13-0 first quarter lead on runs by Johnny Mason and Mike Prim only to have the Pirates storm back to lead 14-13 at halftime.

After a third quarter touchdown by the Pirates, Foley would score late only to come up short on the two-point conversion for a final score of 21-19.

The Pirates would lose to Huffman 21-7 in the first round of the playoffs the following week.

At that time the fans would line the field because the stadium was much smaller than it is today. Notice the clock that, well, looks like a clock.

*- Foley is in the white jerseys
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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

The first football game played by a high school team in Alabama was in 1892 when Central Birmingham (Phillips) lost to Alabama 56-0 on November 11.