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Alabama All-Star Game


      The 1949 game was a spectator's dream -- a real battle from beginning to end. The Northerners made it two wins in a row with a 7-6 victory. The Southerners scored early and held the lead until the last quarter when Clell Hopson of Tuscaloosa High broke away. The terrific tackling of Bobby Marlow for the South was one of the outstanding features of the game. This big fellow from Troy High School gave a real demonstration in backing up the line.

      William H. Bancroft, Anniston, served as head coach of the smooth operating Northern All-Stars. His staff was composed of Hal Self, Athens; Fred Payne, Fayette; and Joe Gann, Jones Valley. The North employed the Notre Dame box formation.

      The coaching staff of the Southern squad was headed by Rip Hewes, Dothan; and included Havis Dawson, Murphy; W. H. Brown, Valley; and Sam Jones, York. The South All-Stars used the Norman "T" to good advantage, being able to run wide or pitch out, and Marlow was ever dangerous through the middle.

 North Roster 
 Player   Team   Position   Ht.   Wt.   Class   College 
  Floyd Bennett  Anniston RG Sr.  
  Paul Billings  Shades Valley LT Sr.  
  Bobby Branum  Madison County B Sr.  
  John Braswell  Decatur Sr.  
  Guy Bruce  Jones Valley C Sr.  Auburn
  Wallace Bullington  Athens C Sr.  Abilene Christian
  Archie Carmichael  Deshler G Sr.  
  Allan Drash  Ramsay FB Sr.  
  Ed Dupree  Talladega RE Sr.  
  Dock Godsey  Brilliant E Sr.  
  William Godsey  Haleyville B Sr.  
  Dick Greer  Anniston RT Sr.  
  Bud Hancock  Scottsboro B Sr.  
  Marvin Hester  Anniston B Sr.  
  Clell Hobson  Tuscaloosa LHB Sr.  Alabama
  Frank Horne  Fayette County LG Sr.  
  Bill Howell  Pell City G Sr.  
  Bill Humphries  Etowah B Sr.  
  James Kimbrough  Deshler Sr.  
 Jack Lewis  Ramsay Sr.  
 Jack Lewis  Ramsay LE6-0 190Sr.  
  James Lovelace  Coffee B Sr.  
  Sam McGee  Tuscaloosa County G Sr.  
  Fred Mims  Woodlawn QB 180Sr.  
  Vernon Sparks  Guntersville G Sr.  
  James Stacy  Jones Valley B Sr.  
  Tommy Tucker  Decatur Sr.  
  Jerry Watford  Gadsden T Sr.  
  Joe West  Holt RHB Sr.  

 South Roster 
 Player   Team   Position   Ht.   Wt.   Class   College 
  John Alonzo  McGill LG Sr.  
  Charles Bell  Valley RE Sr.  
  Billy Bond  Sumter County QB Sr.  
  Sid Coleman  Sidney Lanier HB Sr.  
  Carroll Collins  Central Phenix City C Sr.  
  Chris Davis  Benjamin Russell G Sr.  
  Enos Franks  West Blocton E Sr.  
  Bruce Hanahan  Dothan FB Sr.  
  Sam Hanks  Evergreen T Sr.  
  John Herndon  Eutaw G Sr.  
  Carl Madison  Escambia County HB Sr.  
  Bobby Marlow  Troy RHB Sr.  Alabama
  Charlie Mack Martin  Enterprise C Sr.  
  Leon Martin  T.R. Miller E Sr.  
  Leonard McGarr  Tallassee RG Sr.  
  Billy Morris.  Dothan LT Sr.  
  Murray Nichols  Francis Marion G Sr.  
  Harold Pate  Starke E Sr.  
  Malcolm Senn  Opp HB Sr.  
  Haywood Sullivan  Dothan QB Sr.  
  Hudson Thompson  Valley Sr.  
  Gene Watlington  Sidney Lanier LE Sr.  
  Jimmy West  UMS HB Sr.  
  Billy Williams  Lincoln C Sr.  
  Jack Williams  Tallassee RT Sr.  
  Johnny Williams  Bibb County HB Sr.  
  Charlie Wise  Sidney Lanier T Sr.  
  Sonny Work  Gadsden LHB Sr.  

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