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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

1961 Foley Lions

 1961    Foley Lions
 Record: 10-0-0
 Head Coach: Ivan Jones
 The 1961 Foley Lions were chosen Class AA State Champions by the Birmingham News from District 1.


The 1961 Foley Lions were a dominant team to say the least. They rolled through a perfect 10-0 season and along the way outscored their opponents 433-6. The closest game they played all season was a 31-0 victory over archrival Robertsdale. Hall of Fame Coach Ivan Jones had a cast of talented athletes led by future Foley coach Lester Smith at quarterback.

His backup was not bad either, sophomore Kenny Stabler. Running backs Don Foster and Anthony DeMarlo would score 20 and 21 touchdowns respectively on the season. The only touchdown allowed all season came against Alba late in the fourth quarter after Foley had built a 41-0 lead on a 65 yard pass play.

 1961    Foley Lions Team Photo

1961  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 52   Theodore W
 34   UMS W
 41   Alba W
 31   Robertsdale W
 33   Escambia County W
 41   Baldwin County W
 59   Grand Bay W
 52   Baker W
 37   Fairhope W
 53   Catholic FL W
433 10-0-0 6

1961 Foley All-State Players
 Anthony DeMarloB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Jay CrosbyT AA 2  Birmingham News
 Don FosterB AA 2  Birmingham News
 Anthony DeMarloB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Don FosterB AA HM  Birmingham News
 Jay CrosbyT AA HM  Birmingham News
 Ivan JonesCoach AA 1  Birmingham News
 Anthony DeMarloB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Don FosterB AA HM  Birmingham News
 Jay CrosbyT AA HM  Birmingham News

1961 Foley All-Star Players
 All Southern   
 Anthony DeMarlo HB AA  Birmingham News
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Anthony DeMarlo HB AA  Birmingham News

1961 Foley Roster
10 Jimmy Paul QB
11 Lester Smith QB
12 Kenny Stabler QB
20 Anthony De Marlo HB
21 Nicky Jones HB
22 Wayne Chisenhall HB
23 Henry Malac G
30 Otis Reed HB
32 Tommy Underwood HB
33 Don Foster FB
40 Joe Wenzel HB
41 Rick Morris
42 Tommy Childress
50 Ricky Jensen C
51 Bill Rabon C
52 Sheldon Lipscomb
58 Kenny Helton C
60 Jay Crosby T
61 Henry Bruhn
63 Troy Flowers G
64 Charles Deese
66 Dicky Sute G
68 Ted Gibson G
70 Lenny Hayes
71 Gene Kinsey T
72 Joe Manning T
73 Gene Morris T
74 Arthur Anderson T
75 Charles Rockstall T
80 Thurston Lauder E
82 Glen Blackmon E
83 Dennis Crosby T
85 Ronnie Helton E

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Collinsville completed the 1931 season with a record of 1-4-5. The five ties will forever be a state record since all games are now decided by overtime.