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1957 Lanett Panthers

 1957    Lanett Panthers
 Record: 10-0-0
 Head Coach: Mal Morgan
 The 1957 Lanett Panthers were chosen Class 2A State Champions by the Birmingham Post Herald


The Lanett Panthers rolled through their 1957 schedule on their way to a perfect 10-0 season. They outscored their opponents 251-51 and have a 19-0-1 record over the past two seasons. The Panthers were led on offense by all-state performed Bobby Hunt who rushed for 409 yards and passed for another 419 yards. Charlie Stephens was the leading ground gainer with 805 yards rushing and an eight yard per carry average for the season.

Lanett trailed only once during the season that after Alexander City jumped to a 7-0 lead but the Panthers would regain control and coast to a 33-7 win. Mailon Kent rushed for 687 yards with Wayne Holley gaining 140 more. Hunt was the leading passer completing 23 of 67 aerials, while Donnie Howell was the leading receiver with 12 catches for 204 yards.

Coach Morgan was assisted by Ken Avinger and Albert Killian.

 1957    Lanett Panthers Team Photo

1957  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 20   LaGrange GA W
 26   Opelika W
 33   Benjamin Russell W
 31   Tallassee W
 37   Handley 19 W
 14   Central Phenix City W
 21   Auburn W
 26   Eufaula W
 19   Wetumpka W
 24   Valley W
251 10-0-0 58
 Birmingham Post Herald 
 Final Poll                           
 Rank   Team   Record   Votes    
1       Lanett (10-0)24.6 
2       Sylacauga (8-0-1)24 
3       Alexandria (7-0-2)22 
4       Escambia County (9-0-1)21 
5       Charles Henderson (8-1)20.5 
6       Jacksonville (7-1-2)20.2 
7       Gordo (9-0)20 
8       Guntersville (8-2)19.6 
9       Enterprise (9-1)19.4 
10       Russellville (7-2)19.1 
11       Childersburg (8-2)19 
12       Chilton County (8-1)18.7 
13       T.R. Miller (7-1-2)18 
14       Winfield (7-1-1)17.5 
15       Scottsboro (7-3)17.1 

1957 Lanett All-State Players
 Bobby HuntB 2A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Jimmy JonesT 2A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Bobby HuntB 2A 2  Birmingham Post Herald
 Bobby HuntQB 2A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 ShanksE 2A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Jimmy JonesT 2A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 HillG 2A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 StephensFB 2A HM  Birmingham Post Herald

1957 Lanett All-Star Players
 All Southern   
 Bobby Hunt B 2A  Birmingham Post Herald
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Bobby Hunt QB 2A  Birmingham Post Herald

1957 Lanett Roster
  Donnie Howell  
  Howard Davis  
  Jerry Loudermilk  
  Mickey Shivers  
  Charles Holley  
  Roy Townsend  
  David Slaughter  
  Hewlett Giddens  
  Ronnie Dobson  
  Ross Whitman  
  Walter Turner  
  Eugene Gamble  
  Mailon Kent  
  Phillip Hunt  
  Phillip Raye  
  Jimmy Motley  
  Eugene Keltor  
  Barry Oliver  
  David Hill  
  Terry McCarthy  
  Raye Dees  
  Bobby Short  
  Jimmy Hill  
  Billy Wayne Hamlet  
  Bobby McClure  
  Coy Sorrells  
  Tony White  
  R.J. Browning  
  Gary Henderson  

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Murphy and Theodore battled through seven overtimes before the Panthers came out on top 33-26 in 1979.