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1959 Linden Patriots

 1959    Linden Patriots
 Record: 8-1-1
 Head Coach: Walter Henders
 The 1959 Linden Patriots were chosen Class A State Champions by the Birmingham News from District 2.


Linden returned only six lettermen from the 1958 season after losing seven starters from the previous season. The Red Devils would finish the 1958 season with a record of 8-1-1 which was good enough to be named as the District 2 state champions by the Birmingham News.

The only blemishes on their record were a 13-6 loss to powerhouse Sumter County (9-0-1) and a 0-0 tie with Marengo County (8-1-1). Sumter County would win the class 1A title as awarded by the Birmingham Post-Herald.

The Patriots tallied 85.5 points to 81.5 for Smiths Station and 80 for Marengo County in the final voting by the Birmingham News.

On September 19 the Red Devils dedicated their new stadium by defeating Coffeeville 27-0. In the game, Don Jackson rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns. In the first quarter he caught a 50 yard pass from Henry Roberts and followed that score with a second period 45 yard reception and a 39 yard run in the third.

Kenneth Turner capped off the scoring with a 24 yard run in the final stanza for the Red Devils.

The Red Devils were coached by Walter Henders in 1959. He had come to Linden prior to the 1958 season and immediately turned the Red Devils into winner by going 7-2-1 in his initial season as the head coach. During his ten season tenure at Linden he compiled a record of 79-17-4 with perfect seasons in 1962 and 1964.

1959  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 13   Greensboro 12 W
 27   Coffeeville W
 26   Dallas County W
   Demopolis W
   Marengo County T
 25   Choctaw County W
   Sumter County 13 L
 31   Uniontown 13 W
 14   Thomasville W
 25   Sweet Water W
173 8-1-1 44

1959 Linden All-State Players
 Charlie HensonG A 1  Birmingham News
 Charlie HensonG A 1  Birmingham News
 Mitchell HaleE A HM  Birmingham News
 Charlie HensonG A HM  Birmingham News

1959 Linden All-Star Players

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