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1958 Pickens County Tornados

 1958    Pickens County Tornados
 Record: 9-1-0
 Head Coach: J.T. Elmore
 The 1958 Pickens County Tornados were chosen Class 1A State Champions by the Birmingham Post Herald


1958 was considered a rebuilding year for the Pickens County team in 1958. All they did was finish in a three way tie with Gordo and Aliceville for the county championship and more importantly the Tornados were chosen as state champions by the Birmingham Post-Herald.

Jerry Elmore was selected as the "Back of the Week" by the Tuscaloosa News for his efforts in a 31-7 win over Palmetto. He ran for two touchdowns of 32 and 18 yards in the victory for the Tornados. Co-captains for the 1958 season were Glendon Skelton and Bobby Howard.

Pickens County was coached by J.T. Elmore who was in his fourth and last season as the head coach for the Tornados. During his short tenure Pickens County would compile a 33-5-1 record. He was assisted by Boyd Batchelor.

The Tornados only loss came against a very good Gordo team by a 7-0 score. They handed Lamar County their only loss of the season on November 7th. On November 26th they defeated Holt in the annual Turkey Bowl by a 10-7 score. The win was good enough to impress the poll voters for Class A in Birmingham.

1958  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 26   Brookwood W
 31   Kennedy W
 31   Palmetto W
 26   Hale County W
 32   Carrollton W
 33   Millport W
   Lamar County W
   Gordo L
 14   Aliceville W
 10   Holt W
210 9-1-0 33
 Birmingham Post Herald 
 Final Poll                           12/2/1958
 Rank   Team   Record   Votes    
1       Pickens County (9-1)18.5 
2       Pine Hill (9-1)18.4 
3       Cleveland (8-1-1)18.3 
4       Ardmore (8-0)18.2 
5       Meek (9-0-1)18 
6       Catholic Montgomery (9-1)17.9 
7       Smiths Station (10-0)17.5 
8       Orrville (9-1)17.4 
9       Red Bay (9-1)17.3 
10       Addison (8-1-1)17.2 
11       Gaylesville (5-0-1)17.2 
12       Frisco City (8-2)17.2 

1958 Pickens County All-State Players
 Jerry ElmoreB 1A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Jerry ElmoreB 1A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Jerry ElmoreB 1A HM  Birmingham Post Herald

1958 Pickens County All-Star Players
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Glendon Skelton 1A  Birmingham Post Herald

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.