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1961 Russellville Golden Tigers

 1961    Russellville Golden Tigers
 Record: 8-0-2
 Head Coach: Bill Doty
 The 1961 Russellville Golden Tigers were chosen Class 3A State Champions by the Birmingham Post Herald


Bill Doty in his first season as head coach at Russellville led the Golden Tigers to the 1961 state championship. He was assisted by line coach John Blackwell.

All Tennessee Valley Conference honors went to tackle James Stone and fullback Elmer Murray. Jack Graham and David Fisher were defensive leaders for the Tigers by tying for the most tackles during the season. Back of the year award went to Harold Miller while James Stone won most valuable lineman.

1961  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 45   Phil Campbell W
 41   Colbert County W
   Coffee T
 34   Central Florence W
   Deshler T
 39   Hartselle 14 W
 21   Haleyville W
 20   Sheffield W
 40   Lawrence County W
 13   Cherokee W
266 8-0-2 45
 Birmingham Post Herald 
 Final Poll                           12/12/1961
 Rank   Team   Record   Votes    
1       Russellville (8-0-2)26.3 
2       Foley (10-0)26.1 
3       Sylacauga (9-1)25.8 
4       Enterprise (9-1)25.7 
5       Haleyville (9-1)25.6 
6       Childersburg (9-1)25.1 
7       Fairfield (8-1-1)25 
8       McAdory (7-2-1)24.6 
9       Tallassee (7-1-1)24.5 
10       Fayette County (7-3)24.3 

1961 Russellville All-State Players
 James StoneT 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 James StoneT 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 James StoneT 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Elmer MurrayB 3A 2  Birmingham Post Herald
 Harold MillerB 3A HM  Birmingham Post Herald

1961 Russellville All-Star Players
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 James Stone T 3A  Birmingham Post Herald

1961 Russellville Roster
  James Stone  
  Dave Fisher  
  Billy Hester  
  Gerald Rogers  
  Richard Archibald  
  Tommy Underwood  
  Ronnie Bobo  
  Johnny Burns  
  Jack Graham  
  Harold Miller  
  Elmer Murray  
  Tommy James  
  John Felton  
  Jim Felton  
  Bobby Berry  
  Roy Cochran  

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