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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

1928 Sidney Lanier Poets

 1928    Sidney Lanier Poets
 Record: 11-0-0
 Head Coach: Herschel Caldwell
 The 1928 Sidney Lanier Poets were chosen State Champions.


The Sidney Lanier Poets would lay claim to the 1928 State Championship after running roughshod over eleven foes during the season. The Poets outscored their opponents 366-31 in a season with very few close games. Led by Captain John Cain, who was considered by many the be one of the best high school backs to ever play in the state at that time, would defeat St. Bernard 46-0 to wrap up the unbeaten season. Before over 4,000 spectators in the Cramton Bowl.

Of the thirty-one point allowed during the season the Alabama Freshmen would get thirteen of those. No other opponent would score more than once against the Poets as only Lineville, Alexander City and Dothan were able to cross the goal line.

 1928    Sidney Lanier Poets Team Photo

1928  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 45   Dadeville W
 52   Alexander City W
 27   Dothan W
 33   Decatur W
   Simpson W
 45   Anniston W
 21   Cloverdale W
 19   Alabama Freshmen 13 W
 33   Lineville W
 37   Murphy W
 46   St. Bernard W
364 11-0-0 37

1928 Sidney Lanier All-State Players
 CainHB A 1  
 TurnerE A 2  
 DavidsonC A 2  
 MoseleyG A 2  

1928 Sidney Lanier All-Star Players

1928 Sidney Lanier Roster
  John Cain QB
  Tom Shakelford HB
  Harry Katz FB
  Clarence Brannon HB
  Bob Turner LE
  Frank Mosley G
  Max Davidson C
  Harry Crossland RE
  Al Oliver  
  Bob Cone T
  Everette Dennis  
  Joe Cardwell T
  Lamar Williams FB
  Charles Dykes HB
  T.B. Ingram  
  Carlos Buffalow  

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Luverne 'Toad' Wise was the first female football player in Alabama and may have been the first in the country. She was a kicker for the Escambia County Blue Devils in 1939-40.