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1961 Sylacauga Aggies

 1961    Sylacauga Aggies
 Record: 9-1-0
 Head Coach: Tom Calvin
 The 1961 Sylacauga Aggies were chosen Class AA State Champions by the Birmingham News from District 3.


This was a very good football team that should have been undefeated. Two of the seniors signed with Alabama and two signed with Memphis State, one signed with the Merchant Marine Academy and one with VMI. Of the juniors, one signed with Alabama, one with Auburn, and one with Southern Miss. One of the sophomores later signed with Alabama too.

 1961    Sylacauga Aggies Team Photo

1961  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 51   Locust Fork W
 32   John Carroll W
   Parrish Selma 20 L
 13   Talladega W
   Benjamin Russell W
 13   Shades Valley W
 27   Oxford W
 25   Pell City W
 21   Childersburg W
 14   B.B. Comer W
208 9-1-0 34

1961 Sylacauga All-State Players
 Jimmy CottonC AA 1  Birmingham News
 Johnny CottonG AA 1  Birmingham News
 Gary RayB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Jimmy EppersonE AA HM  Birmingham News
 Johnny CottonG AA 1  Birmingham News
 Gary RayB AA 2  Birmingham News
 Jimmy EppersonE AA HM  Birmingham News

1961 Sylacauga All-Star Players
 All Southern   
 Gary Ray B AA  Birmingham News
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Gary Ray HB AA  Birmingham News

1961 Sylacauga Roster
10 Richard Brewer    
11 Cline Rhodes    
12 Jimmy Green    
22 John Gilbert    
24 Gary Ray    
30 Graham Danford    
35 Bobbitt    
36 Alan Thompson    
40 Ballard    
42 Pringle    
42 Aubrey Dale    
44 Don Parker    
50 Turner    
52 Bobby McConnell    
65 Mike Mitchell    
66 David Bailey    
67 Gene Ham    
68 Johnny Cotton    
70 Fred Pate    
72 Charles Harris    
73 Bob McGrady    
74 Bill Carter    
76 Little    
78 Billy Riddle    
80 Robert Rumsey    
82 Jimmy Epperson    
84 Earl McCord    
85 Jerry Riggins    
86 Joe Wooten    

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Bart Starr received coaching from Kentucky great Babe Parilli his senior season at Sidney Lanier in hopes of joining Bear Bryant at Kentucky. He had to settle for Alabama.