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1964 Tuscaloosa Black Bears

 1964    Tuscaloosa Black Bears
 Record: 9-1-0
 Head Coach: Bill Henderson
 The 1964 Tuscaloosa Black Bears were chosen Class 4A State Champions by the Birmingham Post Herald


The 1964 Black Bears were coached by Billy Henderson with Tom Tarleton, Marion Pierson, Tom Danner and Gerald Stephens assisting. They returned at least one letterman at each backfied position so expectations were high for the 1964 season. In fact they returned lettermen at every position on offense except center.

The Black Bears defense proved to be one of the best units in the state in 1964. They allowed ten opponents only 34 points. Sidney Lanier scored 21 of those points and only Ensley and Lee Montgomery were able to score against them with one touchdown each. Actually the Lee touchdown came on a kickoff turn of 99 yards.

Tuscaloosa breezed through their schedule with only a second game loss to Lanier keeping them from their first undefeated season since 1949. The 1949 Black Bears finished 9-0 under head coach Frank Kendall with Billy Henderson serving as his assistant.

Sidney Lanier led the polls until a final weekend loss to Lee Montgomery dropped them to third in the final poll by the Birmingham Post-Herald. The Black Bears edged out an undefeated Coffee team in the final poll by the Birmingham Post-Herald. Coffee was named state champions by the Associated Press final poll after Tuscaloosa led the poll the previous week.

Coach Henderson had been the Head coach for six seasons following the 1964 year and had accumulated a record of 42-13-4. Tuscaloosa had finished third in the state in 1963 losing only to Lanier 7-0 and Ensley 9-6.

1964  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 28   Holt W
   Sidney Lanier 21 L
 41   Bessemer W
 13   Hueytown W
 37   Anniston W
 16   Lee Montgomery W
 34   Tuscaloosa County W
 21   Ensley W
 21   Phillips Birmingham W
 14   Gadsden W
231 9-1-0 34
 Birmingham Post Herald 
 Final Poll                           12/10/1964
 Rank   Team   Record   Votes    
1       Tuscaloosa (9-1)24.1 
2       Coffee (10-0)22.5 
3       Sidney Lanier (9-1)21.4 
4       Tarrant (10-0)19.8 
5       Gadsden (9-1)19.7 
6       Dothan (9-1)19.6 
7       Foley (9-1)19 
8       Woodlawn (7-3)18.8 
9       Lee Montgomery (8-2)18.4 
10       Vigor (6-2-2)18.3 

1964 Tuscaloosa All-State Players
 Billy HendersonCoach 4A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Paul BoschungT 4A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Ronnie WedgeworthB 4A 2  Birmingham Post Herald
 Al KincaidB 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Mike FordL 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Pat MysingerL 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Ronnie WedgeworthB 4A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Mike FordE 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Al KincaidB 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Mike FordE 4A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Ronnie WedgeworthB 4A 2  Birmingham Post Herald
 Paul BoschungT 4A 2  Birmingham Post Herald
 Al KincaidB 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Pat MysingerG 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Danny BeardT 4A HM  Birmingham Post Herald

1964 Tuscaloosa All-Star Players
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Jim Bardon DT 4A  Birmingham Post Herald

1964 Tuscaloosa Roster
  Tom Patton E 170
  Mike Ford E 175
  Jimmy Bardon DT 200
  Paul Boschung DT 200
  Pat Mysinger MG 176
  Richard Corder LB/G 180
  Wayne Guy LB/C 205
  Wayne Wright LB 175
  David White DB 150
  Ronnie Wedgeworth DB/HB 160
  Ronnie Lockridge S/HB 150
  Danny Beard OT 200
  Dicky Davis OG 165
  Ellery Spradley OG  
  Woody Quarles C  
  Al Kincaid QB 175
  Payne Wright HB 165
  Tommy Dockery FB 170
  Ronnie Causey FB 175
  Dwayne Johnson E/P  
  Johnny Jacobs PK 150
  Gaius Whitfield E 170
  Buster Bradshaw E 160
  Wayne Johnson E 180
  Steve Barber T 190
  Bill Billings T 215
  Steve Cannon T 190
  David Massengale T 220
  Billy Hatmaker G 160
  Sister Mysinger G 150
  Ernest Collins G 208
  Rusty Quarles C 150
  Woody Hinton C 175
  Glenn Milligan C 150
  Lambert Payne QB 140
  Glen Tubbs QB 150
  Ronnie Ross QB 170
  Jay Fletcher HB 160
  Buddy Holmes HB 130
  Butch Hanks HB 175
  Sidney Averett HB 155
  Hugh Dowling FB 180
  Mack Ford FB 170

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