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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

1959 Valley Rams

 1959    Valley Rams
 Record: 9-0-0
 Head Coach: Doug Lockridge
 The 1959 Valley Rams were chosen Class 3A State Champions by the Birmingham Post Herald


Head coach Doug Lockridge and assistant Virgil Holder assembled an explosive offense at Valley in 1959. Their efforts produced two first team all-state players in Barry Daniels at halfback and Jimmy Meadows at the end position. The offense was also led by Henry Frazier at quarterback and Mickey Sherrer at tackle.

The Rams lost their last game in 1958 to B.B. Comer 19-0 but would not lose a game the entire 1959 season, finishing a perfect 9-0. The Rams shocked a few teams during the season including a 32-0 victory over perennial power Sidney Lanier and also won a battle of unbeaten teams when they thrashed Central Phenix City 35-7 on November 6th.

Everyone thought this game would be for bragging rights in the eastern side of the state but Valley proved too strong for the Red Devils.

The final game against the same Lanett team that had defeated them in 1958 proved to be little trouble as the Rams prevailed 26-6.

Halfback Larry Daniels led the team in scoring with 98 points and gained about 1,100 yards while fullback Larry Walls scored 12 touchdowns and gained nearly 1,000 yards.

1959  Season
 Site   PF   Opponent   PA   W/L/T 
 19   B.B. Comer W
 35   Eufaula W
 33   Emma Sansom W
 32   Sidney Lanier W
 19   Dothan 12 W
 53   Auburn W
 39   Benjamin Russell W
 35   Central Phenix City W
 26   Lanett W
291 9-0-0 32
 Birmingham Post Herald 
 Final Poll                           12/14/1959
 Rank   Team   Record   Votes    
1       Valley  
2       Coffee  
3       Lee Montgomery  
4       Ramsay  
5       Gadsden  
6       Tuscaloosa  
7       Central Phenix City  
8       Carroll  
9       Cullman  
10       Etowah  

1959 Valley All-State Players
 Jimmy MeadowsE 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Larry WallB 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Barry DanielsB 3A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Mickey SherrerT 3A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 Larry WallB 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Jimmy MeadowsE 3A 2  Birmingham Post Herald
 Henry FrazierC 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Larry WallB 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Barry DanielsB 3A 1  Birmingham Post Herald
 Jimmy MeadowsE 3A 2  Birmingham Post Herald
 Mickey SherrerG 3A HM  Birmingham Post Herald
 KentB 3A HM  Birmingham Post Herald

1959 Valley All-Star Players
 All American   
 Ray Mendheim B 3A  Birmingham Post Herald
 Larry Wall B 3A  Birmingham Post Herald
 Larry Wall HB 3A  Birmingham Post Herald
 All Southern   
 Larry Wall B 3A  Birmingham Post Herald
 AHSAA-University of Alabama All-Star Game   
 Jimmy Meadows E 3A  Birmingham Post Herald
 Henry Frazier C 3A  Birmingham Post Herald
 Larry Wall FB 3A  Birmingham Post Herald
 Mickey Sherrer T 3A  Birmingham Post Herald

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