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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 AA State Champions by the Birmingham News from District 2.


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.

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

1959 Valley All-State Players
 Jimmy MeadowsE AA 1  Birmingham News
 Larry WallB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Barry DanielsB AA HM  Birmingham News
 Mickey SherrerT AA HM  Birmingham News
 Larry WallB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Jimmy MeadowsE AA 2  Birmingham News
 Henry FrazierC AA 1  Birmingham News
 Larry WallB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Barry DanielsB AA 1  Birmingham News
 Jimmy MeadowsE AA 2  Birmingham News
 Mickey SherrerG AA HM  Birmingham News
 KentB AA HM  Birmingham News

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

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

The Tuscaloosa Black Bears were considered one of the best programs in the nation from 1925-1931. Their record over that span was an amazing 61-0-3.