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A few years ago when we both had more hair -- OK, his was already fading - I unveiled an All-Dee Faircloth team.
The year was 1994. It was just after Faircloth's 25th year of coaching. Now he is hitting 40. Obviously, there needs to be some updating.
As I stated some 14 years ago, Coach Faircloth had nothing to do with this team. I'll take all the heat.
If somebody is named on offense, they will not be named on defense and vice-versa.
At quarterback I have to update the list with Tony Hawkins Jr.
Tony led the Vikings to the state semifinals and demanded so much of his teammates that they had to step up their games, as well.
Jackie Johnston, you were right on the edge. Of course I know that's not the first time you've heard that statement.
The backfield (Viking sweep left and Viking sweep right) consists of Keith Woodside, Prentis Jenkins and Eddie Ray Jackson as the tailbacks. Gene Brashier is the fullback.
Offensive linemen are Lewis Wiggins, Bernie Cooley, Jordy Temple, Gary Paul Parnham and Gary Waller.
Tight end is Tommy Milligan. Honorable mention is Ricky Bruce
Wide receivers are Tony Hawkins Sr. and Glen Henry.
On defense, the tackles are Matt Hinson and Marty Probst.
Defensive end are Otis Fair and Robbie Savant. Honorable mentions are Alan Ensminger and Tommy Milligan.
I have to go with six linebackers because for a long time Vidalia was known at Linebacker U. They are Bill Moseley, George Cupit, Eric Whitley, Brian Bradford, David Hueing and Lee Bailey. Boy, I tell you what - I'll put that group against any school, any size in any state.
Defensive backs are Michael Bell, DeWayne Brown, Gary Byargeon, Bobby Hall and Joe Dallalio.
Chuck DeWeese is the punter. Brett Hinson is the kicker.
My good friend A'Ron Thomas asked me, "So what about Ferriday?"
That was after my All-Faircloth team was released.
Well, there is certainly no way to pick an All-Ferriday High team going back to the 1950s.
So I started with 1970 when the Ferriday Bulldogs became the Ferriday Trojans after the desegregation order.
I'll put an all-Ferriday Bulldog team on the burner. And, yes, I'll eventually get to All-Huntington. And, oh yeah, a pre-All-Faircloth team.
Ferriday High's football team became the Trojans the final week of September, 1970 after voting by students selected the name and black and gold colors. The first three games they were simply known as "Jerry Bamburg's team" alluding to the first Trojan coach. Bamburg started out with 38 players and cut that down to 24 for District 2-AAA competition. The first win came over Lake Providence.
Of course, this all-Ferriday Trojan team is going to be dominated by Jerry Baldwin's teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Quarterback was certainly a tough one to pick because there have been some outstanding passers and runners come down the pike.
In the end I decided to go with James Jones as the starter.
Running backs are Nathaniel Williams, Keith Whitley and Darnell Jones.
The offensive line consists of Gregory Moore, Derrick Moore, Tommy Atkins, Cedric Saulsberry, Derrick Minor, Darius Cain and Jerrell Hayes.
The tight end is Derrick Buford. Honorable mentions are Dra'Carl Walker and Rick Johnson.
Wide receivers are Danny Fletcher, Justin Burns and Bobby Ray Thompson.
The defensive line is Walter Johnson, Anthony Moore, Francis Duncan, Anthony Paige and Robert Barber.
Linebackers are Stanley Smith, Jeremy Lawrence and Montago Tennessee.
Defensive backs are Tyrrence Taylor Bobby Taylor, Calvin Jones and current Ferriday High assistant coach Cleothis Cummings.
The kicker is Brennan Smith, while Dra'Carl Walker is the punter.
As with the All-Fairlcoth team, I'm sure I left some well-deserving names off the list. Heck, I'll still adding several names for the next All-Faircloth squad from looking back at other schools (sorry Jackie, you are still on the edge).
But it's a start. Maybe in a couple of years we can update it for the 40th anniversary. For now it's back to the grind. I'm sure Johnny "Red" Robertson and Bobby Marks can give me a hand with those Ferriday Bulldog and Huntington teams. And I know Walter Stampley will be more than happy to offer some advice on the pre-Faircloth teams. Until then, catch a high school game. And let me know who needs to be added down the road.
Believe it or not, when Presbyterian minister J.C. Stokes began the idea of starting a football team at Ferriday High School in 1927, he was met with a whole lot of opposition from people who thought the sport was too rough.
Some 30 years later, the only thing that was tough was having Ferriday High on your schedule.
Stokes was a Presbyterian minister who led Winnfield High to a state championship.
Selecting an All-Ferriday Bulldog team (1927-69) was certainly no easy task. Just try picking the best from the decade of the 1950s when Johnny "Red" Robertson led the Bulldogs to four straight titles and 54 straight games without a loss. LSU head coach Paul Dietzel was a regular visitor to the school.
Everyone knows about those teams, but how about the 1944 Bulldog team which lost to Slidell 14-6 in the Class B state finals or the 1962 Ferriday team which lost to New Iberia 13-0 in the Class A championship game?
Ferriday went 3-4 in its first year of 1927. In 1928, Ferriday went 6-2-2. The Bulldogs were led by J.O. "Otts" Wilson, a guard who was nicknamed "The Barefoot Wonder." Ferriday actually lost a game to LSU's freshman team (The Kittens), 18-0.
As with the other teams, a player could not be named on both sides of the ball, although about 75 percent of the players on this team could have been named on offense and defense.
At quarterback on the All-Bulldog team is James "Red" McNew with Bobby Glenn Harmon a close second.
The running backs are Guy Hill, Ronald Jeter, Donnie Daye, Ronnie Magoun and Donald Fulford. There is no way I could pick two.
Offensive lineman are Frank Brocato, Manson Nelson, James Joplin, James Cowart, James Poole, and C.C. Rabb
Ends are Buddy Long, Russell Wagoner and Tony Brocato.
Defensive linemen are Neil Minor, Robert Campbell, Robert Barber, Charles Fugler and Leo Young.
Linebackers are Max Fugler, Alan Watkins, Ronnie Kemp and J.D. Martin
Defensive backs are Richard Jones, Clyde Ray Webber, Tommy Purvis and Wilburn King.
The punter is Mark McIntosh, while the kicker is Webber.
Continuing my look at parish school's all-time teams while trying to rub the old print off my fingers. My All-Huntington football team includes two players who went to play football at LSU and one who played baseball for the Tigers.
One is now a preacher, one a collegieate coach and the other a dentist.
Huntington began its school and football program in 1970. A bowl-shaped stadium was built just before the school opened on Lake Concordia.
Huntington hosted a jamboree on Sept. 4, 1970 which drew about 6,000 fans.
Tensas defeated Tallulah, Huntington tied Lake Providence and Adams County Christian Academy shut out Natchez-Adams Private School (later Thomas Jefferson) 6-0.
Huntington has had its ups and downs in football through the years. Of course, in 1971, Huntington defeated Riverside 12-0 to capture the Class 2A state championship of the Louisiana Independent Schools Association.
At quarterback is Chad Vaught, who went on to pitch at LSU and is now a dentist in Covington.
The running backs are Russell Huber, who went on to play at Tulane, and Jody Cottongin. I have to give special mention to Kerry Ellis, who died in an auto accident in May of 1990. Ellis was a bruising running back who was looking forward to an outstanding senior season.
The offensive line consists of Paul Evans, Mike Grantham, Joe Champion, David Hedrick, Joey Mize and Billy Wheat.
Champion and his wife Lori are now pastors at Celebration Church. in Austin, Texas.
At tight end is Sam Ferguson.
The defensive line consists of Robert Webber, Dee Horton, John Tarver and Gary Neal.
Linebackers are Daryl Daye, Steve Minton, Huey Moak and Dude Harrell.
Daye is now an defensive coordinator at Missouri Southern.
The defensive backfield is made up of Gerald Vaught, Todd Iverstine, Ricky Guida and Adam Trevillion.
Vaught is the punter, while Wheat is the place kicker.
It may seem odd to a lot of people, but Vidalia High played football before Dee Faircloth arrived.
Walter Stampley started football at Vidalia High in 1952 and coached the team until he became principal at Vidalia High in 1958 Dan Chase coached for seven years, including 1957 with Stampley, before Fred Foster came in as coach in 1964.
Chase played football at Northwestern with Ferriday's James "Red" McNew in the 1950s. He was brought to Vidalia by former Ferriday head football coach Hugh Bateman because Bateman was looking for a math teacher. Chase had never coached before, but compiled a 44-16-2 record at Vidalia.
Chase coached the 1962 Vidalia team which shut out Ferriday 13-0 at Melz Field, the first time in about 20 years the Bulldogs were held scoreless on their home field.
Don Alonzo coached Vidalia from 1966 until Faircloth took over in 1969.
Here's a look at my pre-Faircloth All-Vidalia team. Players can only be named on one side of the ball.
At quarterback is Billy Calvert, who went on to coach at Delhi and currently works for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
Jimmy Hibbs, the first Vidalia High player to ever rush for 1,000 yards (1,044 in 1966) is at tailback along with Bill McDonough and Alvin "Moose" Frazier.
Both players were part of the 1966 team which lost to Buras 17-13 in the Class A state championship game.
As a freshman, Frazier rushed for 171 yards in Vidalia's 26-6 win over Ferriday.
The offensive line consists of Jimmy Aarons, Jerry Richardson, Buddy Spillers, Tommy Lanius, David Yates and David Delaney.
The ends are Maurice Greer, Charles Clifford and Butch Poteet.
Greer caught the game winning pass from Stringer covering about 50 yards with less than two minutes remaining in a 13-7 victory over Ferriday in 1961.
The defensive line consists of Andy Housley, Ray Smith, Bobby Patten and Mike Greer.
Linebackers are Mark Lewis, David Rachal, Sonny Franklin and Wilbur Nations.
The kicker is Danny Ford, while Billy Jackson is the punter.
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