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|Faircloth moves into top 20|
Vidalia High head football coach Dee Faircloth moved into the top 20 of winningest high school football coaches in Louisiana with his four wins this season.
Faircloth was sitting at No. 21 heading into the year. He now has a career record of 246-179-6, all at Vidalia High, which puts him tied with former St. Martinville coach Carroll Delahoussaye at No. 18 among state coaches with the most wins.
Of the coaches ahead of Faircloth, only nine won all their games at one school.
J.T. Curtis improved his coaching mark to 464-51-6 at John Curtis this past season to top the list.
Curtis has the most state championships of any other coach with 22.
Curtis will certainly retire with an unbelievable amount of victories that no one in the state will come close to reaching.
Alton "Red" Franklin had 365 wins at Haynesville and is the second winningest coach in the state. Franklin has been an assistant coach at Haynesville the past few years.
Don Shows improved his overall record to 292-65-0 and should go over the 300-win mark at West Monroe next year.
Shows coached at Farmerville, Jonesboro-Hodge and Pineville before arriving at West Monroe.
That kind of blew my mind that Shows has never been involved in a tie game.
"We've either won or loss," was Shows' simple answer to that. "Of course, we've had overtime the past few years, but before that it's just been a matter of coming out on top or losing. But I have always been the kind of guy who is going to go for the win."
Ferriday head football coach Freddie Harrison will certainly get his share of wins after leading the Trojans to a 16-7 mark through two years in his first head coaching stint. But not if he keeps planning his own schedule.
Harrison gave Shows a call to see if West Monroe had an open date the first week of the season. Shows said he had already committed to playing Leesville, which he said got the Rebels out of a bind last year by scheduling the Rebels first.
"We need to upgrade our schedule," Harrison said. "What we have now is not cutting it. We're striving for excellence and want to play people who have been there before."
Harrison is also talking with Wossman, Richwood, Peabody, Franklin Parish, Mangham and Delhi Charter.
Getting back to the coaching list, Jim Hightower, who coaches at St. Thomas More, is 319-103-1 and ranks third.
Former Tallulah/Tallulah Academy coach Racer Holstead is fourth at 310-155-8.
Shows moved into fifth place, while Oak Grove's Vic Dalrymple moved into sixth place this year with an overall record of 287-80-0, all at Oak Grove.
In sixth is the late Dick McClosky, who coached at Hanson Memorial when they had some great battles with the Ferriday High teams of the 1950s, posted a 286-141-6 mark.
At one time McClosky was the winningest coach in the state.
The late Johnny Buck won 271 games at Kinder and Opelousas Catholic.
The late L.J. "Hoss" Garrett won 270 games at Arcadia and Ruston.
Dutton Wall moved into 10th place with six wins at Sacred Heart-Ville Platte this past season.
Charlie Brown won 263 games at Neville, while Joe Keller had 262 wins at Reserve.
Lewis Murray at 259 wins at Bogalusa and Bowling Green.
Donnie Perrin won 257 games at Port Barre, while Jack Salter had 256 wins at Covington.
Donald Currier won 254 games at Amite, while Dale Weiner picked up his 250th win at Catholic High in Baton Rouge this past season.
Faircloth and Delahoussaye follow at No. 18.
Raymond Peace had 228 wins at Sicily Island.
For the record, John McKissick, who was born in 1926 in Greenwood, South Carolina, has accumulated 565 (565-133-13) wins at Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina.
In 2004, he became the first American football coach in history to win 500 career games. His 500th win came against Mount Pleasant's Wando High School. He had already beaten Wando in 1993, to establish a national high school football record with 406 wins.
As of 2007, McKissick had not missed a game in 55 years. He has led Summerville to 10 state championships. He has coached two of his grandsons, Joe and Richard Call and was elected to the National High School Hall of Fame in 1990.
And no doubt he has touched a lot of lives. That's even more important than the win mark.
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