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ALFCA Regular Season Notebook- August 31, 2021

1) The ALFCA was sorry to hear of the passing of long time coach R.L. Watson. Coach Watson was a graduate of Vigor High School and was a 3 year letterman in football at Livingston University. After coaching at Patrician and Escambia Academy, he took the job at Alba High School in1979. The Sharks were in the midst of a 30 game losing streak. He completely rebult the program over 9 years, with a 10-0 regular season in 1982 before losing in the semifinals, His 1985 squad had an undefeated regular season as well. He then took Baldwin County back to success, going 39-16 in 5 seasons, before finishing up wiith 2 years at Andalusia. Known as a tough and hard nosed coach, R/L. Watson was a 2015 recipient of the ALFCA Lifetime Achievement Award. His son Todd has been a highly successful coach at Foley and is presently special assistant to Coach Nick Saban at Alabama. Coach Watson was 74.

2) There were nine forfeits in Week 1 and three other cancelations.

3) Here are the scores of this past week's top 10 games:

1A #4 Linden lost to 1A #3 Pickens County 26-16

1A #8 Cedar Bluff lost to 2A #7 Spring Garden 40-0 (Thurs)

2A #4 Clarke County lost to #10 4A Jackson 40-20 (Thurs)

2A #8 Elba beat 3A #9 Opp 33-28

4A #3 Williamson lost to 5A #6 Faith Academy 13-7

4A #4 Jacksonville lost to 5A #9 Alexandria 42-6

4A #8 Vigor beat #8 3A Hillcrest Evergreen 25-14

5A #4 St. Paul's lost to 6A #1 Spanish Fort 42-7

6A #6 Opelika lost to 7A #3 Auburn 16-14

6A #7 Eufaula lost to #5 Central Phenix City 33-0

4) Over the past two weeks there were 9 games played with out of state teams from Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Alabama won six of the nine games.

5) Fayette County lost to Bibb County last week in the quest to be the first team to 700 victories in Alabama state history. T.R. Miller beat Escambia County to record their 699th win to tie the Wildcats. Fayette County has an open date this week while T.R. Miller hosts Cottage Hill Christian. A win puts Miller back on the top of the list at 700. The Tigers were also the first team to record 600 victories. Here is the Top 10 list acording to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society:

1 Fayette County 699

1 T.R. Miller 699

3 Oneonta 695

4 Deshler 679

5 Colbert County 662

5 Thomasville 662

7 Bessemer City 659

8 Demopolis 658

8 Enterprise 658

10 Benjamoin Russell 654


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