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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.






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 Bobby Joe Johnson 

Bobby Joe Johnson was a star football player at Cherokee County High School in Centre, Alabama. He later played at Jacksonville State University, earning three letters between 1960-63. He was a team captain and voted to the All-Confernece team as a senior.

Johnson accepted his first head football coaching job at his alma mater in the fall of 1966 where he remained for the next 26 seasons.

The 1967 Warrior squad posted an 8-0-1 regular season. The next season, they went 8-1-0 and were ranked fifth in the new Class 3A alignment. They just missed the playoffs since only the top four teams qualified. Johnsons 1973 squad had a 10-0 regular season record. The team wound up finishing third in Class 3A.

His 1984 Warriors reached the AHSAA Championship Game before losing to T.R. Miller 20-18 in a great matchup for the title. During his time at Cherokee, the Warriors made the playoffs 14 times while capturing 11 area titles.

He ended his career in Alabama by rebuilding the Saks program from an 0-10 record the previous season to the state finals in four seasons. In 1996 Saks lost to a great Blount team 29-0 at Legion Field in the Super Six finals.

Coach Johnson moved over to Trion GA in 1999 for three seasons as the head football coach. His three year record was 20-14.


He was the state coach of the year twice and coached in the state all-star game in Tuscaloosa.

Johnsons overall football coaching record is 198-111-5 over the 30 seasons he spent as a head coach in Alabama. Combined in Georgia and Alabama his overall record is 218-125-5 over the course of 33 seasons.

He led 15 teams to the playoffs and his teams won 8 area and region championships during his career.

Johnson was named Coach of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers in 1996. He is a member of the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Associations Hall of Fame in 1999.

Alabama Record:  200-111-3   64.3%
Other States Record:  20-14-0   58.8%
Overall High School Record:  220-125-3   63.8%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Saks
Saks1996 5A13-23382244-18394R12#3-06542
Saks1995 5A6-4195196R111-23265
Saks1994 5A5-5187206R111-23566
Saks1993 5A3-7197243R110-32788
 4 Years27-189178694-183945-7159261
    
Cherokee County
Cherokee County1991 4A7-53432711-14348R123-114070
Cherokee County1990 4A5-52171840-11314R12#4-014343
Cherokee County1989 4A7-43362081-16250R12#3-012333
Cherokee County1988 4A8-32831651-15549R12#3-011513
Cherokee County1987 4A10-1362661-15527R11#4-013713
Cherokee County1986 4A5-61561871-12644R113-16040
Cherokee County1985 4A6-41951490-1644R12#3-07412
Cherokee County1984 4A10-43461884-111288R12#2-110645
Cherokee County1983 3A3-7209178R112-5154105
Cherokee County1982 3A7-3214175R115-216294
Cherokee County1981 3A4-6127173R123-472112
Cherokee County1980 3A8-2237105R125-217588
Cherokee County1979 3A4-6117134R122-55978
Cherokee County1978 3A8-2264142R125-114778
Cherokee County1977 3A6-4174116R123-39782
Cherokee County1976 3A7-322899R124-316786
Cherokee County1975 3A4-5125133R12
Cherokee County1974 3A7-2-11651080-1620R12#
Cherokee County1973 3A11-13181031-12035
Cherokee County1972 3A6-320776
Cherokee County1971 3A7-313964
Cherokee County1970 3A3-6142152
Cherokee County1969 3A7-2-1233146
Cherokee County1968 3A8-131245
Cherokee County1967 3A9-1-1266790-1620
Cherokee County1966 3A6-4190117
 26 Years173-93-35905356310-1140443954-281931992
    
TOTALS
 30 Years200-111-36822443214-1248753359-3520901253


Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Trion, Georgia
19998-30-1
20007-51-1
20015-60-1
3 Years20-14-01-3 
    
Totals Alabama and Other States
33 Years220-125-315-15 


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Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

In 1925 Langdale tied a record by defeating Milltown 125-0. Hamilton had set the record by thrashing Fayette 125-0 in 1915.