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Gadsden Football Team History

Gadsden Tigers
Gadsden High School

607 S. 12th St. Gadsden, AL 35901
Stadium: Murphree Stadium
Colors: Black & Orange
Coach: Vince DiLorenzo
Region: 5A-R16
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1924  <-- 1985 <- 1986 -> 1987 --> 2005

1986 Season Highlights
 Vince DiLorenzo enters his 3rd season as Head Coach at Gadsden.
 The Tigers move from Region 13 to Region 16.
 The Tigers won the Class 5A Region 16 Championship.
1986 Season
 Date   Opponent  Score   
 Fri., Aug. 29  vs. Litchfield    14   3   W       
 Fri., Sep. 5  vs. Coffee    10   14   L       
 Fri., Sep. 12  @ Walter Wellborn    3   20   L       
 Thu., Sep. 18  vs. Minor    0   22   L       
 Fri., Sep. 26  @ Southside Gadsden   *  15   32   L       
 Fri., Oct. 3  vs. Anniston    13   16   L       
 Fri., Oct. 10  @ Etowah   *  16   13   W       
 Fri., Oct. 17  OPEN 
 Thu., Oct. 23  vs. Fort Payne   *  7   0   W       
 Fri., Oct. 31  vs. Emma Sansom   *  10   6   W    Murphree Stadium   
 Thu., Nov. 6  vs. Guntersville    18   14   W    Murphree Stadium   1st Round Playoffs 
 Fri., Nov. 14  @ Athens    10   9   W       2nd Round Playoffs 
 Fri., Nov. 21  vs. Cullman    14   9   W       3rd Round Playoffs 
 Fri., Nov. 28  vs. Pell City    9   7   W       Semi-finals Playoffs 
 Fri., Dec. 5  vs. Homewood    13   7   W       Championship Game 
1986 Season Totals
  Points Scored152
  Scoring Average10.9
  Points Allowed172
  Defense Average12.3
  Opponents Record110-53
  Region Record3-1
  Home Record7-3
  Away Record2-2
1986 Class 5A Rankings
 Date   Week   Rank   Record   Votes   Source 
 Gadsden was not ranked.
1986 Class 5A Region 16 Standings
  Regular Season   Playoffs   Region/Area Record 
 Team  W/L/T  PF   PA  W/L/T PF   PA  W/L/T  PF  PA   Coach 
Gadsden 9-51521725-064463-14851  Vince DiLorenzo
Southside Gadsden 7-41961080-13152-27656  Stan Romine
Fort Payne 7-32311292-26855  Jerry Elmore
Etowah 4-61151421-34182  Steve Clay
Emma Sansom 4-61451512-25241  Fred Buster Gross

1986 Player Awards
 Player   Position   Class   Ht.   Wt.   Award   Team   Source 
 No Gadsden Players on File.

1986 All State Players
 Player   Position   Class   Ht.   Wt.   Team   Source 
 Bobby AveryRB Jr.6-2195 1st  BN
 Gerry BensonPK Sr.5-10195 HM  ASWA
 Gerry BensonPK Sr.5-10195 1st  BN
 J.D. McDuffieOL Sr.6-4250 1st  BN
 J.D. McDuffieOL Sr.6-4260 1st  ASWA

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Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.