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marengo
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Posted - 12/20/2017 :  18:04:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
THE LOCATION WAS IN PACHUTA MS.

dwest1550
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Posted - 03/08/2018 :  01:51:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi, my name is Danny West from Quitman, MS. Clarke Academy is where I played HS football at from 1976-1979. School closed in 1986 due to low enrollment.
We played our games at the old Pachuta football field. We kept nickname Tigers that Pachuta had. Pachuta closed in the late 50s & merged with Quitman.
Tommy Davis was the coach at Pachuta in 1955-56. In ?56 they beat Taylorsviile 21-7 for the Rebel Conference Championship. Coach Davis would later coach at Heidelberg & Columbia where he coached Walter Payton his senior year.
Now back to Clarke Academy which existed 17 years & to the best of my recollection had 2 winning seasons & 1 break even season. The dominant academy team was Heidelberg which closed in 2016.
It?s depressing to drive by old football field because it?s all grown up now with trees & bushes.
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svmounties
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Posted - 03/08/2018 :  12:15:22  Show Profile  Visit svmounties's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Probably more information on the Mississippi site, than the Alabama site, about Clarke Academy. Here's their page on the Mississippi site. I'm sure you could help fill in the blanks on coaches and such there.

http://www.ahsfhs.org/mississippi/Teams/teampage.asp?Team=Clarke%20Academy

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dwest1550
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Posted - 03/09/2018 :  08:33:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Clarke's first year was 1970 & last in 1985. School closed in May 1986
In 1970 when of Mississippi academies started didn?t play a full
schedule . Clarke played like 7 games as well as Heidelberg.
Pachuta & Heidelberg had been rivals in public school & stayed sane when the academies started .
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dwest1550
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Posted - 06/13/2018 :  21:51:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dwest1550

Clarke's first year was 1970 & last in 1985. School closed in May 1986
In 1970 when of Mississippi academies started didn?t play a full
schedule . Clarke played like 7 games as well as Heidelberg.
Pachuta & Heidelberg had been rivals in public school & stayed sane when the academies started .


Just wanted to add additional info:
Field was called Tiger Field
School Colors were Maroon & White
First year to field team was 1970 played around 5 games
Coaches through the years were Bob Jones 1970-1974
Billy Dabbs 1975- 1977
John Blackburn 1978-1979
Ricky Owen 1980
Burl Harvey 1981
Larry Courtney 1982
Paul Welborn 1983
Rodgers Rahaim 1984
Rex Schoerner 1985
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