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I am honored to be serving on a statewide committee of only about a dozen Texas high school football historians, coaches or writers. It's perhaps the best professional honor I've received, including being a voter for the Heisman Trophy.

But, I wouldn't be here without you.

So, I need you to help me compile a list of THE GREATEST:

 

1) Players

2) Teams

3) Rivalries

 

Please hear me out, this thread only needs to include NOMINATIONS with EVIDENCE and/or FACTS. Please limit any and all discussion to the nominations and not turn a nomination into a hi-jacked thread of back and forth.

Your feedback WILL make a difference in my personal list and we have a short turnaround, so the deadline of your feedback is Sunday, May 10th.

When you include a player or a team or rivalries, PLEASE be as specific as you can be. And, I will also do my own due diligence and homework.

Thank you very much and more details to come.

 

David Smoak

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Mr. Smoak - In case no one else says it, at least one of Coach Paul Tyson's Waco Tigers teams needs to be honored. Either the 1927 team, or - I think - the '21 team (I've been trying to confirm stats).

The '27 team "went 14-0 and didn't give up a touchdown until their 10th game, which must have upset them. The next week in a playoff game, they took it out on Houston's Jeff Davis, 124-0.

The '27 Tigers beat Abilene for the state title and, finished with Texas teams, invited one from Cleveland, Ohio, to come to Waco, where they beat the Ohioans, 44-12." *Dallas Morning News

The '21 team went 9-0, scoring either 526 or 567 points, depending on the source, while allowing none (So averaging either a 58.5-0 or 63-0 score for the season), in fact allowing only one team to even cross midfield the entire season. They may have hit 100 points in a game that season too, can't confirm. The only reason they didn't win the state title was because they weren't yet members of the UIL. 

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I would also like to submit The Battle Of The Bell between Rockdale and Cameron Yoe for consideration as one of the best rivalries. 

There are so many fascinating facets to this rivalry! For starters, I'm not aware that any other rivalry presents a comparable foundation - Two small towns only sixteen miles apart, but the two biggest in the same rural county, separated by a river. So many residents of either town who are either related to, friends with, or business associates of members of the other community. Fifty-one weeks of the year, we generally get along famously.

Yoe holds a decided edge in the rivalry record. But Rockdale claims the biggest butt-whoopin' in the series.

Yoe has the most state titles - Four, to Rockdale's two - But Rockdale got one first. 

From 2010 to 2017, the Bell went to the state championship game six times, going home with the winners four times - Three with Yoe and one with Rockdale. 

Despite the long history of the rivalry, Yoe and Rockdale have met in the playoffs only once. You can call Georgetown ISD or Georgetown PD and talk to someone working that night and ask them how it went. 😏

Both teams even currently have a former player in the NFL!

Then, there are the legendary fan antics, including a Tigers helmet made from a pumpkin placed on the bust of C.H. Yoe in front of the school the night before the BOTB pep rally, a toilet left on the 50 yard line of Tigers field, and even the Bell itself being thrown in the Little River, among many others!

Hope this qualifies! LOL!

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Player:

Johnathan Gray- Aledo

10,889 career rushing yards (2nd All-Time in Texas)

205 career touchdowns (1st All-Time National Record) 

51 career 100 yard games (1st All-Time)

Single season 100 yard games- 16 (2x)

70 touchdowns in a single season (1st All-Time in Texas)

Career Points 1,232 (1st All-Time in Texas)

https://www.texashighschoolfootballhistory.com/romney.html

https://twitter.com/i/status/1262483237298896897

 

Team:

2013 Aledo

16-0

Points for- 1,023

Points against- 147

https://www.dallasnews.com/high-school-sports/2013/12/16/why-aledo-s-dominant-offense-might-be-best-in-high-school-football-history/

https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/texas-hs-becomes-first-team-ever-to-score-1-000-points-in-season-122113

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On 5/20/2020 at 10:02 AM, Aledo said:

Player:

Johnathan Gray- Aledo

10,889 career rushing yards (2nd All-Time in Texas)

205 career touchdowns (1st All-Time National Record) 

51 career 100 yard games (1st All-Time)

Single season 100 yard games- 16 (2x)

70 touchdowns in a single season (1st All-Time in Texas)

Career Points 1,232 (1st All-Time in Texas)

https://www.texashighschoolfootballhistory.com/romney.html

https://twitter.com/i/status/1262483237298896897

 

Team:

2013 Aledo

16-0

Points for- 1,023

Points against- 147

https://www.dallasnews.com/high-school-sports/2013/12/16/why-aledo-s-dominant-offense-might-be-best-in-high-school-football-history/

https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/texas-hs-becomes-first-team-ever-to-score-1-000-points-in-season-122113

We were in Mansfield playing Daingerfield while Aledo was playing in Cowboys Stadium in 2010. They kept announcing Gray's TDs over the PA during our game, and the Aledo game ended before ours. When they announced Gray had ran for eight touchdowns that night, the Yoe crowd was all looking at each other like, "WTH???"

Crying shame he didn't make it on the next level. 

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