1977 Championship Football Team Honored

1977 Football Champions Honored
Posted on 10/03/2017
Members of the 1977 team were honored at the Homecoming game

At the Homecoming game, Poca High School honored members of the 1977 AA State Football Champion team. Forty years ago, this 1977 Team went undefeated (10-0) in the regular season, defeating their opponents by a score of 266 to 99. That is an average game score of 26.6 to 9.9. On the road to this Championship, the 1977 team defeated cross town rival Nitro, and Putnam County rivals Buffalo, Hurricane, and Winfield. In the playoffs, they defeated Ceredo-Kenova in the Semi-Finals, 20-6, and Man in the State Championship game with a score of 20-6.
 

One year later, many of these same student-athletes were members of the 1978 team who also went undefeated (10-0) in the regular season, defeating their opponents by a score of 306 to 26. That is an astonishing average game score of 30.6 to 2.6. Again, they defeated Nitro, Buffalo, Hurricane, and Winfield. In the playoffs, they defeated Ravenswood and Central Preston in the 1st and 2nd Round of the playoffs before being defeated by Ceredo-Kenova in a rematch from the 1977 Season Semi-Final Game.

 

The captains from the 1977 AA State Championship Game, Rev. Jeff Arthur and Randy Shamblin, were made Honorary Captains for the 2017 Homecoming game.

Head Coach – Don Jennings

Assistant Coaches – Richard ‘Dick’ Darby, Brady Paxton, and Bruce Knell

Managers – Terry Asbury and Steve Bailey

Jeff Arthur

Neely Arthur, Jr.

Philip Arthur

Tracy Asbury

Timothy Bailey

Harold Barr

James Burdette

Jeffrey Burford

Randall Cunningham

Alan Casto

Charles Easter

Michael Gibson

Richard Gibson

Ricky Gritt

Robert Harrison, Jr

Mark Hessen

John Hesson

Gary Hutchison

James King

Ronald Jarrell

Terry Jeffries

David Johnson

Nolan Lanham

William Legg

Joseph Mendenhall

David Milhorn

Timothy Owens

Kerry Parkins

Darrel Parsons

David Rueckert

Raymond Saunders

Randy Sayre

Gary Sigman, Jr

Allen Spaulding

Scott Thomas

Adam Valleau

Tom Vaughan

Jeffrey Williams

Jeff Winter

Christopher Wiseman

Michael Witt

Bruce Young

 

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