Celebration of Champions set for Feb. 1

By Austin Bishop

The Winston County Journal

 

An event featuring the coaching staffs of all eight of Louisville High School’s MHSAA State Football Champions is set for Saturday, Feb. 1 at Louisville High School.

Ken McMullan, superintendent of the Louisville Municipal School District, officially announced on Wednesday that a Celebration of Champions will be held and that all six of the head coaches who led those state title teams have committed to be at the event.

“We are just real excited to have all of these guys back here at Louisville at the same place and same time,” McMullan said. “With all the success we have had here we just thought it was something we needed to celebrate.”

Robby Donoho of WCBI will serve as the master of ceremonies at the event that will begin at 3 p.m. in the Louisville High School Auditorium. The entire coaching staffs of each of those teams are being invited back to the campus, with an event for the public featuring comments from each of the head coaches.

“We wanted to give each of them a chance to talk about their teams and give their perspectives,” McMullan said. “We thought the people of Louisville would find this interesting and we are hoping some of their former players will come and be in attendance.”

Louisville’s amazing run of MHSAA football success has spanned four decades and began under the direction of Mike Justice, who led the Wildcats to MHSAA Class 4A Championships in 1985 and 1986. Bobby Hall led the 1991 team to a 4A title, as Lynn Moore did in 1993 and Tony Stanford in 1995. Brad Peterson coached the 2007 and 2008 Louisville squads to back-to-back MHSAA Class 3A Championships, while M.C. Miller led this year’s team to another 3A title.

The eight state championships are the second most in the history of the MHSAA, second only to South Panola’s 10. LHS has never lost a state championship game and is the only school to win at least one title in every decade since the MHSAA State Football Playoffs began in 1981. The Wildcats have also won the state championship each season the have been in MHSAA Class 3A.

“There is quite a legacy there and we just felt it ought to be recognized and coming off this last State Championship it just seemed like the time was right,” McMullan said.

No admission will be charged for the event, but McMullan said a donation box would likely be set up for those wishing to contribute.

Coach Miller and his team celebrate at the recent championship. Kevin Hudson/Imageworks Photography

Coach Miller and his team celebrate at the recent championship. Kevin Hudson / Imageworks Photography