Football in Claiborne County

The First Three Years

A group of clippings and photographs from my scrapbook of the first three years, 1964, 1965 and 1966 of Claiborne County Football.

Two events that I remember particularly influencing my desire to play football was my brother Eddie giving me a football signed by the Washington Redskins team, but on a white Baltimore Colt, Johnny Unitas football in 1962. The other being introduced to his brother-in-law "Chuck" MIGYANKA who played for and was Captain of the 1964 Michigan State University football team.

Tragedy Claims Victims in Claiborne County

1966 Trophy for No. 1 Independent League
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Leon Barnard
Vietnam Memorial, Washington, D.C.

1966 Claiborne County Football Team
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Bradner Stadium was Claiborne County's First Home Field

Those were the Days My Friend

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1965 Blue Devils
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Top row L->R: Randall Carter, Steve Rutherford, Danny Beeler, Roger Whitaker, Craig Dyer, Coach Bill Boggs, Coach Don Howard, Larry Minton, Kenny Anders, Robert Heatherly, Larry Proctor
Second row: Larry Epperson, Bill Hamlin, Faye Dean Milley, Jerry Sowder, Randall Parks, Arnold Massengile, Gary Lynch, H.B. Rowe, Bill Smith, Jackie Muncey
Third row: James Heatherly, Leon Barnard, Dean Neal, Joe Payne, Johnny Kyle, Doyle Whitaker, Davis Reece, Mike Reece, Alan Collier, Gary Hamilton, David Hill
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We actually played a short season in 1964-1965 but played only teams such as Cumberland Ky's B, Middlesboro's B, Bones Creek and Rogersville.

CCHS Tornadoes
CCHS's first football team 1927; Standing, left to right; Aiken Robinson, Paris Harmon, P.N Albright (coach), Kenneth Morris, Claude Bailey; front row, Lee Daniel Stone Jr., Howard Nevils, Divine Sharp, Heman Edmondson, J.C. Seal, Carl Cawood, and Neil Walker.

More information and team pictures of the 1924 and 1925 Lincoln Memorial Football Team

A response to Mr. Jordon's Letter


Bill Majors presented me with my first of two Outstanding Offensive Lineman trophies. (1965-1966)

Visit Memories: 1965 UT Football Team, Coach Bill Majors Monday, December 5, 2005 - by John Shearer

The 1966-1967 Football Banquet I again won the Outstanding Offensive Lineman Trophy. Frosty Holt from Carson Newman College was the guest speaker.


1966 19 Harlan 19 7 Corbin 7 40 Bell County 0 45 Williamsburg 6 27 Lynn Camp 6 37 Knox Central 14 34 London 6 36 Lily 12 25 Middlesboro 6 26 Claiborne Co TN 13 Laurel Bowl 19 Paintsville 7 Class A District 1 Champs 19 Dayton 20 Regional Class A playoff Coach: Bill Adams Captain: 1967 Southeastern Kentucky Conference Champs only undefeated team in Kentucky 25 Harlan 12 7 Corbin 6 7 Bell County 0 32 Williamsburg 12 40 Lynn Camp 0 53 Evarts 7 39 Knox Central 6 50 London 13 40 Lily 0 20 Middlesboro 7 26 Bell County 0 Laurel Bowl Coach: Bill Adams Captain: Lyle Bailey

The 2nd Ever, Claiborne County High School Football Banquet March 1965.
Bob Davis, former center for U.T. The 1964 banquet featured Bill Majors, brother to Johnny. Bill, who was tragically killed in December 1965, is pictured above. Coach Davis was the center on the 1951 Championship Team. He sent a letter to some of us saying "He was watching us." Notice that Coach Boggs put our toughest opponet in the "Middle" of the season. Sadly we were 7-2 at the end of the 1966 season and the team in the middle was one of our loses. Coach was an old Navy guy.
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