Sentinel "Sports Figures" is a combination of people, numbers and dates in regards to sports and sports history in Jackson County.


Phillip Lolley

The Butler, Alabama native came to Jackson County as Stevenson High School’s head football coach in 1984, then became the first head coach at North Jackson High School (1988-98) after Bridgeport and Stevenson high schools consolidated in 1988. Lolley went 90-36 with seven area titles in 11 seasons at North Jackson. He led the Chiefs to the 1993 Class 4A state championship with a 21-14 win over Daleville. Lolley later was the secondary coach on Auburn’s 2010 national championship team and was the linebacker coach for the Canadian Football League’s 2015 Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos. After assistant coaching stints for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton TigerCats, Lolley served as the defensive coordinator for the Eskimos in 2019 before resigning in the offseason.



Blake Earl (2000-04) holds the Scottsboro football program’s career rushing yardage record.



In the first ever meeting between the rivals when they were both undefeated, Section defeated Pisgah 20-14 in an overtime thriller to improve to 3-0. Pisgah took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by Ryan Griffith, but Section tied the game just before halftime on a 2-yard TD run by Dustin Harper. Harper’s 67-yard TD run gave the Lions a 14-7 lead early in the third, but Pisgah tied it 14-all just before the quarter ended on Griffith’s 10-yard TD pass to Jason Mays. In overtime, Section intercepted a Pisgah pass in the end zone and then won it when Hunter Linville went 10 yards to the end zone on a quarterback sneak.


Thomas Looney became the first Scottsboro golfer to win an AHSAA state title with a strong second-round performance in the Class 5A State Golf Tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Legislators Course in Prattville. He shot a 2-over par 74 in a Round 1, leaving him three shots off the lead and tied for fifth. Looney shot a 5-under par 67 in Round 2 to finish at 3-under 141 and be the only golfer finish under par. In Round 2, Looney shot 2 under on the front nine and 3-under on the back nine. His second round consisted off 11 pars, six birdies and one bogey.

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