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Greatest on the Gridiron: ’77 St. Aloysius vs. ’06 Porter’s Chapel

This first-round matchup in The Vicksburg Post’s Greatest on the Gridiron tournament pits the 1977 St. Aloysius Flashes against the 2006 Porter’s Chapel Academy Eagles.

The ‘77 Flashes used a powerful offense led by quarterback Tommy Alonzo, who threw a school-record 20 touchdown passes, and the school’s career rushing leader Mike Ray to finish 11-1. They averaged 35.9 points per game and won the Capital Conference championship, but a perfect season was spoiled with a 21-3 loss to Kosciusko in their postseason bowl game.

(2) 1977 St. Aloysius vs. (7) 2006 Porter's Chapel

  • 2006 Porter's Chapel (50%, 129 Votes)
  • 1977 St. Aloysius (50%, 128 Votes)

Total Voters: 257

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In this first-round matchup, they are pitted against one of the best teams ever from Porter’s Chapel Academy.

After reaching the MAIS Class A semifinals in 2005, Porter’s Chapel moved up to Class AA in 2006 and again got within one win of a state championship appearance while finishing with a 10-4 record. Quarterback Hayden Hales set school records with 2,449 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, while wide receiver Cole Smith caught 15 touchdown passes.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured sports reporters in the paper's 137-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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