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Greatest on the Gridiron: ’69 Temple vs. ’81 St. Aloysius

The second of three consecutive undefeated Temple teams that were part of a 39-game overall unbeaten streak, the 1969 Buccaneers might have been the best. With nearly the same roster as the 1968 team, they went 10-0-1 for the second year in a row and won the Negro Big 8 Conference championship.

“People remember the 1970 team, but we played them in a scrimmage when we were seniors and beat them 37-0. They don’t like to talk about that,” former Vicksburg High head coach Alonzo Stevens, an offensive lineman on the 1968 and ’69 Temple teams, recalled with a laugh.

(2) 1969 Temple vs. (7) 1981 St. Aloysius

  • 1981 St. Aloysius (54%, 81 Votes)
  • 1969 Temple (46%, 69 Votes)

Total Voters: 150

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In 1981, the St. Aloysius Flashes reached the state championship game in the first year the MHSAA playoffs came into existence. They posted five shutouts during a nine-game winning streak to start the season and won the Class B, District 6 championship.

The Flashes’ run ended with a 26-13 loss to Sturgis in the Class B title game, and it would be 33 years before another St. Al team went that deep into the playoffs.

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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