Scout Trout is honored to introduce the historical venue hosting our bowl weekend and its historical significance as the “City of Champions”! Scout Trout was able to see first hand how talented the athletes are in this prestigious football town that features Vigor High School and Blount High School, who have both produced some of the greatest athletes in the beloved sport of football. Vigor’s first undefeated season came in 1960, and their first playoff win was claimed in 1978 with a region championship. In 1989, The Vigor High School Wolves boasted 27 consecutive straight victories and once again was able to run the table in 2002 going undefeated. Vigor was able to achieve another immaculate season in 2008 –going 15-0 en-route to yet another State title in the talent rich state of Alabama. All in all, Vigor has claimed 4 state titles (1960,1987,1988, 2008) and boasted a winning percentage of 64% since its inception (473-261-12). Vigor has produced 18 NFL players and 112 All-State players in the history of their historic program.
According to the Alabama High School Football Historical Society, the Blount High School Leopards and the Vigor High School Wolves have played every year since 1971.
The high school rivalry games played here are “dogfight games--hard hitting, physical in your face intensity that is unmatched except in a college or NFL rivalry game.” Prichard’s long-standing tradition of blue chip top-notch athleticism routinely attracts nearly 20,000 spectators to its 10,000-seat stadium. In such a way, Prichard stadium is more than a venue for competitive football games, but a stomping ground for “week-long alumni festivities and hype, where Friday night lights become everything, and the only thing that matters at the time for this special city, and it is one that is special to the teams, the fans, and the cheerleaders.”
In this long history of rivalry and exceptional football, the city of Prichard and its stadium have always been in the center of it. Many prominent SEC and NFL players and coaches number among Prichard’s decorated alumni such as current Seattle Seahawk Jalston Fowler, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As an Alabama Crimson Tide fullback, he was able to achieve two BCS National Championships and two SEC Titles to keep the Tide rolling! Being a four star running back out of Vigor High School, Fowler was able to rush for 1,882 yards, along with 25 TD's, establishing himself as one of the nation's top bruising backs. Willie Anderson, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1196, and it was rumored his rookie season that he was able to max out on bench press at 675LBS! Willie was able to sign three very lucrative contracts and is another example of the excellency coming from the prestigious Vigor High School. Vigor produced another 1st round draft pick in Robert Brazile in 1975 as he was selected number six overall out of FCS Jackson State University! Brazile was recently inducted into the NFL Hall Of Fame with nearly 1,300 tackles for the Houston Oilers, along with an unfathomable 48 sacks! Brazile was one of the best linemen to ever take the gridiron and is another true testament to the gritty, vibrant and all-world athletes this area has produced in the world of college and pro football! The list of alumni from Vigor also include Ricky Young, Sen'Derrick Marks, Scott Hunter, Donald Reese and even an MLB player in Pat Howell. Blount High School also has its fair share of success at producing big time NFL ball players with the likes of Derrick Burroughs, Dameyune Craig, James Evans, Karl Powe, and the NBA's Kennedy Winston!
The impressive football program at Blount High School has been named State Champions of the State of Alabama 5 times and has produced 12 regional titles in total. Since its first regional championship in 1986, Blount has been able to produce 10 NFL players and 63 All-State players, while boasting a 56% winning percentage throughout its entire existence. The Vigor Wolves vs The Blount Leopards has been a long outstanding rivalry wherein Vigor currently controls at 33 wins to 11 losses. This is a huge deal for Scout Trout and his family of elite student athletes to host our first ever All-American Bowl at such a historic venue as Prichard Stadium. Thus, we have a stellar group of prospects from the amazingly gifted football state of Alabama.
The history of Prichard and its beautiful stadium embody the state of Alabama’s dedication and deep cultural connection to the sport of American Football. The up-and-coming stars, as young as 13 years old (Kevin Hollis, Kel Smith) that coach Ford and I have identified, will be showcasing their talents at halftime of the Scout Trout All-American Bowl. We look forward to helping the fine young men of these areas develop into outstanding college football players. I firmly believe these two schools are doing a fine job at producing exceptional athletes! We want to thank the City of Prichard, Mrs. Grenetta Ward (Director of Parks and Recreation) and Coach Jeff Ford for working so quickly to help us reserve this historic venue for the first of many Scout Trout All-American Bowls!