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Default Gridiron Teams lost to History (1944-PresentS part 1 )
Sayre Spartans (1854-Present) – The Sayre school itself has a rich and complicated history. So too does its gridiron dealings. From 1965 thru 1976 the school took to the field with varsity football going 35-10-1 from ’68 – ’72. The 1969 squad went at least 8-1 outscoring opponents 319-29, they would finish 4th in the district. In 1977 the football program went dormant and the Sayre Spartans were relegated to history…. or were they? In 2018 after much deliberation and intent to return to varsity football Sayre convinced former Marshall University star and NFL quarterback Chad Pennington to help relaunch the Spartans. Sayre originally intended to return to full time district play in 2021 but with Jenkins dropping its program Sayre petitioned to take their place in class A for the 2020 season, this was approved in a KHSAA board meeting on 11/19/19 and how that impacts district seedings in Class A must be submitted to the KHSAA by January. The Spartans have played a mix of JV and varsity games the last two seasons, going 2-8 against varsity competition.

Shelbyville Red Devils (1975) – Shelbyville was a dominant force on the grid during the 1940s and then early 1960s. Shelbyville had some of their best success during the dawn of the playoff era. In 1961 the Devils would record a 7-2 record, the following season 8-1 allowing only 23 points. Then in 1963 they would make the playoffs for the first time with a 7-4 record. They would nearly capture the crown falling to Lynch 13-6 in the Class A final. They would make the playoffs the following season only to fall in round two. They would win their 3rd and final district crown in 1973. In 1975 Shelbyville would consolidate into Shelby County.

Shepherdsville Rams (1905-1970) – The earliest records I can find for the Rams is 1948 and until 1957 they remain sporadic. From the records I could find the Rams seemed to struggle on the football field, I can’t find a season where they won more than 4 games and in 1965 the Rams went 1-9 and scored only 31 points on the season. In 1970 the school closed and was consolidated into Bullitt Central.

South Floyd Raiders (1993-2017) – South Floyd opened in the early 1990s and found itself thrust into competitive 1A districts right away. The first 3 years where rough going only 4-25 (3-15 district), then in 1996 things started to improve going .500 followed by a 7-3 season. The Raiders would ride the wave of .500- and 7-win seasons until the year 2000 when things began to slide. In 2004 South Floyd would have its best season ever going 8-2 and finishing 2nd in district play. They would never again win more than 5 games. In 2017 South Floyd combined with Allen Central to become Floyd Central.

South Hopkins Tomcats (1955-1995) South Hopkins opened in 1955 to consolidate Nortonville and Morton’s Gap High Schools. They would send their first Varsity team onto the field in 1984. The Tomcats best year came in 1990 while playing outside of District play going 9-2. They would return to district play the following year and go 7-4. In 1996 South Hopkins along with parts of other school districts in Hopkins County would form Hopkins County Central.

Springfield Panthers (????-1966) – The commonality of the name Springfield High makes it difficult to locate origin information about the Panthers. The Panthers won the 1955 South Central Kentucky Conference title with a 7-1 record (undefeated in SCKC play) Head Ball coach George Kolasa had been named conference coach of the year in 1954 having led Springfield to a 5-3 record that season. By the 1960s Kolasa had moved onto coach at another school and Panthers found themselves at the bottom of the standings and never won more than 3 games in the playoff era. In 1966 the school closed and consolidated into Washington County

St. Joe’s Eagles (1825-1968) – Bardstown St. Joseph Predatory School became a boarding school in 1911. In 1968 after failed attempts to keep the school open as a day school the Louisville Archdiocese and its operator the Xaverian Brothers announced it’s closure. The fields for St. Joe and Bardstown were side by side at one point and with such proximity St. Joe and Bardstown rarely played, if ever. At one-point Bardstown, Old Kentucky Home and St. Joe all played within 3 blocks of each other. 1965-1967 proved to be great seasons for the Eagles winning 8, 7 and 8 respectively barely missing district titles in 65 and 67. 1966 QB Hugh Bland went on to play for UK as the probably the most accomplished player Jeff Van Note, who would become a 6 time pro bowler, 2 time All-Pro second team and have his number retired for the Atlanta Falcons where he played center from 1969-1986.

St. Charles Tigers (???) – the Tigers of Frogtown were competing for SCKC titles in the mid-50s, by 1958 they were gone, outside of 1948-1957 not much can be found on the Tigers or the St. Charles school

St. Augustine Saints/Cardinals (1923-1970) – St. Augustine closed its secondary school in 1970 but still operates an elementary school, the team fielded a varsity squad as early as 1933 and by 1953 were gone from KHSAA play. They do appear to have played on in a catholic only football league for a few years, I have been unable to locate much on them.

Stanford Wildcats (18??-1974) – Until it was part of the Lincoln County High consolidation (Stanford, Crab Orchard, Hustonville, McKinney, and King Mountain) Stanford high fielded a team. They claim the 1910 State Title going unbeaten and only allowing 5 Points on the year. Stanford won a single district title in the playoff era, in 1969. They would lose their only playoff game 17-0 to Bardstown. The Wildcats were a formidable foe every year during the playoff era, going 9-1 in 1964 and 8-2 in 1972. The 40s and 50s were not so kind, 1954 so the team report a one-win season.

Stuart Spartans (1966-1981)- Jesse Stuart High School opened in 1966 and took to the varsity grid for the first time in 1970 going 7-2. In their second season they would go 8-2, win their district and a first-round playoff game. In 1978 the team would go 8-3 and fall in the third round to eventual Jefferson County and Overall State Champ by a score of 38-12. In 1981 Jesse Stuart closed its doors after parents failed to win a court case to keep it open.
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