By Alton Mitchell
The 2017 high school football season at Lanett High School continues to be a memorable season that will go down in the history books. The significance of the historic championship season was recognized by local officials at Monday evenings County Commission meeting as a proclamation was delivered outlining the iconic season.
The Lanett High Panthers finished the 2017 football season with a undefeated record going 15-0 for the season. The Panthers closed the season out on December 8th when they traveled to Tuscaloosa and won the Alabama State 2A championship game.
Prior to the presentation of the proclamation a Lanett High alumni congratulated the team and brought to light the significance of the victory. Chambers County Skip McCoy congratulated the team on their accomplishments. “You will always have that mark across your chests, that reads Lanett. People will always remember what you did for this community,” said McCoy.
The championship earned by Lanett’s players is symbolic and historic. It is the first state championship earned by the school since the state playoff system began. The last time Lanett earned a football championship was more than fifty years ago.
As the proclamation was read the true talent of Lanett’s football program was brought to light. In the 2017 season Lanett scored a total of 614 points and held opponents to 184 combined points for the season. The 42-member team was a dominating force in high school football.
After its reading the proclamation was presented to Coach Clifford Story and several seniors that played on this year’s team. Lanett High Principal Jennifer Boyd was also on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of the championship program.