GHS to induct five into Hall of Fame

Published 3:33 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Greenville High School will induct five new members into its hall of fame on Oct. 26.

Former head coach Willis Wright highlights the class, which is the third class to be inducted into the GHS Hall of Fame.

Wright led the Tigers to a 26-8 record and a Class 5A state championship during his three seasons at Greenville.

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Under Wright’s leadership, the Tigers won 24 straight games, a school record that still stands. During the 1987 season, Wright and the Tigers shook off a 1-2 start to finish 13-2. They capped their championship run with a 21-20 double-overtime victory over Russellville High School to claim their first state title since 1953.

Wright is a three-time coach of the year and a member of the Mississippi High School Football Hall of Fame.

“Coach Wright was one of the greatest coaches in Greenville history,” GHS Booster Club member Allen Stephenson said.

Joining Wright in the Class of 2012 is Bobby Terrell, Doug Flowers, Alphonse Briggs and Terry McDonald.

Terrell was a running back for the Tigers during the early 1950s. He led Greenville to a 9-0-1 record in 1953 and the Birmingham News Class AA state championship. During that season, Terrell rushed for more than 1,000 yards and averaged 7.95 yards per carry. He was named a high school All-American and signed a scholarship with Auburn University, but his playing career was cut short by a knee injury. He went on to become a basketball and tennis standout at Troy State University.

Flowers helped lead the Tigers to their first 10-0 season in school history.

From his defensive line position, Flowers helped lead a defense that yielded just 58 points during the 1955 season. Running behind Flowers, the Tigers averaged 29 points per game during their 1955 campaign.

An all-state performer, Flowers went on to play for the University of Georgia.

Briggs was the definition of a do-it-all performer during his playing days with the Tigers. The Greenville running back amassed more than 2,700 yards rushing, receiving and passing during his three-year playing career at Greenville during the mid-1970s. During that stretch, Briggs averaged 6.9 yards per carry. A 1,000-yard rusher in 1977, Briggs powered the Tigers to an 8-2 record.

McDonald posted three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons while playing at Greenville. The former running back set a school record with 4,136 yards. As a senior, the all-state performer rushed for 1,638 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 13-2 record and a runner-up finish in Class 5A.

“We’re just pleased to be able to recognize these guys that gave so much to our community during their playing days at Greenville High School,” Stephenson said.

Along with the hall of fame inductees, GHS will also recognize the 1987 state championship team.

“We wanted to recognize them the same night as we inducted Coach Wright into the hall of fame,” Stephenson said.

The Class of 2012 will be inducted into the hall of fame during a pre-game ceremony that will begin at 6 p.m. The 1987 team will also be recognized on the field prior to the start of Friday’s game against Sumter Central High School.