'79 Alcoa football Tornadoes to be honored

The 1979 Alcoa High football team will be honored Oct. 29 as one of the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame's Great Teams of the Past. The '79 Tornadoes (11-3) won the school's third consecutive Class-A state championship. The team was coached Steve Fugate. Fugate and one of the team’s stars, senior tailback George "Dutchy" Parker, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the same night. Parker scored 60 touchdowns his junior and senior years and gained 2,516 yards (10.2 yards per carry) as a senior. In 1978, Parker set state playoff records with five touchdowns in five games and 250 yards in
one game. Parker is an Alcoa policeman and resource officer in the Alcoa city school system.

Among Parker’s ’'79 teammates were Terry Whitted, Bob Campbell, Todd Upton, Mitch Love, Andre Earls and Scott Carrell. Four Alcoa players — Scott Brackett, Lance Curtis, Kent Davis and Adam Helton — were members of the 1977-78-79 state title teams.

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