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
teams 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 Parkers '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.