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High School Football Uniforms 2014


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Here's a look at some of the helmets in the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the Alabama Independent Schools Association. Some of them are last year's designs

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The white helmet with the knight helmet? It's Northside Methodist Academy, and I graduated from there. They started football last year and got their first win the other day. The decal is way smaller than the one pictured--although I wish it were that big--and the uniforms are plain, but not bad for a new program. I don't have a picture of them, though.
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High school football went into full swing last night in Louisiana. Here's probably one of the best looking match-ups in the state last night, East St John Wildcats (public) versus Archbishop Rummel Raiders (private):

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What the what? Since when did the Steelers get demoted to the high-school level?

And the team name is the Wildcats??

Yep. It's the alma mater of infamous #1 overall HS recruit Ryan Perriloux. They had a pretty stable look for years with the same helmet:

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After their longtime coach retired, they've gone through a number of looks:

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Here's them at the beginning of last season....

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And this is what the "Wildcats" looked like by the end of the season...

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Any idea on the reason for the tape?

The tape is there to keep chin straps buckled. Especially with buckles that have been used a season +, they have a tendency to pop off mid-play on the high strap. That helps to keep them on and subsequently avoid penalties for players not having a chinstrap buckled/losing a helmet and having to sit a play.

...that's what we did when I coached in a pinch, anyway.

There are a couple of easy solutions out there. You could go 90's old school and drill a small hole through the strap then replace the snap with a screw or simply purchase some of the newer permanent chin strap holders which hold the chin strap into place either as a one piece snap on or screw in. Tape would only be necessary in the most rare of situations.

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The Elkins Knights have a lot of weird things going on this year. They can't decide which gold is theirs, including having two different shades on the helmet. That's weird enough, but having wings on the jersey makes no sense to me. The Knights...with wings..hmm.

They took on Houston ISD's Lamar Texans last friday. Lamar had been named Redskins until this season.

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Here is how they looked when Jake Matthews went there.

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I remember hearing once that Millard North's tape on the helmets was to signify that all the players are equal and part of the team. Hear me out, some times in practice when coaches are getting to know their players they put tapes on the helmets with the names of the players on them.

Once the players become more known the tape comes off, I always thought the tape served as a reminder that they still have something to earn, a mentality of we need to improve every day, game.

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Ozen Panthers (Beaumont, TX)

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against the West Brook Bruins (Beaumont, TX)

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My old school Port Neches-Groves Indians (TX)

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Facing West Orange-Stark Mustangs (TX). They had their new grey uniforms on. They just kept getting darker and darker with sweat.

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Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns (TX)

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Team in grey are the Lumberton Raiders (TX)

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Memorial Titans (Port Arthur, TX) at Ozen Panthers (Beaumont, TX)

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West Orange-Stark Mustangs (TX) at Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin' Bears (TX)

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West Brook Bruins (Beaumont, TX) blue uniforms

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Clear Lake Falcons (TX) at Port Neches-Groves Indians (TX)

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What genius came up with the idea to put bengal tiger stripes on a wildcat's head? Good lord.

Aren't tigers a type of wild cat?

Not sure if you were kidding, but yes, tigers are wild cats, but that's not the same as "wildcats" (one word). Wildcats do have stripes, but they're not as distinctive as those on tigers. Maybe I overreacted a bit, though. :P

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