Fun Fact: Ode Burrell

Ode Burrell Rookie Card
Ode Burrell Rookie Card

Among the coaches of the 1984-85 championship Tomcat football team was Coach Ode Burrell. Coach Burrell was an athlete from an early age excelling in football and track.  He received a degree from Mississippi State University and played with the Houston Oilers from 1964-1969 as a tailback. He received many awards including Senior Bowl MVP, Liberty Bowl MVP, Blue-Gray Game MVP,  MVP of Houston Oilers 1967,Pro Bowl 1967, College All American to name a few.  He coached at various schools Bogalusa High School, Holmes Community College, Vancleave High School, Stone County High School,  St. Stanislaus High School and Gulf Coast Community College where he retired.   He was a member  of the MSU “M” Club, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Mississippi Coaches Association, Holmes Community College Hall of Fame,  Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame,  Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame, NFL Alumni Association

Fun Fact: Stone High Tomcats 1984-85

The write-up in the Stone High yearbook described this team as follows:

Graceful, poised, determined and classy, these are words which perfectly describe the 1984-85 football team.  With precision coaching, hard practicing, and perfectly executed plays the 84-85 football team was developed into a mean-lean fighting machine.  Finishing the season with a 9-2 record the Tomcats easily clinched the conference title.

Coaches were. Floyd Davis (Head Coach), Chris Calcote,  Ode Burrell.