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OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK
Thomas King (1982-1983 - 82% of the voters) was the QB for the 1982 Class AA state championship team. He started during both the 1982 and 1983 seasons when the Tigers won 22 of 25 games played.  King was especially suited for the Veer option attack that the Tigers ran, as evidenced by the fact that he rushed for 17 touchdowns and threw for another 16.  Five of his touchdown runs covered 60 or more yards, including a 76 yard run vs. John Curtis in the 1982 title game.  This play was voted the "Best Play" in the First 100 Years Poll. King was a two-time first team All District pick at QB, and he earned first team All District honors as a sophomore at a defensive back position. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana on a football scholarship.
Steve Adams (1970-1972 - 80% of the voters) is the school's career passing yardage leader (3,010 yds.). He is also the single-season leader for touchdown passes (22). Adams won more games as a starting QB (25) than any QB in school history.  He was the starting QB in 1971 when the Tiger football team advanced to the Class AAA state finals. In his career, Adams ran for 11 touchdowns and threw for 32 more, giving him a combined 43 touchdowns he was involved in.  That is more than any QB in school history.  He was a first team All District selection in 1971.  Adams signed with Kilgore Jr. College out of high school and later played QB for Stephen F. Austin University. 
Lyn Bankston (1974-1976 - 76% of the voters)  is the school leader for passing touchdowns in a career (37), game (6) and playoffs (6).  He was a three-year starter, where he guided the program to 22 wins, including 11 wins in 1976.  That 1976 team advanced to the Class AAA state finals.   Bankston attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship where he played defensive back.
Mike Tinnerello (1959-1961 - 71% of the voters) is the first Tiger QB to throw for double-digit touchdowns when he threw for 13 in 1959.  In his career he threw  21 touchdown passes and ran for 15 more, making him one of only five Tiger QBs for run and throw for double-digit touchdowns.  His 36 total touchdowns is second highest by a Tiger quarterback. Tinnerello had two touchdown runs of over 60 yards.  He and Thomas King are the only two-time first team All District picks at the QB position.
Matt Machen (1987-1989 - 57% of the voters) holds the school record for single-season passing yards (1,852 yds., 1989) and is second on the career list with 2,925 yds. Machen completed 199 passes in his career, which is the most by any Tiger QB.  His completion percentage in 1989 (54.27%) is the highest single-season total ever achieved by a Tiger quarterback.  In 1989 he completed 108 of 199 passes attempted. In that banner 1989 season, 20 of Machen's pass completions went for touchdowns, which is the second-most touchdown passes thrown in a single-season at the school. Machen earned first team All District honors for his accomplishments during the 1989 season. 
Greg Powell (1979-1981 - 55% of the voters) is one of only thirteen Tiger quarterbacks to earn first team All District honors.  In head coach Doug Moreau's Veer Offense Powell was a threat as both a runner and a passer.  Powell threw for 18 touchdowns (7th-most at the school) and rushed for 15 touchdowns.  That combined total of 33 touchdowns is the third highest total at the school. His rushing total is second only to Tiger QB Thomas King, who had 16 rushing touchdowns.  Six of Powell's rushing touchdowns covered 40 or more yards.  He also had two punt return touchdowns.  Powell's career game came in 1981 when he helped the Tigers overcome the largest deficit any Tiger team has overcome.  That came against Jonesboro-Hodge in the regular season finale.  Powell threw for 221 yards (4th highest in school history) in that game.  He rushed for one touchdown and threw for two other touchdowns in that contest. 
RUNNING BACK
Anthony "A Train" Thomas (1993-1996 - 93% of the voters) is the school's career (7,594 yds.), season (2,497 yds.) and game (486 yds.) rushing leader. He is also the school's scoring leader in career points (682 pts.), single-season points (243 pts.) and single game points (48 pts.). Thomas had 32 games in which he rushed for 100 or more yards, including 20 games in which he rushed for 200 or more yards.  Twenty of his scoring runs covered 50 or more yards. His career night came in the first round of the 1995 playoffs when he rushed for 486 yds. on 23 carries. He scored on eight of those carries,  which five of those scoring runs covering over 60 yards and one other going 40 yds.  Thomas is one of only two Tiger running backs to earn first team All District honors three times and is the only Tiger player to earn first team All State honors three times.  He signed a football scholarship with the University of Michigan where he set school records for rushing yards (4,472) and touchdowns (56).  Thomas was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2001. He played in the NFL for  seven seasons.  The teams he played for include the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills.  He was the leading vote-getter in the First 100 Years Poll and the All Century Poll of 2000.
Garlon Powell (1981-1983 - 83% of the voters) rushed for 3,063 yards in his career, which ranks 6th on the all-time list at the school.  He is one of only seven backs to have multiple 1,000-yd. rushing seasons, as he rushed for 1,314 yds. in 1982 and 1,190 yds. in 1983. Powell holds the school record for longest run from scrimmage for a TD when he broke a 99 yd. run vs. Many in 1983.  All total he had 6 rushing TDs that went 50 yds. or more which is 3rd highest at the school.  He had 8 more touchdowns by kick return that covered more than 50 yds., giving him 14 TDs that covered more than 50 yards.  That ranks 3rd highest at the school. Powell had fourteen 100-yard rushing games.  He holds the school record for highest single game yard per carry average when he gained 156 yards on only 4 carries vs. Jena in 1982.  He finished his career with 42 rushing touchdowns, which is t-3rd at the school.  Powell was involved in two of the most famous plays in school history.  The first play came in the 1982 title game when he broke a 56 yard run for a touchdown.  He also scored on a 28 yard fumble return in the 1982 state title game and booted a 25-yard field goal to give Winnfield a 23-14 lead.  The other play noted in the top ten of the First 100 Years poll came in the 1983 season finale against Jonesboro-Hodge when he connected with Darrell Smith on an 82 yd. halfback pass to enable Winnfield to gain a come-from-behind win and gain the district crown. Powell was the first Tiger back to earn first team All District honors three times and along with Anthony Thomas is the only Tiger back to accomplish that feat. He attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.
Nathan Johnson (1974-1976 - 75% of the voters) is the first Tiger back to rush for over 1,100 yards; that coming in 1976 when he rushed for 1,432 yds.  In his career he rushed for 3,105 yds., making him one of only five Tiger backs for rush for over 3,000 yds. He ranks 5th on the school's career rushing list. Johnson had 17 games in which he gained 100 or more yards rushing, which is the 5th highest total in school history. He is one of only five Tiger backs to earn first team All State honors. He is the first Tiger back to earn first team All District honors twice.  Johnson attended Northeast Louisiana University on a football scholarship and signed with the Buffalo Bills after college.
Ricky Chatman (1976-1979 - 74% of the voters) started four years at linebacker for Winnfield.  He essentially wasn't used at the running back position until his junior season.  Even then he was used sparingly, as he carried the ball 15 or fewer times in most games he was used as a running back.  He gained 1,210 yards rushing as a junior in only 116 carries, for a 10.43 yard per carry average.  He was the first Tiger running back to have back-to-back 1,000-yd. rushing season when he followed up his successful 1978 campaign by gaining 1,173 yds. in 1979.  He only carried the ball 106 times in 1979 for an 11.07 yard per carry average.  His 2,539 career rushing yards ranks 8th on the school's rushing list.  In his career he averaged 11.04 yards per carry.  Chatman had twelve 100-yard rushing games.  Chatman rushed for 31 touchdowns, which is 8th highest at the school.  He had 8 scoring runs that covered 50 or more yards, which is third highest at the school. Chatman earned first team All District honors at running back in 1979. He signed a football scholarship at LSU where he played linebacker.
Antonio Robinson (2002-2004 - 74% of the voters) ranks third on the school's career rushing list (3,702 yds.).  He rushed for 1,663 yds. In 2004 and 1,630 yds. in 2003, which is the 5th and 6th highest single-season rushing totals in school history.  Keep in mind that Anthony Thomas has the three highest single-season totals. Robinson rushed for 42 touchdowns in his career, which is tied for third highest at the school.  His 98 yard scoring run vs. Jena in 2004 is the second longest scoring run from scrimmage in school history.  All total he had 10 scoring runs from scrimmage that covered 50 or more yards, which trails only Anthony Thomas in that category.  Robinson had 22 games in which he gained 100 or more yards rushing (second highest, behind Anthony Thomas) and three games in which he rushed for over 200 yards. Robinson was a two-time first team All District pick.  He signed a football scholarship with LSU.
Perry Myles (1980-1982 - 66% of the voters) is the second Tiger back to have back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing season.  He gained 1,022 in 1981 and was the leading rusher on the 1982 state champion team with 1,557 yds.  His 23 rushing touchdowns in 1982 is third highest single season total in school history and is only surpassed by Anthony Thomas in two different seasons.  Myles' 42 rushing touchdowns is currently T-3rd on the school's rushing TD list. He had twenty 100+ yd. rushing games, which trails only Anthony Thomas for most 100+ yd. rushing games at the school. Myles was a two-time first team All District pick. He attended McNeese on a football scholarship.
Zan Johnson (1999-2001 - 64% of the voters) trails only Anthony Thomas in many major rushing categories.  He is second on the school's career rushing list (3,977) and he has the highest single-season rushing total of anybody other than Anthony Thomas (1,889 in 2000).  Johnson also rushed for 1,491 yds. in 2001, which is the 7th best single-season total.  He trails only Thomas for career rushing touchdowns (52).  That is also the second highest total touchdowns at the school.  Johnson was named first team All District and All State in 2000 and 2001.  He and Anthony Thomas are the only two-time All State first team picks from the school at the running back position.  He signed a football scholarship with the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the same school his father, Nathan Johnson played for.
John Wayne Williams (1970-1971 - 63% of the voters) earned All District and All State honors in 1971.  His value to the 1971 team came at three positions.  He was one of the starting defensive backs, he returned punts and kickoffs and he split time with Jerry Keen at half back in the Pro Set used by the 1971 team.  Williams took full advantage of the times he came onto the field when the 1971 offensive unit had the ball.  He only carried the ball 52 times, but he gained 644 yards; a 12.39 per carry average.  He scored 6 touchdowns by rush, with 3 of those covering 64 or more yards.  The 1971 team set a school record with 25 touchdowns through the air.  Williams led all receivers with 8 touchdown receptions.  In addition to all of that he returned 5 punts and 2 kickoffs for touchdowns.  His most famous offensive play came against Natchitoches in a key battle of two top ten teams.  Winnfield was clinging to a slim 7-0 lead when Williams broke a 75 yard run for a touchdown to close out the scoring for the night. Williams scored 130 pts. in 1971, to shatter the school record of 69 pts. set by Frank Brewer during the 1928 season.  He signed a football scholarship with Grambling State University after high school.
Cornelius Patterson  (1997-1999 - 60% of the voters) is one of only two players at Winnfield to rush for 1,000 or more yards in three different season.  The other is Anthony Thomas.  Patterson's sophomore rushing yards (1,400) is the second-highest by a sophomore.  His career rushing yards (3,910) is third highest at the school. Patterson had eighteen 100+ yard rushing games, which is third most by any running back at the school. He had eight rushing touchdowns that covered 60 or more yards.  That is second only to Anthony Thomas for that standard. He had 40 rushing touchdowns in his career, which is sixth most in the program.  He and Anthony Thomas are the only two running backs to earn first team All District honors three times.
R. C. Williams (1992-1994 - 54% of the voters) joined Anthony Thomas in1994 to gain over 1,000 yards rushing.  That marked only the second time in the program's history that the Tigers had two 1,000 yard rushers in the same backfield; the other being the 1982 team that featured Garlon Powell and Perry Myles.  Williams' rushing total in 1994 was 1,263 yds.  He gained those from the fullback position. Williams ended his career with 1,820 rushing yards, which is a top fifteen performance. Williams is one of only five players to rush for 20 touchdown in a single season; that coming in 1994.  For his career he rushed for 23 touchdowns, which is tied of 9th most for the 20th century.  Williams was an All District running back in 1994. 
Jerry Keen (1969-1971 - 52% of the voters) and John Wayne Williams shared duties at the halfback position on the 1971 team.  Keen got most of the playing time, however, as he carried the ball 192 times, compared to Williams' 52 times.  Keen became the second player in school history to crack the 1,000 yard rushing barrier when he gained 1,008 yds. in 1971.  Keen ended his career with 23 rushing touchdowns, which was the most in school history at the time and is currently tied for 10th most.  He also set a single-season record with 13 rushing touchdowns in 1971.  That mark is still in the Top Twenty at the school.  Keen had two games (vs. Leesville and Menard) where he rushed for four touchdowns to tie a school record there.  He was the place kicker for the 1971 team.  In the Menard game he booted 6 PATs to give him 30 pts. for that game.  He became the first player in school history to score 30 pts. in that game. Keen and John Wayne Williams both shattered the single-season scoring record in 1971.  The record was 69 pts. and Keen scored 128, while Williams scored 130.  Keen was technically the first Tiger player to score 100 pts. in a season when he recorded his 100th point of the season on a two-point conversion run during the regular season finale. That total came before John Wayne Williams recorded his 100th pt. later in that same game.  At the end of the 1971 season Keen earned first team All District honors at running back.
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Freddie King (1997-2000 - 89% of the voters) is the career (124) and single game (11) leader for receptions. He is also the career leader (2,254 yds.) for reception yards and is the only receiver to have over 2,000 reception yards in a career at the school.  King leads the school in career receptions for touchdowns (20).  King had five career games in which he had multiple TD receptions, the most of any Tiger player. He earned All State honors at WR in 2000.  King is one of only two Tiger receivers to earned first team All District honors twice.  King signed with Louisiana Tech.
Terry Joe Ramsey (1977-1978 - 77% of the voters) alternated at receiver and QB his junior year but was a full-fledged receiver in 1978.  He gained 1,042 yds. that season and is the only Tiger receiver to ever gain over 1,000 yds. receiving.  He earned All State honors for that feat.  Ramsey had 37 receptions in 1978 which is the 6th best season on record at the school.  Seven of those receptions went for touchdowns.  His 28.2 yard per catch average is the highest single season average in school history. Ramsey earned first team All District and All State honors in 1978.  He is one of only four Tiger receivers to earn All State honors at this position.  Ramsey attended Northwestern State University on a football scholarship.
Benny Mitchell (1980-1982 - 70% of the voters) had 10 touchdown receptions for the 1982 Class AA state champions, which is second-most single season TD receptions in school history. His 15 career TD receptions is second most in school history. In 1982 Mitchell had 585 yds. in receptions for a 25.4 yd. per catch average. Mitchell earned All District  honors at End in 1982.  He signed a football scholarship with Northeast Louisiana University.
Eric Caldwell (1984-1986 - 60% of the voters) is one of only six Tiger players to earn first team All State honors at offensive end.  That came in 1986 after Caldwell set a school record for single-season touchdown receptions with 11.  That season he caught 46 passes for 858 yards; a 18.65 yard per catch average.  Caldwell is the only receiver in school history to have four multi-touchdown games by reception in the same season.
Jimmy Husser (1976 - 55% of the voters) played one season for the Tigers but he was an integral part of the 1976 Class AAA runner up squad.  Husser caught 6 of QB Lyn Bankston's touchdown passes.  His career game came against district champ Bolton when he caught 7 passes and scored one touchdown. He was a second-team All District pick.
Robert Anderson (1993-1995 - 51% of the voters) was a first team All District pick as a sophomore and a senior and earned 2nd team honors as a junior.  He and Freddie King, Jr. are the only two-time first team All District picks at end and the only sophomores to earn that honor. Anderson had five career touchdowns, though the three teams he played on only scored 19 total touchdowns through the air.
TIGHT END
 Justin Durbin (196-1997  -  68% of the voters) and Greg Wagoner are the only two Tiger tight ends that have earned All State honors.  Durbin is the only Tiger tight end to earn multiple first team All District honors.  Durbin's best year from a receiving standpoint was 1997 when he caught 24 passes for 201 yards.  Those receptions were just over 1/3 of all receptions by the team that year. Durbin's biggest asset may have been his blocking ability.  He attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.
Greg Wagoner (1969-1971 - 66% of the voters) has the most single season (38) and career receptions by any Tiger tight end.  In fact, his 38 receptions in 1971 is the fifth best single season total by any receiver.  In the 1971 game vs. Jonesboro-Hodge, Wagoner caught 9 passes for 157 yds.  That is the second-most single game reception total in school history by any receiver.  Wagoner had five career touchdown receptions, with the most critical being a fourth quarter touchdown in the 1971 semi-final game vs. Hahnville that enabled the Tigers to move to a come-from-behind 14-13 lead that held up the rest of the game.  Wagoner was a first team All District and All State selection in 1971.
Chester Brinson (1982 - 58% of the voters) was the tight end on the 1982 state championship team.  In the Veer offense his skills were used mainly for blocking.  He is one of nine Tiger tight ends to earn first team All District honors.  
Earl Funches (1979-1981 - 51% of the voters) was a versatile tight end on head coach Doug Moreau's 1981 team.  Funches was a first team All District pick at both tight end and linebacker on the 1981 squad.  He was a hard-nosed blocker, but he also caught five touchdown passes in 1981. 
CENTER
Ryan Porter (1997-1998 - 73% of the voters) is one of only three centers at the school to earn first team All State honors and one of only two centers to be named 1st team All District twice.  He signed a football scholarship with Northwestern State University.
Charles Poisso (1965-1967 - 68% of the voters) was an honorable mention All District choice at center as a junior and first teamer as a senior. He was the leading vote-getter at center by the Expert Panel voting on the All Century Team. Poisso attended Northeast Louisiana University on a football scholarship.
Ken Maloy (1980-1982 - 52% of the voters) was a two-year starter at center and defensive tackle.  He earned second-team All District honors as a junior at center and first team All District and All State honors as a senior.  Maloy is one of only three Tiger centers to earn first team All State honors. 
GUARD
Al Simmons (1984-1985 - 76% of the voters) was a first team All District and All State pick in 1984.  The Expert Panel of the All Century Poll ranked Simmons their second choice at offensive guard.
Brian Garrett (1993-1994 - 68% of the voters) was a first team All District and All State pick in 1994. He was the fourth ranked offensive guard by the Expert Panel of the All Century Poll. Garrett signed a football scholarship with Northeast Louisiana University.
Wayne Griffin (1995-1995 - 65% of the voters) is one of only four Tiger guards to be selected to an All District team twice. He was a first team All State pick in 1996.  
Hershal Long   (1966-1968 - 65% of the voters) was a three-year starter for the program.  He earned All District and honorable mention All State honors in 1968.
Mark Hennigan (1979-1980 - 63% of the voters) was one of only four Tiger guards to earn first team All District honors twice.  He accomplished that in 1979 & 1980. He received the sixth-most votes at offensive guard by the Expert Panel voting on the All Century Poll.
Don Jones (1959-1961 - 62% of the voters) was the first two-time first team offensive quard at the school and is one of only four Tiger guards to accomplish that.  He was named first team All State as a junior in 1960.  Jones received the third-most votes at guard from the Expert Panel voting on the All Century Poll.
Hal Hickey (1971-1973 - 61% of the voters) first started as a sophomore tackle on the 1971 Class AAA runner-up squad.  Hickey earned first team All District and All State as a guard in 1973.  He was the top selection at guard by the Expert Panel voting on the All Century Poll.
TACKLE
Chip Little (1979-1980 - 83% of the voters) was the second Tiger tackle to be a multi-year first team All District pick.  He earned first team All District honors in 1979 and 1980. He also earned first team All District honors both years as a defensive tackle and is the only Tiger lineman to earn first team All District honors on both sides of the ball in the same season.  
Ryan Poisso (1991-1993 - 82% of the voters) earned first team All District honors his sophomore and junior seasons and then switched to OG his senior year where he also earned All District honors.  Poisso attended the University of Southwestern University on a football scholarship.
David Gaar (1993-1995 - 79% of the voters) is one of only four Tiger offensive tackles to be a multi-year first team All District pick.  He earned first team honors in 1994 and 1995.  Gaar received the second highest votes at tackle by the Expert Panel of the All Century Poll.  He signed a football scholarship with the University of Southwestern University.
Wayne McFarland (1959-1961 - 70% of the voters)  and Kevin Ashley are the only two offensive linemen to earn first-team All District honors three times.  He was a second-team selection by the Expert Panel of the All Century Poll.  McFarland attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana on a football scholarship.
Kevin Ashley (2002-2004 - 65% of the voters) was a three-time All District pick at offensive tackle.  He is one of only eight players in the history of the program to be a three-time first team All District pick at any position.
Randy Strickland (1969-1971 - 58% of the voters) was a three year starter for the Tigers at various positions on both sides of the ball. He first started as a defensive end as a sophomore.  On the defensive side of the ball he also played tackle as a junior and linebacker as a senior.  On offense he was a two-year starter at tackle, where he earned first team All District honors as a senior.  Strickland was the leading vote getter at tackle by the Expert Panel of the All Century Poll. 
DEFENSE
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Mike Spangler (1965-1967 - 66% of the voters) earned All State honors In 1966.  He blocked four punts in his career, with the most critical coming in 1966 against rival Tallulah.  Spangler also returned that blocked punt for a touchdown, which was the only score in that game.  He was the third-leading vote getter at defensive end by the Expert Panel in the All Century Poll.
James Hutchins (1969-1971 - 64% of the voters) is one of only three Tiger players to earn 1st team All State honors at defensive end.  He was the first and is one of only two Tiger defensive ends to be a multi-year first team All District selection.  Hutchins led all voting at the defensive end position by the Expert Panel for the All Century Poll.
Gary Irvin (1982-1983 - 61% of the voters) joins Mike Spangler and James Hutchins as the only Tiger defensive ends to earn first team All State honors.  He was a first team All District and All State pick on the 1983 Tiger team.  He was the Expert Panel's second choice at defensive end on the All Century Poll.  Irvin attended McNeese on a football scholarship.
Chad Harkins (1990-1991 - 60% of the voters) was a first team All District selection in 1991.  He attended the University of Arkansas-Monticello on a football scholarship.
Perry Rainwater (1978-1979 - 58% of the voters) was a first team All District selection in 1978 and 2nd team pick in 1979.  The Expert Panel of the All Century Poll voted him a third-team defensive end. 
Chuck Ball (1997-2000 - 55% of the voters) first started as a freshman and was an honorable mention All District pick.  He earned first team All District honors as a junior and a senior.
Al Long (1973 - 53% of the voters) only played one season for the Tigers, but he was a first team All District pick that season. The Expert Panel of the All Century Poll remembered him because they named him to the All-Century third team.
TACKLE
Woody Grigg (1976-1978 - 83% of the voters) was honored as an All State selection in 1978. He and Donnie Purser were the first multi-year All District picks at the DT position.  Grigg was the leading vote-getter at any defensive position in the All-Century Poll and was the second-leading vote-getter on the defensive side of the ball in the First 100 Years Poll. He signed a football scholarship with Ole Miss.
Jess Grigg (1981-1982 - 83% of the voters) is one of only five Tiger linemen to earn first team honors at defensive tackle twice.  He was a first team pick in 1981 and 1982.  Jess was one of the top three defensive linemen picked by the fans in the 2000 All Century Poll.
Jay Huckaby (1980-1982 - 73% of the voters) was a first team All District pick on the 1982 state championship team.  He and Jess Grigg made up the bulk of what is one of the best defensive lines in the history of the program. Huckaby attended Brigham Young University on a football scholarship.
Tommy Campbell (1977-1979 - 68% of the voters) was a first team All District and  honorable mention All State selection in 1979. He was one of the top three defensive linemen picked by the Expert Panel in the 2000 All Century Poll. Campbell attended LSU on a football scholarship where he was a three-year letterman at center.
Kevin Poisso (1977-1979 - 68% of the voters) was a three-year starter for the Tigers.  On defense he played end for two season and was moved to tackle his senior season where he earned first team All District honors.
Donnie Purser (1976-1978 - 61% of the voters) is the third member of the 1978 defensive line on this list (see also Woody Grigg and Tommy Campbell).  Purser was a two-time All District pick.  That came in 1977 and 1978.  He was a second team All Century team pick by the Expert Panel of that poll.  Purser attended Northeast Louisiana University on a football scholarship.
James "Shoehorn" Johnson (1970-1972 - 54% of the voters) is one of four defensive tackles to earn All State honors at defensive tackle. He was the Class AAA Most Valuable Defensive Player in in 1972.  Johnson is credited with 121 tackles in 1972.  He was the leading vote-getter at defensive line by the Expert Panel voting on the All Century poll. Johnson attended McNeese on a football scholarship.
Roosevelt Robinson (1973 - 52% of the voters) played only one season in the defensive line, but he is remembered by people who watched him play.  Robinson earned All State honors in 1973. He was the fourth-leading vote getter at defensive tackle by the Expert Panel voting on the All Century Poll.
LINEBACKER
Ricky Chatman (1976-1979 - 90% of the voters)  was the second-leading vote getter in the First 100 Years Poll and the leading vote-getter on the defensive side of the ball. Though statistics pertaining to tackles are highly subjective, Chatman is credited with a school-leading 345 tackles his sophomore through senior seasons.  There are no tackle stats. for his freshman year. Along with Lionel Johnson and Jeffery Dale, Chatman is the only two-time first team All State player from Winnfield on the defensive side of the ball.  He was selected the Most Valuable Defensive Player in Class AA in 1979. Chatman attended LSU on a football scholarship.
Lionel Johnson (1970-1972 - 81% of the voters) was selected the Most Valuable Defensive Player in Class AAA in 1971.  He was a two-time first team pick on the All State team. (see disclaimer under "Chatman" for tackles)  Johnson Is credited with 297 career tackles for his junior and senior seasons.  His total total for his sophomore year is not known, though he started and played in ten games.   Also, he is credited for 154 tackles during the regular season only of 1971, which is the highest regular season total in school history. His tackle stats for the four playoff games the 1971 team played in are not known. In short, he is likely the school career leader for tackles. He recorded two career safeties and is the only player in school history with multiple safeties. He was a unanimous pick at linebacker by the Expert Panel voting on the All Century Poll. Johnson attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship.
Marcel Mills (1980-1982 - 75% of the voters) is the only linebacker at the school other than Chatman and Johnson to be a first team pick on the All State team.  As a sophomore, he was a first team All District pick at defensive end and he is the only sophomore at the school to earn All District honors at that position.  He earned first team All District honors at linebacker as a junior and season.  He is only of only five Tiger players to be a three-time All District pick on the defensive side of the ball. Mills is credited with 164 tackles during the 14-game 1982 season.  That is likely the second highest overall season total, trialing only Lionel Johnson (1971).  He attended McNeese on a football scholarship.
Charles Poisso (1965-1967 - 71% of the voters) was a first team All District selection in 1967.  He was the third-leading vote-getter at linebacker by the Expert Panel voting in the All Century Poll.  Poisso signed with Northeast Louisiana University.
Oshay Booker (1996-1998 - 68% of the voters) and Ricky Chatman are the only three-time All District picks at linebacker.  He joins Chatman, Marcel Mills, DeCarlus Pittman and Freddie King as the only three-time All District picks at any defensive position. 
Christopher Yerby (1999-2001 - 63% of the voters) is one of only six Tigers that have earned All District honors at linebacker twice.
Jarvis Powell (2006-2008 - 53% of the voters) is one of six Tiger linebackers to earn All District honors twice. 
Ricky Hanna (1967-1969 - 52% of the voters) earned All District honors in 1969.  He was the Expert Panel's fifth selection at linebacker in the All Century Poll.
BACK
Freddie King, Jr. (1997-2000 - 82% of the voters) is the only Tiger defensive back to earn first team All District honors three years.  He and Jeffery Dale are the only two-time All State pick at DB at the school. King is the only Tiger player to earn first team honors at three different positions.  King returned three interceptions for touchdowns, which is tied with Andrew Riggs for most career interception returns for touchdowns at the school. King also returned two fumbles for touchdowns, giving him 30 career points from the defensive side of the ball.  That is tied for most career points scored by a defensive player.  King attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.
Jeffery Dale (1977-1980 - 82% of the voters) set a single-season school record with 11 interceptions in 1979. He the first two-time first team All State selection at DB in the program's history.  Dale received the third highest vote total by the Expert Panel of the All Century poll at any position.  Dale started in games over a four year span, with his best statistical year on the defensive side of the ball being 1979.  He was second on that team in tackles; trailing only linebacker Ricky Chatman.  Dale is credited with 104 tackles in 1979 from his free safety position.  Dale was a three-year letterman at DB for LSU and played for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL for three seasons.
Carey Broudy (1986-1988 - 69% of the voters) is one of only seven Tiger defensive backs to be a multi-year pick at DB. Broudy had six interceptions in 1987, including three vs. Winnsboro.  He received the third most votes by the Expert Panel and fans voting in the All Century Poll.  Broudy attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.
Randy Poisso (1966-1968 - 69% of the voters) was a first team All District selection in 1968. He was a third team selection by the Expert Panel voting on the All  Century Poll. Poisso attended Northeast Louisiana University on a football scholarship.
Alan Carter (1969-1971 - 68% of the voters) is the first Tiger defensive back to earn first team All State honors at the defensive back position. He was a two-time All District pick and in 1971 earned All District, All State and All Prep honors. He was the No. 2 selection by the Expert Panel voting on the All Century Poll. Carter signed with McNeese after high school.
Decarlus Pittman (1994-1996 - 55% of the voters) earned first team All District honors as a sophomore and junior.  He was moved to linebacker his senior year and earned first team All District honors there as well. 
Andrew Smith (1999-2001 - 52% of the voters) is one of only seven Tiger defensive backs to earn first team All State honors. He was a two-time first team All District honoree.  Smith earned a scholarship to play football for Grambling State University.   
Robert Anderson (1993-1995 = 52% of the voters) is one of only seven Tiger defensive backs to be named first team All District twice.  He had an 80 yard interception return for a touchdown as a sophomore. 
 
SPECIAL TEAMS
PLACE KICKER
Tommy Latham (1978-1981 - 80% of the voters) holds most of the schools place kicking records, including the following: PATs in a career (112), PATs in a season (36) and career field goals (10). As a freshman in 1978 Latham shared kicking duties with Tommy Campbell.  In that 1978 season Latham booted 24 of 29 PAT kicks. He also became the single game, single season and career field goal leader in  the Haynesville game when he kicked four field goals, with three of those coming in overtime and the final one giving the Tigers a 16-13 win. He booted six other career field goals to end his career with ten field goals. That not only makes him the career leader but is more than double that of any other kicker. Latham holds the school record for longest field goal (47 yds.) and in fact has kicked the school’s three longest field goals (47, 46 and 45 yards). Latham was a three-time first team All District selection as kicker. That makes him one of only nine players to earn first team All District honors three times at one position.  Latham scored 150 career points, which included 112 extra points, ten field goals, one safety, one two-point conversion run and a 9 yard touchdown run. Latham is the first Tiger kicker to be selected as an All District pick.
Lyn Bankston (1974-1976 - 65% of the voters) is the single-season (.941%) and career (.850) percentage leader for PAT conversions.  His single-season record came in 1974 when he booted 16 of 17 PAT tries.  For his career he attempted 68 PATs and converted 58 of those. Bankston signed with Louisiana Tech after high school.
Tommy Campbell (1978-1979 - 61% of the voters) shared kicking duties with Tommy Latham during the 1978 season, however both got ample opportunities.  Campbell converted 33 of 37 PAT tries for an .892% kicking percentage, which is the third highest single season total of all time at the school.  Campbell set a new school record in the Arcadia game that year when he converted 8 of 8 PAT tries.  That record has only been tied three other times.  In 1979 full-time kicking duties were handed over to Latham but Campbell did convert 6 of 9 PAT tries for a career total of 39 of 46 PAT kicks.  That gave him an .848% PAT percentage, which is second highest in school history behind Lyn Bankston. Campbell accomplished all of that while playing in the interior line for the Tigers. He signed with LSU out of high school where he played center.
Garlon Powell (1981-1983 - 61% of the voters) is third on the all-time list for PATs made with 62 career kicks.  He also tied a school record in 1983 when he booted 8 PAT kicks in 8 attempts in a game vs. Ringgold.  The next week he just missed out on a new school record when he converted 8 of 9 attempts. Powell was only called on to kick one field goal in his career but that field goal may be the most decisive field goal in school history.  In the 1982 title game Winnfield was clinging to narrow 20-14 lead throughout the fourth quarter.  In the fourth quarter Powell, who had earlier scored two touchdowns from his halfback position, was battling leg cramps but he was called on to attempt a 25-yd. field goal.  Powell made good on that attempt, thus making it a two score game for John Curtis.  That kick was voted the 8th most important play in the first 100 years of Tiger football. Powell was a first team All District pick as a kicker in 1982, as well as a first team All District RB.  He attended Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.
PUNTER
Steve Adams (1970-1972 - 69% of the voters) wasn't called on to punt much in the 14-game 1971 season, but when he did punt he was productive.  All total, he punted 39 times for a 39.1 average.  In the Jonesboro-Hodge game of 1971 he punted four times for a 50 yard average, which is the highest single-game average in school history.  In 1972 Adams was called on to punt 40 times and he kicked for a 34.3 average' giving him a career punting average of 36.6 yds. per punt. He signed with Kilgore Jr. College out of high school where he punted as a freshman.  He also played quarterback and later played QB for Stephen F. Austin.
Chip Clark (1987 - 48% of the voters) Though only a sophomore in 1987, Clark earned first team All State honors as a punter.  He and Robbie Richards are the only two All State punters in school history.  In 1987 Clark booted 34 punts for a 37.3 average.
Robbie Richards (1967-1969 - 47% of the voters) is the first and is one of only two punters to earn All State honors. Richards averaged just over 35 yards per punt. He attended West Point on a football scholarship.
KICK RETURNER
Freddie King, Jr. (1997-2000 - 84% of the voters) had six career kick returns for touchdowns, which trails only John Wayne Williams for most kick returns for touchdowns. Four of those came on kickoff returns, which is the most kickoff returns for touchdowns in school history.  Two others came via punt returns. King was a first team All State pick as a kick returner as a sophomore.  He signed a football scholarship with Louisiana Tech.
Benny Mitchell (1980-1982 - 68% of the voters) had five career punt returns for touchdowns, including one each in 1980 and 1981 and three in 1982.  He is the only player in school history to have kick returns touchdowns in three different seasons. Those three punt returns for scores in 1982 is tied him with Jeffery Dale for second most punt returns for scores in a single season. He signed with Northeast Louisiana University.
John Wayne Williams (1970-1971 - 64% of the voters) Prior to 1971 no player had ever returned more than one punt for a touchdown in a single season.  Williams returned five punts for touchdowns in 1971. There have only been seven players in the history of the program that have multiple punt returns for touchdowns in the same season, but Williams leads them all.  Williams had six career punt returns for touchdowns, which is more than twice as many as any player in school history except Benny Mitchell (5). Williams also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in 1971, giving him seven kick returns for touchdowns that season. All total Williams had 8 career kick returns for touchdowns (6 punts and 2 kickoff), which is the most by any Tiger player. He signed a football scholarship with Grambling State University.
Viron Smith (1994-1996 - 53% of the voters) had two career kickoff returns and two career punt returns for touchdowns.  He is one of only three players in the history of the program to that have returned a min. of two punts and two kickoffs for a touchdown.  
   
COACHES
HEAD COACH
Doug Moreau (1979-1984 - 83% of the voters) had an overall W/L record of 58-14-0 at the school, which is the second most wins by a Tiger head coach. He is the only coach in the history of the program to win a state title on the playing field.  That came in 1982 when he won the Class AA state title.  His 1979 and 1981 teams were semi-finalist.  Four of Moreau's Tiger teams won district titles.  His playoff record at Winnfield is 11-4-0 and his overall winning percentage of .804 is the highest of any Tiger coach that had a tenure of two or more years.  All six of Moreau's teams had winning records.  That is the most winning seasons produced by any Tiger head coach. 
Larry Dauterive (1976-1978 - 69% of the voters) has an overall W/L record of 28-9-0.  In his first season at the school he took his team to the Class AAA state title game and he had to face a slate of all-top ten teams in the playoffs to get there. Though his Tigers lost that 1976 title game, he was back in the playoffs again two season later (1978) after posting a perfect 10-0 regular season.  His third and final Tiger team (1978) made it to the quarterfinal round where a 1-pt. loss to  St. Louis ended that season. Dauterive's winning percentage of .757 ranks second behind Doug Moreau at the school. 
Tommy Bankston (1966-1969 - 63% of the voters) has an overall W/L record of 29-14-3.  He had immediate success, as his first team (1966) had a 7-win improvement over the previous season.  That is the biggest turnaround in school history.  His first three teams made the playoffs at a time when ony the district champions and district runner up teams made the playoffs.  His 1968 team won a district title and became the first Winnfield team to win a playoff game.  
Alwin Stokes (57% of the voters) has an overall W/L record of 51-16-7.  Stokes is one of the most well-liked figures in the history of the program.  The current football stadium is named after him.  He also served as the Presbyterian minister during his stay in Winnfield.  His first coaching stint came between 1917 and 1923.  His 1919 team was declared state champions and his 1923 team only lost 1 game and only gave up 7 pts. He returned in 1926 and posted a 4-1-4 record.  His final tenure was the 1933 and 1934 seasons when he went 10-8-2. 
ASSISTANT COACH
Jerry Bamburgh (77% of the voters) has served the program in a coaching capacity in four different decades.  He was first hired as an assistant coach by Tommy Bankston in 1966.  He stayed four seasons during that stint, left for one season and then came by for the 1971 season.  It was between 1971 and 1974 that Bamburgh served as the Defensive Coordinator of arguably the greatest run of defensive football ever played at the school.  Any major team defensive statistical category will have the 1971 through 1973 teams in one of the top eight spots.  Bamburgh served one year at head coach (1975) and also served on the 1982 state champion team.  He returned to the program in the late 2000s.
Tony Acosta (62% of the voters) came to the program with head coach Doug Moreau in 1979.  Acosta served as defensive coordinator under Moreau and can lay claim to being the DC of the 1982 state champion team.  He served one season as head coach (1985) and also served as an assistant on the 1988 team. 
Thomas Straughn (59% of the voters) first came to the coaching staff only five years removed from the program as a player.  That was in 1957 when he helped Hoss Newman win the school's first district title.  He served as an assistant through the 1963 season and helped guide the program to three more district titles.  Straughn left the program after the 1963 to become the first head coach at the newly created Winnfield Junior High School, where he had a very successful run.
Steve Adams (55% of the voters) and Thomas Straughn are the only two former players for the Tigers that are selected to the First 100 Year Team as a coach.  Adams served as an assistant in 1997 and 1997 and then returned fro 2003 to 2005. He was an offensive specialist.
Robert Charles Payne(1970-1971 - 50% of the voters) was the Offensive Coordinator on the 1970 and 1971 teams.  The 1971 team advanced to the Class AAA state finals.  Payne ran the Pro Set and had a balanced offensive attack that relied on precise timing.  His 1971 unit is the first Tiger offensive unit to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season. 
   

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