Photographs by Democrat-Gazette file photo
Little Rock Central High School’s football team coached by Wilson Matthews (center) was 12-0 in 1957, earning a share of the mythical high school national title despite the school’s campus being rocked by racial turmoil.
Friday, August 11, 2017
The 1957 Little Rock Central High School football team is recognized as not only one of the all-time best teams in the state, but also in the nation.
• The Little Rock Central football team finished 12-0 in 1957 and won the state championship, which was Coach Wilson Matthews’ 10th title in 11 seasons. The Tigers outscored their opponents 444-64 and were named the No. 1 team by the National Sports News Service in Minneapolis:
Memphis Christian Brothers;20-0
Baton Rouge Istrouma;15-6
Paducah (Ky.) Tilghman;46-13
North Little Rock*;40-7
*Big 8 Conference game
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