Final Tigers' tales: Little Rock Central football teams of the ’50s set last reunion


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.

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.


Wilson Matthews left Little Rock Central after the 1957 season, winning his final 33 games at the school and compiling a 109-... + Enlarge

Undefeated Tigers

• 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:

1957 schedule


Memphis Christian Brothers;20-0

Texarkana, Texas;54-13

Baton Rouge Istrouma;15-6

Hot Springs*;46-6

Fort Smith*;28-0


El Dorado*;28-0

Memphis Central;34-0

Paducah (Ky.) Tilghman;46-13

Pine Bluff*;33-0


North Little Rock*;40-7

*Big 8 Conference game

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