Family members, former players and cheerleaders, plus a crowd of Tiger fans turned out to Friday night’s opening BHS football game to pay tribute to three legendary coaches.
The field is named for Coach Claude “C.B.” Bowles, who came to Calco High back in 1927. Tribute was paid to Bowles who actually built the current football field, along with his players. Although he has passed, several family members were in attendance.
Salute was also given to Coach Ted Cooper, famed coach during the 1950s. A dedication was held at halftime to officially name the Ted Cooper Stadium at Bowles Field.
Also recognized was Coach David Pitts, shown above with former player Gene Rollins. Coach Pitts was on the coaching staff during 1973 when the Tigers claimed a state title. He was later made head coach and led the Tigers to two back-to-back state championships in 1976 and 1977. The Tigers boasted a perfect season record in 1977.
The field house was named after Coach Pitts two decades ago, but a formal ceremony was never held until Friday night’s festivities.
Blountstown native Senator Bill Montford offered a tribute during the Tiger celebration.