This game is known as the battle of Murder Creek and was voted by USA Today the best rivalry in the football rich state of Alabama. These two schools and towns are separated by a creek and many people do not like to associate with the other side of the creek. Five-thousand people showed up for this contest as many people believed that this was going to come down to the final seconds.
Bryce was born in Pensacola, Florida in January of 1998. He and his parents Richard and Susan reside in East Brewton. He began playing football for the Blue Eagles youth program when he was 6 years old. He has been a member of the varsity football team for four years, he also plays varsity baseball and basketball. Academically he is a member of the honors program, enrichment class, and scholars bowl team. He was honored at an early age by Duke University through their talent Identification Program. After graduation he will be attending college and intends on studying biology and neurology, pursuing a career in neuroscience and medicine.
Ethan Bollenbacher is the winner of the scholar athlete award. Ethan is the son of Timothy and Carolyn Bollenbacher and has a G.P.A. of 4.3. Ethan has played offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Tigers for four seasons. He plans to attend Troy University next fall.
Bernie Wall entered W.S. Neal as a first grader and graduated from W.S. Neal High School in 1966 as class Valedictorian. While attending W.S. Neal, he was a three-year Letterman in both baseball and football. Bernie played both offense and defense in three consecutive football victories over Murder Creek rival T.R. Miller. As a sophomore, Bernie started the year at quarterback but due to a mid-season hand injury, played half back and defensive back in a 34 to 6 victory over T.R. Miller. The following year at quarterback, Bernie directed a second half drive in a torrential rainstorm that culminated in a touchdown and a 7 to 0 victory over previously undefeated but once tied T.R. Miller. As a senior, Bernie was again instrumental in leading W.S. Neal to a 13 to 12 victory over T.R. Miller, adding the final and winning extra point late in the game on a quarterback option. These season ending victories enabled W.S. Neal to post 9 and 1 records for both the 1964 and 1965 football seasons. After graduating from High School, Bernie attended Marion Military Institute for one year prior to entering the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. There he also played football and was quarterback of the 1969 Army football team that defeated archrival Navy 27 to 0 in one of the nation’s oldest rivalries. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and then served on active duty in a variety of positions for twenty-one years, including three years as an assistant football coach at Army. Bernie ended his military service in 1992 after obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He currently resides in the Brewton area with his wife of forty-four years, Anita, a 1967 T.R Miller graduate.