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A Brief History of the Football Program

Flame football began in 1998 when Coach Tandy Gerelds, the first principal at SCS, along with 12 students formed an 8 man football team. This first team, still affectionately known as the "Dirty Dozen," ended the season with a 4-2 record. SCS enjoyed great success with 8 man football culminating with a Southeastern Christian Conference Championship in 2001. The program's growth led SCS to enter the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) in class 1A in 2002. This year was also marked with the construction and addition of a home football facility, having previously hosted games at Veteran's Memorial Park. The new facility was dedicated in memory of Dr. Bill Trapp,  a school founder and visionary, and Coach Tandy Gerelds, first football coach during the 2004 season. The program continued to grow and excel with the Flame making their first playoff appearance in school history in 2006. The 2007 season was highlighted with the team advancing to the State quarter finals and Senior, Daniel Almon's 106 receptions setting an AHSAA State Record (all classifications) for most receptions in a single season. The football program continues to add milestones to their legacy such as hosting State playoff games and having players named to All-State and All-Area teams.

Meet the Flame Football Coaching Staff


2019 Head Football Coach - Kelly Rushing

Coach Rushing comes to Shoals Christian from Winston County High, where he was assistant principal, assistant football and head softball coach for the last four years. Prior to that, he spent 10 years coaching at Haleyville High School. 

Rushing is married to Michelle, a middle school science teacher at Haleyville Middle School, who is pursing a master's in counseling. Their oldest son, Dakota, played football at the University of West Alabama, where he is now a graduate student in the Strength and Conditioning Program. Their youngest son, Brock, is a 6th grader.

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