Tazewell High School Quick Facts
Address: Cosby Lane, Tazewell, VA 24651
Phone: 276-988-6502
School Website: http://ths.tazewell.k12.va.us/
Principal: Jerry Smith
Athletic Director: Whitney Saunders
Head Football Coach: J'me Harris
Division: 2A
Mascot: Bulldog
School Colors: Kelly Green & White
District: Southwest District

1926: Tazewell High School formed the first football team. Uniform colors were purple and gold. On October 2nd, Tazewell defeated Triangular Mountain Institute 12-0. Harry Buston scored the first touchdown in Tazewell HIgh School history. 

1929: Tazewell changed colors to maroon and white.

1930: The players selected Green and White as their uniform colors. The colors have lasted to this day.

1935: "Mitchell Stadium" is completed and Tazewell plays Graham there for the first time.

1936: On September 25th, Tazewell played at Big Creek, at night under the lights for the first time.

1940: On September 20th, Tazewell defeated Honaker 33-0. It was the first night football game played in Tazewell. 

1943: Season canceled due to a lack of coaches.

1946: Tazewell lost in the State Championship game to Covington by a score of 19-6.

1948: Tazewell graduate George Grimes is selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 6th round of the NFL Draft. Grimes started two games and played in nine games for the Detroit Lions during the 1948 NFL season. He caught a touchdown pass from Fred Enke on October 24th, 1948.

1952: Tazewell played Emory & Henry College freshman to a 7-7 tie. The only time Tazewell High School has played a college team.

1962: Tazewell fullback Don Barnes becomes the first Tazewell Bulldog football player to be named to the All-American Team. Barnes rushed for 1,175 yards during his senior season. Barnes finishes his Tazewell career with 201 points (132 during his Senior season). 

1965: Following the integration of Tazewell High School, the football team opened the '65 season with a 38-12 win over Garden.

1968: On November 1st, 1968 Junior fullback John Rainey scored five touchdowns in a 44-13 victory over Saltville.

1968: Playoff game with GW Danville was the first game broadcasted by WTZE radio. Don Necessary was a part of the broadcast team, his first broadcast.

1969: Tazewell running back John "Raindrop" Rainey concludes his career as Tazewell's All-time leading rusher with over 3,000 yards rushing. He finished his career with 4,256 all-purpose yards. Rainey rushed for 1,427 yards during his senior season. He scored 17 touchdowns during his junior season and rushed for 700 yards as a sophomore. Rainey becomes the second Tazewell Bulldog football player to be named to the All-American Team. Rainey racked up 54 touchdowns and scored a total of 349 career points from 1967-69 with the Tazewell Bulldogs.

1970: Tazewell graduate John Rainey, along with Stan Land, Kent Merritt, and Harrison Davis were the first four African-Americans to integrate the University of Virginia football program in the fall of 1970.

1971: Tazewell graduate Jack Crabtree was on the Marshall injured roster and was not on Southern Airways Flight 932 that crashed on November 14, 1970 and killed all 75 people on board. The plane was carrying 37 members of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, eight members of the coaching staff, 25 boosters, and five flight crew members. The team was returning home after a 17–14 loss to the East Carolina Pirates. Crabtree played on the 1971 team and threw the key block to spring Terry Gardner loose for the touchdown on the final play of the game in the 15-13 win over Xavier. Crabtree would go on to captain the 1973 Marshall Thundering Herd football team. 

1974: Coach Dave Rider’s team finished the 1974 season with a record of 6-3-1 and outscored their opponents 297-175. The 29.7 points per game average still stands as the highest points per game average for a season in the history of Tazewell football. 

1982: Tazewell defeated Giles 31-17 to win the Region IV Championship.

1986: Tazewell defeats Nottoway 16-7 to capture the school's first state championship in football.

1987: Quentin Reed finished his Senior season with 118 points on 19 touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. He gained 1,520 yards rushing. For his career, Reed rushed for 2,350 yards and 37 career touchdowns.

1998: On August, 28th Tazewell defeated Virginia High 20-8 to snap a 22-game losing streak.

2004: Tazewell defeated Virginia High 26-7 to win the Region IV Championship.

2012: On September 21st, Jalen Jordan set a Tazewell High School Football record with 5 receptions for a record breaking 277 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Cody McCann also set a Tazewell record for passing yards with a 12 completion, four touchdown, no interception, 387-yard effort. Despite their efforts, Tazewell fell to Giles 50-30.

2016: September 23, Tazewell beat Rural Retreat 69-62. This score is tied for the seventh all time highest score in Virginia. It is tied for the fifth highest scoring game in regulation play.

2016: On November 4 Larry Hypes announced his final THS football game on the radio. He had broadcast for the Tazewell Bulldogs for 30 seasons. Anyone, who listened to a game will always remember his famous phrase "HOW BOUT THEM DOGS."

2017: On September 8th, Freshman quarterback Jamir Blevins set a Tazewell High School Football record with 5 touchdown passes in a single-game.  Tazewell defeated River View 40-26.

2017: On September 29th, Freshman running back Chancellor Harris scored five touchdowns in a homecoming victory over the Hurley Rebels.

2018: On September 7th, Sophomore running back Chancellor Harris rushed for 219 yards and scored four touchdowns. He also ran for five two-point conversions as Tazewell celebrated homecoming with a 61-38 win over River View.

2019: On August 30th, 2019, the Tazewell Bulldog Radio Network broadcast its first game. Chase Collins and Jimi Watson were on the call for the Tazewell Bulldog Radio Network. The game, a 55-14 Tazewell win over Virginia High was played at Emory & Henry's Fred Selfe Stadium.

2019: On October 4th, 2019, Junior quarterback Gavin Nunley carried the ball 31 times for 283 yards and two touchdowns. He was also 4 for 8 passing for 51 yards and a touchdown. His effort helped Tazewell to a 40 to 21 victory over Honaker.

2019: On October 25th, 2019, Junior wide receiver Josiah Jordan carried the ball 8 times for 163 yards and he caught 4 passes for 144 yards. He scored five total touchdowns and a two-point conversion as Tazewell won the Dragon Bowl over Marion 61-21. The 61 point effort  tied for the third most points ever scored by Tazewell in a single-game.  The 61 points were the most points a Marion team had given up since 1923. 


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