WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITES ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS 1930-1976

The Western North Carolina High School Activities Association was founded on December 10, 1929.  Charter members included Belmont, Concord, Kings Mountain, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Newton, Mooresville, Black Mountain, Cliffside, Hickory, Lenior, Marion, Morganton, and Rutherfordton-Spindale.

The WNCHSAA grew to 42 members in four conferences before it was dissolved in June of 1977 and its members joined the NCHSAA.

Only three of the 42 members failed to win a Western title in some sport during the WNCHSAA’s existence and it had some outstanding football programs in it.  W.C. Clary served for many years as the executive director of the organization.

From 1930-1953, the WNCHSAA had two conferences, South Piedmont and Western.  Round robin league schedules were not played; therefore numerous times two teams would finish tied for the loop crown.  Occasionally, a playoff was held for a particular conference, but an overall WNCHSAA title game was rarely played.

1930 Hickory and Monroe – no game
1931 Hickory and Morganton – no game
1932 Hickory and Newton-Conover – no game*
*These two teams met late in the regular season with Hickory winning
19-0.  However, an official title game was not played.
1933 Lexington and Newton-Conover – no game
1934 Lexington and Cherryville – no game
1935 Concord 39, Newton-Conover 0
1936 Winston-Salem Children’s Home and Newton-Conover – no game
1937 Winston-Salem Chidren’s Home and Forest City – no game
1938 Winston-Salem Children’s Home, Lexington and Lenoir
1939 Lexington and Morganton – no game
1940 Lexington, Statesville and Morganton – no game
1941 Barium Springs and Morganton – no game
1942 Thomasville Mills Home and Marion – no game
1943 Winston-Salem Children’s Home and Hickory
1944 Albemarle 19, Shelby 0
1945 Winston-Salem Children’s Home and Newton-Conover – no game
1946 Albemarle and Morganton – no game
1947 Winston-Salem Children’s Home and Shelby – no game**
1947 Harvest Bowl:  Concord 13, Shelby 6
1948 Statesville and Charlotte Tech – no game
1949 Winston-Salem Children’s Home, Monroe, and Lenoir – no game**
1949 Harvest Bowl:  Monroe 13, Lenoir 13
1950 Asheboro and Lenoir – no game
1951 Lenoir 19, Wilkes Central 14
1952 Lenoir 25, Children’s Home 19
1953 Albemarle 7, Belmont 6
1954 Lexington 19, Albemarle 14
1955 four conference  champions – no game
1956 Lexington and Kings Mountain – no overall title game
1957 Albemarle 54, Marion 6
1958 Asheboro 33, Hickory 14
1959 Hickory 34, Albemarle 13
1960 Kannapolis Brown 0, Hickory 0 (Tie)
1961 Mooresville 13, Hickory 12
1962 Wilkes Central 14, Asheboro 7
1963 Asheboro 21, Shelby 6
1964 Thomasville 20, Hickory 13
1965 Asheboro 34, East Rutherford 7
1966 Hickory 41, Statesville 7
1967 Lexington 33, Lincolnton 12
1968 Shelby 32, Thomasville 12
1969 East Rowan 26, Shelby 21
1970 Shelby 13, Salisbury 7
1971 Salisbury 14, Belmont South Point 14 (Tie)
1972 Shelby 26, Mooresville 21
1973 Salisbury 13, Watuga 0
1974 Salisbury 14, Shelby 3
1975 North Davidson 21, Shelby 21 (Tie)
1976 Shelby 25, Lexington 0
** In 1947 Hickory officials inagurated a bowl game to be played at
Lenoir-Rhyne College featuring two of the top teams in WNCHSAA;
one from each conference.  The game was played from 1947-1950.
The teams were selected several weeks before the end of the regular
season, making it difficult to pick the league champion. 

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