July 22, 1995 |
Courtney Blunt was the first to notice there was something seriously wrong with Marvin Powell. Midway through the second quarter of Birmingham High's City Section 3-A Division semifinal game against Wilson last December, Powell, a senior fullback-linebacker, absorbed a ferocious tackle by Wilson defensive back Jaime Munoz after catching a short pass.
December 4, 1994 |
Peter Forlano wanted to play and he did. Marvin Powell wants to play but says he will not. Forlano, a senior tackle at Notre Dame High, and Powell, a senior fullback for Birmingham, came facemask-to-facemask this weekend with an agonizing dilemma among athletes: what to do when confronted with a serious head or neck injury. For Forlano, the vision of suiting up again this season served as powerful motivation for his recovery from a life-threatening illness in October.
December 3, 1994 |
The roller-coaster ride that has been the postseason for the Birmingham High football team took several more spectacular twists and turns Friday night. Birmingham barely squeaked into the playoffs as the 16th-seeded team in the City Section 3-A Division playoffs. Coach Chick Epstein announced before the first-round game that he will retire after the season.
November 19, 1994 |
Better postpone Chick Epstein's retirement party for another few days. After announcing earlier in the week that he will step down at the end of the season, Birmingham High's 17-year head coach saw the campaign extended Friday night when the Braves upset Reseda, 22-6. The Regents (7-4), ranked No. 1 in the 3-A playoffs, were stifled on offense and could only score on an 89-yard kickoff return by Michael Oxx late in the first half.
January 18, 1994 |
Marvin Powell, a former USC offensive tackle, and Tony Dorsett, the Heisman Trophy winner from Pittsburgh whose 6,082 career rushing yards is the most in NCAA Division I-A, were among 12 players named Monday to the College Football Hall of Fame. Induction is scheduled for next Dec. 6. Vince Dooley, whose Georgia team won the national title in 1980, was one of two coaches chosen. The other was the late John Merritt of Jackson State and Tennessee State.
October 2, 1993 |
Birmingham 19, Monroe 14--Courtney Blunt rushed for 174 yards in 31 carries and scored once as the visiting Braves (3-1) held off Monroe (1-3). Marvin Powell added 99 yards in seven carries, including a six-yard scoring run. Birmingham rushed for 299 yards in 47 carries. The Vikings (1-3) scored first when quarterback Mike Johnson hit Kashan Griffin with a 32-yard scoring strike in the first quarter. However, Birmingham then scored 19 consecutive points.