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L.J. Davis
Hometown: Enterprise, MS
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Coach L. J. Davis was a legendary football coach who spent his entire career at Enterprise Clarke. Born in Stanton, Alabama, L. J. lettered in football and basketball at Maplesville High. He entered the U. S. Navy at age 19 and served in World War II until his honorable discharge in 1945. He attended Pearl River Community College and Southern Miss where he was a manager for the football teams. Upon graduation in 1949, he launched his 29-year coaching career as head football coach at Enterprise. He guided the Enterprise Clarke Bulldogs from 1949 to 1977. Coach Davis only had 4 losing seasons in his career and paced his teams to 195 wins, 73 losses, and 10 ties. His teams claimed four Sam Dale Conference titles, captured four bowl wins, and had four undefeated seasons. Under L. J.’s guidance, Enterprise Clarke had a 15-game winning streak plus 61 shutouts. Coach Davis was named Coach of the Year on four occasions and he coached in the 1965 Bernard Blackwell All-Star football classic. In 1973, the City of Enterprise honored him with “L. J. Davis Day.” Upon his induction into the MAC Coaches Hall of Fame, Coach Davis stated that the honor was the “highlight of my career and the greatest honor any coach could get.” On September 14, 1984, the football field was named in his honor as “L. J. Davis Field.” He has the amazing distinction of having a Sunday School Class named in his honor at the Enterprise Methodist Church. L. J. was the subject of a Hometown Hero Documentary narrated by former Mississippi State quarterback Matt Wyatt in 2021. Coach Davis passed away on August 12, 1993.