Falcon Football Hall of Fame

Rain at Meadows/Thompson Stadium Thursday night didn’t dampen the spirits of the sixth class of inductees into the Falcon Football Hall of Fame. Those honored are (beginning second from left) Coach Alvin Palmer with players Charles Ray Palmer, Kevin Winsett and Lee Ellis. Presentations were made by Coach Louis Thompson (far left) and LCHS Principal Garth Garris (far right).

Lincoln County High School inducted its sixth class of former Falcons and coaches into the Falcon Football Hall of Fame at halftime of their game Thursday night against Summit

Those inducted are as follows:

Lee Ellis, a 1994 graduate of LCHS playing for the Falcons from the 1991-1993 seasons. In his three years as a Falcon, the team compiled a 25-10 overall record with 5 playoff appearances. As an offensive left tackle, Ellis was instrumental in the Falcons’ 1993 State Champion 14-0 season.

Ellis received All-Region, First Team All Mid-State and First Team All-State honors in 1993. He was a Blue Chip honorable mention and played in the 1994 Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game.

Kevin Winsett, a 1997 graduate of LCHS playing for the Falcons from 1994-96 seasons. In his three years at quarterback, the Blue and Red posted a 25-10 overall record with 5 playoff appearances.

Winsett received All-Region honors his junior and senior years, All Mid-State honorable mention his senior year and was twice selected as 5-A State Player of the Week. He was offensive captain his senior year and played in the East-West Toyota All-Star game in 1997.

He went on to play quarterback for the Mountain Lions at Concord University where he received his degree in business administration. From 2003 through 2006, he returned to LCHS where he was an offensive assistant under Coach Louis Thompson.

Charles Ray Palmer, a 1983 graduate of LCHS playing for the Falcons in the 1980-82 seasons, compiling a 30-6 record and posting 6 bowl and playoff appearances, including the 1982 State Championship.

He received All-Region honors and was selected as the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Bouce-Smith Bowl.

Coach Alvin Palmer, a 1974 graduate of Central High School. Following graduation, he was a four-year starter for Middle Tennessee State University, graduating with a degree in education.

He began his coaching career while doing his student-teaching at Fayetteville Junior High School under Coach Max Raby.

Coach Palmer returned to Central High as an assistant for Coach Steve Edging in 1978 before moving to the consolidated Lincoln County High School in 1979 as an assistant for Coach John Meadows.

He continued as an assistant at LCHS through the 1990 season where the Falcons compiled 109 wins with 33 losses, making 2 bowl and 20 playoff appearances, including State Championships in 1982 and 1990.

In 2011, he took the helm as the first coach of Fayetteville High School. After 41 years of coaching, Coach Palmer has retired with the completion of the Tigers’ 2018 season.

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