By GENE PHELPS / NEMS Daily Journal

It's only appropriate that Jim Drewry is featured on the cover of Mike Frascogna's new book - "Gridiron Glory" - which is a photographic look at more than 100 years of Mississippi high school football.

Drewry retired in 2010 as the state's all-time winningest football coach after a 50-year career on the sidelines at Kossuth, Brandon, Tishomingo and his final stop, Booneville.

"There are nine photographs in the book from Booneville football," said Frascogna, who along with Drewry, signed copies at Booneville High School's library Monday. "Under Coach Drewry, Booneville became one of the more remarkable programs in the state."

Drewry's Blue Devils made 17 playoff appearances and won three state championships. He retired with a 346-157-5 record.

"I didn't miss practice all that much," he said of his first season in retirement. "I did miss the Friday nights ... big time."

Drewry's wife, Edna, said she attended Blue Devils games and got just as excited as she did when her husband was coaching.

"But," she said, "I didn't have to go home with a losing coach."

The book's cover color photo is of Drewry leading the Blue Devils onto the field prior to a game. They share the cover with a black and white photo from the 1949 Thanksgiving Day game between rivals Brookhaven and McComb.

Frascogna, who along with his sons, Mike III and Marty, co-authored "Gridiron Gold, "Y'all vs. Us" and "Bull Cyclone Sullivan and the Lions of Scooba, Mississippi," said the newest book tells the story of "Gridiron Gold" in pictures.

In "Gridiron Gold", Frascogna and his sons interviewed 136 of the state coaches, "to tell the story of why Mississippi high school football is so unique."

Drewry believes the Frascognas scored a touchdown with "Gridiron Glory."

"They did an outstanding job putting it together," he said. "This is the first book to recognize high school football in Mississippi from its beginning to the present."

Signed copies are available at the Booneville High School office.

Contact Gene Phelps at 678-1593

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