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SUPER 7 CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP UMS-Wright 28, Jacksonville 17

UMS-Wright 28, Jacksonville 17
AUBURN – Jacksonville High School senior Ron Darrius Wiggins dashed 79 yards on the third play of the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A State Championship game Friday at Jordan-Hare Stadium to give the Golden Eagles a quick 7-0 lead and defending state champ UMS-Wright a wake-up call.
    The Bulldogs (14-0) took the warning seriously, clawing back for four methodical touchdowns en route to a 28-17 victory. The championship game victory extended UMS-Wright’s current win streak to 33 consecutive games and was the third straight state title for the Mobile school – which played its first high school football 114 years ago in 1905.
     Wiggins finished with 179 yards rushing on 24 carries, but didn’t get in the end zone again. Jacksonville’s 17 points were the most scored on the UMS-Wright defense all season. That defense allowed only 106 points all season after yielding 58 in a 14-0 run last season. The championship was the school’s ninth overall and the eighth for head coach Terry Curtis, tying the AHSAA record set Thursday night by Central of Clay County Coach Danny Horn in the 5A finals.
       UMS-Wright tied the game with 1:27 left in the third quarter when Richard Brinson scored on a 24-yard run around left end. The Bulldogs took the lead for good with only seven seconds left in the half when end Jay Lawrence, lining up in a tight formation at left end, crouched and played possum just  long enough to find an opening to slip outside all alone in the end zone and quarterback Trey Singleton connected for a 4-yard TD pass. The play was one of seven UMS-Wright practiced weekly just for goal-line and two-point conversion situations, said Curtis.
     After a scoreless third quarter, Jacksonville (12-3), coached by Clint Smith,  cut the lead to 14-10 with a 26-yard field goal by Mason Terrell with 9:12 remaining. UMS-Wright answered with  a seven-play, 60-yard march that was capped by Brinson’s 4-yard TD reception from Singleton. Senior running back Symon Smith, who led the Bulldogs with 139 yards rushing on 28 carries to earn Class 4A state championship game MVP honors, extended the lead to 28-10 with 2:04 remaining.
    Jacksonville, making its first trip to the Super 7, got its final touchdown with 1:28 left on a 57-yard pass from quarterback Luke Jackson to receiver Jaeden Barksdale.
     The  runner-up Eagles had 311 total yards on 55 plays and the Bulldogs had 250 on 63 plays. Both teams had 15 first downs. Singleton was 9-of-19 passing for 54 yards and two TDs for UMS-Wright. Keyshawn Woodyard had three catches for 35 yards.
     Jackson was 11-of-20 passing for 132 yards, one TD and threw two interceptions for Jacksonville. Barksdale closed with four catches and 82 receiving yards.
     Will Breland had seven solo tackles and three assists, three tackles for 12 yards in losses and also recovered a fumble to lead UMS-Wright’s vaunted defense. Cameron Snypes also had eight tackles. Brinson and Edwin White each had an interception. White returned his pick 47 yards.
      The 24th Super 7 State Championships conclude Friday with defending state champion Fyffe (14-0) meeting Reeltown (13-1) in the 2A championship game 3 p.m. and Oxford (13-1) taking on Spanish Fort (9-4) in the 6A finals at 7 to close out the 2019 Super 7 Championships.
     All championship games  are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network by the NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner. The games are available over the NFHS Network live-stream platform and the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/

 


SUPER 7 CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Central, Clay County 31, Pleasant Grove 27

Central, Clay County 31, Pleasant Grove 27
AUBURN – The AHSAA Super 7 Class 5A state championship came down to the final play with in the final seconds as Central of Clay County downed Pleasant Grove 31-27 to win the second state title in a row for the Volunteers.
     Pleasant Grove snapped the final play from the Central 10-yard line. As quarterback Zyquez Perryman dropped back to ball, he flushed out of out of the pocket and had no choice but to tuck the ball and run. Central defenders J.D. McNealey and Javon Wood had no choice either. The trio collided just inside the 2-yard line, and when the dust had settled, Perryman was stopped just shy of the goal line and the Volunteers had won the state title as time expired.
      The incredible finish in the 5A finals closed out a day of incredible games as Piedmont beat Mobile Christian 26-24 in the Class 3A championship game and Lanett downed defending Class 1A state champ Mars Hill Bible 41-30 for the 1A title.
      The 24th Super 7 State Championships conclude Friday with defending state champion UMS-Wright (13-0), riding a 32-game winning streak, and Jacksonville (12-2) squaring off in the 4A finals at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Fyffe (14-0), with a 29-game win streak, meeting Reeltown (13-1) in the 2A championship game 3 p.m., and Oxford (13-1) taking on Spanish Fort (9-4) in the 6A finals at 7 to close out the 2019 Super 7 Championships.
      Coach Darrell LeBeaux’s Spartans (13-2) and Coach Danny Horn’s Vols (13-2) were pretty much even from start to finish. Central relied on a punishing running game led by senior Quentin Knight, who finished with 181 yards rushing on 23 carries with two touchdowns. He earned the Class 5A championship game MVP honors with his effort.  Linebacker J.D. McNealey added 79 yards on 11 carries – 60 coming in the third quarter – and scored two touchdowns as well. His 1-yard run with 7:25 remaining erased a 27-24 deficit and proved to be the deciding touchdown. Phillip Ogles completed 4-of-11 passes for 74 yards with Javon Wood hauling in three receptions for 67 yards.
       Pleasant Grove countered with the strong  arm of Perryman, who completed 25-of-43 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns. He played a near perfect game with no interceptions and
no sacks. He rushed for 28 yards on six carries to finish with 344 total yards. Xavier Hill caught nine passes for 100 yards and two TDs, and Chris Lewis had seven catches for two scores. JaMaryon Furlow also had five receptions for 82 yards.
    Pleasant Grove opened the scoring in the first quarter with a methodical 14-play, 76-drive – the last 17 yards coming on a TD pass from Perryman to Hill. Leon Rodriguez’s kick gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead at the quarter break.  Central tied the game at 7-7 midway through the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Knight. Perryman gave Pleasant Grove a 13-7 lead at the 3:44 mark of the second period with a 40-yard touchdown toss to Lewis. The Volunteers tacked on s 22-yard field goal by Clayton Yates with 1:21 left in the period and trailed 13-10 at halftime.
     Central took the lead in the third period with two touchdowns coming on the strong running of McNealey and Knight. McNealey put a spark in the Vols offense with 60 yards rushing on his first five carries in the second half. He scored on a powerful 30-yard run and Knight, who led all rushers on the night with 181 yards, gave Central a 24-13 lead with an 18-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes left in the quarter.
    Pleasant Grove’s offense was energized on its next possession and the Spartans cut the lead to 24-20 with a 12-yard TD pass from Perryman to Lewis with 1:21 left in the quarter to set up the wild finish in the final period.
    McNealey had eight tackles and two assists to lead the Volunteers defensive effort. Wood and Clayton Yates were in on seven tackles each.  Elijah Thomas led Pleasant Grove with 12 stops.
      The state championship was the eighth coached by Horn, who led Clay County to six state championships before the school merged with Lineville in 2012. He is 311-88 in his legendary career, which has spanned 31 seasons. Clay County won a state-record 55 consecutive games from 1994-97.
       All championship games  are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network by the NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner. The games are available over the NFHS Network live-stream platform and the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/

 


SUPER 7 CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Lanett 41, Mars Hill Bible 30

Lanett 41, Mars Hill Bible 30
AUBURN – Lanett High School senior Kristian Story closed out his prep career much like it started – helping the Panthers win a state football championship. Story accounted for 359 total yards and four touchdowns Thursday afternoon as Lanett downed defending state champion Mars Hill Bible 41-30 in the Super 7 Class 1A finals at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The victory snapped Mars Hill’s school-record 24-game winning streak and was Lanett’s second state title in school history.
    The 24th Super 7 State Championships continued Thursday night with Central of Clay County (12-2) battling Pleasant Grove in the Class 5A state finals to close out the second day’s action.     The Super 7 State Championships conclude Friday with defending state champion UMS-Wright (13-0), riding a 32-game winning streak, and Jacksonville (12-2) squaring off in the 4A finals at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Fyffe (14-0), with a 29-game win streak, meeting Reeltown (13-1) in the 2A championship game 3 p.m., and Oxford (13-1) taking on Spanish Fort (9-4) in the 6A finals at 7 to close out the 2019 Super 7 Championships.
       Story was magnificent all day as Lanett and Mars Hill Bible battled nose-to-nose in four exciting quarters of football. He answered Mars Hill’s opening TD, a 1-yard run by Justus McDaniel midway through the first period, with a 28-yard TD pass to Travaunta Abner at 4:12 in the first quarter. Peyton Higgins, who scored a 2-point conversion after the first Mars Hill TD, capped a quick 63-yard, five play drive two minutes later with an 8-yard TD run as the Panthers took a 16-7 lead. Coach Clifford Story’s Lanett Panthers needed only 1:22 to score its second TD, a 3-yard run by D’Quez Madden, and Mars Hill led 16-13 at the first-quarter break.
       Lanett took the lead 20-16 at 7:53 in the second period when Brandon Smith scored on a 6-yard run. Mars Hill, coached by Darrell Higgins, tacked on a 20-yard TD run by McDaniel four minutes later to take a 22-20 lead in at halftime.
      Story took over in the second half scoring on a 2-yard run and tossing the 2-point conversion pass to Jaquarius Houston as Lanett moved into the lead again 28-22.  He broke loose down the left sideline on a dazzling 52-yard TD run later in the third quarter as the Panthers surged ahead 34-22. McDaniel got his third touchdown early in the fourth period on a 1-yard run as Mars Hill pulled closer trailing 34-30. Story’s 30-yard TD pass to Houston three plays later closed the scoring leading 41-30. Story made an interception on defense late in the final quarter, the 29th pick of his prep career, to seal the win.
     The senior quarterback finished with 110 yards rushing on 13 carries with two touchdowns and was 18-of-23 passing for 249 yards and two more scores to earn Class 1A State Championship MVP honors. He finished his senior season 162-of-237 passing for 2,865 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also had 1,151 yards rushing on 116 carries and 17 touchdowns. He finished his prep career as the AHSAA record holder in total offense and touchdowns account for. He accumulated 13,218 total yards with 9,070 passing, 3,618 rushing and 530 receiving from 2016-19 and accounted for 175 touchdowns (119 passing, 48 rushing and 8 receiving). 
     Story’s totals broke records set by Bo Nix of Pinson Valley from 2015-18 (12,497 total yards and 161 TDs accounted for). Story’s 9,070 career passing yards ranks eighth all time and his 119 TD passes ranks third.
     He spread his passes around Thursday with Abner, Larontavious Hurston and Houston hauling in five catches each. Lanett finished with 402 total yards.
     Mars Hill’s offense, which had 300 yards rushing and 121 passing for 421 total yards,  was led by McDaniel, who had 157 yards rushing on 23 carries and three TDs. Higgins had 22 carries for 115 yards and one TD and had one reception for 29 yards. Quarterback Griffin Hanson was 9-of-16 passing for 121 yards.
    On defense, Hunter Kilpatrick had seven tackles for Mars Hill and Dametrious Johnson had eight solos and eight assists. Story finished with nine tackles.
       All championship games  are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network by the NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner. The games are available over the NFHS Network live-stream platform and the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/

 


SUPER 7 CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Piedmont 26, Mobile Christian 24SUPER 7 CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Piedmont 26, Mobile Christian 24

Piedmont 26, Mobile Christian 24
AUBURN – Piedmont’s Bulldogs (14-1) outscored Mobile Christian 19-7 in the fourth quarter Thursday, including the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining, to eke out a 26-24 victory as the second day of the 2019 AHSAA Super Seven State Football Championships opened its second day of championship action at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    Senior Jakari Foster snagged a 27-yard strike from freshman quarterback Jackson Hayes to pull out the Bulldogs’ fourth state title since 2009.  The play culminated an 11-play, 66-yard march that started with only 3:25 remaining.
    Mobile Christian (9-5) led 17-7 heading into the fourth quarter thanks in part to quarterback  Kason Lincke’s strong passing arm. Jackson Chandler opened the scoring on the Leopards’ first drive of the night with a 27-yard field goal for a quick 3-0 lead. Lincke then connected with Nick Ellis for an 85-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to increase the lead for Coach Ronnie Cottrell’s team.
     Hayes capped a 14-play, 64-yard march on Piedmont’s first possession of the second half with a 2-yard keeper for a touchdown to cut the Leopards’ lead to 10-7. Mobile Christian followed with a six-play, 64-yard drive of its own to extend their lead to 17-7 when junior Deontae Lawson bulled his way into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 2 with 26 seconds left in the third quarter.
   Coach Steve Smith’s Bulldogs answered quickly with Hayes, who was 13-of-29 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns, found sophomore Austin Estes open for an 81-yard TD connection on the first play of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 17-14. Piedmont got the ball back two minutes later and drove 59 yards for a go-ahead score. Hayes scored the touchdown on the drive’s eighth play on a keeper from the 3-yard line and Piedmont got led 20-17.
    The final seven minutes was filled with one clutch play after another by both teams. Mobile Christian pounded out s nine-play, 57-yard march to retake the lead 24-20 when Lawson scored again on fourth and goal from the 1 with 3:25 left to play.
     Taking over at their own 34 after the following kickoff, Hayes then methodically drove the Bulldogs to the winning score – with nine straight rushing plays highlighted by runs of 8, 7 and 10 yards by Elijah Johnson to set up the winning TD pass from Hayes to Foster.
      The Leopards were able to move the ball in the final 35 seconds to the Mobile Christian 42-yard line but Lincke’s final pass was intercepted by Hayes – in the secondary for the first time in the game – with one second remaining.
      Hayes earned Class 3A Championship Game MVP honors with 55 offensive plays out of the Bulldogs’ 79 total plays and accounted for 305 of Piedmont’s 395 total yards. He also had a hand in all four touchdowns. Johnson had 91 rushing yards on 22 carries, Austin Estes had six pass receptions for 114 yards  and Max Mohon had four punts for  37-yard average and two pinned the Leopards inside their own 20-yard line. Piedmont had a 79-48 advantage in offensive plays and had 395 total yards to the Leopards’ 325.
     Lincke was 14-of-23 passing for 254 yards and one TD for Mobile Christian. Ellis had two catches for 120 yards and Toler Keigley had four catches for 67 yards. Kendrick Boutwell also had four punts for a 41.5-yard average.
    Defensively, Landon Smart had five tackles and two assists to pace Piedmont. Trey McFarland also had five tackles and senior Bryson Ingram was in on seven tackles with one sack two stops for losses. 
    Tate Moore had eight tackles and three assists and Lawson, a junior, had six tackles and seven assists. Zhivago McNeil was also in on 10 tackles. Piedmont and Mobile Christian met in the 2016 3A championship game with the Bulldogs winning 22-12.
      Play continues in the Super 7 Thursday with defending state champion Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0) in the 1A championship game at 3 p.m. The Class 5A title game features defending state champ Central of Clay County (12-2) and Pleasant Grove (13-1) at 7 p.m. Friday’s schedule has defending state champion UMS-Wright (13-0), riding a 32-game winning streak, and Jacksonville (12-2) squaring off in the 4A finals at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Fyffe (14-0), with a 29-game win streak, meeting Reeltown (13-1) in the 2A championship game 3 p.m., and Oxford (13-1) meeting Spanish Fort (9-4) in the 6A finals at 7 to close out the Super 7 Championships.
    All championship games  are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network by the NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner. The games are available over the NFHS Network live-stream platform and the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/

 


SUPER 7 CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Thompson 40, Central-Phenix City 14

Thompson 40, Central-Phenix City 14
AUBURN – Thompson High School senior quarterback Sawyer Pate was 14-of-22 passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for two short scores to lead the Warriors past defending Class 7A state champion Central-Phenix City 40-14 Wednesday night as the 2019 Super 7 State Football Championships opened at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    The state title by Coach Mark Freeman’s Warriors (12-1) was the first in Class 7A and the second overall in school history.  The previous state title came 37 years earlier in 1982 in the Class 3A finals.
      Play continues in the Super 7 Thursday with three games beginning with the Class 3A finals featuring Piedmont (13-1) vs. Mobile Christian (9-4) at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0) in the 1A championship game at 3 p.m. The Class 5A title game features defending state champ Central of Clay County (12-2) and Pleasant Grove (13-1) at 7 p.m.
    All championship games  are being televised over the AHSAA TV Network by the NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner. The games are available over the NFHS Network live-stream platform and the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/
     Thompson (12-1) fumbled on its opening possession but got the ball back quickly when Central (12-2) fumbled as well. Pate’s pinpoint passing got the Warriors’ offense in gear later in the opening period on a 10-play, 54-yard drive that was culminated by his first TD, a 1-yard sneak. The extra point failed but Thompson took the lead for good at 2:11 in the quarter 6-0.
    J.B. Mitchell capped a seven-play, 74-yard drive midway through the second quarter with a sterling 14-yard TD reception from Pate. Mitchell grabbed his second TD reception to cap a six-play, 64-yard drive later in the quarter to give Thompson a 20-0 lead.
     Central’s offense marched 80 yards on eight plays on its next possession, however, with Trevion Miles scoring on  1-yard run to cut the lead to 20-7 with 1:42 left in the half.
    Pate wasn’t through, however. Thompson traveled 39 yards on nine plays in the final 1:40 with senior place-kicker Evan McGuire booting a 38-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the half to extend the lead to 23-7.
      McGuire opened the scoring in the third period with a 22-yard field goal to extend the led to 26-7. Central receiver Robert Marsh hauled in a 39-yard pass from Tucker Melton to set up Antonio Atkins’ 11-yard TD run early in the fourth period to cut the Thompson lead to 26-14.
   The Warriors responded with 79-yard march and a 9-yard TD run by Jermel Gaiters  with 7:15 remaining to boost the lead to 44-14. Pate added a 7-yard touchdown run with 1:13 left to close the scoring.
   Thompson had 25 first downs, converting 9-of-12 third-down plays, and finished with 359 yards on 66 offensive plays. Gaiters finished with 83 yards rushing on 19 carries, and Nathan Crockett had 50 yards on 13 tries. Mitchell finished with five catches for 71 yards and two TDs, Damion Ugbo had two catches for 60 yards and Michael Pettway caught two passes for 48 yards. The senior closed his season with 63e receptions for 1,154 yards and 16 scores.  Pate finished 228-of-306 for 3,124 yards and 41 TDs.
     Central had 14 first downs and 349 yards on 55 plays. Melton was 8-of-16 passing for 112 yards and Miles was 9-of-9 for 136 yards and the Red Devils had 248 yards passing overall. Marsh had four catches for 95 yards and Alexander Chase, four for 94 yards.
    Jeremiah Alexander had eight tackles, Gavin Shipman, Sam Reynolds and Jax Van Zandt each were in on seven tackles for Thompson.  Jadon Richardson and Brent Randolph each had four tackles and two assists for Central.
    


SPECIAL OLYMPICS ALABAMA UNIFIED GAME Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20

Baldwin County 27, Vestavia Hills 20
AUBURN – Baldwin County Schools’ Unified football team downed Vestavia Hills 27-20 Wednesday in the Special Olympics Alabama Unified Flag Football Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    It was the third straight title for the Bandits, coached by Mike Conner. Baldwin County beat Vestavia Hills 26-18 last season, but lost to the Rebels 27-26 in overtime in the qualifying competition at Cramton Bowl in November.
    Hamilton Baker was 10-of-18 passing for 69 yards and three touchdowns, and Brian Talley was 6-of-10 for 92 yards and a score for the Bandits.
    Vestavia Hills, coached by Terry Tingle, took a quick 7-0 led when Austin Ballard fires a 35-yard TD pass to Duncan Graham in the first minute of the game to take a quick 7-0 lead. Zulanas Carter scored the extra point.
    Baldwin County clawed back to tie the score when Baker completed a 4-yard TD pass to Trey Morrisette at 13:24. Isaiah Featherston scored the PAT. Baker then found himself on the receiving end of s 25-yard TD pass from Talley at 8:42 of the first half to take a 13-7 lead. The Rebels scored three minutes later on a 38-yard run by Duncan. He then scored the PAT and Vestavia took a 14-13 lead.
    With one second remaining in the half, however, the Bandits scored when Talley hauled in  5-yard pass from Hamilton. Baker then connected with Featherston on the two-point conversion to make it 21-14 at intermission. Baldwin County stretched its lead to 27-14 early in the second half when Morrisette caught his second 4-yard TD pass from Hamilton. The extra point failed. Vestavia closed out the scoring when Duncan caught a 38-yard touchdown toss from Ballard and Bandits held on to post the 27-20 win.
    Featherston had five catches for 48 yards, Talley had five for 30 and Baker had four for 75 yards for Baldwin County. Mack Brock finished with s team-high 31 yards rushing on six carries.
    Duncan passed the Rebels with 41 yards rushing on two carries and 83 yards receiving on three receptions. Ballard was 4-of-14 passing for 79 yards and two TDs.
    Baldwin County finished with 208 total yards on 30 plays and Vestavia had 121 yards on 17 plays.
     The NFHS Network live-streamed the Unified game Wednesday with Central-Phenix City’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program produced the contest with Tim Loreman serving as executive producer.
     The NFHS Network and WOTM, the AHSAA TV partner, will televise all seven AHSAA state championship game over its subscriber-based NFHS Network live-stream platform and over the WOTM network of cable affiliates across the state. All cable affiliates in Alabama were provided an opportunity to join the AHSAA TV Network at no cost for the Super 7 championships. Cable affiliates in some areas of the state declined the offer, however.
     For detailed information concerning the telecasts, go to the following link:

http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg
    To access the AHSAA Radio Network, which is broadcasting all seven championship games, go to the following link for the internet link:
http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/
Affiliates in the Network include:





Thompson – Central-Phenix City Kick Off AHSAA State Football Championships at Jordan-Hare

     MONTGOMERY – Thompson High School and Central-Phenix City High School meet for the second year in a row in the AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Wednesday night.
     The Class 7A championship game kicks the 2019 Super 7 finals – seven state championship games Dec. 4-6-7.
           The Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, is a partnership between the AHSAA and Special Olympics Alabama. Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County will be playing in the game or the third straight year. Baldwin County won last year 26-18.
      Central downed Thompson 52-7 last year. Coach Jamey DuBose’s Red Devils (12-1) opened the 2019 season with a 17-14 loss to Hoover in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Central has reeled off 12 straight wins since, including a 38-0 victory over Auburn in the semifinals. Thompson (11-1) beat Hoover 35-21 in the semifinals. The Warriors have gone 34-4 the last three seasons and the Red Devils have compiled  37-2 record during that same span.
     Thompson, coached by Mark Freeman, is anchored on offense by quarterback Sawyer Pate. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior was the back-up to last year’s starter Taulia Tagovailoa, now a freshman at Alabama. Pate was forced to step in when Taulia was injured in last year’s finals.
    This year, Pate has been the starter in all 12 Thompson games and has responded by completing 214-of-284 passes for 2,885 yards and 39 touchdowns. His passing accuracy (75.4%) is one of tops in the nation this season. Senior receiver Mike Pettway has hauled in 61 receptions for 1,106 yards and 16 TDs.  Running back Samuel Gaiters is the team’s leading rusher with 902 yards on 120 carries. He has four TDs. Linebacker Jeremiah Alexander paces the Warriors’ defense with 73 tackles, including 7.5 sacks.
    Central senior quarterback Tucker Melton has also been exceptional this season completing 108-of-188 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns. Back-up QB Trey Miles is 56-of-82 for 729 yards and nine TDs – and no interceptions. Senior E.J. Williams, one of the top prep receivers in the nation, has 40 catches for 703 yards and 11 touchdowns. Robert Marsh has 37 catches for 433 yards and three scores and Peter Jakes has 29 receptions for 402 yards with nine TDs. Leading rusher Joseph McKay has 1,263 yards on 178 carries and has rushed for 20 touchdowns. Zion Morris also has 668 yards and six TDs on 109 carries. P.J. Ramsey and Jaden Richardson each have 98 tackles this season.
      Thursday’s Super 7 schedule features state finals in Class 3A, 1A and 5A. Piedmont (13-1) meets Mobile Christian (9-4) at 11 a.m., in the 3A championship battle. Lanett (13-0), led by senior quarterback Kristian Story, faces defending state champion Mars Hill Bible (14-0) in the 1A finals at 3 p.m. Story, the son of Panthers head coach Clifford Story, has passed for 8,821 yards and 117 touchdowns in his prep career and has rushed for 3,508 yards and 46 TDs. His career total yards (12,859) and touchdowns accounted for (171) are both AHSAA all-time records. He also has 28 career interceptions on defense. Story is 144-of-214 this season for 2,616 yards and 26 TDs and has rushed for 1,041 yards and 15 scores.
     Mars Hill Bible (14-0), coached by Darrell Higgins, rolls into the finals riding a 24-game winning streak. Thursday’s 5A finals has defending Class 5A state champion Central, Clay County (12-2) facing Pleasant Grove 13-1) at 7 p.m.
     Friday’s schedule has UMS-Wright (13-0) taking on Jacksonville (12-2) in the 4A finals at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs won the 2017 and 2018 state titles and will be going for the school’s ninth state football championship overall. UMS-Wright also comes in with a 32-game winning streak on the line. Friday’s slate features defending 2A state champion Fyffe (14-0) versus Reeltown (13-1) at 3 p.m., and the Super 7 Championships conclude Friday night at 7 p.m., with Spanish Fort (9-4) meeting Oxford (13-1) in the 6A title game.  Fyffe currently has a 29-game winning streak.
    All seven championships will be televised live over the AHSAA TV Network of cable affiliates and will also be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. WOTM TV is producing the games.
    Play-by-play announcer Tommy Wood and color analyst Coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the Class 7A, 6A, 4A and 3A games while Mickey Shadrix and Gethard Methangani will be the announcers for the 1A and 2A games. Christina Chambers of WBRC TV 6 will be the sideline reporter for all telecasts.
    The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all seven championship games over its network of radio affiliates and the internet.  Central-Phenix City’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program will live-stream the Unified Game for the NFHS Network.


AHSAA Super 7 Championships
At Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

(Home team listed second)
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game

Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3:30 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Thompson (11-1) vs. Central-Phenix City (12-1), 7 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 5
CLASS 3A

Mobile Christian (9-4) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.
CLASS 1A

Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A

Central Clay County (12-2) vs. Pleasant Grove (13-1), 7 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 6
CLASS 4A

Jacksonville (12-2) vs. UMS-Wright (13-0), 11 a.m.
CLASS 2A

Fyffe (14-0) vs. Reeltown (13-1), 3 p.m.
CLASS 6A

Oxford (13-1) vs. Spanish Fort (9-4), 7 p.m.


Jacksonville RB Rontarius Wiggins, Auburn DB Omari Porter Added to Alabama All-Star Squad

     Jacksonville High School senior running back Rontarius Wiggins has been added to the 40-man Alabama All-Star roster for the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic. Wiggins, who has 5,706 career rushing yards and 89 touchdowns in his four-year prep career at Jacksonville, is replacing Hueytown senior Roydell Williams, who will be unable play due to an injury.
    Omari Porter, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior defensive back for Coach Adam Winegarden’s Auburn Tigers, has also been added to the team replacing Malachi Moore of Hewitt-Trussville, who has elected not to play in the game.
   Wiggins, 6-0, 180 pounds, will be in action Friday morning at Jordan-Hare Stadium when Jacksonville takes on defending state champion UMS-Wright in the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A State Championship game at 11 a.m.
    He has 2,656 yards rushing and 46 touchdowns this season on 253 carries. He has had three games over 400 yards in his prep career. His career total of 5,706 rushing yards includes just two fumbles in 650 rush attempts for Coach Clint Smith’s Eagles. He has returned four kickoffs this season for 172 yards and one TD. Wiggins rushed for 2,379 yards and 34 TDs on 296 carries in 2018.
    Porter helped Auburn reach the Class 7A state semifinals this season.
    Alabama holds a 22-10 edge in the Alabama-Mississippi Classic heading into this year’s game which kicks off at noon on December 14 on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg. The game, managed by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), alternates between Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl and USM annually.


AHSAA Mourns the Death of National High School Sports Hall of Famer Pat Sullivan

    The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Pat Sullivan, 69,  Auburn University’s first Heisman Trophy winner and a multi-sport star at John Carroll Catholic High School who was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away Sunday, Dec. 1.
     He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Hicks, and their three children, Kim and twins Kelly and Patrick Jr. 
    “Pat Sullivan was one of Alabama’s greatest ambassadors for what is honorable and good about educational-based athletics,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “We offer our prayers and condolences to the Sullivan family.”

Sullivan was considered the top football player in the state of Alabama in his junior and senior seasons (1967, 1968) as the quarterback at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham. He was a two-time all-state selection and was named the top player in the nation by one publication. Sullivan also was named all-state twice in basketball, averaging 18 points per game as the team’s point guard, and in baseball as the team’s shortstop.
          He then led Auburn to a 26-7 record in three years as the team’s quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy in 1971. Sullivan played parts of seven seasons in the National Football League before launching his college coaching career. After serving as an assistant at Auburn and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and head coach at Texas Christian University, Sullivan closed out his coaching career at Samford University in Birmingham.
       For more on Pat Sullivan’s legendary career, check out this story: https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/12/reports-auburn-legend-former-heisman-winner-pat-sullivan-has-died.html

    The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Pat Sullivan, 69,  Auburn University’s first Heisman Trophy winner and a multi-sport star at John Carroll Catholic High School who was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away Sunday, Dec. 1.
     He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Hicks, and their three children, Kim and twins Kelly and Patrick Jr. 
    “Pat Sullivan was one of Alabama’s greatest ambassadors for what is honorable and good about educational-based athletics,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “We offer our prayers and condolences to the Sullivan family.”

Sullivan was considered the top football player in the state of Alabama in his junior and senior seasons (1967, 1968) as the quarterback at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham. He was a two-time all-state selection and was named the top player in the nation by one publication. Sullivan also was named all-state twice in basketball, averaging 18 points per game as the team’s point guard, and in baseball as the team’s shortstop.
          He then led Auburn to a 26-7 record in three years as the team’s quarterback and won the Heisman Trophy in 1971. Sullivan played parts of seven seasons in the National Football League before launching his college coaching career. After serving as an assistant at Auburn and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and head coach at Texas Christian University, Sullivan closed out his coaching career at Samford University in Birmingham.
       For more on Pat Sullivan’s legendary career, check out this story: https://www.al.com/auburnfootball/2019/12/reports-auburn-legend-former-heisman-winner-pat-sullivan-has-died.html

 


Five Defending Champions Survive Semifinals to Advance to AHSAA Super 7 Championships

    MONTGOMERY – Five defending state champions pulled out wins the 54th AHSAA State Football Playoff semifinals November 29 to advance to the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 4-5-6. 
    The Class 7A championship match pairings were set a week earlier with defending state champion Central-Phenix City (12-1) and 2018 runner-up Thompson (11-1) advancing to Wednesday night’s finals. The 7A game kicks off at 7 p.m.
    Class 1A defending champion Mars Hill ,Bible (14-0) beat Pickens County 22-18 to set up Thursday’s 1A finals at Jordan-Hare with unbeaten Lanett (13-0), the 2017 Class 2A state champ. The Panthers downed Sweet Water 42-35 in the 1A semifinals.
    Defending Class 2A state champion Fyffe (14-0) blanked Collinsville 21-0 and will play Reeltown (13-1) in the 2A finals on Friday. The Rebels beat Leroy 29-28 in overtime.
    Class 5A defending champion Central of Clay County (12-2) knocked off Region 5 rival Mortimer Jordan 27-0 and will face Pleasant Grove (13-1), a 16-14 winner over Briarwood, Thursday night.
    Defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (13-0) came from behind to nip Andalusia 21-14 in the semis, will take on Jacksonville (12-2), a 34-13 winner over Anniston. The Golden Eagles are one of three teams from Calhoun County advancing to the Super 7 Championships this year. Oxford (13-1) edged defending 6A champ Pinson Valley 31-28 in the semifinals and Piedmont (13-1), the 3A runner-up last season, beat Calhoun County rival Walter Wellborn 41-7 in the semifinals.
    Baldwin County faces Vestavia Hills in the Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Baldwin County won the game last year 26-18 but Vestavia Hills beat the Bandits in the qualifying competition 27-26 in overtime in early November.
    The AHSAA TV / NFHS Network (WOTM) plans to live-stream all seven state championship games over the NFHS Network and broadcast the games live over the WOTM Cable Network of stations. The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, under the direction of producer Tim Loreman, will also live-stream the Special Olympics Alabama Unified flag football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Wednesday.  
      For more information on the TV coverage, go to the following link:

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2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Results

CLASS 1A

Lanett (13-0) 42, Sweet Water (11-2) 35
Mars Hill Bible (14-0) 22, Pickens County (11-3) 18

CLASS 2A
Reeltown (13-1) 29, Leroy (11-3) 28 (OT)
Fyffe (14-0) 21, Collinsville (12-2) 0

CLASS 3A
Mobile Christian (9-4) 41, T.R. Miller (9-5) 21
Piedmont (13-1) 41, Walter Wellborn (12-2) 7
CLASS 4A
UMS-Wright (13-0) 21, Andalusia (10-4) 14
Jacksonville (12-2) 34, Anniston (9-5) 13

CLASS 5A
Pleasant Grove (13-1) 16, Briarwood Christian (12-2) 14
Central-Clay County (12-2) 27, Mortimer Jordan (11-3) 0

CLASS 6A
Spanish Fort (9-4) 27, Opelika (11-2) 24
Oxford (13-1) 31, Pinson Valley (10-3) 28


AHSAA Super 7 Championships
At Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

(Home team listed second)
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game

Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills, 3:30 p.m.
CLASS 7A
Thompson (11-1) vs. Central-Phenix City (12-1), 7 p.m.


Thursday, Dec. 5
CLASS 3A

Mobile Christian (9-4) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.
CLASS 1A

Mars Hill Bible (14-0) vs. Lanett (13-0), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A

Central Clay County (12-2) vs. Pleasant Grove (13-1), 7 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 6
CLASS 4A

Jacksonville (12-2) vs. UMS-Wright (13-0), 11 a.m.
CLASS 2A

Fyffe (14-0) vs. Reeltown (13-1), 3 p.m.
CLASS 6A

Oxford (13-1) vs. Spanish Fort (9-4), 7 p.m.