Fyffe 21, Luverne 19 AUBURN – Fyffe High School (15-0) downed Luverne 21-19 Friday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium to claim the Red Devils’ third AHSAA Super 7 Class 2A state football championship since 2014. Senior running back Payton Anderson rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to earn Class 2A championship game MVP for Coach Paul Benefield’s team. It was the Fyffe defense’s time to shine as well – turning back a strong Luverne bid early by forcing two field goals in the red zone. The outcome wasn’t decided, however. Trailing 21-19 with 1:25 left to play, Luverne (13-2) mounted a drive that began at its own 13 and ended at the Fyffe 28-yard line when Tigers quarterback Dionte Brantley’s completed pass to Edward Thomas ended 26 yards shy of the end zone as time expired to seal the Fyffe win. Fyffe took the lead with 8:56 remaining in the first half when senior Payton Anderson scored on 7-yard run to cap a 15-play, 99-yard drive and Brody Dalton’s kick gave the Red Devils a 7-0 lead. Luverne marched 57 yards on 12 plays on the ensuing march to cut the lead to 7-3 when Chase White booted a 31-yard field goal. Four minutes later, Luverne appeared to take the lead on a 17-yard pass play that was ruled a touchdown. The scoring play, which was automatically reviewed, was also challenged by Fyffe High School and upon review, it was ruled an incomplete pass and Luverne settled for a 28-yard field goal by White one play later. That reversal was the third challenge to be successful in the Super 7 state finals and became the first in AHSAA history to erase a touchdown in a state championship game. The DVSport Instant Replay protocol used by member schools all season is being used in state championship games for the first time. Fyffe led 7-6 at the half and extended the lead on Anderson’s 33-yard run that capped a 77-yard, eight-play drive late in the third quarter. Coach Scott Rials’ Tigers struck back quickly going 73 yards on 10 plays in just 3:02 to pull to 14-12 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Luverne’s try two points came up short. Receiver Payton Stoner stretched the Red Devils’ lead to 21-12 with a 19-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Zach Pyron with 4:18 remaining. Brantley, who finished 18-of-36 passing for 237 yards and rushed for 111 yards on 27 carries, drove Luverne quickly to a touchdown – keeping on a 1-yard sneak with 2:34 left to cut the lead to 21-19. The Tigers defense got the ball a minute later, but Luverne’s final drive just ran out of time. Fyffe finished with 14 first downs, 192 yards rushing and 72 passing for 264 yards. Luverne had 26 first downs, 202 yards rushing and 237 passing for 439 yards. The Tigers kept the ball for 81 offensive plays and 27:40 while Fyffe had 44 offensive plays and 20:20 of the time clock. Pyron finished 3-pof-4 passing for Fyffe for 72 yards. Stoner had two catches for 43 yards – both coming on the final Red Devils’ TD march. Ellian Harris added 77 yards rushing on 13 carries for Luverne. Edward Thomas was the team’s top receiver with 11 catches for 132 yards, and Sayler Wilson added five receptions for 93 yards. Tyler Kinard had 10 tackles and Kyle Dukes had nine to lead the Fyffe defense. Harris had 13 tackles and Arian Gregory had 10 for the Tigers. Neither team had a turnover. Pinson Valley (12-1) faced Saraland (13-1) in the Class 6A finals Friday night at 7 p.m., to close out the 2018 Super 7 Championships. All games are being televised by the Raycom Sports Network with the Raycom feed live-streamed over the NFHS Network. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the games live over their network of radio and internet affiliates across the state.