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Week 9 Has 3 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay

MONTGOMERY – Three challenges were made in six AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. One of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports
     For the 2019 season, a 59 challenges have been issued by coaches with 13 calls overturned upon review, a 22.0% reversal rate.
     The reversal of a call came in a Class 7A game between Auburn and Central-Tuscaloosa, Jones said. “Auburn challenged a Central touchdown on the  grounds that the runner may have stepped out of bounds before crossing  the goal line. The video review showed the runner stepped out of bounds at the one-yard line, and the ball was placed at the 1-yard line.”
      Jones said  the other two challenges involved a catch/no catch in the Fayette County at Good Hope and the Gulf Shores at Spanish Fort games.

    This week, four games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with three schools taking part for the first time this season.    DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.
     Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:

59 reviews with 13 reversals.  22.0%

  • 21 on catch/no catch
  • 20 fumbles
  • 5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)
  • 5 Forward progress
  • 2 Touching of punt
  • 1  Backward pass
  • 1 Free kick traveling 10 yards
  • 1 Illegal participation
  • 1 Illegal forward pass
  • 1 Penalty enforcement spot
  • 1 Kick out of bounds
  • 1 Play clock expiring
  • 1 Runner stepping out of bounds

       A total of 67 schools, 17.4% of all AHSAA football-playing schools, have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with four games scheduled for this week. Over the 2018 and 2019 seasons almost 40 percent of the AHSAA schools have had the opportunity to participate in a contest using  the DVSport Instand Replay.
        
    New to the Instant Replay this week will be the following schools:  B.C. Rain, Sumter Central and Tanner.   
      
    The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.

     

Week 10 Games with Instant Replay

  • Athens at Austin, Decatur (Thursday)
  • East Limestone at Tanner
  • Gulf Shores at B.C. Rain, Mobile
  • Sumter Central at Oxford
     

SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (67)
Class 7A (17)

Auburn
Austin
Baker
Bob Jones
Central-Phenix City
Davidson
Fairhope
Foley
Gadsden City
Hoover
Huntsville
Jeff Davis
Mountain Brook
Murphy
Smiths Station
Thompson
Tuscaloosa County
Class 6A (19)
Athens
Benjamin Russell
Calera
Carver-Montgomery
Clay-Chalkville
Daphne
Dothan
Gardendale
Gulf Shores
Hartselle
Huffman
Minor
Opelika
Oxford
Park Crossing
Saraland
Sidney Lanier
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Wetumpka
Class 5A (15)
Arab
Ardmore
Brewer
Charles Henderson
Dora
East Limestone
Guntersville
Hamilton
Lawrence County
Madison County
Russellville
Scottsboro
Tallassee
Vigor
Wilcox-Central
Class 4A (11)
Childersburg
Curry
Fayette County
Good Hope
Handley
Lincoln
Munford
Northside
Priceville
Talladega
West Limestone
Class 3A (1)
Carbon Hill
Class 2A (1)
LaFayette
Class 1A (1)
Lanett
Out-of-State (2)
Callaway (GA)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)

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Saturday July 25, 2020


AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) to Broadcast Auburn vs. Park Crossing as GOW at Cramton Bowl

     MONTGOMERY – The AHSAA TV Network / NFHS Network Game of the Week produced by WOTM TV for tonight has been shifted to Auburn vs. Park Crossing at Cramton Bowl. The change was made due to Gordo and Pickens County, the originally game of the week, was moved this morning to Friday night due to expected inclement weather, Game of the Week executive producer of WOTM Vince Earley said.
    Both Class 7A Auburn and Class 6A Park Crossing have clinched a playoff berth for next week’s first round of the 2019 AHSAA State Football Playoffs.
    “We’re disappointed that we won’t be broadcasting the Pickens County-Gordo game,” Earley said. “We are excited, however, to be showing the Park Crossing-Auburn game at Cramton Bowl.”
    Game time for tonight’s telecast will be at 7 p.m., with announcers Tommy Wood and Coach Rick Rhoades handling the play-by-play and color commentary. The game will be 10th Game of the Week in the series in 2019.
    The NFHS Network is live-streaming all seven state championship matches at today’s 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships at Birmingham’s Bill Harris Arena located at the CrossPlex. Eight football contests will be live-streamed to night with 45 tomorrow. A total 70 events are played through Monday.
   The AHSAA TV Network and its producer WOTM TV will have a three-hour playoff special show originating from the AHSAA Office Saturday morning breaking down the AHSAA playoff brackets in each classification. Classes 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A meet at 9 a.m., in a pre-playoff planning meeting with the official bra
ckets announced during the session. Classes 5A, 6A and 7A meet at 10:30 a.m. with the same planning meeting.
    WOTM cameras will capture the highlights of both meetings and will have commentators Jon Holder and Josh Bean on hand to discuss the brackets, the match-ups, the playoff history of the teams and much, much more. The program will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network and on the WOTM group of cable stations from 9 a.m., until noon. Be sure to make plans to tune in.
  The schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network beginning today and through the weekend can be found at the following links:


http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/Images/New%20Website%20Graphics/NFHS%20Network%20Games/Football%2010%2029.pdf?ver=2019-10-29-114531-297

    A subscription allows the viewer access to any events on the NFHS Network. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available. For more information on how to subscribe, go to the following link:
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

For information concerning the AHSAA TV Network’s cable football game availability, got to the following link:
http://www.ahsaa.com/Media/AHSAANOW/News-Articles/ahsaa-signs-3-year-tv-agreement-with-nfhs-network-alabama-cable-network


Week 8 Has 12 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay

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Current Season Reversal Percentage is 21.4%
Week 8 Has 12 Challenges, 1 reversal for Schools
Using AHSAA’s DVSport Instant Replay
   
MONTGOMERY – A record 12 challenges were made in nine AHSAA varsity high school football contests using DVSport Instant Replay last week, said AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones. However, only one of the calls on the field were reversed, Jones reports. It came, however, in one of the most exciting finishes of a contest using Instant Replay since the program began.
     For the 2019 season, a 56 challenges have been issued by coaches with 12 calls overturned upon review, a 21.4% reversal rate.
    The reversed call last week came in the Hamilton vs. East Limestone contest in Class 5A, Region 7.    “With 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Lawrence County trailing by 17-10, Hamilton intercepted a Lawrence County pass on third down-and-two from the 24-yard line,” Jones said “Lawrence County challenged that the play clock expired prior to the snap. The play clock was visible in the video review and the play clock and the replay review clearly showed that the time did expire prior to the snap.”
    Jones said the the result was that the interception was nullified, the delay penalty was enforced to bring up third down from the 29-yard line.
    “Lawrence County then completed a touchdown pass on the next play, which was challenged by Hamilton,” Jones said. “Upon review of that challenge, the touchdown stood as called. Hamilton then stopped Lawrence County on its two-point conversion attempt and won the game 17-16.”
      Other challenges involved a backward pass, fumbles, forward progress spots, completed passes and verifying the correct down.

    This week, six games will be utilizing the DVSport Instant Replay with five schools taking part for the first time this season.    DVSport Instant Replay is in its second year of implementation. The NFHS has granted the AHSAA a three-year period to experiment with instant replay in regular-season games.

   Jones reported that the Instant Replay reviews this fall have consisted of the following:

56 reviews with 12 reversals.  21.4%

 

  • 19 on catch/no catch
  • 20 fumbles
  • 5 breaking plane of goal line (note 2 were also fumble reviews)
  • 5 Forward progress
  • 2 Touching of punt
  • 1  Backward pass
  • 1 Free kick traveling 10 yards
  • 1 Illegal participation
  • 1 Illegal forward pass
  • 1 Penalty enforcement spot
  • 1 Kick out of bounds
  • 1 Play clock expiring

       A total of 62 schools have participated in AHSAA contests utilizing Instant Replay this season with six games scheduled for this week. New to the Instant Replay this week will be the following schools:  Fayette County, Gardendale, Guntersville, Talladega and Vigor.
          
    The complete list of games utilizing Instant Replay this week are listed below.

     

Week 9 Games with Instant Replay

  • Central Phenix City at Auburn
  • East Limestone at Guntersville
  • Fayette County at Good Hope
  • Gardendale at Oxford
  • Talladega at Handley, Roanoke
  • Vigor at Opelika

 

 

 

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Saturday July 25, 2020

SCHOOLS IN GAMES WITH INSTANT REPLAY THIS SEASON (62)
Class 7A (17)

Auburn
Austin
Baker
Bob Jones
Central-Phenix City
Davidson
Fairhope
Foley
Gadsden City
Hoover
Huntsville
Jeff Davis
Mountain Brook
Murphy
Smiths Station
Thompson
Tuscaloosa County
Class 6A (18)
Athens
Benjamin Russell
Calera
Carver-Montgomery
Clay-Chalkville
Daphne
Dothan
Gulf Shores
Hartselle
Huffman
Minor
Opelika
Oxford
Park Crossing
Saraland
Sidney Lanier
St. Paul’s Episcopal
Wetumpka
Class 5A (13)
Arab
Ardmore
Brewer
Charles Henderson
Dora
East Limestone
Hamilton
Lawrence County
Madison County
Russellville
Scottsboro
Tallassee
Wilcox-Central
Class 4A (9)
Childersburg
Curry
Good Hope
Handley
Lincoln
Munford
Northside
Priceville
West Limestone
Class 3A (1)
Carbon Hill
Class 2A (1)
LaFayette
Class 1A (1)
Lanett
Out-of-State (2)
Callaway (GA)
New Smyrna Beach (FL)

 

 


Class 2A Fayetteville Hosts Thorsby in AHSAA TV Network (WOTM) Game of the Week

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    MONTGOMERY – Upstart Class 2A, Region 4 rivals Thorsby and Fayetteville square off in tonight’s AHSAA TV Network/NFHS Network Game of the Week. WOTM TV, under the direction of executive producer Vince Earley, is producing the contest – the seventh in the 2019 Game-of-the Week series.
     The game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network subscriber-based program and will also be available on the network of cable stations that have joined the WOTM Network in Alabama. Veteran announcer Tommy Wood and legendary football coach Rick Rhoades will be handling the commentary for the WOTM production.
      Earley also announced the lineup of AHSAA TV Network Game of the Week pairings for the next two weeks: Jacksonville at White Plains on Oct. 17 and Briarwood Christian at Fairfield on Oct. 24.
     Coach John Limbaugh is in his eighth season as head coach for Fayetteville (4-2). The Wolves athletic program did not add football until 1997 and since then have had just six winning seasons. Limbaugh led Fayetteville to a 9-3 record in 2015, the school’s best overall, and has hopes of repeating that success thanks to this year’s fast start. He is 33-45 with three of the six winning campaigns occurring in his tenure. He is the winningest head football coach in the school’s brief football history.
     Thorsby (3-4) has been around much longer, playing one football game in 1937. However, the current program got underway 29 years later in 1966 and has produced 13 winning seasons in the 55-year span. Like Limbaugh, Rebels head coach Daryl Davis is the winningest head coach in Thorsby history. He served as head coach from 2005-08 compiling a 10-30 record, but returned in that role in 2017 and guided the Rebels (3-4) to seasons of 8-3 and 9-2  heading into this year. The four losses this season have come at the hands of Chilton County rivals Class 5A Jemison (2-4), Class 1A Isabella (6-0) and Class 2A Region 4 powers Reeltown (7-0) and LaFayette (3-3).
    Anchoring Fayetteville is senior quarterback Blake Machen, who piled up over 300 yards in one game this season and has been consistent as a runner, passer and receiver. Pacey DeLoach has also seen a lot of playing time at quarterback for the Wolves. Fayetteville set a single-game school record with its 75-36 win over Central Coosa earlier this season.
   Thorsby is led by junior quarterback Brody Barnett, who has completed 42-of-86 passes this season for 597 yards and six TDs and has rushed for 202 yards and another score. Running back Jacob Lockhart, a senior, has rushed for a team-high 248 yards and has 18 catches for 237 yards and three TDs.
     The NFHS Network School Broadcast Program has 10 varsity live-streamed football productions and three middle school football games planned for tonight and 72 varsity contests through Saturday. A total of 60 AHSAA football games will be available Friday night.
      In addition, 69 varsity volleyball matches are set for tonight through next Tuesday. Including junior varsity, freshman and middle school contests, the AHSAA’s NFHS Network member schools participating in the School Broadcast Program have 232 total events planned through Oct. 15.
     In addition to tonight’s Thorsby at Fayetteville Game of the Week contest, the NFHS Network has scheduled for tonight Class 4A: W.S. Neal (2-3) at Williamson (4-2); Class 5A: Wilcox-Central (1-4) at LeFlore (0-6), Briarwood Christian (5-1) at Parker (3-3); Class 6A: Helena (5-1) at Carver-Birmingham (1-5), Fort Payne (5-1) at Buckhorn (3-4), Pelham (1-6) at Jackson-Olin (2-4); Class 7A: Prattville (5-1) vs. Jeff Davis (2-4) at Cramton Bowl.
    Among the 60 varsity games set for Friday is the battle of Class 6A, Region 4 unbeatens Bessemer City (6-0) vs. Hueytown (6-0) and the 6A, Region 1 headliner featuring St. Paul’s Episcopal (5-1) at Saraland (7-0); the key Class 7A, Region 3 battle featuring Thompson (6-0) at Vestavia Hills (5-1). On Saturday, and the much anticipated contest between defending 7A state champion Central-Phenix City (6-1) and Lee-Montgomery (6-1) at Cramton Bowl will be live on the NFHS Network.
    Some of the other top games in each class set for the NFHS Network Friday night are: (Class 1A) Georgiana (3-4) at Elba (4-3); Class 2A: Calhoun ((0-6) at Goshen (5-1); Class 3A: Providence Christian (6-1) at Opp (3-3), Slocomb (3-3) at Pike County (6-0); Class 4A: Andalusia (4-3) at Escambia County (4-3), Monroe County (2-3) at UMS-Wright (6-0); Class 5A: Russellville (6-0) at Hamilton (5-1), Lawrence County (3-3) at Jasper (6-0), Faith Academy (6-0) at Vigor (4-2);  Class 6A:  Cullman (3-4) at Muscle Shoals (7-0), Oxford (6-0) at Shades Valley (2-4); Class 7A: Hewitt-Trussville (5-2) at Mountain Brook (6-0), Spain Park (2-4) at Hoover (5-1), and Huntsville (4-3) at Austin (5-1).
         The complete AHSAA schedule of football and volleyball contests set to be livestreamed over the NFHS Network this weekend can be found at the following links:


Football
http://www.ahsaa.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=kZO2IZaEqhI%3d&portalid=0
Volleyball
http://www.ahsaa.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=h8QpGjxqeM8%3d&portalid=0

    A subscription allows the viewer access to any events on the NFHS Network. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are available. For more information on how to subscribe, go to the following link:
https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail

For information concerning the AHSAA TV Network’s cable football game availability, got to the following link:
http://www.ahsaa.com/Media/AHSAANOW/News-Articles/ahsaa-signs-3-year-tv-agreement-with-nfhs-network-alabama-cable-network


Alabama, Mississippi All-Star Teams Pleased with Teams’ Progress after First 2 Practices

MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi All-Star head coaches Josh Niblett of Hoover and Henry Johnson of Clarksdale (MS) agree on one things after two practice sessions. Both teams are talented and both teams reported with one main goal – to win next Monday’s 32nd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic. The kicks off a 6:30 p.m., and will be televised over Raycom’s affiliate stations in Alabama, Mississippi, Columbus (GA) and Memphis (TN) as well as other stations outside Raycom in cities like Mobile.
     “We coaches have been impressed by the players’ attitudes,” Niblett said of his Alabama squad. “The players all seem to be very respectful of the coaches, their teammates and the other team. We know we have a lot to teach in a short time. We had a very good practice yesterday and again (Thursday morning). I told our players that we need them to get better every practice. We know they have talent, and we know they were all selected for their outstanding work ethic. My goal is to have them peaking at the right time – next Monday night. This game is also about relationships … some that will go with these kids for a lifetime.”
     Niblett said some players are already showing great leadership. “It starts at quarterback and (Pinson Valley’s) Bo Nix is showing great leadership. The other players are looking to him and he is acting like a field leader.
    “We have others like linebackers LaVonta Bentley of Jackson-Olin and Kendall McCallum of Oxford are intense … they are alpha dogs out there.”
     Mississippi’s Johnson said his team’s leaders are also stepping forward. He mentioned quarterback John Rhys Plumlee of Oak Grove is very vocal. He is a take-charge kind of player. And linebacker Nakobe Dean of Horn Lake is much quieter but leads just the same. He leads by his actions. He’s got a 4.35 GPA and is one of the smartest kids I have ever seen.
    “He doesn’t say much. He lets his actions on and off the field do the talking for him.” Johnson also said the players are reacting well to the coaching staff. “They are picking up what we are trying to teach them really well. That’s always encouraging.”
     Johnson said his team’s talented defensive front four also stand out.  They’re big, strong and fast and are showing a great attitude.”
     The teams were scheduled to go to the Hyundai Plant for a tour Thursday night after the afternoon practice. Both teams will have workouts from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday with Alabama at Faulkner University and Mississippi at Huntingdon College. They will practice again from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday afternoon before departing for dinner and then participation in the Raycom Camellia Bowl Parade. The squads will practice again Saturday morning with the players attending the Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl Saturday afternoon. NFL standout Roman Harper will then speak to the squads at a dinner set for Wynlakes Country Club Saturday night.
    Alabama holds a 22-9 edge and is 5-0 in games played at Cramton Bowl. Mississippi is 2-0 in games played at Hattiesburg, including last year’s 42-7 win.
    The game is an event hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the AHSAA. Alabama’s All-Stars hold a 22-9 edge in the series which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and moved to Cramton Bowl in 2011. It also started a rotation in 2015 with the game being hosted every other year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
    The AHSAA Radio Network plans to broadcast the game live over its statewide network of radio and internet affiliates. The link will be available at www.ahsaa.com.


CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17

Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17

    AUBURN  – Pinson Valley High School held off Saraland in the second half to beat the Spartans 27-16 and claim its second consecutive Super 7 Class 6A state football championship Friday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The 6A finals closed out the 2018 Super 7. Attendance for all the finals 51,651 with 22,435 on hand for the 7A finals on Wednesday night, 16,012 in attendance on Thursday and 13,204 on hand for Friday’s three games. The total was up more than 15,000 from 2017.
     Senior quarterback Bo Nix completed 25-of-35 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 66 yards and another TD to earned MVP honors for his dad Coach Patrick Nix’s Indians (13-10 for the second straight year. 
     It was his keeper for two yards on fourth down at the Saraland 31-yard line with just under a minute remaining that sealed the hard-fought victory over Coach Jeff Kelly’s Spartans (13-2).
      Nix teamed up with receiver Geordian Pollard for the longest touchdown pass in Super 7 Class 5A championship-game history on an 83-yard connection early in the second quarter to give Pinson a 12-3 lead at halftime. The pass was also the second longest in Super 7 history over all. The record, an 85-yard TD connection, was set earlier in the week by Mars Hill Bible in its 1A win over Linden. That pass eclipsed the Super 7 record set, ironically, by future NFL receiver Chad Jackson on a Hoover flanker pass in a 48-21 loss to Daphne in the 2001 Super 7 Class 6A finals.
     Saraland took the early lead with a 32-yard field goal by Cole Robitzch late in the first quarter. The Indians drove 64 yards on six plays on the ensuing drive to take a 6-3 lead on Nix’s 2-yard run with 40 seconds left in the opening period.  Spartans defensive  back Shawn Byrd blocked both extra-point kicks following Pinson’s two first-half touchdowns. He also had two interceptions on defense, forced a fumble and recorded a game-high 13 tackles to keep Saraland in striking distance.
    His second pick was the catalyst that led to the Spartans’ first touchdown, a 3-yard run by Rayshawn McAlpine which came at 2:40 in the third quarter and cut the Indians’ lead to 12-10.
Pinson answered quickly, however, driving 62 yards on 10 plays in the next three minutes to take a 19-10 lead on Nix’s 2-yard TD pass to Demarion Holloman with 11:21 to play. Saraland stormed right back scoring on quarterback Brett Nezat’s 11-yard TD pass to Jay Williams to pull within two 19-17 with just under nine minutes to play.
    Is was Pinson’s defense that came up with the biggest play of the final period, however, when Kendall Thornton intercepted a Saraland pass and sped 32 yards into the end zone for the final score of the game with 5:03 to play.
    Pinson Valley had 21 first downs, 94 yards rushing and 306 passing for 400 total yards. Saraland had 18 first downs, 221 yards rushing, 106 passing and 327 total yards.  Nix, who became the state’s all-time career total offense leader in the Indians’ semifinal win over Clay-Chalkville, finished the season 267-of-445 passing on the year for 3,795 yards and 49 touchdowns with just eight interception. He finished his career with 161 touchdowns accounted for with 126 passing touchdowns and 35 rushing touchdowns to set a new AHSAA career state record.
    McAlpine led Saraland with 158 yards rushing on 28 carries and Karie White had 65 on five runs.  Nezat was 8-of-21 passing for 106 yards with Jay Williams hauling in four receptions.
    Dorian Henderson and Antone Williams each had 11 tackles to pace the Indians defense.

2018 Super 7 State Championship Results
Class 1A
Mars Hill Bible 53, Linden 26
Class 2A
Fyffe 21, Luverne 19
Class 3A
Flomaton 23, Piedmont 12
Class 4A
UMS-Wright 52, Deshler 0
Class 5A
Central-Clay County 43, Vigor 42
Class 6A
Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17
Class 7A
Central-Phenix City 52, Thompson 7



CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Fyffe 21, Luverne 19

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.

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP UMS-Wright 52, Deshler 0

UMS-Wright 52, Deshler 0
    AUBURN  – Junior wide receiver Keyshawn Woodyard set a Super 7 Class 4A state championship game record with four touchdown receptions to lead UMS-Wright (14-0) to a 52-0 victory over Deshler (9-6) Friday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the first of three games for the final day of the 2018 state championships.
     He had TD receptions of 7, 7, 15 and 17 yards – from three different passers and finished the game with nine receptions for 128 yards to earn Class 4A game MVP.
    Tailback Symon Smith, who rushed for 33 yards on seven carries, tossed a halfback pass to Woodyard for the first TD. Quarterback Skipper Snypes threw the second two TDs in the first half and left-handed wide receiver Richard Brinson fired a 17-yard strike in the third quarter for the other TD.
    William Percy booted a 36-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to up the Bulldogs’ lead to 24-0 at the half. Joe Barber scored on a 1-yard run, Trey Singleton bulled in from the 2 for another TD and Edwin White closed out the scoring with  5-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
     The championship was the second in a row and eighth overall for UMS-Wright and the seventh directed by head coach Terry Curtis, who became the AHSAA’s newest 300-game winner in the second round of the state playoffs earlier this season..   
    UMS-Wright totaled 22 first downs, 175 yards rushing and 206 passing for 381 yards. The Bulldogs had no turnovers. Deshler, coached by Bo Culver, totaled 111 yards with 32 passing and 79 rushing. The Tigers had four turnovers.
      Snypes was 13-of-17 passing for the Bulldogs for 182 yards. White, who rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries, caught two passes for 30 yards. He also had 64 yards on punt returns with a long of 44 yards and opened the game with a 58-yard kickoff return to set up his team’s first TD.
       Xavier Trotter gained 51 yards on nine attempts to lead Deshler. Channing Marmann was 7-of-14 passing got 32 yards with Samuel Almon leading the Tigers with four receptions.
       Linebacker Will Breland had 10 tackles for a Bulldogs defense that registered its seventh shutout of the season with the win. UMS-Wright allowed only 58 points (4.4 ppg) in 14 games – best in the AHSAA in  2018. White made two interceptions on  defense, Brinson had one and Conrad Inge had the fourth one for the Bulldogs.
      Jacob Statom led Deshler’s defense with 12 tackles. Teammates Harley Wallace and Arley Wallace added seven tackles each. Harley also had three tackles for losses.
       Luverne (13-1) and Fyffe (14-0) kicked off at 3 p.m., Friday in the 2A finals and Pinson Valley (12-1) is scheduled to face Saraland (13-1) in the Class 6A finals 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.


CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Central-Clay County 43, Vigor 42

                          By CHRIS MEGGINSON
    AUBURN  – Sophomore quarterback Philip Boyd Ogles orchestrated an eight-play, 50-yard, two-minute drill to fruition to claim Central-Clay County High School’s first AHSAA football championship winning 43-42 over Vigor High School in the Class 5A State Championship game at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Thursday night.
     Trailing 42-36 with 38 seconds remaining, Ogles connected with Javon Wood for a 24-yard pass, and then championship game MVP Shamari Simmons for 17 yards on fourth-and-10 to set up a 1-yard, game-tying touchdown run by Quentin Knight to tie the game. Clayton Yates, who had a 37-yard field goal blocked in the first half, drilled the extra point straight down the center on the eventual game-winning kick to give the Volunteers (12-3) the one-point winning margin.
     Vigor (13-2), coached by Deric Scott, quickly moved down field to the Central 25-yard line, but a false start with three seconds to play pushed the Wolves back. With no timeouts remaining, they were unable to get a play off before the finals second expired.
      The rallying drive not only gave the Vols of Coach Danny Horn the win but broke the Super 7 Class 5A championship game record for most combined points (85), topping the 80 points scored in Vigor’s last state title, a 50-30 win over Russellville at Legion Field in 2008.
      What ended in an offensive shootout began as a defensive battle with 22 of the combined 30 first-half points being scored on or setup by turnovers.
       Vols linebacker Micah Garrett recovered a fumbled Vigor pitch to James Jackson on the first play from scrimmage to give Central a short field at the Vigor 29. Four plays later, Ogles punched in a 1-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead, which stood throughout the first quarter.
      Both teams struggled to sustain drives in the first half. A bad snap on a Central punt was recovered by JeMarcus Snow in the end zone and Jackson scored a two-point conversion to put Vigor ahead 8-7. The Volunteers followed in the second quarter with two defensive touchdown – first a 24-yard fumble return by Garrett and then a 34-yard interception return by Tyius Tatum, his second interception in the first half.
      Jackson caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Walker to close the first half for Vigor, cutting Central’s lead to 21-16 at intermission.
     The Vols opened the second half with a 5-yard touchdown run by Knight to take a 28-16 lead. The rest of third quarter, however, was all Artel Howell. The senior wide receiver caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Walker and returned a punt 71 yards to tie the game at 28 all and Jackson’s second 2-point run gave the Wolves the lead. The two 2-point conversion tied a Super 7 Class 5A record.
      The fourth quarter was back-and-forth, with Knight scoring on an 11-yard pass from Ogles and converted the two-point play to put the Vols in front by six at 36-30. Vigor struck back quickly, first on a 20-yard TD reception by Jackson, followed by a 56-yard TD catch from Howell to push Vigor in front, 42-36 with 6:40 to play.
     Central’s winning drive began at the 50-yard line with 2:18 to play.
     Howell finished with a game-high 200 yards receiving on six catches, while Walker completed 15-of-21 passes for 337 yards and a Super 7 Class 5A record four touchdowns.
    Ogles finished the night with 190 passing yards and one TD on a 14-of-33 effort. Simmons hauled in six catches for 102 yards.
    Snow and Thomas led the Vigor defense with 14 and 11 tackles, respectively. Jaylon Bass had seven tackles and a sack for Central.
    While the championship is a first for Central High of Clay County, which was opened in 2011 with the merging of Clay County and Lineville high schools, it is the seventh for head coach Danny Horn, who coached Clay County to six titles in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2005. The win concludes Horn’s 30th season with and upped his career coach record to 299-86.
      Representing the North, Central’s win snapped a six-year 5A title game win streak by teams from the South and completed a Thursday sweep of wins for the home teams with each claiming their school’s first state football title.
    Earlier in the day Thursday, Flomaton and Mars Hill Bible each claimed their first AHSAA football championships in program history. Flomaton (12-3) defeated Piedmont (12-3), 23-12 in the Class 3A final, while Mars Hill Bible (14-1) handed Linden (14-1) its first loss of the season to win the Class 1A title.
     Friday’s schedule begins at 11 a.m. with defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (13-0) meeting Deshler (9-5), followed by Luverne (13-1) and Fyffe (14-0) in the 2A finals at 3 p.m., and Pinson Valley (12-1) playing Saraland (13-1) in the Class 6A finals 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.

CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Mars Hill Bible 53, Linden 26

Mars Hill Bible 53, Linden 26
  
AUBURN – Mars Hill Bible High School senior running back and linebacker Colt Smith broke up the middle for 65 yards and a touchdown on the opening play of the AHSAA Class 1A Super 7 state football championship game and intercepted a Linden pass with 1:01 left in the fourth quarter and returned it 35 yards for what was his fifth touchdown for the game to lead the Panthers to a 53-26 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium Thursday.
    The state football title was the first for Mars Hill Bible – in just the fourth year of varsity competition. Smith finished with 168 yards on 17 carries with three rushing touchdowns tacking on a 15-yard TD midway through the first period and a 25-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.  He also caught three passes for 63 yards and a 36-yard TD  reception in the fourth quarter to tie a Super 7 Class 1A record for most touchdowns (5) and most points scored (30) in the 23-year history of the AHSAA’s Super 6/7 history. He also had 17 tackles on defense and three passes broken up to earn Super Class 1A Championship Game MVP honors.
     The Panthers (14-1) of Coach Darrell Higgins had 22 first downs, 368 yards rushing and 124 yards passing for 492 total yards. Quarterback Joseph Hanson added 93 yards rushing on eight carries and sophomore Peyton Higgins had 78 yards on 17 carries with a 5-yard touchdown run. Hanson also had an interception on defense, his ninth pick of the state playoffs this season, and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter to give the Panthers a 32-6 lead.  Hanson also had with seven tackles on defense. Justus McDaniel added a 9-yard TD run in the second period for Mars Hill.
    Linden (13-1), coached by Demetrius Jackson, had 20 first downs, 113 rushing yards. Quarterback Graderius Brown completed 22-of-44 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns – three to Kevin Green. Green finished with a Super 7 Class 1A record 13 receptions for 207 yards and scores of 10, 85 and 8 yards. The 292 passing yards was a new Super 7 Class 1A record as well as Brown’s 44 attempts, 22 completions and 85-yard hookup with Green. That play was also the longest in all classes in Super 7 history. Brown’s fourth TD pass was a 2-yard toss to Joshua Williams for the Patriots’ first score in the second quarter.
    Leading the Linden defense was Timothy Thurman with 12 tackles and Brown with nine stops. Williams and Markell Williams added seven tackles each. Linden’s trip to the finals was the Patriots’ second overall and first since 2011.
     Both teams combined to set or tie 18 Super 7 Class 1A records in the contest including most total yards by both teams (897).
       Central-Clay County (11-3) was set to meet Vigor (13-1) in the 5A finals Thursday night at 7 p.m. 
     Friday’s schedule begins at 11 a.m. with defending Class 4A state champion UMS-Wright (13-0) meeting Deshler (9-5), followed by Luverne (13-1) and Fyffe (14-0) in the 2A finals at 3 p.m., and Pinson Valley (12-1) playing Saraland (13-1) in the Class 6A finals 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.