Thursday, February 20, 2020






Teams Selected for 15th AHSAA Kickoff Classic August 20-21

     MONTGOMERY – Four high schools, including two teams that went undefeated in the 2019 regular season, have been selected to participate in the 2020 AHSAA Kickoff Classic  hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
     Pike Road meets Montgomery Catholic at Cramton Bowl on Thursday night, August 20 to officially kick of the 2020 prep season. Wetumpka and Prattville, two long-time powers in Class 6A and 7A, respectively, will play in the Kickoff Classic’s second game on Friday, August 21 at Cramton Bowl. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised live over the AHSAA TV Network and live-streamed over the NFHS Network. AHSAA TV partner WOTM will produce the game for the NFHS Network / AHSAA TV Network.
     “We are very excited two games of this magnitude lined up for the 2020 Kickoff Classic,” said Jamie Lee, Director of the AHSADCA and the coordinator of the annual Classic. “Pike Road and Montgomery Catholic are two up-and-coming programs coming off their best seasons ever, and the Wetumpka-Prattville matchup is considered one of the top rivalries in Central Alabama. All four teams play an exciting brand of football and all four have excellent community support.”

      Pike Road (11-1) finished 7-0 to win the Class 3A, Region 3 title last season. It was just the second varsity season for the Patriots since the school shut down its program in 1933. Pike Road was opened in 1918 and continued as a high school through 1944. From 1945-1971 it served as a junior high school but remained closed from 1971 to 2015. The school was opened as part of the Pike Road City School System. The 2019-20 school year is the first year the school system has been a complete system. It is continuing to grown at a rapid pass.
     Coach Patrick Browning’s Patriots, moving to Class 5A next season,  reeled off 11 straight wins, four by shutouts, and outscored opponents 515-116. Mobile Christian, which reached the 3A finals, ended Pike Road’s win streak with a 28-10 win in the second round of the state playoffs.
     Ironically, Montgomery Catholic High School opened its doors in 1945, the same year Pike Road was scaled down to a junior high. Coach Aubrey Blackwell’s Knights (12-1) won its first 12 games, including two Class 4A playoff games, before falling to eventual state champion UMS-Wright 21-0 in the quarterfinals.
    Blackwell’s team won Class 4A, Region last season with a 6-0 slate. Catholic outscored its opponents 402-140 for the year and registered three shutouts. The school drops to Class 3A in the 2020 season. Catholic is 42-16 under Blackwell’s direction with three straight years in the state playoffs. The 10-0 regular season was the first for Catholic since 1979. The 12 wins set a single-season school record.
     The Friday battle next August between Class 7A Prattville and Class 6A Wetumpka pits two big rivals with storied programs. The two teams had their first encounter in 1922 with Wetumpka winning 25-6. Prattville, coached by Caleb Ross, won the 2019 meeting 31-13. The Indians of Coach Tim Perry hold a slight 28-27-2 edge in the series heading into the Kickoff Classic next August – which will be the 58th game in the series. The teams are 4-4 over the last eight seasons.
    Ross, 57-27 as a head coach, returned to his alma mater in 2018 and quickly turned the Lions program, which was 5-13 in the two previous seasons, into a playoff team. Prattville was 7-4 in his first year and 9-3 last year. The Lions are 567-397-26 over 102 seasons with Class 6A state titles in 1994, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011. Ross guided McGill-Toolen to the 2015 Class 7A state crown and also had head-coaching stops at Thompson and Opelika. Prattville is 70-40 from 2010-2019 but was an amazing 124-12 in the previous decade (2000-2009).
    Wetumpka is coming off a 6-6 season – and its seventh straight year in the playoffs. The Indians have compiled a 59-37 record in Perry’s eight seasons as head coach. The Indians were 13-2 in 2017 reaching the Class 6A state finals. Perry’s 2018 team reached the 6A semifinals before falling by one point to Saraland. Perry, who spent 14 seasons as head coach at Alabama Christian,  recorded the 200th win of his prep coaching career in 2019.
    Wetumpka is one of the state’s oldest football programs, beginning in 1902. The school has a 558-453-33 record overall with a 71-46 slate from 2010-19 and 67-46 from 2000-09.
     Hoover beat Central-Phenix City 17-14 and Montgomery-Carver nipped city rival Jeff Davis 18-13 in the 2019 Kickoff Classic.

AHSAA Kickoff Classic History

Hoover 17, Central-Phenix City 14
Carver-Montgomery 18, Jeff Davis 13


Clarke County 20, Sweet Water 14
Thompson 38, James Clemens 7


Hewitt-Trussville 49, Pell City 10
Maplesville 20, Fyffe 7


Andalusia 34, Brooks 13
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 42, Demopolis 7
Hoover 23, Central-Phenix City 7


Bob Jones 37, Carver-Montgomery 30
Gordo 28, Glencoe 21
Madison Academy 19, Leeds 14


Spanish Fort 42, Stanhope Elmore 14
Opelika 20, Carver-Montgomery 16
Dadeville 14, Piedmont 8


Benjamin Russell 28, Walker 14
Straughn 35, Walter Wellborn 26
Bob Jones 23, Enterprise 20


Spanish Fort 33, Muscle Shoals 22
Central of Clay County 25, Beauregard 13
McGill-Toolen 27, Northridge 0
Hueytown 36, Thomasville 27
Hamilton 38, Sweet Water 35
Daphne 24, Clay-Chalkville 21

Opelika 34, Greenville 6
Auburn 30, Spain Park 3
Jackson 30, Trinity 8                                     

Prattville 37, Carver-Montgomery 0
T.R. Miller 27, Leeds 7
Hoover 32, Oxford 27

Prattville vs. Oxford, canceled due to inclement weather

Prattville 36, North Gwinnett, Ga. 3

Hoover 38, UMS-Wright 0
Clay-County 41, Addison 6

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