MONTGOMERY – Five of the seven defending state champions survived a very competitive quarterfinal round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state football playoffs Friday night and are among the 24 schools competing in the semifinal round Friday, Nov. 27. Class 7A completed its semifinal round Friday night.
Spain Park knocked off three-time defending champion Hoover 7-6 in the Class 7A north semifinals and clinched a berth in the 2015 Super 7 Class 7A state finals in the process. The Jaguars (13-1), a 17-0 winner over the Bucs in the regular season en route to claiming the Region 3 title, will face McGill-Toolen (12-1) in the 7A finals December 2 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Coach Caleb Ross’ Yellow Jackets beat Central-Phenix City 26-21 in the other semifinal Friday.
Piedmont (12-1) handed three-time defending state champion Madison Academy a 35-21 setback to advance to the Class 3A semifinals. The Bulldogs of Coach Steve Smith will be on the road again Friday to take on Colbert County. Coach Dale Jeffreys’ Indians (9-3) beat Lauderdale County 39-20 and will host the 3A semifinal game Nov. 27.
Twelve semifinal games are scheduled for Thanksgiving week with each winner advancing to the AHSAA Super 7 championships. The state playoffs will culminate with The Super 7 Championships at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Dec. 2-4. The Super 7 will feature state championship games in all seven classifications as well as a Unified Sports exhibition game to be played over the three-day period.
Five defending champions did advance – Class 1A Maplesville (11-1), Class 2A Fyffe (12-1), Class 4A Leeds (11-2), Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-2) and Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (13-0). Maplesville, Fyffe and Leeds will be at home for the semifinals while St. Paul’s and Clay-Chalkville will be on the road.
Six semifinals this week pit teams from the same region. In Class 1A, Region 4 champion Maplesville will host Region 4 second seed Linden ((10-2). In Class 3A, Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-5), the only four seed still playing, is at Region 1 second seed Bayside Academy (10-3) at Daphne. In Class 4A, Region 3 winner Leeds hosts two seed Munford (10-3), and Region 5 champ Cordova (13-0) hosts runner-up Fayette County (9-4). In Class 5A, Region 1 champion Jackson (13-0) hosts runner-up St. Paul’s, and Region 6 winner Alexandria (11-1) is at home versus runner-up Mortimer Jordan (12-1).
Five unbeaten teams are still playing. In addition to Clay-Chalkville and Cordova, in Class 2A are G.W. Long (12-0) and Randolph County (13-0) and in Class 6A, Spanish Fort (13-0).
Raycom Media, which televises live a playoff game each Friday, plans to feature Class 6A Benjamin Russell at Spanish Fort Friday night as its AHSAA Game of the Week. Raycom will also televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the AHSAA TV Network. Hillcrest High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game, which is set for Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
The NFHS Network, through the member schools in the AHSAA participating in the school-broadcast program, will live-stream several of the semifinal games Friday. One already set is Munford at Leeds. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
AHSAA 50thState Football Playoffs
Super 7 Championships
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
Unified State Game
Lee County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, 3:30 p.m.
Class 7A Championship
Spain Park (12-1) vs. McGill-Toolen (12-1), 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DEC. 3
Class 3A Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 1A Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 5A Championship, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 4
Class 4A Championship, 11 a.m.
Class 2A Championship, 3 p.m.
Class 6A Championship, 7 p.m.
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Pairings (Nov. 27)
Linden (10-2) at Maplesville (11-1)
Decatur Heritage (12-1) at Cedar Bluff (12-1)
G.W. Long (12-0) at Elba (12-1)
Randolph County (13-0) at Fyffe (12-1)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-5) at Bayside Academy (10-3), Daphne
Piedmont (12-1) at Colbert County (10-3), Leighton
Munford (10-3) at Leeds (11-2)
Fayette County (9-4) at Cordova (13-0)
St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-2) at Jackson (13-0)
Mortimer Jordan (12-1) at Alexandria (11-1)
Benjamin Russell (12-1) at Spanish Fort (13-0)
Clay-Chalkville (13-0) at Austin (10-3), Decatur
Maplesville 36, Georgiana 28
Linden 41, Brantley 0
Decatur Heritage 32, Berry 26
Cedar Bluff 34, Wadley 27
G.W. Long 35, Flomaton 21
Elba 20, Washington County 14
Fyffe 24, Ranburne 20
Randolph County 49, Cleveland 28
Bayside Academy 17, Gordo 14
Hillcrest-Evergreen 25, T.R. Miller 22
Piedmont 35, Madison Academy 21
Colbert County 39, Lauderdale County 20
Munford 33, Andalusia 31
Leeds 33, UMS-Wright 0
Fayette County 19, Brooks 12
Cordova 30, Hamilton 20
St. Paul’s Episcopal 35, Demopolis 13
Jackson 31, Beauregard 28
Alexandria 22, Russellville 14
Mortimer Jordan 26, Guntersville 0
Benjamin Russell 36, Bessemer City 13
Spanish Fort 21, Opelika 13
Clay-Chalkville 50, Minor 14
Austin 53, Gardendale 38
McGill-Toolen 26, Central-Phenix City 21
Spain Park 7, Hoover 6