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CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Handley 30, Madison Academy 7
   
AUBURN – Handley High School used big plays in the first half to score four touchdowns and a tenacious defense in the second half to seal the Tigers’ 30-7 victory over Madison Academy to capture the Super 7 Class 7A state football championship at Jordan-Hare Stadium Friday afternoon.
   Handley place-kicker Hudson Burns kicked a 26-yard field goal midway through the first quarter to give the Tigers of Coach Larry Strain a 3-0 lead. Senior quarterback Rhett Fetner connected with Malik Meadows on a 75-yard touchdown passed with 44 seconds left in the quarter and then found Christian Allen down the middle for a 68-yard TD pass and Handley led 16-0.  Fetner, named the game’s MVP, was 6-of-9 passing in the first half for 210 yards. He finished the night 9-of-18 for 232 yards.
      Handley running back Devonte Houston capped a six-play, 55-yard drive late in the second quarter with a 2-yard TD run. Twenty seconds later, Allen scored his second touchdown of the night scooping a Madison Academy fumble at the Mustangs’ 20-yard line and speeding untouched into the end zone for the final score of the first half.
       The Mustangs (11-4), who missed two field goals in the first half, also had three lost fumbles that kept Grant Reynolds’ team from gaining any real momentum.
     Madison Academy senior quarterback Grayson Edgemon was 9-of-34 passing for 197 yards. His 24-yard pass to receiver Jaelin Ferdinand with 3:12 left in the third period got the Mustangs on the scoreboard. Handley’s defense did the rest, limiting Madison Academy to minus-11 yards rushing for the game and just 186 total yards.
       Ferdinand finished with four catches for 135 yards for Madison Academy.
       Devontae Houston was the game’s leading rusher with 35 yards on 15 carries for Handley. The Tigers also struggled on the ground managing only 82 yards on 46 attempts. Meadows had two catches for 77 yards, Allen had two for 75 and Jay Brown had three for 45 yards.
     Joshua Hatcher had eight tackles and an assist to pace the Tigers’ defense. Tyrese Heard had three tackles for losses.  Hunter Schrader had nine tackles and two assists for Madison Academy, and Bronson Schad was in on eight tackles with three resulting for 19 yards in losses.
    Handley’s championship was the school’s second overall and first since 2011. Strain (123-91), who led Woodland to Class 2A runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2006, is in his second season as head football coach at Handley. He was at White Plains for a year (2014) before moving to Roanoke. Reynolds is in his first season as head coach at Madison Academy.

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Beauregard 33, Wenonah 13
    AUBURN – Junior running back La’Damian Webb wrote his name all over the Super 7 Record Book Thursday night with a 51-carry, 359-yard rushing effort as Beauregard beat Wenonah 33-13 to win the school’s first-ever state football championship.
   Webb scored five touchdowns including four in the second half, as the Hornets won the Class 5A crown with a come-from-behind victory over the Dragons at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
     Trailing 13-7 at halftime, Beauregard (13-1) turned to the 5-foot-9, 190-pound workhorse and he responded with 28 rush attempts, 206 yards and four scores in the final two quarters against a very strong Wenonah defense.
     He scored the game’s first TD just 43 seconds into the contest with a 25-yard run to give the Hornets a 7-0 lead. Wenonah (11-3) fumbled the opening kickoff and Webb scored two plays later.
    The Dragons of Coach Ron Cheatham tied the game later in the first quarter when Telvin Miller scooped up a Beauregard fumble and sped 74 yards for a TD.  Quarterback Carlos Rogers connected with Anthony Hudson for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in the half to take a six-point lead in at halftime.
    Beauregard got the ball first in the second half and did just what Coach Rob Carter did what the coach preached to his players at halftime. They drove 69 yards on 10 plays with Webb scoring on a 6-yard run at 8:16 of the third quarter to take the lead 14-13. That carry also bumped Webb’s season rushing total to 3,088 yards and moved him to second place in the AHSAA record books for yards rushing in a single season. He finished the game and the season with 3,242 yards. Dale County’s Jamarius Henderson set the single-season record in 2014 wih 3,483 yards in 15 games.
     Webb closed the game with scoring runs of 1, 1 and 40 yards to finish the season with 49 rushing touchdowns and 53 TDs overall, a new state record. Jamarcus Brown of Pickens County set the previous mark (51) in 2013. 
    The 359 yards is an all-class Super 7 record as is his 51 carries.
    Beauregard finished with 404 yards on 68 rush attempts and had 436 total yards. The Hornets kept the ball for 28:49 of the game’s 48 minutes. The 68 rushing plays set an overall Super 7 record.  K.J. Holmes also had 25 yards on eight carries. Holmes was also 3-of-4 passing for 32 yards. 
    Rogers was 9-of17 passing for 103 yards. Miller had two catches for 21 yards and Jadarius Redwine had two for 24 yards.  Miller rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries and Rogers had 35 on 12 rush attempts.
    Blair Green has 12 tackles and two assists and Xavier Stewart had 11 tackles overall for Wenonah. Zachary Feaster and Jalen McDonald were in on six tackles each for Beauregard.
   The Class 4A, 2A and 6A finals close out the 2016 Super 7 Friday. Handley (12-2) and Madison Academy (11-3) meet in 4A finals at 11 a.m. Fyffe (14-0) and Aliceville (13-1) square off in the 2A championship at 3 p.m., and Opelika (13-1) faces Ramsay (12-2) in the Class 6A finals at 7 p.m. All games will be televised lived over the Raycom Media / AHSAA TV Network. Check
www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for channel information.


CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Maplesville 40, Pickens County 12
    AUBURN – Maplesville High School senior running back Terence Dunlap had 38 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns Thursday afternoon to lead the Red Devils (14-0) to a 40-12 victory over Pickens County in the 2016 AHSAA Super 7 Class 1A state football championship game at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
      The championship was the third in a row for Coach Brent Hubbert’s Chilton County squad and extended Maplesville’s current winning streak to 23 in a row.
     The Class 5A finals got underway at 7 p.m. pitting Beauregard (12-1) and Wenonah (11-2). The Class 4A, 2A and 6A finals close out the 2016 Super 7 Friday. Handley (12-2) and Madison Academy (11-3) meet in 4A finals at 11 a.m. Fyffe (14-0) and Aliceville (13-1) square off in the 2A championship at 3 p.m., and Opelika (13-1) faces Ramsay (12-2) in the Class 6A finals at 7 p.m. All games will be televised lived over the Raycom Media / AHSAA TV Network. Check
www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for channel information.
     Dunlap closed out perhaps the most impressive Super 7 performance in AHSAA history. His effort Thursday earned him Class 1A Championship Game MVP honors for the third straight year – giving him a combined 681 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 75 carries in the three state championship games (2014, 2015 and 2016). Maplesville also played for a state championship in 2013 but Dunlap, a freshman at the time, broke his ankle in the playoffs and did not get to play.
   He started the scoring Thursday with a 1-yard run that capped a 56-yard, 12-play drive late in the second quarter to give the Red Devils a 6-0 lead. Kevin Mims scored on a 2-yard run early in the third period and Dunlap added a 5-yard TD run later in the quarter as Maplesville built a 20-0 lead.
    Coach James Thompson’s Tornadoes (11-4) had trouble running the football against the Red Devils’ defense all night. However, the defense and special teams stepped up and closed the gap quickly in a 10-second span later in the third period to cut the lead to 20-12 before the quarter ended.   Demetrius Windham returned a kickoff 84 yards at the 5:14 mark after Dunlap’s second TD. Elliott Windham then intercepted a Maplesville pass on the first play following the Tornadoes kickoff and raced 39 yards untouched for the TD.
    Maplesville scored three touchdowns in the final quarter – an 11-yard run by Nate Watson, a 1-yard run by Dunlap and a 2-yard keeper by quarterback Brent Schoener.
   The Red Devils had the ball 32:46 of the 48 minutes with 249 yards rushing and 95 passing for 344 total yards. They also had 20 first downs to Pickens County’s five. Nate Wilson added 66 yards on 12 carries, and Schoener was 6-of-13 passing for 95 yards. Dunlap had three catches for 51 yards and Wilson had two for 34 yards.
    Defensively, the Red Devils limited Pickens County to zero yards rushing on 22 carries and just 113 passing.  Defensive back Jakavian McKenzie returned an interception 67 yards to set up one TD, and Dunlap had another pick he returned 24 yards.
    Jevonte Eddins led Pickens County with 10 total tackles. Seth Barrentine had six tackles and five assists. Quarterback Zachary Thomas was 6-of-22 passing for 113 yards. Nicorian Robinson caught two passes for 50 yards.
       Dunlap’s 38 carries set a new Super 7 Class 1A record. Windham’s kickoff return was also the longest in Super 7 Class 1A history and was the fifth longest overall for all classes.


CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Piedmont 22, Mobile Christian 12
    AUBURN – Piedmont High School senior quarterback Taylor Hayes did what he does best Thursday as the Bulldogs (15-0) beat Mobile Christian 22-12 to claim the Bulldogs’ second straight Class 3A state football championship as the 2016 Super 7 Championships moved into its second day at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    Hayes had 38 carries for 239 yards and scored all three Piedmont touchdowns as the Bulldogs dominated the line of scrimmage with its punishing running game and physical offensive line.
    “Taylor gives 100 percent on everything that he does,” said Piedmont head coach Steve Smith. “He never gives anything less.”
     The Super 7 Championships continued Thursday with the Class 1A finals featuring Maplesville (13-0) and Pickens County (11-3) at 3 p.m., and the 5A finals at 7 p.m. pitting Beauregard (12-1) and Wenonah (11-2). The Class 4A, 2A and 6A finals close out the 2016 Super 7 Friday.
     Mobile Christian (13-2), coached by Ronnie Cottrell, took a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter when Eric Poellnitz scored on a 42-yard pass from Cam Horne. Piedmont marched quickly to its first touchdown with Hayes streaking 65 yards to set up his 1-yard TD run on the first play of the second quarter. Easton Kirk’s extra point kick gave the Bulldogs the lead 7-6. They would never relinquish the lead again.
    Hayes scored again with 1:14 left in the half on a 2-yard run and again from the same distance early in the fourth quarter to round out the Piedmont scoring.
   Mobile Christian stopped another Bulldogs march  on fourth-and-goal at the goal line when Carter Buzbee intercepted Hayes’ pass and returned it 39 yards to near midfield.   The Leopards scored on a 37-yard pass from Horne to Jordan Graddy four plays later to cut the lead to 22-12. Hayes and the Piedmont offense never relinquished the ball again.
    The victory was the 25th in a row for Piedmont, the longest current football winning streak in the AHSAA. Smith’s Bulldogs ran 62 plays to Mobile Christian’s 47 and kept the ball for almost seven more minutes (27:03 to 20:57) and had an 18-9 edge in first downs.
    Stanley Lee added 76 yards rushing on 14 carries and Cardavion Myers gained 60 yards on his one carry. Hayes was 1-of-7 passing for with his 39-yard completion going to Austin Brazir.
     Horne was 16-of-20 passing for 176 yards for Mobile Christian. The Leopards were limited to just 27 yards rushing on 19 carries.   Poellnitz was the leading receiver with five catches for 96 yards. 
    Ethan Hearn totaled 12 stops with seven unassisted tackles. Troy Young also had nine.  Myers led Piedmont’s defensive effort with seven tackles, and Brazir had six.
    The Bulldogs became just the third Class 3A school in AHSAA history to win three Super 7 state titles (2009, 2015, 2016). Madison Academy and Pike County are the other two.

CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Hoover 17, McGill-Toolen Catholic 7
   
AUBURN – Hoover High School’s last defensive series of the Super 7 Class 7A state championship game Wednesday night  was perhaps the best series of the 2016 season.
   Three straight sacks on second, third and fourth down left defending state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-1) some 36 yards shy of a first down and closed the final chapter on the Bucs’ 17-7 victory and the 12
th state title in school history.
        The Super 7 Championships continue Thursday at Jordan-Hare Stadium with defending state champion Piedmont (14-0) facing Mobile Christian (13-1) in the 3A title game at 11 a.m., followed by defending state champion Maplesville (13-0) vs. Pickens County (11-3) in the 1A finals at 3 p.m. Beauregard (12-1) and Wenonah (11-2) close out Thursday’s schedule with the 5A finals at 7 p.m. All games are being televised live over the Raycom Media Network. Go to
www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more details. Tickets are also available at www.preptix.com.
      Led by 2016 7A Championship Game MVP Kholbe Coleman, Hoover (12-2) finished the night with nine sacks and 82 lost yards for the Yellow Jackets’ talented offense.  Coleman finished with eight tackles, one sack for a 15-yard loss and 3.5 tackles resulting in 23 negative McGill-Toolen yards. Coach Caleb Ross’s Jackets finished with minus-43 yards rushing on the night.  Quarterback Bubba Thompson was 26-of-39 passing for 280 yards but finished with a negative 58 yards rushing on 16 carries.
     The Hoover offense was solid – building a first-half 10-0 lead on junior place-kicker Barret Pickering’s 42-yard field goal late in the first quarter and C.J. Sturdivant’s 2-yard TD run midway through the second period.  The kick was the 19
th field goal of the season for Pickering, a Hoover school record.
   Sturdivant, who finished with a game-high 96 yards rushing on 16 carries, dashed 37 yards with 8:50 left in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the night to give Hoover a 17-0 lead.
    McGill-Toolen clawed back, however. Thompson connected with Jalen Tolbert with 4:13 remaining for a 30-yard TD pass to cap a 10-play, 80-yard march. Tolbert finished with four catches for 60 yards.  Hoover got the onside kick, and then turned to its defense to seal the win.
    Hoover defensive end Christon Taylor added three sacks and six tackles and Ben Abercrombie had nine stops. Jayden Jordan also had a key interception.
   McGill-Toolen, which saw its 22-game winning streak come to an end, got a strong defensive effort Carlton Martial. The linebacker had 11 solo tackles and six assists for 17 total stops. Receiver Trey Roberson also had six catches for 78 yards, and Larry Rembert, five catches for 51 yards.
   Hoover has won 10 state titles in the last 16 seasons.


2016 AHSAA/SPECIAL OLYMPICS ALABAMA UNIFIED FLAG FOOTBALL GAME

Lee County 18, Vestavia Hills 15
  
AUBURN – Lee County Unified Team wide receiver Porter Caldwell was a jack-of-all-trades Wednesday afternoon scoring two touchdowns to lead his team to an 18-15 win over Vestavia Hills in the AHSAA/Alabama Special Olympics Unified football game which opened the 2016 Super 7 Championship week at Auburn.
    The Unified game, set to be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium, was moved to the Auburn University Indoor Football Practice Facility due to weather conditions. The two teams adjusted admirably, both showing strong passing games from the get-go.
     Vestavia Hills, coached by Terry Tingle, scored first when Andrew Knight caught a perfect pass from quarterback Thad Smith for a 38-yard score on the opening series of the game.  Harris Baker then caught a pass on the one-point try to give the Rebels a 7-0 lead.
     Lee County, which won the game for the second year in a row, clawed back to score when Steven Clark caught a 1-yard pass from Drew Williams.  Caldwell put Coach Dana Stewart’s Tigers ahead with an  8-yard touchdown reception thrown by Williams.
    Vestavia Hills took a 13-12 lead into the half scoring on a 1-yard pass from Smith to Knight on the last play of the first half.
     Caldwell’s 12-yard run at 17:32 of the second half put Lee County on top 18-13.  The TD was set up by a 25-yard pass from Caldwell to Williams.
     Vestavia Hills closed the margin to three with a safety later in the half, and had a chance to take the lead with first and goal from the 1 after Smith tossed a 31-yard pass to Parker Turner with just over six minutes to play.
    The Lee County defense forced four straight incomplete passes to hold on for the win.
    Smith finished with an outstanding 8-of-28 passing performance for 175 yards and two scores. Knight caught six passes for 115 yards.
    For Lee County, Williams was 9-of-15 passing for 68 yards. Caldwell was 2-of-3 for 28 yards.  Matt Baker had one big 5-yard catch and played well as the Lee County center.
  The Unified Game began in 2014 at Auburn and was in 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
  Wednesday’s game was live-streamed by the Opelika High School NFHS Network School Broadcast Program.

2016 SUPER 7 UNIFIED GAME BOXSCORE

Vestavia Hills    13           2 -- 15
Lee County         12           6 – 18

Scoring Summary
VH – Andrew Knight 38 pass from Thad Smith (Harris Baker pass from Smith)
LC –  Steven Clark 1 pass from Drew Williams (Pass failed)
LC –  Porter Caldwell 8 pass from Williams (Pass failed)
VH – Knight 1 pass from Smith (Pass failed)
LC – Caldwell 12 run (Pass failed)
VH – Safety, ball touched ground in end zone

Vestavia Hills                                          Lee County
6                              First Downs                        4
6-25                       Rush Att/Yds                     4-10
27/8/2                   Pass Att/Com/Int             19/11/3
150                         Pass Yards                           107
175                         Total Yards                         117
3-18                       Penalties                             5-18

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
(Vestavia Hills) –
Andrew Knight 2-16; Thad Smith 1-6; Harris Baker 1-5.
(Lee County) – Porter Caldwell 1-12-1; Steven Clark 2-2.
Passing
(Vestavia Hills) –
Thad Smith 28-8-2-175-2
(Lee County) – Drew Williams 15-9-3-68-2; Porter Caldwell 3-2-0-28-0
Pass Receiving
(Vestavia Hills) –
Andrew Knight, 6-115-2; Parker Turner, 1-31-0; Harris Baker 1-4-0.
(Lee County) – Porter Caldwell, 4-42-1; Steven Clark, 4-32-1; Drew Williams, 1-7-0; Matt Baker, 1-5-0; Steven Hubbs, 1-3-0.
Interceptions Made
(Vestavia Hills) –
Andrew Knight 2; Parker Turner 1.
(Lee County) – Steven Clark 1; Drew Williams 1.

Super 7 Unified Game Moved to Auburn Football Indoor Facility

    AUBURN – Due to current weather conditions, the 2016 AHSAA Special Olympics Unified Football game scheduled to kick off the AHSAA Super 7 Championship Week at today at 3:30 p.m., Jordan-Hare Stadium has been moved to the Auburn Football Indoor Facility located just south of the football stadium.
    East Alabama is currently under a tornado watch until 5 p.m.
    “We thank Auburn University for providing the alternate site for the Unified Game when the move became necessary,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We apologize for any  inconvenience and thank everyone for cooperating with the change.” 
    The Class 7A championship game between McGill-Toolen Catholic and Hoover will be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 7 p.m. tonight as planned.

AHSAA Super 7 Championships remind fans of clear bag policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  Media Contact: Ron Ingram

November 30, 2016                                                              ringram@ahsaa.com

 

AHSAA Super 7 Championships remind fans of clear bag policy

 

AUBURN, ALA. – The AHSAA Super 7 Championships kickoff today at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama and will follow the stadium’s clear bag policy.  Fans are advised to review the policy prior to traveling to the games this week. The full policy and frequently asked questions can be accessed here.

 

The clear bag policy is an effort to enhance public safety and make stadium access more efficient. Fans are encouraged to review the guidelines for approved and non-approved bags on the Auburn game day website. Additionally, there will be a bag check and drop-off station at the corner of Thach Avenue and Donahue Drive (just to the Northwest of Jordan Hare Stadium).

 

The NFL and many college football programs have adopted the clear bag policy. The Department of Homeland Security certifies this new policy.


Alabama All-Star Team Adds 2 players

    MONTGOMERY – Jackson-Olin High School senior linebacker T.D. Moultry and Minor receiver Jaylond Adams have been added to the Alabama All-Star Team roster for the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
    Alabama and Mississippi will square off Saturday, Dec. 10 at Cramton Bowl. Kickoff is set for noon with the game set to be televised live over the Raycom Network over its network in Alabama and Mississippi.
    The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Moultry, an Auburn commitment, led Jackson-Olin to the Class 6A state playoffs in 2016 averaging more than 10 tackles per game. He had 13 stops and two sacks in the final regular season game versus Fairfield.  He has also been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-America Game in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 7. He replaces Central-Phenix City’s Markail Benton.
    Adams was a standout running back, wide receiver and kick returner while leading Minor (11-2) to the Class 6A, Region 6 championship and its best season since 2000.  The Tigers scored a school record 631 points.
   Adams had over 1,500 yards rushing and went over 2,000 yards including receiving and kick returns.  He replaced Zech Byrd of Stanhope Elmore.
    UMS-Wright Coach Terry Curtis is serving as head coach for this year’s game. Alabama holds a 21-8 edge in the series. Mississippi won last year 28-21 at Hattiesburg, MS. It was the first time the game had been played outside Alabama and snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Alabama All-Stars.


At Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2 3 Defending Champions Advance To AHSAA Super 7 State Finals

     MONTGOMERY – Three defending state champions and four schools Making their first AHSAA Super 7 championship game appearance are among the 14 schools that have advanced to the 51st AHSAA State Football Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Nov. 30-Dec. 1-2.
     The Super 7 format, which began in 1996 while the AHSAA had six classifications, is in its 21st year of having all football championships in one location.
      Maplesville (13-0) beat previously unbeaten Linden (13-1) in the Class 1A semifinals 36-14 to move into the Class 1A state finals for the fourth straight year. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils will be going for third state title in a row Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. against Pickens County (11-3), a 23-6 winner over Addison (13-1) in the other semifinal game. The Tornadoes were the last 1A school to beat Maplesville in the playoffs – posting a 38-18 win over the Red Devils in 2013 state finals.
    Hubbert’s squad has compile a 99-8 record since 2009, currently owns a 22-game winning streak and has won 41 of its last 42 games.
    Defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) will be facing perennial powerhouse Hoover (11-2) in the 7A championship game Wednesday night at 7 p.m., and defending Class 3A state champion Piedmont (14-0) , coached by Steve Smith, are riding a 24-game winning streak into Thursday’s 11 a.m. game versus Mobile Christian (13-1).
  Coach Ronnie Cottrell’s Leopards are one of four teams making their first Super 7 appearance.
    Birmingham city schools Wenonah (11-2) and Ramsay (12-2) and Class 5A Beauregard (12-1) are in Super 7 Championships for the first time.  The Dragons of Coach Ronald Cheatham avenged their only region loss of the year beating Briarwood Christian 14-8 to set up Thursday night’s Class 5A finals versus Beauregard. Coach Rob Carter’s Hornets jumped on Jackson early 24-0, then fell behind 25-24 before rallying to win their semifinal battle 45-25.
      Ramsay, which played football from 1939-1976, disbanded its program for 38 years before hiring Coach Reuben Nelson away from Midfield to start the program back from scratch in 2014. Now, three years later the Rams are 12-2 and in the 6A state finals Friday night, Dec. 2, to face powerful Opelika (13-1) at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs of Coach Brian Blackmon downed Park Crossing (13-1) in the semifinals 41-23.
       The remaining championship matchups include: Fyffe (14-0) and Aliceville (13-1) in Class 2A; Handley (12-2) and Madison Academy (11-3) in Class 4A.
     The third annual Unified Sports flag football game, in a partnership with Special Olympics Alabama,  will feature Lee County and Vestavia Hills Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
     Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network. Opelika High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team will live-stream the Unified Sports game.  The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
    The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins.
    That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2009 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
    In 2014, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. In conjunction with Special Olympics Alabama, the first Unified Sports flag football game was also played for the first time in 2014 at Auburn. Ticket information can be found at:
www.preptix.com/ahsaa.

21ST ANNUAL SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30
UNIFIED GAME
Vestavia Hills vs. Lee County, 3:30 p.m.
CLASS 7A
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (11-2), 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1
CLASS 3A FINALS
Piedmont (14-0) vs. Mobile Christian (13-1), 11 a.m.
CLASS 1A FINALS
Pickens County (11-3) vs. Maplesville (13-0), 3 p.m.
CLASS 5A FINALS
Wenonah (11-2) vs. Beauregard (12-1), 7 p.m..

FRIDAY, DEC. 2
CLASS 4A FINALS
Madison Academy (11-3) vs. Handley (12-2), 11 a.m.
CLASS 2A FINALS
Fyffe (14-0) vs. Aliceville (13-1), 3 p.m.
CLASS 6A FINALS
Ramsay (12-2) vs. Opelika (13-1), 7 p.m.

 

AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Semifinal Results
(All games, Friday, Nov. 25)

CLASS 1A
Maplesville (13-0) 36, Linden (13-1) 14
Pickens County (11-3) 23, Addison (13-1) 6

CLASS 2A
Aliceville (13-1) 28, G.W. Long (12-1) 21
Fyffe (14-0) 33, Lanett (11-3) 20

CLASS 3A
Mobile Christian (13-1) 21, Gordo (13-1) 14
Piedmont (14-0) 53, Ohatchee (12-2) 26

CLASS 4A
Handley (12-2) 19, Andalusia (12-2) 0
Madison Academy (11-3) 24, Hokes Bluff (9-5) 21

CLASS 5A
Beauregard (12-1) 45, Jackson (9-4) 25
Wenonah (11-2) 14, Briarwood Christian (12-2) 8

CLASS 6A
Opelika (13-1) 41, Park Crossing (12-1) 23
Ramsay (12-2) 25, Austin (10-4) 14