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Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars Set for 29th Game Saturday

     HATTIESBURG, MS – Alabama and Mississippi all-star squads went through two more practice sessions Thursday and one practice Friday morning as the high school seniors finalized preparations for Saturday’s 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
    Kickoff is set for noon.
    “We have had a great week,” said Alabama head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School.
     Quarterbacks Tyler Johnston of Spanish Fort and Ty Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville will be leading the offense as Alabama strives to win its eighth straight game in the series and 22nd overall since its inception in 1988. The game, being played in Mississippi for the first time, will be played at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus the University of Southern Mississippi.  
         Alabama all-star fullback Jarrion Street of Hewitt-Trussville has committed to Ole Miss and running back La’Mical Perine of Theodore has committed to Florida.  The Gators and Alabama each have three commitments on the squad. The Crimson Tide lists wide receiver T.J. Simmons of Clay-Chalkville, offensive lineman Deonte Brown of Austin and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams of Wenonah. The Gators also list Hoover defensive end Jeremiah Moon and Park Crossing defensive back Jeawon Taylor among their commitments.
    Also selected to the Alabama All-Star squad are Auburn commitments John Broussard of Central-Phenix City and Marlon Davidson of Greenville. Broussard is a defensive back and Davidson is a defensive lineman.
    Freeman’s assistant coaches include 2015 state championship coaches Brent Hubbert of Maplesville (1A), Keith Etheredge of Leeds (4A) and Steve Mask of St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A). All three coaches have directed their teams to back-to-back Super 7 state titles. Other members of the coaching staff are Jerry Hood of Clay-Chalkville (6A), Paul Benefield of Fyffe (2A), Eric Cohu of Madison Academy (3A), J.B. Wallace of Florence (6A) and Chris Yeager of Mountain Brook (7A). Hood, Benefield and Cohu directed teams to state titles in 2014. Hood and Benefield led Clay-Chalkville and Fyffe back to the finals this year.  
      Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last year’s game 36-31 on the last play of the game and holds a 21-7 edge in the 28-game series. The game was played at Mobile from 1988-2010 and at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl from 2011-14. It will return to Cramton Bowl in 2016.    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
    TV/RADIO INFORMATION: Raycom Media will broadcast the game live over its affiliates in Alabama and Mississippi Saturday and will also live-stream the game. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the game live as well over its network. More information is available on line at
www.AHSAA.com.
   A banquet attended by players and parents is planned for tonight Thad Cochran Center at USM.  A special Meet-and-Greet session on will be held at M.M. Roberts Stadium from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday preceded by a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast for players and coaches at the stadium at 8:30 a.m.


Kickoff for 29th Alabama-Mississippi Classic Saturday Alabama All-Stars Honorary Captain is Dr. Rob Pate

 


    Accomplished author and former Erwin High School and Auburn University standout Dr. Rob Pate is Alabama’s honorary captain for Saturday’s 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game. Kickoff is set for a noon Saturday at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.
     Pate was a four-year starter at Birmingham’s Erwin High School in football, basketball and baseball where he earned All-State and Super All-State honors in football. An outstanding student, he was also named the Class 5A Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997.
Chosen to play in the Alabama Mississippi Game in 1997, he was named captain by his teammates and helped Alabama win 10-6.
     He then attended Auburn University on football scholarship where he was four-year starter in the Tigers’ secondary. He earned All-Conference and was a two-time GTE Academic All-America All-District selection, a four-time SEC Honor Roll recipient, and the Pat Dye Leadership Award winner. Pate graduated from Auburn University in May 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and spent a year with the San Diego Chargers.
    Injuries cut his NFL career short and he opted for medical school where he graduated from the UAB School of Optometry in May 2007 – earning Dean’s List every quarter in Optometry School. He currently practices in Auburn. He lives in Chelsea with his wife of 9 years, Dana, and their three daughters, Claire McKinley, Ellie Brooklyn, and Jenna Kathryn.
    Very popular with Auburn fans, Dr. Pate has authored two books, including his latest, A Tiger’s Walk, which chronicles his battles with the highs and lows of championships and losing seasons, coaching hirings and firings, and personal success and tragedy – as well as giving poignant insights into the daily lives of college football players as they strive to also be college students.
     He also authored Memoirs of an Auburn Football Player, which was published in 2004.
     Dr. Rob Pate is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Alabama Optometric Association, served as president of the Birmingham Area Optometric Society in 2013, the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and the Birmingham Auburn Club. He served as Alabama Special Olympics Opening Eyes Chairman in 2012. He earned induction into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, was named Southern Council of Optometrists’ Young Optometrist of the Year in 2015 and the American Optometric Association Young Optometrist of the Year in 2013.
    Alabama holds a 21-7 edge in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star series including a current seven-game winning streak dating back to 2007. This marks the first year the game is being played outside Alabama. The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is hosting the event which has been a project of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association in conjunction with the AHSAA.
    Pate will speak to the two teams Friday night in Hattiesburg at the annual Players & Parents banquet. He will also attend the game on Saturday and take part in the pre-game ceremonies. 


Marshall added to Alabama roster

    Leeds High School senior quarterback TaDarryl Marshall was added to the Alabama All-Star roster Tuesday replacing Scottsboro wide receiver Malik Talley.
    Talley left the team for personal reasons.
     Marshall, a Tennessee commitment who quarterbacked Leeds to the Class 4A state championship the last two seasons, is joining the team tonight. He will be considered as an athlete with possible multiple positions including wide receiver, said All-Star head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School. “He is a very talented athlete who can help us in a lot of ways,” Freeman said.
    The squad, comprised of 40 high school seniors, will meet play the Mississippi All-Stars Saturday at noon at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be televised live by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media.
    Alabama holds a 22-7 edge in the series which began in 1988.  This will be the first time the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game is being played outside the state of Alabama. The game is a product of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). MAC is serving the host this year.
    Marshall was named MVP of the 2014 Class 4A state championship game won over Deshler 30-0 at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Last week, he directed Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave to a 55-7 win over Fayette County at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
    He finished the season 54-opf-99 passing for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 951 yards and 12 scores on 126 carries and finished his career with 3,739 yards rushing and 33 TDs on 491 carries and was 226-of-458 passing for 3,772 yards and 38 scores.
    He is expected to play wide receiver in Saturday’s game.

Alabama All-Stars Report to Hattiesburg for Saturday’s 2015 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Riding 7-Game Win Streak

     MONTGOMERY, AL. – One new player joined Alabama’s 40-man roster Monday as the team reported to Hattiesburg, MS for the 29th playing of the Alabama-Mississippi Football Game set to kickoff at noon Saturday at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium.
    Park Crossing’s P.J. Blue dropped off the squad due to an injury and was replaced by Opelika High School linebacker Zocario Bridges. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive standout committed to Troy University helped the Bulldogs (12-1) reach the AHSAA Class 6A quarterfinals.
     All-Star head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School, has a team that is very talented with at least 17 players already committed to Division I-A college programs.
      Alabama holds a 21-7 edge in the series that has been played each year since 1988 at a site in Alabama. The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is serving as host for this year’s game. The game will be televised live by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media over its stations in Alabama and Mississippi. Visit www.pathtotheplayoffs.com to find the channels carrying the contest in each community.
      The Alabama roster, comprised of current high school seniors, is once again outstanding, said Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. 
ead coac      Alabama has won the last seven games with the last four being played at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The game was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with the exception of 2007 – when two games were played in the series.
     Among the players on the Alabama squad are two running backs already committed to SEC schools. Jarrion Street of Hewitt-Trussville, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, has committed to Ole Miss and La’Mical Perine of Theodore, 5-11, 220 pounds, has committed to Florida.  The Gators and Alabama each have three commitments on the squad. The Crimson Tide lists wide receiver T.J. Simmons of Clay-Chalkville, offensive lineman Deonte Brown of Austin and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams of Wenonah. The Gators also list Hoover defensive end Jeremiah Moon and Park Crossing defensive back Jeawon Taylor among their commitments.
    Also selected to the Alabama All-Star squad are Auburn commitments John Broussard of Central-Phenix City and Marlon Davidson of Greenville. Broussard, 6-1, 178, is a defensive back, and the 6-4, 270-pound Davidson is a defensive lineman.
    Other players chosen who have already made verbal commitments are Saraland wide receiver Velus Jones (Southern Cal), North Jackson tight end Austin Cummins (Louisville), Auburn offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett (North Carolina), Spanish Fort offensive lineman Jacob Johnson (Southern Miss), athlete Bailey McElwain of Hewitt-Trussville (Stanford), defensive lineman Darius Whitfield of St. Paul’s (South Carolina) and defensive end Erroll Thompson of Florence (Mississippi State).
     Among the top players still uncommitted are outside linebacker Ben Davis of Gordo and inside linebacker Lydell Wilson of Carver-Montgomery. Davis, the son of former University of Alabama standout Wayne Davis, is rated by most recruiting services as the No. 1 outside LB prospect in the South. Wilson is rated No. 1 inside LB.
     Quarterbacks chosen are Tyler Johnston of Spanish Fort and Tyrell Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville. The two met in last week’s Super 7 Class 6A state finals with Johnston and the Toros (15-0) posting an exciting 31-28 win over the Cougars (14-1). Both quarterbacks had outstanding games with Johnston, who finished his career 35-0 as a starter, earning MVP honors. Pigrome finished his prep career at Clay 29-1.The duo have four state titles between them.
    Johnston is being reunited with his former coach for this year’s game. The Toros won 5A titles in 2012 and 2013 when Freeman served as head coach. Ben Blackmon is the current Spanish Fort head coach. Clay-Chalkville coach Jerry Hood on the Alabama all-star staff. His team won the 6A crown last season.
     Alabama’s All-Stars won last year’s game 36-30 with the game-winning touchdown coming on the final play of the game. Alabama game MVP in 2014 was Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy, now a freshman at Auburn. Among the recent MVPs have been two Alabama standouts, current Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans (2013) and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (2011).  
    The 40-man roster and coaching staff:


2015 ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER

Dist.

Class

Pos.

Player First

Player Last

School

HT.

WT.

Coach

1

6A

QB

Tyler

Johnston

Spanish Fort

6'2

210

Ben Blackmon

5

6A

QB

Tyrell

Pigrome

Clay-Chalkville

5'11

190

Jerry Hood

8

7A

RB

Miles

Strickland

Bob Jones

5'10

190

Kevin Rose

5

7A

RB

Jarrion

Street

Hewitt-Trussville

6'2

200

Josh Floyd

4

6A

RB

Josh

Johnson

Opelika

5'9

215

Brian Blackmon

1

7A

RB

La'Mical

Perine

Theodore

5'11

220

Eric Collier

8

6A

WR

Malik

Talley

Scottsboro

6'3

190

Patrick Nix

3

6A

WR

Xavier

Lane

Carver-Montgomery

6'4

205

Billy Gresham

5

6A

WR

T. J.

Simmons

Clay-Chalkville

6'2

194

Jerry Hood

1

6A

WR

Velus

Jones

Saraland

6'

180

Jeff Kelly

3

1A

WR

Stevonta

Bradley

Maplesville

6'2

190

Brent Hubbert

8

4A

TE

Austin

Cummins

North Jackson

6'6

240

Mark Rose

8

6A

OL

Deonte

Brown

Austin

6'4

340

Jeremy Perkins

5

7A

OL

Adam

Raschilla

Tuscaloosa County

6'6

310

Lee Gibson

4

7A

OL

Tyler

Pritchett

Auburn

6'4

305

Adam Winegarden

6

7A

OL

Jamahl

Jelks

Gadsden City

6'3

315

Matt Scott

5

6A

OL

Cole

Garrison

Clay-Chalkville

6'4

285

Jerry Hood

8

6A

OL

Ben

Berry

Decatur

6'3

260

Jere Adcock

3

7A

OL

Cody

Wyatt

Prattville

6'3

275

Chad Anderson

1

6A

OL

Jacob

Johnson

Spanish Fort

6'5

300

Ben Blackmon

4

7A

P/K

Sage

Ledbetter

Auburn

6'

175

Adam Winegarden

5

7A

A

Bailey

McElwain

Hewitt-Trussville

6'

235

Josh Floyd

2

5A

DL

Marlon

Davidson

Greenville

6'4

270

Josh McLendon

2

6A

DL

Nicholas

Fields

Dothan

6'2

270

Kelvis White

1

5A

DL

Darius

Whitfield

Saint Paul's

6'3

285

Steve Mask

5

5A

DL

Quinnen

Williams

Wenonah

6'4

265

Ronald Cheatham

5

6A

DL

Kurtis

Beaman

Huffman

6'1

320

Alex Wilson

3

6A

LB

Lyndell

Wilson

Carver-Montgomery

6'3

235

Billy Gresham

5

7A

DE

Jeremiah

Moon

Hoover

6'4

210

Josh Niblett

7

3A

DE

Benjamin

Davis

Gordo

6'4

235

Ryan Lolley

3

6A

LB

Zocario

Bridges

Opelika

6'2

240

Brian Blackmon

4

7A

DE

Walter

Pritchett, II

Central-Phenix City

6'2

225

Jamey DuBose

7

6A

DE

Erroll

Thompson

Florence

6'2

250

J. B. Wallace

3

6A

DB

Jeawon

Taylor

Park Crossing

6'2

190

Smitty Grider

4

7A

DB

John

Broussard

Central-Phenix City

6'1

178

Jamey DuBose

8

7A

DB

Brandon

Alexander

Bob Jones

6'

180

Kevin Rose

5

7A

DB

P. J.

Hall

Hoover

5'11

196

Josh Niblett

2

6A

DB

Tyrez

Lindsey

Dothan

6'2

198

Kelvis White

4

6A

DB

Charlie

Benton

Opelika

6'3

190

Brian Blackmon

8

2A

S

Peyton

Gilliland

Cleveland

6'

215

Gardner Gilliland

Head Coach

Mark Freeman, Thompson High School

Assistant Coaches

Brent Hubbert, Maplesville High School

Jerry Hood, Clay-Chalkville High School

Paul Benefield, Fyffe High School

Eric Cohu, Madison Academy

J. B. Wallace, Florence High School

Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook High School

Steve Mask, Saint Paul's Episcopal School



AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 6A Finals: Spanish Fort 31, Clay-Chalkville 28

   TUSCALOOSA – The final game of the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships lived up its expectations Friday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium as Spanish Fort closed out the week with a 31-28 win over defending state champion Clay-Chalkville to capture the Class 6A state title.
    Both teams came in unbeaten at 14-0 and both senior quarterbacks were a combined 63-0 in starts for their careers.
    Senior Tyler Johnston, who had a 34-game personal winning streak heading into the contest, closed out at 35-0 with a stellar performance that garnered him MVP honors. He was 13-of-23 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries and another touchdown for Coach Ben Blackmon’s Toros (15-0). However, it was his quarterback keeper for a single yard at midfield on fourth-and-one with 54 seconds remaining that netted a first down and sealed Spanish Fort’s fourth state title since 2010 – and its first in Class 6A.
    His performance was equaled by Clay-Chalkville senior quarterback Ty Pigrome, who led the Cougars of Coach Jerry Hood to a 15-0 record in 2014 and 14 straight wins in 2015. Pigrome rushed for 124 yards on 23 carries with a spectacular 51-yard TD run and completed 17-of-32 passes for 214 yards and three more scores. For the season he accounted for 62 touchdowns – 18 rushing and 44 passing. Johnston accounted for 52 TDs for Spanish Fort – 13 rushing and 39 passing.
    The Super 7 Championships closed out with 20,141 in attendance on Friday and 45,229 over the three days. That total was up 3,974 over last year’s Super 7 championships.
    Spanish Fort jumped out to a 14-0 lead with Johnston scoring on a 2-yard run at 6:13 of the first period and Javon Brown adding a 2-yard TD early in the second period.
   Clay-Chalkville’s offense sputtered in the first half, and after two straight 10-yard losses with just over eight minutes to play in the half, the Cougars wars facing a third-and-30 situation trailing by two touchdowns. Pigrome and senior receiver T.J. Simmons changed things in one quick motion. Simmons hauled in a pass from Pigrome on the right side of the field, crossed over to the left and streaked 52 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7.
   Spanish Fort freshman place-kicker Matt Quinn added a 25-yard field goal with 59 seconds left in the second quarter to send the Toros in at halftime leading 17-7. The kick loomed very big in the end.
     Brown scored on a 6-yard strike from Johnston to open the second half to give Spanish Fort a 24-7 lead. Pigrome shook loose for his 51-yard TD just over a minute later and the rest of the contest turned into a real battle. Nico Collins scored on a 10-yard pass from Pigrome early in the fourth quarter to make it 24-21.
   Johnston answered with a 71-yard pass to Brown two plays later to set up a 17-yard touchdown connection to his senior receiver on the very next snap as the Toros stretched to a 31-21 lead.
    Brandon Berry capped a nine-play, 75-yard Clay-Chalkville march with a 22-yard touchdown reception from Pigrome with 3:12 remaining as the Cougars pulled to within 3. They never got the ball back.
    Brown finished with 76 yards rushing on seven carries and had six catches for 110 yards for Spanish Fort. Collins had five catches for 68 yards and Simmons had three for 87 for Clay-Chalkville.
    Colt Steiner’s 11 tackles and Brady Hall’s two sacks and seven total stops led the Toros defense.  Nick Battle and Armoni Holloway had 12 tackles each for the Cougars. Kenyon Hasberry also had 11 stops.
   

AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 2A Finals: Elba 36, Fyffe 22

   TUSCALOOSA – Elba’s Tigers (14-1) posted 28 second-half points Friday afternoon to beat Fyffe 36-22 in the Super 7 Class 2A state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
    It was the second straight year at Elba and Fyffe have met in the finals. The Red Devils won in 2014 at Auburn 28-17.
    Senior quarterback Ramsey Rigby directed an offense Friday that amassed 371 yards. The son of head coach Ed Rigby earned game MVP honors rushing for 72 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and completing 3-of-5 passes for 49 yards.
   Coach Paul Benefield’s Red Devils (13-2) struck first with an 11-play, 53-yard drive that took the first 5:19 off the clock in the opening period. Junior running back Dilan Kilpatrick, who rushed for a game-high 117 yards on 31 carries, scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 1-yard run to give Fyffe its only lead of the night 7-0.  Kilpatrick also scored on runs of 8 and 3 yards in the second half.
    Elba struck late in the second quarter when Rigby completed a 54-yard pass to Cavoseaa Stinson to the Fyffe 17-yard line to set up Rigby’s 5-yard scoring run with 2:31 left on in the half. On the point after try, Rigby’s pass was deflected into the arms of the Tigers’ 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle Blaine Hudson. The senior twisted around one defender into the end zone for the 2-point play and Elba went into intermission leading 8-7.
    Rigby added a 20-yard TD run in the third period up the lead to 16-7, but Kilpatrick’s second TD brought Fyffe to within two 16-14 with 2:42 to play in the third period. Elba running back Stefan Caldwell scored on runs of 15 and 3 yards, and Blake Edwards wrapped up the scoring for the Tigers with a 36-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
    Edwards finished with 114 yards on 13 carries and Caldwell had 88 on 12 attempts. Seth Benefield added 53 yards on 12 carries for Fyffe, which totaled 236 rushing yards and 260 overall while controlling the ball for 30:57 of the 48 minutes.
    Elba linebacker Blake Johnson recorded 15 tackles to lead Rigby’s defense. Antonio Hill and Tanner Hudson added 11 stops each, and Dontavious Williams had 10. Ryan Martin’s seven tackles led Fyffe’s defense.
   Neither team had a turnover.
    The championship was the fourth in school history for the Tigers. Other titles came in 1989, 1992 and 2011.

AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 4A Finals: Leeds 55, Fayette County 7

   TUSCALOOSA – Leeds High School accumulated 23 first downs and 463 yards Friday afternoon to beat Fayette County 55-7 to secure the 2015 Class 4A state football championship at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
    The Green Wave defense limited Fayette to minus-41 yards rushing as Leeds (13-2) became the third team to repeat as champions in the Super 7 Championships this week. Leeds won at Auburn last year and in 2010 and captured its first state crown in 2008 at Legion Field.
    Championship Game MVP Trey Nation rushed for 186 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries to pace Coach Keith Etheredge’s team.  He scored on runs of 1, 4, 9, 6 and 12 yards.  Koi Freeman hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Tadarryl Marshall on the first series of the game to give Leeds a 7-0 lead. The Green Wave led 27-7 by halftime.
     Fayette County (10-5), coached by Lance Tucker, scored its only TD midway through the second period when Drew Guy connected with Kondarius Wilson on a 12-yard pass in the end zone.
    Brandon Franklin and Gyderious Rogers scored the last two TDs for Leeds on runs of 10 and 3 yards, respectively, in the final quarter.
    Nation finished his senior season with 1,817 yards rushing and 35 total touchdowns – 34 rushing – in 12 games. He had 2,050 yards and 27 touchdowns in the 2014 championship season on 289 tries. He totaled 541 rush attempts, 3,867 yards and 62 touchdowns over the last two years.   Fellow senior Marshall added 91 yards rushing for Leeds on 11 carries and was 3-of-6 passing for 68 yards – all completions going to Freeman. Brandon Franklin had 62 yards rushing on three carries. Morgan Coston also kicked six extra points.
    Guy, who finished the season with a single-season school record 3,267 yards passing and 26 touchdowns, was 15-of-30 Friday for 196 yards. Di’Marious Wilson had seven catches for 100 yards and Kondarius Wilson had four catches for 48 yards.
    Keyante Jackson had six tackles to lead the Green Wave defense. Josephus Smith added four tackles and two sacks and also had three tackles behind the line for losses. Freeman also had an interception, his sixth of the season.

AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 5A Finals: St. Paul’s Episcopal 41, Mortimer Jordan 26

   TUSCALOOSA – Senior running back Ostin McPherson pounded out 155 yards rushing on 27 carries Thursday night and scored two touchdowns to spark St. Paul’s Episcopal to a 41-26 victory over Mortimer Jordan to claim the Saints’ second consecutive Class 5A state football championship.
     McPherson scored the game’s first touchdown on a 5-yard run in the opening period and closed out Saints night with a 2-yard TD run in the fourth period to earn Class 5A Championship Game MVP for the second time. He was named MVP last year as St. Paul’s won the 5A crown at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
      The win at Bryant-Denny gave the Mobile school a championship at each of the venues that have been hosts of the AHSAA’s Super 6 and now Super 7 football championship series. The Saints won its first state title at Legion Field in 2007.
     The 2015 AHSAA Super 7 state championships will conclude Friday with state finals for Classes 2A, 4A and 6A. Defending 4A champ Leeds (12-2) faces Fayette County (10-4) at 11 a.m., followed by defending 2A champion Fyffe (13-1) vs. Elba (13-1) in a rematch from 2014 at 3 p.m., and defending Class 6A state champ Clay-Chalkville (14-0) vs. Spanish Fort (14-0) at 7 p.m.
     Coach Steve Mask’s Saints (13-2) gained 278 yards on the ground on 50 attempts and limited Mortimer Jordan (13-2) to just 65 yards rushing. Coach Dusty Goode’s Blue Devils did gain 211 yards passing as Duncan Hodges completed 30-of-36 passes for one touchdown.
     B.J. Edmonds scored twice in the second quarter – on a 1-yard run and on a 36-yard interception return from his free safety position. He led the Saints with nine tackles. Quarterback Miller Mosley, who rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries, scored on a 6-yard run in the first quarter added the final TD on a 1-yard sneak in the third period.
     Andrew Wing and Noah Michael had eight tackles each, and Tamaurice Smith also had an interception for St. Paul’s.
    Spencer Brown scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards for the Blue Devils. Hodges sneaked in from the 1 for another score and completed a 13-yard pass to Jacob Dean for the final score with 26 seconds remaining in the game.
   Colby Moon, who had nine tackles on defense, also led Mortimer Jordan with 43 yards on 10 carries. Dean caught 10 passes for 123 yards and Walker McCleney had four kickoff returns for 79 yards. Nick Mann also had eight tackles and Preston Wilson had six stops and an interception. Conner Bruce also picked off one pass.
     

AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 1A Finals: Maplesville 59, Cedar Bluff 24

   TUSCALOOSA – Maplesville High School captured its second straight Class 1A state championship Thursday afternoon beating Cedar Bluff 59-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus.
     Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils (13-1) and Coach Jonathan McWhorter’s Tigers (13-2) combined for 129 offensive snaps, 788  total yards and 83 points in the championship game. Terrance Dunlap rushed 24 times for 260 yards and four touchdowns to earn Championship Game MVP for the second consecutive year.
     The AHSAA Super 7 state championships will conclude Friday with state finals for Classes 2A, 4A and 6A. Defending 4A champ Leeds faces Fayette County at 11 a.m., followed by defending 2A champion Fyffe vs. Elba in a rematch from 2014 at 3 p.m., and defending Class 6A state champ Clay-Chalkville vs. Spanish Fort in a battle of unbeaten at 7 p.m.
    Maplesville, playing in its third straight championship game, opened the scoring midway through the snap sailed over the kicker’s head.
    Dunlap then capped Red Devils’ drives of 76 and 71 yards with touchdown runs covering 3 and 35 yards. Cedar Bluff quarterback Josh Decker, 14-of-28 for 240 yards passing, then connected with D.J. Chapman for a 7-yard TD pass. Decker threw four touchdown passes for the game.
    Trevor Wallace hauled in a 12-yard pass from Nicholas Spencer with six seconds left in the half to give Maplesville a 23-6 lead at halftime.  Dunlap took over in the third quarter snaring a 35-yard TD pass from Spencer. He added a 5-yard TD run and closed out with his fifth TD of the night with a spectacular 61-yard run with 8:44 to play.
    Stevon Bradley caught a 15-yard TD pass from Spencer and Jeremy Williams returned a Cedar Bluff fumble 40 yards for Maplesville’s final scores.  Decker fired TD passes covering 75 and 20 yards to Jamie Abernathy and Chapman to close out the scoring for Cedar Bluff, which had 76 offensive plays.
    Chapman finished with seven catches for 104 yards and Abernathy had four receptions for a game-high 115 yards. Freshman running back Ivory Starr had 101 yards rushing on 30 carries.
     Spencer was 11-of-15 passing for 148 yards and three touchdowns for Maplesville. Wallace was the leading receiver with six catches for 71 yards. Dunlap finished with 295 total yards.
    Maplesville’s defense was anchored by Corey Hall and Nate Watson with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively. Issaiha Jones had 12 stops and Ross Johnson had nine for Cedar Bluff.

AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 3A Finals: Piedmont 44, Bayside Academy 7

   TUSCALOOSA – Piedmont High School piled up 350 total yards Thursday at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus and beat Bayside Academy 44-7 to claim the second Class 3A state championship in school history.
    The Bulldogs (14-1) of Coach Steve Smith led 23-7 at the half and then iced the title with three touchdowns in the third quarter. Bayside (11-4), coached by Phil Lazenby, finished with 130 yards rushing and 98 passing for 228 yards.
    Piedmont quarterback Taylor Hayes rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6-of-10 passes for 126 yards and one TD to earn 3A MVP honors.  He connected with Bayley Blanchard for a 45-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter to jump-start the Bulldogs offense. Bayside quarterback Connor Sirmon and receiver Wil Cox tied the game at 7-7 three minutes later with a 58-yard touchdown hookup.
    Darnell Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 71 yards to set up Hayes’ 1-yard sneak to put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 1:48 left in the period.  Easton Kirk kicked a 29-yard field goal and Hayes raced 48 yards for another score as Piedmont led 23-7 at the half. Jackson scored two touchdowns in a 58-second span early in the third quarter on runs of 25 and 20 yards, and Cardavion Myers dashed 46 yards for the final score later in the period to close out the scoring.
    Myers finished with 61 yards on three carries, and Jackson had 61 on seven runs. He also had 107 yards on two kickoff returns.  Blanchard had four catches for 97 yards.
    Cox led the Admirals with 75 yards rushing on 18 carries and had two catches for 67 yards. Sirmon was 4-of-10 passing for 92 yards.
         Trey Snyder led Piedmont on defense with 10 tackles. Myers and Neonte Alexander added eight stops each. Jackson White had six tackles and Landon Johnson had four including one sack for a 10-yard loss for Bayside.
       Piedmont won its first state championship in 2009.