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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.

2015 SUPER 7 CHAMPIONSHIPS CLASS 7A STATE FINALS McGill-Toolen 14, Spain Park 12

     TUSCALOOSA – McGill-Toolen High School senior running  back Terrell Kennedy rushed for 166 yards and scored two touchdowns in the first half Wednesday night and the Class 7A Yellow Jackets captured a 14-12 win over Spain Park to open the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
     Kennedy, named championship game MVP, finished with 203 yards on 22 carries as Coach Caleb Ross’ gritty defense staved off a strong second-half Jaguars comeback effort as McGill-Toolen captured its first state football title in the  Mobile Catholic school’s long history.
    Kennedy scored on runs of 4 and 54 yards to give McGill a 14-3 lead at halftime  – the first TD coming on an end run that culminated with the running back diving over the pylon to give the Yellow Jackets (13-1) a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. His second run was a dazzling effort as he broke two tackles, then sliced his way through the Jags defense down the left sideline in the second quarter to.
   Spain Park place kicker Crosby Gray booted a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter. Coach Shawn Raney’s Jaguars (12-2) capped a 16-play, 60-yard march midway through the fourth period with Joey Beatty scoring on a 1-yard sneak to pull to within five at 14-9 with 5:54 left. The two-point try failed.
   The Jags defense got the ball back seven seconds later when Markel Clark recovered a Jackets fumble at the McGill 13. Ross’ defense rose up, however, and Spain Park’s Gray booted a 29-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-12.
    Kennedy then reeled off a 16-yard run on first down on the Jackets’ next series, taking valuable time off the clock. Spain Park got the ball back with 2:05 left but turned the ball over on downs at its own 32 a minute later.
     Trey Robinson added 32 yards rushing on five carries for the Jackets. Quarterback Paris Chambers finished 17-of-28 passing for 157 yards as McGill out-gained Spain Park 385 yards to 178 on the night. Larry Rembert finished with eight catches for 89 yards.
    Wade Streeter led Spain Park with 103 rushing yards on 26 carries. Quarterback Beatty finished 12-of-19 passing for 74 yards. Will Greene had three catches for 40 yards and Bridge Suber, six receptions for 27 yards.
    Defensively, Deanthony Washington led McGill-Toolen with 11 tackles and Carlton Martial had nine stops.  Perry Young had 11 stops for Spain Park and Bryan Sanderson had seven.

AHSAA UNIFIED SPORTS GAME Lee County 25, Hewitt-Trussville 7

    TUSCALOOSA – Lee County scored two touchdowns in each half Wednesday en route to a 25-7 victory over Hewitt-Trussville in the second annual AHSAA Super 7 Unified Sports flag football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
    The game, developed for AHSAA member schools through a partnership with Special Olympics Alabama, opened the 2015 Super 7 Championships with some outstanding play by both teams. The teams are comprised of Special Olympics athletes and peer partners from Auburn High School and surrounding Lee County schools as well as Trussville schools.
    Athlete Gideon Weigel caught two touchdowns in the first half from peer partner quarterback Brooks Alberdi. The sure-handed Weigel had catches of 35 and 12 yards and finished with three catches for 70 yards. Porterfield, another outstanding athlete for Lee County, caught four passes for 38 yards including a 3-yard TD toss from athlete Alberdi. Steven Hubbs also threw a 35-yard TD pass to Steven Clark for the final Lee County score.
    Hewitt-Trussville’s touchdown came late on a 27-yard pass from peer partner Will Lesley to athlete Andrew White. White, who had there catches for 38 yards, then tossed the conversion pass to Lesley.
    Alberdi was 8-of-14 passing for 119 yards and peer partner Tyler Tolbert was 5-of-10 passing for Hewitt. White was also 5-of-8 for 37 yards for Coach Tim Meacham’s Huskies.
    Lee County, coached by Dana Stewart, finished with 126 yards passing and 41 rushing for 167 yards. Hewitt had 54 yards rushing and 119 passing for 173 yards.


Unified Game:
Lee County 25, Hewitt-Trussville 7

Hewitt-Trussville            0            7 – 7
Lee County                       12          13-25

LC – Gideon Weigel 35 pass from Brooks Alberdi (Pass failed)
LC – Weigel 12 pass from Alberdi (Pass failed)
LC – Porter Caldwell 3 pass from Alberdi (Pass failed)
LC – Steven Clark 35 pass from Steven Hubbs  (Caldwell pass from Steven Hubbs)
HT – Andrew White 27 pass from Will Lesley (Lesley pass from White)

LEE COUNTY                                                 HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE
4                                         1st Downs                         3
41                                       Rush Yards                       54
18-10-4                             Pass att-com-int             25-14-2
126                                     Pass Yards                        119                     
167                                     Total Yards                       173
1-10                                   Penalties                          0-0

Rush leaders:
Lee County: Steven Clark             2-40-1
Hewitt-Trussville: Keith Bain       5-26-0
                                  Andrew White 7-11-0

PASSING LEADERS:
Lee County: Brooks Alberdi   8 of 14 for 119 yards, 3 TDs
Hewitt-Trussville: Tyler Tolbert 5 of 10 for 29 yards
                                  Andrew White 5 for 8  for 37 yards
                                   Will Lesley 1 for 2 27 yards and 1 TD
PASS RECEIVING:
Lee County:  Porter Caldwell   4 for 38 yards, 1 TD
                       Gideon Weigel   3 for 70 yards, 2 TDs
Hewitt-Trussville: Andrew White 3 for 44 yards, 1 TD
                                  Tyler Tolbert   5 for 40
Defense
Interceptions:
 
Lee County: Brooks Alberdi (2)
Hewitt-Trussville: Keegan Morrow, Tyler Tolbert (2), Myles Dawson



At Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 2-4 2015 AHSAA Super 7 Football Championships Kick Off Wednesday

     MONTGOMERY –  The football teams for Spain Park and McGill-Toolen high schools will be meeting for the first time in AHSAA history Wednesday night as the two Class 7A powers clash in the Class 7A state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
       Five defending state champions will be in Tuscaloosa Thursday and Friday as the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs conclude with state championships in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. This is the 20th year with all championships at the same site.
     Wednesday’s schedule starts at 3:30 p.m. with Lee County and Hewitt-Trussville playing in the second annual Unified Sports state game. The AHSAA partners with Special Olympics Alabama to present this contest, a flag-football game that will be livestreamed over the NFHS Network by Hillcrest High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team.
     Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network.      The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
     Spain Park (12-1), coached by Shawn Raney, comes into the 7A battle with a 12-game winning streak after falling 38-35 in three overtimes in the season opener to Austin in August. The Jaguars knocked off three-time defending state champion Hoover 7-6 in the semifinals – and also beat the Bucs 17-0 in the regular season to win the Region 3 title. Raney’s team has given up just 23 points in three playoff wins this season.
    McGill-Toolen (12-1), coached by Caleb Ross, currently has an eight-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets lost week five to Blount 17-14. Ross’ squad has scored 98 points in three playoff wins.
     Thursday’s schedule starts at 11 a.m. with Bayside Academy (11-3) taking on Piedmont (13-1), followed by defending Class 1A state champion Maplesville (12-1) versus Cedar Bluff (13-1) at 3 p.m., and defending 5A state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-2) versus Mortimer Jordan (13-1) at 7.
     Friday’s schedule begins with defending Class 4A state champion Leeds (12-2) taking on Fayette County (10-4) at 11 a.m., defending 2A champ Fyffe (13-1) facing Elba (13-1) in a rematch of last year’s finals at 3 p.m., and closing out with unbeaten Spanish Fort (14-0) taking on defending 6A champ Clay-Chalkville (14-0) at 7 p.m. The Cougars are currently riding a 29-game winning streak – longest live streak in the AHSAA.
      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 2008 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
    Last year, 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.
    Tickets for all championships can be purchased online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
     To find the station and channel locally televising the Super 7 championships, go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com and check for your location.
    

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
Bayside Academy (11-3) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.
Class 1A Championship
Maplesville (12-1) vs. Cedar Bluff (13-1), 3 p.m.
Class 5A Championship
Mortimer Jordan (13-1) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-2), 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 4
Class 4A Championship
Leeds (12-2) vs. Fayette County (10-4), 11 a.m.
Class 2A Championship
Elba (13-1) vs. Fyffe (13-1), 3 p.m.
Class 6A Championship
Spanish Fort (14-0) vs. Clay-Chalkville (14-0), 7 p.m.

At Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 2-4 5 Defending Champions Advance To AHSAA Super 7 State Finals

     MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 6A state football champion Clay-Chalkville High School edged Austin 45-35 Friday night in semifinals of the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs to advance to the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships at Tuscaloosa next week.
     The Cougars (14-0) led 35-21 at the half before the Black Bears clawed back to within three at 38-35 late. Clay sealed the win with a late touchdown and strong defensive stand to extend its current AHSAA-leading winning streak to 29 games and earned the right to face Spanish Fort (14-0) in the Class 6A championship game.
      The 6A finals is the only game pitting unbeaten teams. The Toros clawed from a 27-10 deficit to beat Benjamin Russell 31-27 Friday night.
     Four other defending state champions posted semifinal wins and will be in Tuscaloosa Dec. 2-4 as the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs conclude with seven state championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. This will also be the 20th year with all championships at the same site.
     Class 1A Maplesville (12-1), Class 2A Fyffe (13-1), Class 4A Leeds (12-2) and Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal all return to defend titles.  Classes 3A and 7A will feature four new schools.
     Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils beat Linden 50-19 to set up the 1A finals versus Cedar Bluff (13-1). Coach Paul Benefield’s Class 2A Fyffe team will meet Elba (13-1) in a rematch of last year’s Class 2A finals.  Leeds, coached by Keith Etheredge, faces Fayette County (10-4) in the 4A finals, and Coach Steve Mask’s Class 5A Saints will meet Mortimer Jordan (13-1) in the finals.
     The Class 3A championship game pits Piedmont (13-1) versus Bayside Academy (11-3) and in Class 7A, McGill-Toolen (12-1) squares off against Spain Park (12-1) in the first game Wednesday night.  The Unified Sports flag football game will feature Lee County and Hewitt-     Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 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 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.
    Last year, 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. Tickets at: www.preptix.com/ahsaa.


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
Bayside Academy (11-3) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m.
Class 1A Championship
Maplesville (12-1) vs. Cedar Bluff (13-1), 3 p.m.
Class 5A Championship
Mortimer Jordan (13-1) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-2), 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 4
Class 4A Championship
Leeds (12-2) vs. Fayette County (10-4), 11 a.m.
Class 2A Championship
Elba (13-1) vs. Fyffe (13-1), 3 p.m.
Class 6A Championship
Spanish Fort (14-0) vs. Clay-Chalkville (14-0), 7 p.m.


AHSAA 50thState Football Playoffs
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
Semifinal Results
CLASS 1A
Maplesville 50, Linden 19
Cedar Bluff 53, Decatur Heritage 40

CLASS 2A
Elba 24, G.W. Long 7
Fyffe 20, Randolph County 17

CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy 36, Hillcrest-Evergreen 0
Piedmont 14, Colbert County 0

CLASS 4A
Leeds 48, Munford 20
Fayette County 32, Cordova 0


CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 35, Jackson 24
Mortimer Jordan 42, Alexandria 36 (OT)

CLASS 6A
Spanish Fort 31, Benjamin Russell 27
Clay-Chalkville 45, Austin 35


1A-6A Semifinals Set 5 Defending Champions Advance To 4th Round of AHSAA State Playoffs

     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)

CLASS 1A
Linden (10-2) at Maplesville (11-1)
Decatur Heritage (12-1) at Cedar Bluff (12-1)

CLASS 2A
G.W. Long (12-0) at Elba (12-1)
Randolph County (13-0) at Fyffe (12-1)

CLASS 3A
Hillcrest-Evergreen (8-5) at Bayside Academy (10-3), Daphne
Piedmont (12-1) at Colbert County (10-3), Leighton

CLASS 4A
Munford (10-3) at Leeds (11-2)
Fayette County (9-4) at Cordova (13-0)

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal (11-2) at Jackson (13-0)
Mortimer Jordan (12-1) at Alexandria (11-1)

CLASS 6A
Benjamin Russell (12-1) at Spanish Fort (13-0)
Clay-Chalkville (13-0) at Austin (10-3), Decatur

Quarterfinal Results
CLASS 1A
Maplesville 36, Georgiana 28
Linden 41, Brantley 0
Decatur Heritage 32, Berry 26
Cedar Bluff 34, Wadley 27

CLASS 2A
G.W. Long 35, Flomaton 21
Elba 20, Washington County 14
Fyffe 24, Ranburne 20
Randolph County 49, Cleveland 28

CLASS 3A
Bayside Academy 17, Gordo 14
Hillcrest-Evergreen 25, T.R. Miller 22
Piedmont 35, Madison Academy 21
Colbert County 39, Lauderdale County 20

CLASS 4A
Munford 33, Andalusia 31
Leeds 33, UMS-Wright 0
Fayette County 19, Brooks 12
Cordova 30, Hamilton 20

CLASS 5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 35, Demopolis 13
Jackson 31, Beauregard 28
Alexandria 22, Russellville 14
Mortimer Jordan 26, Guntersville 0

CLASS 6A
Benjamin Russell 36, Bessemer City 13
Spanish Fort 21, Opelika 13
Clay-Chalkville 50, Minor 14
Austin 53, Gardendale 38

CLASS 7A
Semifinals
McGill-Toolen 26, Central-Phenix City 21
Spain Park 7, Hoover 6


McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City 7A Semifinal Is RAYCOM AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week Tonight

  MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise McGill-Toolen at Central-Phenix City tonight in its third installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. The Class 7A semifinal game features two schools with rich traditions.
   Mobile’s McGill-Toolen (11-1) of Coach Caleb Ross is the largest parochial school in the AHSAA. A charter member since 1921, the Yellow Jackets are hoping to reach the Super 7 state finals for the first time in school history. Central-Phenix City (9-3) last reached the state finals in 1993. Coach Jamey Dubose, in his second season as head coach, has the Red Devils in the semifinals for the first time since 2011.  McGill-Toolen reached the semifinals in 2013.
    Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
    The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
   All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.

NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA GAMES
   
Six playoff games are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program.  McGill-Toolen’s NFHS School Broadcast Program crew will live-stream the Class 7A semifinal game at Central-Phenix City tonight as well.  The Hoover High School SBP broadcast team will be live-streaming Hoover (10-2) vs. Spain Park (11-1) in the other Class 7A semifinal game tonight.
    The headliner in the quarterfinals is Opelika (12-0) at Spanish Fort (12-0), to be live-streamed the Opelika High School NFHS School Broadcast Program. The battle of Class 6A unbeatens pits two brothers as head coaches – Ben Blackmon for the Toros and Brian Blackmon for the Bulldogs.
      The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network:   www.nfhsnetwork.com
      All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
     The complete list of NFHS Network games and the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week are below.

RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK

McGill-Toolen (11-1) at Central-Phenix City (9-3) (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)

 

AHSAA PLAYOFF GAMES ON THE NFHS NETWORK
November 20, 2015

Class 7A
McGill-Toolen vs. Central-Phenix City –
http://bit.ly/1PNKHod

Hoover vs. Spain Park – http://bit.ly/1HPn51t

Class 6A
Opelika vs. Spanish Fort – http://bit.ly/1MxkPIO

Clay-Chalkville (12-0) vs. Minor (8-4) – link not available at this time
Class 5A
Alexandria vs. Russellville –
http://bit.ly/1kAmGWC

Class 3A
Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. T.R. Miller – http://bit.ly/212oiJ4