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Raycom’s AHSAA Super TV Network and NFHS Network to Stream All Super 7 Football Championships & Unified Game over NFHS Network

     MONTGOMERY – All seven AHSAA Super 7 state championship football games will be available to viewers across the state at a Raycom affiliate or over the affiliate’s Bounce Channel as well as over the internet at the NFHS Network and You Tube.  
      Michael White of the NFHS Network announced Wednesday that Raycom and the NFHS Network have reached an agreement to live-stream the championships on the internet over the NFHS Network subscriber-based national network. The Unified Game, a partnership of the AHSAA and Special Olympics Alabama, kicks off the week today at 3:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium with Baldwin County facing Vestavia Hills. The game is being produced by the Hillcrest High School’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program over the NFHS Network. The NFHS Network will pick up feeds from the Raycom broadcast for the seven championship games – beginning tonight with the Class 7A finals between defending champion Hoover (10-3) and McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0). The link for the Unified game is:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/hillcresttuscaloosa-high-school-tuscaloosa-al/0125064dce

The link for all other championship games is:

http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/tournament/alabama-fall-championships/football-al

    There is no Raycom station is located in Mobile, but viewers from that area will have several ways to view the championships. According to Raycom Producer Rich Michaelson of Broadview Media, Mobile viewers can get the Raycom broadcast over WKRG TV,  which carrying all games over its D-3 channel (My TV) –  including McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. Hoover tonight, St. Paul’s Episcopal vs. Briarwood Christian in the 5A finals on Thursday night, and UMS-Wright vs. Fayette County in the 4A finals Friday.
    WKRG’s My TV channel can be found on the following Mobile area cable networks:
Comcast – Channel 177
Cox – Channel 699
Mediacom – Channel 81

   Cable channels showing the Super 7 Championships can be accessed for any community in the state by going to: http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/ and clicking on “Where to Watch.”

Live video-streaming of all seven championship games can also be accessed on You Tube. The links can be found at http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/


Community Volunteers Embrace Super 7 to Make Special Memories for Teams, Fans


 

December 5, 2017

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mike Perrin | 205-969-1331 | 205-540-7721 | mike@dcwins.com

 

Community Volunteers Embrace Super 7  

to Make Special Memories for Teams, Fans

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Once the Alabama High School Athletic Association Super 7 State Football Championships begin on Wednesday, it will be easy for fans to spot their favorite team. The team most responsible for the success of the event may not be quite as conspicuous, but it has been putting in extra hours making memories from three days at Bryant-Denny Stadium last a lifetime.

 

“The volunteers that each community provide for our championship events are the foundation of the event,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Without those volunteers, we could not provide the quality event we do. We have so many people who give of their time to give back to the community.”

 

The long tradition of community support for AHSAA championship events began in Birmingham when the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the Birmingham Tipoff Club got involved in the football and basketball championships decades ago. Now, with the football championships rotating between Tuscaloosa and Auburn, those communities and universities have taken up the mantle and taken it to a new level.

 

According to the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports staff, there will be 434 volunteers working more than 1,700 hours during Super 7 week.

 

“Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports values our community partnerships above all else,” said Don Staley, the CEO and president of the tourism group. “Nothing is more vital to the success of our events than the selfless commitment of all those involved.”

 

Volunteers work as team hosts, selling and taking tickets at the gates, providing suite hospitality and staffing the press box. There are 62 volunteers per shift.

 

“I am a team host and having been doing this since 2009,” said Richard Powell, staff civil engineer at the University of Alabama. “My role is to coordinate everything that the team needs while in Tuscaloosa, which includes making sure that their hotel is ready for them when they arrive, restaurants can accommodate them, they have a place to have a walk-through or practice if needed and whatever else they need.”

 

It’s not just people who provide the vital support necessary to make the Super 7 a success. The universities and business community are critical partners.

 

“Both universities embrace our event,” Savarese said. “They treat us just like it’s any college football game that they’re hosting. It’s the most humbling experience I’ve been part of. It’s been such a great experience to watch Auburn and Alabama, who compete at the highest level, work together in the same fashion. It’s been a tremendous experience and I’ve gained a tremendous respect for both universities because of their commitment, their selflessness and their service to our member schools.”

 

Max Karrh, a senior vice president at Bryant Bank, said the finance professionals enjoy sharing their expertise – and getting out to the stadium. “Bryant Bank is proud to provide Super 7 volunteers each time it rolls around to Tuscaloosa,” he said. “With about 10 bankers, we have the fun opportunity to engage with, and welcome, the guests by helping sell tickets at the front gate. As a bank, we can lend our expertise and experience of handling cash properly and securely to enhance this statewide event that is a huge economic boost to Tuscaloosa. It’s a win-win situation for all involved!”

 

The teams involved in the Super 7 recognize how volunteers make the event run as smoothly as possible. The volunteers know how important their efforts are to the community and the participants, but they also get something extra from giving their time.

 

“I volunteer because I feel like it is vital to help people in need, which I feel is a worthwhile cause, while helping the community and hopefully making it a better place,” Powell said. “I believe that volunteering is a two-way street. It benefits the individual as much as it benefits the organization that you are helping. I believe that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience. Volunteering allows me to connect with others that, in turn, brings fun and fulfillment to my life.

 

“This experience has allowed me to make new friends, and has expanded my network by exposing me to people with common interests,” he said. “Finally, I enjoy volunteering because it allows me to establish strong relationships, it is good for society and it gives me a sense of purpose.”

 

Savarese pointed out a monetary benefit of having such an outpouring of community support at the Super 7 venues. “Because of our volunteers, we’re able to give back to our schools with guarantees for playing in the playoffs,” he said. “Whether they have five fans or 5,000 – they are going to get a guarantee because of the universities’ commitment to the event and the communities’ commitment. It lowers our expenses and we’re able to do more for our member schools.”

 

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The Alabama High School Athletic Association, founded in 1921, is a private agency organized by its member schools to control and promote their athletic programs. The purpose of the AHSAA is to regulate, coordinate and promote the interscholastic athletic programs among its member schools, which include public, private and parochial institutions. 


Raycom’s AHSAA Super TV Network Telecasts Being Made Available in Mobile at WKRG TV Digital Channel

     MONTGOMERY – All seven AHSAA Super 7 state championship football games will be available to viewers across the state at a Raycom affiliate or over the affiliate’s Bounce Channel and over the internet on You Tube by live video-stream. There is no Raycom station is located in Mobile, but viewers from that area will have several ways to view the championships.
    According to Raycom Producer Rich Michaelson of Broadview Media, WKRG TV, over its D-3 channel (My TV), is carrying all games live – including McGill-Toolen Catholic vs. Hoover in the 7A state finals Wednesday night; St. Paul’s Episcopal vs. Briarwood Christian in the 5A finals on Thursday night; and UMS-Wright vs. Fayette County in the 4A finals Friday.
    WKRG’s My TV channel can be found on the following Mobile area cable networks:
Comcast – Channel 177
Cox – Channel 699
Mediacom – Channel 81

Cable channels showing the Super 7 Championships can be accessed for any community in the state by going to: http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/ and clicking on “Where to Watch.”

Live video-streaming of all seven championship games can be accessed at the following You Tube links:

·         McGill-Toolen v. Hoover 7A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/_9vMLkhGHtY

·         Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Randolph Co 3A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/8RJGu0b_UTU

·         Sweet Water vs. Pickens County 1A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/zFt_J6Bny0w

·         Briarwood Christian vs. St. Paul’s Ep 5A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/vWqD_ARIe2Q

·         Fayette County vs. UMS-Wright 4A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/rLHYuWbdRKA

·         Lanett vs. Leroy 2A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/cscyiyPmfoY

·         Wetumpka vs. Pinson Valley 6A
Direct Link: https://youtu.be/9RSiT5QWMs0

Baldwin County vs. Vestavia Hills (Unifed Game)
Direct Link: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/hillcresttuscaloosa-high-school-tuscaloosa-al/0125064dce

Raycom Media schedule and main channel AHSAA Super 7 Football telecast Dec. 6-8

        MONTGOMERY – Raycom Media is pleased to announce the TV schedule for the 2017 AHSAA Super 7 Football games to be televised live and web-streamed from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this week. Raycom announced today the slate of games airing December 6-8 from Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa.  As an AHSAA TV Partner the live broadcast of the Super 7 championships game will are available on 5 Raycom affiliates in-state WAFF, WBRC, WSFA, WTVM, WDFX and WKRG Dot 3 in Mobile many on main channels in their markets. The games will be either on Raycom’s Bounce channel or main channel. Check the chart below for more details. The AHSAA/Special Olympics Alabama Unified Game, which is being produced by Brent Jones and the Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School’s NFHS Network School Broadcast Program,  will also be free to all viewers over the NFHS Network. Go to http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/explore/upcoming/school/79b4a0a4a9 for more information. The link for the game should be uploaded by the end of the day Tuesday.

 

 

Wednesday

Main

Bounce

Stream

Wednesday 12/6 7:00 PM

McGill-Toolen v. Hoover

7A

WTVM
WKRG - Mobile
Comcast - 177
Cox - 699
Mediacom - 81

x

x

Thursday

 

 

 

Thursday 12/7 11:00 AM

Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Randolph Co

3A

WAFF

 

x

Thursday 12/7 3:00 PM

Sweet Water vs. Pickens Co.

1A

x

x

Thursday 12/7 7:00 PM

Briarwood Christian vs. St. Paul’s Ep

5A

 

x

x

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 12/8 11:00 AM

Fayette County vs. UMS-Wright

4A

WBRC

 

x

Friday 12/8 3:00 PM

Lanett vs. Leroy

2A

WDFX

x

Friday 12/8 7:00 PM

Wetumpka vs. Pinson Valley

6A

WSFA

x

 


McGill-Toolen v. Hoover 7A

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/_9vMLkhGHtY


Hillcrest-Evergreen vs. Randolph Co 3A

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/8RJGu0b_UTU


Sweet Water vs. Pickens County 1A

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/zFt_J6Bny0w


Briarwood Christian vs. St. Paul’s Ep 5A

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/vWqD_ARIe2Q


Fayette County vs. UMS-Wright 4A

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/rLHYuWbdRKA


Lanett vs. Leroy 2A

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/cscyiyPmfoY


Wetumpka vs. Pinson Valley 6A

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/9RSiT5QWMs0



This event is sure to be a special time for high school teams and their communities in the recognition for their yearlong achievements. We look forward to giving the fans and families of these schools a great production and a memory of this event that will last a lifetime.

 

Viewers can go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more information and channel schedule for the games airing in your area.

Tickets can be purchased on line. For ticket information, go to: https://gofan.co/app/school/AHSAA/Super7


Second Round Set for Nov. 17 Class 2A, Region 5 and Class 4A Region 5 Sweep First-Round Games to Advance in AHSAA Playoffs

       MONTGOMERY – Two regions saw all four playoff qualifiers sweep in the first round of 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs this week. Class 2A, Region 5 and Class 4A, Region 5 advanced four teams each to the second round set for Friday, Nov. 17.
     A total of 52 games are slated for round two with Classes 1A through 6A featuring eight games each and Class 7A hosting four contests.
     Class 2A Region 5 champion Lanett (11-0) beat Tanner 41-9, second seed LaFayette (9-2) downed Cleveland 33-19, third seed Reeltown (7-4) topped Region 7 second seed Falkville 17-13 and fourth seed Ranburne (5-6) defeated Region 7 top seed Tarrant 28-12 in first-round action. Next week, Lanett will host Sand Rock (9-2), Lafayette travels to defending state champion Fyffe (11-0), Reeltown hosts Sulligent (10-1) and Ranburne will be at home against Lamar County (7-4).
    Class 4A, Region 5 champion Saks (11-0) downed Westminster Christian 42-21, second seed Jacksonville (8-3) beat Randolph 43-13, third seed Hokes Bluff (9-2) defeated Region 7 runner-up Madison Academy 12-10, and fourth seed Cherokee County (5-6) stopped Region 7 champion Sardis 21-14. Match-ups in round two have Saks at home against Dora (9-2), Jacksonville on the road at Fayette County (9-2), Hokes Bluff at home versus Rogers (11-0) and Cherokee County also at home to face Wilson (10-1).
     Six defending state champions advanced to the second round: Class 1A Maplesville (10-0); Class 2A Fyffe (11-0); Class 3A Piedmont (10-1); Class 5A Beauregard (9-1); Class 6A Ramsay (7-4); and Class 7A Hoover (8-3). Maplesville overcame a 28-28 halftime deadlock to beat Linden 49-28 for the Red Devils’ 33rd win in s row. Fyffe downed Sheffield 48-0 on Thursday for the school’s 500th win overall. The Red Devils also won their 21st game in a row upping the school’s all-time mark to 500-295-13 since starting football in 1933. Piedmont beat Geraldine 26-6 for the Bulldogs’ 10th straight win. Beauregard kicked a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds to beat Greenville 24-21 and extended the Hornets’ current win streak to nine. Ramsay blanked Cullman 14-0 and Hoover snapped a two-game losing streak with 49-7 victory over Sparkman.
    All 18 teams heading into the playoffs unbeaten posted first-round wins: (Class 1A) Georgiana (11-0); Lynn (11-0); Maplesville (10-0); Wadley (10-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (11-0); Lanett (11-0); (Class 3A) Fultondale (11-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (11-0); Saks (11-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (11-0); Carroll (11-0); (Class 6A) Austin (11-0); Oxford (11-0); Pinson Valley (11-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (10-0); Hewitt-Trussville (11-0); McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0); and Thompson (11-0).
    The 2017 state playoffs will culminate with the Super 7 State Championships on the University of Alabama campus at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 6-7-8.
     Raycom Media, which plans to televise one playoff game over the first four playoff rounds, broadcast McGill-Toolen’s 35-14 win over Jeff Davis at Mobile in round one. Raycom will announce its round-two Raycom Game of the Week Monday.  The NFHS Network also plans to live-video stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. A special NFHS Network crew headed by veteran broadcaster Jerry Young will feature Talladega County Central at defending Class 1A state champion Maplesville Friday in the NFHS Network Game of the Week.
    A complete radio, TV and internet broadcast log of approved AHSAA playoff broadcasts will be posted by Wednesday at www.ahsaa.com.

AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
Second-Round Pairings

CLASS 1A
Isabella (10-1) at Wadley (10-0)
Marengo (8-3) at Georgiana (11-0)
Talladega County Central (7-3) at Maplesville (10-0)
Brantley (8-3) at Sweet Water (9-1)

Addison (9-2) at Hackleburg (10-1)
South Lamar (8-3) at Cedar Bluff (8-3)
Cherokee (8-3) at Lynn (11-0)
Spring Garden (8-3) at Pickens County (9-2), Reform

CLASS 2A
Luverne (9-2) at Aliceville (6-4)
Leroy (9-2) at Ariton (10-1)
Thorsby (8-2) at Goshen
Abbeville (9-2) at St. Luke’s Episcopal (9-1), Mobile

Sulligent (10-1) at Reeltown (7-4)
LaFayette (9-2) at Fyffe (11-0)
Lamar County (7-4) at Ranburne (5-6)
Sand Rock (9-2) at Lanett (11-0)

CLASS 3A
Gordo (10-1) at Mobile Christian (8-3)
Clarke County (9-2) at Wicksburg (10-1)
American Christian (8-3) at Montgomery Academy (9-2)
Hillcrest-Evergreen (10-1) at Oakman (8-3)

Sylvania (10-1) at West Morgan (10-1)
Randolph County (10-1) at Fultondale (11-0)
Colbert Heights (10-1) at Weaver (7-4)
J.B. Pennington (9-2) at Piedmont (10-1)

CLASS 4A
Tallassee (10-1) at Bibb County (10-1), Centreville
UMS-Wright (9-2) at Montgomery Catholic (10-1)
W.S. Neal (6-5) at Alabama Christian (9-2), Montgomery
Saint James (8-3) at Andalusia (10-1)

Rogers (11-0) at Hokes Bluff (9-2)
Jacksonville (8-3) at Fayette County (9-2), Fayette
Wilson (10-1) at Cherokee County (5-6), Centre
Dora (9-2) at Saks (11-0), Anniston

CLASS 5A
Calera (7-4) at Beauregard (9-1)
St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-1) at Carroll (11-0), Ozark
Central-Clay County (8-3) at Demopolis (9-2)
Eufaula (9-2) at Vigor (8-3), Prichard

Mae Jemison (10-1) at St. Clair County (8-3), Odenville
Wenonah (9-1) at Mortimer Jordan (9-2), Kimberly
Brooks (8-2) at Etowah (10-1), Attalla
Briarwood Christian (11-0) at Lee-Huntsville (8-3)

CLASS 6A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-3) at Saraland (8-3)
Park Crossing (10-1) at Opelika (8-3)
Wetumpka (10-1) at Carver-Montgomery (5-6)
Sidney Lanier (10-1) at Spanish Fort (10-1)

Austin (11-0) at Shades Valley (8-3), Irondale
Ramsay (6-5) at Pinson Valley (11-0)
Muscle Shoals (9-2) at Oxford (11-0)
Clay-Chalkville (9-2) at Homewood (10-1)

CLASS 7A
Auburn (10-1) at McGill-Toolen Catholic (11-0), Mobile
Lee-Montgomery (7-3) at Central-Phenix City (10-0)

Mountain Brook (8-3) at Thompson (11-0), Alabaster
Hoover (8-3) at Hewitt-Trussville (11-0)

Veterans to be Recognized at All Games 17 Unbeaten Teams Head into First Round Of AHSAA State Football Playoffs Nov. 9-10

     MONTGOMERY – Six of the seven defending state football champions and 18 unbeaten teams advanced to the first round of the 2017 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Football Playoffs. First-round games are scheduled for Nov. 9 and Nov. 10.
     The first round of the playoffs was set Saturday morning at the AHSAA Coaches’ Playoff A total of 28 games are being scheduled for Thursday night, Nov. 9. The remaining 72 games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10.  Several schools will be closed Friday in observation of Veterans Day which prompted the Central Board to approve Thursday games next week.
   The AHSAA is asking all host schools to have a program honoring veterans prior to the playoff contest at each stadium in the first round. Instructions have been provided to each host school to assist them in honoring the veterans during a special pre-game program. All games are set to kick off at 7 p.m. 
     The seven defending state champions include Class 1A Maplesville (9-0); Class 2A Fyffe (10-0); Class 3A Piedmont (9-1); Class 5A Beauregard (8-1); Class 6A Ramsay (6-4); and Class 7A Hoover (7-3). Handley, the 2016 state champion, did not reach the state playoffs this season.
      Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Georgiana (10-0); Lynn (10-0); Maplesville (9-0); Wadley (9-0); (Class 2A) Fyffe (10-0); Lanett (10-0); (Class 3A) Fultondale (10-0); (Class 4A) Rogers (10-0); Saks (10-0); Class 5A: Briarwood Christian (10-0); Carroll (10-0); (Class 6A) Austin (10-0); Oxford (10-0); Pinson Valley (10-0); (Class 7A) Central-Phenix City (9-0); Hewitt-Trussville (10-0); McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0); and Thompson (10-0).
      Class 3A Colbert County, the fourth qualifier from Region 8, is making its 41st appearance in the 51 years of the AHSAA playoffs, which started in 1967. That is the most of any member school. Sweet Water (1A) is making its 38th appearance while Fyffe (2A), Brantley (1A), Thomasville (4A) and Oxford (6A) have now reached the playoffs 37 times. Class 2A Mars Hill Bible (7-3) is making its first appearance.
    This week’s games kick off the state playoffs which will culminate with the 2017 Super 7 State Championships on the University of Alabama campus at Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 6-7-8. Class 7A.
    JEFF DAVIS AT McGILL-TOOLEN IN RAYCOM MEDIA PLAYOFF GAME OF THE WEEK: Raycom Media, which plans to televise one playoff game over the five playoff rounds, announced Saturday the Class 7A first-round battle between Jeff Davis and McGill-Toolen Catholic at Lipscomb Athletic Complex in Mobile Friday night will be the first-round Raycom Game of the Week.  The NFHS Network also plans to live-stream several games produced by member schools belonging to the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program. Those games will be announced early next week and will be listed at www.nfhsnetwork.net.

AHSAA 2017 Football Playoffs
First-round Pairings
(All games Nov. 10 unless otherwise noted)

CLASS 1A
 Millry (5-5) at  Isabella (9-1)
 Pleasant Home (5-5) at  Wadley (9-0)
 Highland Home (7-3) at  Marengo (7-3), Dixons Mills, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Winterboro (5-5) at  Georgiana (10-0)

 Houston County (8-2) at  Talladega County Central (6-3)
 Linden (7-3) at  Maplesville (9-0)
 Ragland (5-5) at  Brantley (7-3)
 Notasulga (5-5) at  Sweet Water 8-1)

 Hubbertville (3-6) at  Addison (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Woodville (5-5) at  Hackleburg (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Decatur Heritage (8-2) at  South Lamar (7-3), Millport
 Waterloo (4-5) at  Cedar Bluff (6-3), Thursday, Nov. 9

 Coosa Christian (4-6) at  Cherokee (7-3), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Holy Spirit Catholic (4-6) at  Lynn (10-0)
 Phillips (6-4) at  Spring Garden (6-3)
 Meek (7-3) at  Pickens County (8-2), Reform

CLASS 2A
 J.U. Blacksher (6-4) at  Luverne (9-2)
 Samson (4-6) at  Aliceville (6-4)
 Elba (8-2) at  Leroy (8-2)
 R.C. Hatch (4-6) at  Ariton (9-1)

 Geneva County (6-4) at  Thorsby (7-2)
 Southern Choctaw (4-5) at  Goshen (9-1)
 Keith (6-4) at  Abbeville (8-2)
 New Brockton (5-5) at  St. Luke’s Episcopal (8-1), Mobile, Baker High School

 Reeltown (6-4) at  Falkville (7-3)
 Westbrook Christian (5-5) at  Sulligent (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Cleveland (7-3) at  LaFayette (8-2)
 Sheffield (4-6) at  Fyffe (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9

 Ider (6-4) at  Lamar County (6-4), Vernon
 Ranburne (4-6) at  Tarrant (7-2), Center Point High School, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Mars Hill Bible (7-3) at  Sand Rock (8-2)
 Tanner (3-7) at  Lanett (10-0)


CLASS 3A
 Mobile Christian (7-3) at  Pike County (8-2), Brundidge
 Providence Christian (6-4)at  Gordo (9-1)
 Southside-Selma (7-3) at  Clarke County (8-2), Grove Hill
 Midfield (4-5) at  Wicksburg (9-1)

 Slocomb (5-5) at  American Christian (7-3), Tuscaloosa
 Bayside Academy (5-5) at  Montgomery Academy (8-2)
 Oakman (7-3) at  Daleville (6-4), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Prattville Christian (3-7) at  Hillcrest-Evergreen (9-1)

 Ohatchee (8-2) at  Sylvania (9-1)
 Holly Pond (7-3) at  West Morgan  (9-1), Trinity, Thursday, Nov. 9
 North Sand Mountain (8-2) at  Randolph County (9-1), Wedowee, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Colbert County (6-4) at  Fultondale (10-0)

 Locust Fork (4-6) at  Colbert Heights (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Weaver (6-4) at  Plainview (9-1), Rainsville
 Lauderdale County (6-4)  at  J.B. Pennington (8-2), Blountsville, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Geraldine (4-6) at  Piedmont (9-1)

 CLASS 4A
 Thomasville (7-3) at  Tallassee (9-1)
 Dale County (7-3) at  Bibb County (9-1), Centreville
 Leeds (7-3) at  UMS-Wright (8-2), Mobile
 Sipsey Valley (4-6) at  Montgomery Catholic (9-1)

 Alabama Christian (8-2) at  Northside (9-1), Samantha
 W.S. Neal (5-5) at  Munford (9-1)
 West Blocton (6-4) at  Saint James (7-3), Montgomery
 Childersburg (5-5) at  Andalusia (9-1)

 Hokes Bluff (8-2) at  Madison Academy (7-3)
 Haleyville (4-6) at  Rogers (10-0)
 Randolph (6-4) at  Jacksonville (7-3)
 West Limestone (4-6) at  Fayette County (8-2), Fayette, Thursday, Nov. 9

 Cordova (4-6) at  Wilson (9-1)
 Cherokee County (4-6) at  Sardis (7-3)
 Deshler (7-3) at  Dora (8-2)
 Westminster Christian (6-4) at  Saks (10-0), Anniston

 CLASS 5A
 Jackson (5-4) at  Calera (6-4)
 Greenville (5-4) at  Beauregard (8-1)
 Marbury (5-5) at  St. Paul’s Episcopal (9-1), Mobile
 Talladega (6-4) at  Carroll (10-0), Ozark

 Charles Henderson (6-4) at  Central-Clay County (7-3)
 Williamson (7-3) at  Demopolis (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Sylacauga (8-2) at  Eufaula (8-2), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Jemison (5-5) at  Vigor (7-3), Prichard Memorial Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 9

 St. Clair County (7-3) at  Guntersville (9-1), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Corner (5-5) at  Mae Jemison (9-1), Huntsville, Milton Frank Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Alexandria (8-2) at  Wenonah (8-1), Birmingham, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Lawrence County (5-5) at  Mortimer Jordan (8-2), Kimberly, Thursday, Nov. 9

 West Point (6-4) at  Brooks (7-2), Killen, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Pleasant Grove (5-5) at  Etowah (9-1), Attalla, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Lee-Huntsville (7-3) at  Hayden (5-5), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Crossville (4-6) at  Briarwood Christian (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9

CLASS 6A
 Saraland (7-3) at  Benjamin Russell (7-3), Alexander City
 Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at  Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
 Opelika (7-3) at  Daphne (8-2)
 Bessemer City (4-6) at  Park Crossing (9-1), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl

 Carver-Montgomery (4-6) at  McAdory (6-4), McCalla
 Blount (6-4) at  Wetumpka (9-1)
 Paul Bryant (6-4) at  Sidney Lanier (9-1), Montgomery, Cramton Bowl, Thursday, Nov. 9
 Pelham (5-5) at  Spanish Fort (9-1)

 Shades Valley (7-3) at  Pell City (6-4), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Carver-Birmingham (7-3) at  Austin (10-0), Decatur, Shorty Ogle Stadium
 Cullman (7-3) at  Ramsay (6-4), Birmingham, Huffman Stadium
 Florence (4-6) at  Pinson Valley (10-0)

 Gardendale (6-4) at  Muscle Shoals (8-2)
 Hueytown (5-5) at  Oxford (10-0), Thursday, Nov. 9
 Athens (5-5) at  Clay-Chalkville (8-2)
 Fort Payne (6-4) at  Homewood (9-1)

CLASS 7A
 Davidson (7-3) at  Auburn (9-1)
 Jeff Davis (5-5) at  McGill-Toolen Catholic (10-0), Mobile, Libscomb Complex
 Lee-Montgomery (6-3) at  Fairhope (8-2)
 Theodore (6-4) at  Central-Phenix City (9-0)

 Mountain Brook (7-3) at  Bob Jones (7-3), Madison City Stadium
 Huntsville (6-4) at  Thompson (10-0), Alabaster
 Sparkman (7-3) at  Hoover (7-3), Hoover Met Stadium
 Spain Park (6-4) at  Hewitt-Trussville (10-0)

Super 7 DVDs Now Available

    MONTGOMERY –  DVDs of the 2016 Super 7 state football championship games are now available for viewing and purchase. The may be accessed at www.nfhsnetwork.com/dvds .
    Instructions for purchase are at the same site. All seven championships are now uploaded.

AHSAA Super 7 Attendance Up at Auburn

    AUBURN – Attendance at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium for the 2016 AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships was up more than 4,000 over the 2015 Super 7 and up more than 8,000 over the 2014 Super 7, according to attendance figures released today.
    The total attendance for the three-day series was 49,353 with Friday’s total of 26,754 the big difference. The largest crowd of the seven championships was clearly the Opelika vs. Ramsay Class 6A finals Friday night.
    The total attendance for 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa was 45,229, and the 2014 attendance at Jordan-Hare was 41,255.

       

AHSAA Super 7 Attendance Figures

2014

2015

2016

Wednesday

11,112

11,786

10,032

Thursday

11,802

13,302

12,567

Friday

18,341

20,141

26,754

41,255

45,229

49,353


SUPER 7 CLASS 6A CHAMPIONSHIP

Ramsay 21, Opelika 16
   
AUBURN – Ramsay High School head football coach Rueben Nelson wasn’t even born the last time a Birmingham city school won an AHSAA state football championship.
    In fact, he was born the very year that football was discontinued at Ramsay, a school that had its first team in 1930, had its first unbeaten team in 1934, its last unbeaten team in 1941 and let the sport remain dormant for 36 years.
    In 2012, Nelson was asked to resurrect the sport at the school cradled in the shadow of the Vulcan statue located atop Red Mountain. Friday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Nelson coached the Rams to the Super 7 Class 6A state football championship.
     Talk about irony.
     The Rams (13-2), with left-handed senior quarterback Baniko Harley leading the team, took control of the 2016 Super 7 championship game finale in the first half and then held on at the end to beat Opelika 21-16. Harley rushed for 158 yards on 21 carries and was 8-of-18 passing for 132 yards and two scores.
    Opelika (13-2), coached by Brian Blackmon, struck first when Weldrin Ford scored on a 1-yard run at 7:46 of the first quarter to cap a nine-play, 45-yard Bulldogs drive to take a 7-0 lead.
     On the next series, Harley ignited the Rams with a dazzling cross-the-field 69-yard run that set up the Rams’ first score – his 9-yard pass to Genori Parrish. The extra point was blocked and Ramsay trailed 7-6 at 5:53 of the quarter. Harley and Parrish hooked up in the second quarter at 5:22 with the 8-yard connection for the TD closing out a 12-play, 85-yard march.
     Ramsay got one more chance before the half and Joshua Horn kicked a 25-yard field goal to give Rams a 15-7 lead. The Rams defense recovered an Opelika fumble on the opening series of the third quarter and Harley turned it into six points with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kordell Jackson just 2½ minutes into the second half to take a 21-7 lead.
    Opelika, playing without starting quarterback J.D. Worth due to a first-half shoulder injury, marched 89 yards on 10 plays with sophomore quarterback Cade Blackmon at the throttles to cut the lead to 21-14 with 11:42 to play. Talik Jackson got the TD on a dazzling 40-yard run.
    The Bulldogs got another break with 5:13 left when the ball was snapped over the Ramsay punter’s head out of the end zone for a safety to cut the lead to 21-16. That good fortune turned around quickly, however, when Opelika fumbled the ball on the free kick return at the Ramsay 30-yard line and Deshaun Oliver recovered for the Rams.
     Oliver also converted a fourth-and-27 fake punt at the Rams’ 14-yard line earlier in the quarter when he told Harley, the punter, to pass him the ball instead of kicking. Harley did it and Oliver gained 29 yards to the 43 for a first down.

    The last five minutes turned out to be nail-biting as both teams battled to the end. Opelika, facing a fourth-and-1 at its own 40-yard line with just over a minute to play, came up short when Joshua Adams stopped Ford shy of the first-down mark. The Rams then ran out the clock.
   Ramsay finished with 403 total yards on 76 plays and Opelika had 254 on 57 plays.  Harley accounted for 290 yards with his passing and running. Teammate Thomas Hirabowski added 70 yards rushing on nine carries. Parrish finished with three catches for 30 yards.
    Ford led Opelika with 97 yards rushing on 23 carries. Blackmon was 5-of-10 passing in the second half for 40 yards and Caleb Florence had four receptions for 34 yards. Punter Austen Blackmon had three kicks for a 40.7-yard average.
   Zachery Yancey had 14 tackles and four assists to lead Opelika’s defense. Jackson also had seven tackles and four assists.
    Kordell Jackson led Ramsay with six stops.
    It was the first state football crown in Ramsay history and just the third in Birmingham City Schools history since the playoffs began in 1966. Banks won back-to-back titles in 1972 and 1973. Opelika has now finished runner-up twice (2012 and 2016).


CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fyffe 28, Aliceville 0
    AUBURN – Fyffe High School used its pounding ball-control running game and a near-perfect defensive effort to down Aliceville 28-0 Friday afternoon to claim the Red Devils’ second Class 2A state football championship in the last three years.
    Coach Paul Benefield’s team won for the second time at Jordan-Hare Stadium – capturing the school’s first football title in 2014 on the Auburn campus. Fyffe was runner-up in 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
     Senior running back Dylan Kilpatrick closed out his prep career with 158 yards rushing on 25 carries and scored three of the Red Devils’ four touchdowns. He scored on runs of 17, 23 and 5 yards and was named MVP for the championship game.
    Fyffe (15-0) finished with 310 yards rushing on 58 rush attempts, had 21 first downs and kept the ball 28:55 of the 48 minutes. The Red Devils also were 7-of-11 on third-down conversions and succeed on their only fourth-down conversion.  The defense, anchored by Silas Hicks’ six tackles and four each by Dakota Dalton and Anthony Hilley, limited Aliceville (13-2) to just five first downs, 83 yards rushing and 105 yards total offense in the shutout. Brant Rowell also had an interception.
        Payton Anderson added 53 yards rushing for Fyffe and Seth Benefield had 51 on 11 tries. Anderson scored the game’s other TD on a 1-yard run in the second quarter that capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive that ate more than four minutes of the clock. The last scoring drive of the night took 5:53 and covered 80 yards on 12 plays. It started in the third period and ended with 8:20 remaining. Will Mashburn also kicked an important 40-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half to put Fyffe up 16-0 at intermission.
      Kilpatrick finished the season with 2,411 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns on 234 carries. He had 2,512 yards and 36 TDs as a junior and 1,137 yards and 18 scores as a sophomore.
    Deonte Taylor’s 45 yards rushing on six carries led Coach Rico Anderson’s Yellow Jackets’ offensive effort. Demontez Hinton added 31 yards on nine carries. Darien Spencer and Malik Bonner led the defense with nine tackles each. Jamar Richardson had eight.
    Fyffe outscored opponents 700-113 with the championship game win the Red Devils’ sixth shutout of the season. Aliceville scored 620 points on the year.