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Alabama Scores On Final Play To Extend Streak To 7 In Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Series

Game Stats

    Alabama wide receiver Justin Johnson of Hoover came down with perhaps the most dramatic catch in the 28-year Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game series Saturday on the last play of the game to score the game-winning touchdown in the 36-30 win.
    With the game at Cramton Bowl tied at 30 all with 12 seconds remaining and Alabama at the Mississippi 30-yard line, quarterback Tyler Cameron of Foley fired deep into the left corner of the end zone and Johnson, a 6—foot-4 receiver, leaped high to wrestle the ball into his arms from a Mississippi defender for the spectacular TD.
     The play climaxed an incredible comeback by the Alabama All-Stars, now 21-7 in the series and a perfect 4-0 in the game played at Cramton Bowl.  Coach Jamey DuBose of Central-Phenix City, Alabama’s head coach, saw his team trailing 28-10 late in the first half before the offense finally got on track.
     Sparked by the hard running of Madison Academy running back Kerryon Johnson, Alabama took a 30-28 lead with 7:44 left in the third quarter when St. James tight end Jalen Harris caught a 7-yard TD pass from Mountain Brook quarterback Jacob Carroll.  Johnson, who earned Alabama team MVP honors with 130 yards rushing and three touchdowns, scored on runs of 11 and 7 yards in the second quarter and capped a 10-play, 80-yard march in the third period with a 5-yard score to pull his team to within four at 28-24.
     Mississippi, coached by Starkville’s Jamie Mitchell, came out clicking on all cylinders in the first half as Starkville quarterback Brady Davis completed his first 12 passes to help the visitors post four first-half touchdowns, a Mississippi record in 28-year history of the series.  Davis connected with his own high school teammate Raphael Leonard for two touchdowns in the first quarter. Leonard made great grabs for 28 yards and 11 yards to put Mississippi up 14-3. Leonard finished with five catches for 59 yards to earn Mississippi MVP honors.  Davis, who was just 1-of-12 over his last dozen passes, finished 13-of-24 for 158 yards and three scores. Terance Davis, an Ole Miss early basketball signee from Southaven, was the game’s leading receiver with seven receptions for 104 yards and a 23-yard TD from Davis late in the first half. Linebacker Johnathan Abram of East Marion also raced 44 yards with an interception for Mississippi’s final touchdown of the first half.
      Alabama, which led 3-0 on Decatur kicker Rhett Morrison’s 31-yard field goal in the opening period,  gave up a safety with 3:22 remaining in the third quarter when Mississippi linebacker Fred Walls  of Olive Branch tackled Blount’s back Demetrice Vaughan in the end zone after the running back tried to scoop up an errant snap that had sailed past him past the goal line. The play erased Alabama’s first lead of the game and tied the game at 30-30.
    That is how it stood when Mississippi kicker Michael Godley tried a 46-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining that sailed short and wide left.
    Starting its final drive at the Alabama 30, the host team needed six plays to reach the end zone. Johnson had runs of 21 and 9 yards, Dale County’s Jamarrius Henderson streaked for a six-yard gain and DeSherrius Flowers of Vigor gained four yards to set up the final play.
    Alabama finished with a series-record 28 first downs, 240 yards rushing and 189 passing for 429 total yards. The 74 total offensive plays also set a new series record. Mississippi set the series record for passes attempted and completed with a 25-of-47 performance that netted 280 yards. The visitors managed only five net yards rushing on 17 attempts.
    Johnson’s 130 yards led all rushers. Vaughan had 38 on nine carries, Keith Mixon of Shades Valley added 29 on two carries with one long end round touchdown called back.  Henderson had 20 yards on six carries.   Cameron was 5-of-9  passing for 147 yards. Carroll was 5-of-12 for 42 yards. Each fired one TD pass.   Mixon also caught three passes for 90 yards and Johnson finished with 49 yards on three catches.
     Jamarius Smith of Meridian was 12-of-23 passing for 122 yards to go with Davis’ 158-yard, three-TD total for Mississippi.  
    Defensively, Michael Jackson of Parker had 11 tackles and one assist to pace Alabama.  Amon’te Caban of Smiths Station added seven stops and Melvin Tyus of Carver-Montgomery had five. Quandeski Whitlow of Opelika had three tackles for 15 yards in losses and Caban had three stops behind the line for seven yards in losses.
    Mississippi’s defensive leaders were Leo Lewis of Brookhaven, Jamal Paters of Bassfield and Ephraim Kitchen of South Panola each had seven tackles to pace Coach Jamie Mitchell’s defense.
    After 28 games in Alabama, the series will move to Mississippi next year with the game set to be played at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Prep All-Stars Finalize Game Plans For Saturday’s 28th Alabama-Mississippi Clash

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi all-star squads had their final practices Friday morning as coaching staffs for each squad put the finishing touches on Saturday’s game plans.
     The 28th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game will kick off at noon Saturday from Cramton Bowl. Raycom Network will televise the contest live over its affiliates in Mississippi and Alabama and will also live-stream the game over the world-wide web.
     Teams spent Friday afternoon working with the Salvation Army at its packaging operation in Montgomery and then attended a banquet at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex attended by parents, coaches and players.
      Honorary captains Ron Stallworth (Alabama) and Tyson Lee (Mississippi) each addressed the players at the dinner.
      Festivities continue Saturday morning at 8:30 at the Multiplex with a breakfast hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athlete, followed by a meet-and-greet session for fans and players on the field at Cramton Bowl from 10 to 11 a.m.
      Both head coaches, Alabama’s Jamey DuBose of Central-Phenix City and Mississippi’s Jamie Mitchell of Starkville, said the teams have had good workouts all week and are ready to play.
      THE SERIES: Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last six games in a row, including a 21-17 victory last year at Cramton Bowl. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988. The series was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with one game played at Troy University. Alabama also won six in a row from 1999-2004. Mississippi captured four in a row from 1992-1995.
    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
     Rosters for both teams can be found at:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
    TV/RADIO INFORMATION: Raycom Network will broadcast the game live over its affiliates in Alabama and Mississippi Saturday and will also live-stream the game at the following link:
http://www.myfoxal.com/category/279107/live-ahsaa-football?clienttype=generic. The TV affiliate list can be found at: http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/tv-channel-listings/
  The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the game live as well over its network. Links will be available on line at:
mixlr.com/ahsaaradio
    TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $10 each will be available at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/TicketInfo.aspx.


Stallworth, Lee To Serve as Honorary Captains All-Stars Have One Practice Remaining For Saturday’s 28th Alabama-Mississippi Game

MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi all-star squads went through two more practice sessions Thursday and Alabama head coach Jamey DuBose said his team is ready to play.
    “Our kids have come in ready to compete, have listened and adjusted to what we want them to do,”the Central-Phenix City head coach, said. “Now we just want to keep them healthy.”
     DuBose and two players, running back Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy and linebacker Keaton Anderson of Florence, joined Charlie Trotman and Doug Amos on their local radio show on remote at Cramton Bowl Thursday at lunch. Also on hand were Mississippi head coach Jamie Mitchell of Starkville and players Leo Lewis of Brookhaven and Terance Davis of Southaven.
    Anderson, an Alabama linebacker commitment, and Johnson, an Auburn running back commitment, both said this has been a fun week “and a chance to really get to know some of the other players across the state.” It also reunited Anderson with his former head coach DuBose, who coached at Florence from 2012-13.
     Lewis, a linebacker, is an Ole Miss football commitment while Davis, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver, signed a basketball scholarship during the November signing period with Ole Miss as well.
    Lewis said he hopes to be a teammate with Davis in college as well. “I hope he decides to play football too,” Lewis said.  Davis, who has played both sports since seventh grade, said the option may be possible.
    Mitchell had some strong views on the matter. “Terance has a lot of talent, and I don’t really understand why more schools didn’t recruit him for his football talents. I hope this game might help him have a chance to play both sports at the college level if he wants to.”
    The two teams practiced Thursday afternoon at Millbrook and then enjoyed the city’s hospitality by attending a low country boil provided for the teams.
    The players for both teams are scheduled to practice at Huntingdon College (Alabama) and Faulkner University (Mississippi) Friday morning, then spend Friday afternoon working with the Salvation Army in a service project.
    The week’s activities culminate Friday night at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex with the annual parent-player banquet.
     Scheduled to speak at the dinner are honorary captains Ron Stallworth (Alabama) and Tyson Lee (Mississippi). Stallworth, named the USA Today National Defensive Player of the year as a senior at Woodham High School in Pensacola (FL) in 1983, had an outstanding college career at Auburn and played for two years in the NFL with the New York Jets.  Currently working with Merrill Lynch, Stallworth has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes since his college days and has served on its state board of directors in Alabama.
    Lee attended Columbus (MS) High School and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class in 2006. He earned a football scholarship to Itawamba Community College and became the first player in Itawamba history  to earn pre-season all-American and academic All-American the same year. In the spring of 2008, Tyson walked-on the football team at Mississippi State University and earned a scholarship at the end of the spring semester. After graduating Cum Laude in the May of 2010 with a degree in education, Tyson enrolled in graduate school at Mississippi State and earned his master’s degree in sports administration in May of 2012. After graduate school, he moved to St. Louis and became a scouting assistant in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams before moving back to Starkville to work full time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
      Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last six games in a row, including a 21-17 victory last year at Cramton Bowl. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988. The series was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with one game played at Troy University.
    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
     Rosters for both teams can be found at:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
    TV/RADIO INFORMATION: Raycom Network 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. Links will be available on line at www.AHSAA.com.
    TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are $10 each will be available at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/TicketInfo.aspx
    Special ticket programs have been set up for schools interested in bringing their teams to Montgomery for the game. Schools may call 334-263-6994 for more details.

    A special Meet-and-Greet session on will be held at Cramton Bowl from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday following the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex at 8:30 p.m. 


All-Stars Continue Drills in Preparation For Saturday’s 28th Alabama-Mississippi Game

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi all-star squads went through two enthusiastic and brisk workouts Wednesday and have three practice sessions remaining for Saturday’s 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl. Kickoff is set for noon.
    Both squads appeared to be more familiar with each other in Wednesday’s workouts.
    “I have been very pleased with the players’ efforts and attitudes,” Alabama head coach Jamey DuBose said. “A lot of kids are standing out this week, especially (linebacker) Keaton Anderson and (running back) Kerryon Johnson.”

     Florence’s Anderson has committed to Alabama and Madison Academy’s Johnson has committed to Auburn. Both have proven versatile this week, DuBose said. 
    The day was culminated by former NFL quarterback Brodie Croyle’s address to the all-stars at a dinner held at Wynlakes Country Club.
      Croyle, one of the AHSAA’s most prolific passers in history, set state records at the time with 9,326 career yards passing and 105 career TD passes. He missed most of his senior season after suffering a season-ending leg injury in the first quarter of the first game that season. He also set the state record for TD passes in a season (44) and for yards passing in a game (528). Both marks have since been broken. He then played at Alabama where he passed for 6,382 career yards and 41 touchdowns. Drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by Kansas City, he spent four full seasons in the pros.
       The players for both teams are scheduled to practice at Huntingdon College (Alabama) and Faulkner University (Mississippi) Thursday morning, then both will work out at Millbrook Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m.. Both teams will then attend a Low Country Boil at Millbrook Thursday night. The final practice will be Friday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at the college locations. Both teams will then spend Friday afternoon working with the Salvation Army in a service project and will then attend a player-parent banquet at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex Friday night.
      Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last six games in a row including a 21-17 victory last year at Cramton Bowl. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988. The series was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with one game played at Troy University.
    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
     Rosters for both teams can be found at:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
    TV/RADIO INFORMATION: Raycom Network 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 its network. Links will be available on line at www.AHSAA.com.
    TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets are $10 each at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/TicketInfo.aspx
    Special ticket programs have been set up for schools interested in bringing their teams to Montgomery for the game. Schools may call 334-263-6994 for more details.

    A special Meet-and-Greet on will be held at Cramton Bowl from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday following the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast, which will be held at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex at 8:30 p.m.


Spanish Fort’s Marion Added to Alabama Roster For Saturday’s 28th Alabama-Mississippi Game

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama all-star squad made one roster change Tuesday as both teams went through two practice sessions in preparation for Saturday’s noon kickoff for the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game at Cramton Bowl.
    Central-Phenix City receiver Tra’veon Samuels was replaced by Spanish Fort’s Kevin Marion, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound end. Samuels had been rehabilitating a playoff injury and was not 100 percent. He plans to enroll at the University of Louisville in January.
     Marion caught 23 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns this season for Coach Mark Freeman’s Toros. He joins teammate Kristian Cotton, an original selection on the Alabama team. Cotton was impressive in both drills. He led Spanish Fort in receiving this past season, making 30 catches for 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns through 13 games.
       Alabama All-Star Coach Jamey DuBose was Samuels’ coach at Central.
       Reporting late Monday night was Hoover linebacker Darrell Williams. Mississippi also had one reporting late as well -- receiver Jordan Wright, who was at practice Tuesday.
       Alabama quarterbacks Jacob Carroll of Mountain Brook and Tyler Cameron of Foley each looked sharp during passing drills. Players and s       The players for both teams toured the Rosa Parks Museum in downtown Montgomery Tuesday night.
     Saturday’s all-star game is hosted by the AHSADCA in conjunction with the AHSAA and will be televised live by the Raycom Network over its affiliates in Mississippi and Alabama.
    Alabama will practice twice at Huntingdon College Wednesday and Mississippi twice at Faulkner University.
       Former University of Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle, who now works with his dad John Croyle at the Big Oak Ranch near Gadsden, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner for both teams Wednesday night at Wynlakes Country Club. 
      Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last six games, including a 21-17 victory last year at Cramton Bowl. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988. The series was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with one game played at Troy University.
     This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
     Rosters for both teams can be found at:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
    TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $10 each at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/TicketInfo.aspx
    Special ticket programs have been set up for schools interested in bringing their teams to Montgomery for the game. Schools may call 334-263-6994 for more details.


Players Report Monday For 28th Alabama-Mississippi Game

    MONTGOMERY – Mississippi All-Star head coach Jamie Mitchell of Starkville reported Monday with his 40-member squad excited and ready to begin preparations for Saturday’s 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Cramton Bowl.
    One coach and one player was to report Tuesday and one player was added to the Mississippi roster Monday, said Mitchell. Pearl High School Coach John Perry and all-star wide receiver Jordan Wright remained in Mississippi to attend a team function. Omr Bayless of Laurel, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior, was added to the Mississippi roster over the weekend and reported Monday with the team when it rolled into Montgomery for Saturday’s game.
     Kickoff is set for noon Saturday. The game is hosted by the AHSADCA in conjunction with the AHSAA and will be televised live by the Raycom Network over its affiliates in Mississippi and Alabama.
   Alabama head coach Jamey DuBose of Central-Phenix City and his staff welcomed 39 of 40 players selected Monday. Hoover linebacker Darrell Williams (6-3, 226) was expected to arrive late Monday night. Two of Williams’ teammates from the Class 7A 2014 state championship team did report earlier in the DAY – linebackers Christian Bell (6-4, 230) and Justin Johnson (6-4, 215).

    “We should have everyone on hand when we have our first practice,” DuBose said. “Everyone came in eager to get started.”
    Both squads toured the Hyundai Automobile Assembly Plant near Pintlala Monday night before settling into their rooms. First practice Tuesday is at 9 a.m. with Alabama running through drills at Huntingdon College and Mississippi practicing at Faulkner University. The teams are also scheduled to practice again at 2 p.m. The teams will visit the Rosa Parks Museum in downtown Montgomery Tuesday night. Former University of Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle is scheduled to address both teams at a dinner Wednesday night at Wynlakes Country Club. 
      Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last six games in a row including a 21-17 vicrory last year at Cramton Bowl. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988.
    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
     Rosters for both teams can be found at:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
    TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $10 each at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/TicketInfo.aspx
    Special ticket programs have been set up for schools interested in bringing their teams to Montgomery for the game. Call 334-263-6994 for more details.


Tickets are available on line - Vaughan, Tyus Added to Alabama All-Star Roster For Saturday’s Alabama-Mississippi Game

    MONTGOMERY – Two more players were added to the Alabama roster Sunday for the 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game set to be played at Cramton Bowl Saturday at noon. The players for both teams report Monday afternoon between 1 and 2 p.m. for the game set to kick off at noon next Saturday.
    Running back Demetrice Vaughan of Blount and defensive back Melvin Tyus of Carver-Montgomery were added to the 40-man roster for injured all-stars Nick Gibson of Pinson Valley and Dee Smith of Florence.  Running back Jamarius Henderson of Dale County was added last week.
    The game is hosted by the AHSADCA in conjunction with the AHSAA and will be televised live by the Raycom Network over its affiliates in Mississippi and Alabama.
    Alabama head coach Jamey DuBose of Central-Phenix City and his staff will begin preparations for the Dec. 13 after players check in Monday. Check-in time is set for 1 to 2 p.m. for both teams. Alabama players report to the Country Inn & Suites and Mississippi players report to Comfort Inn & Suites at Chantilly Parkway.  Teams will tour the Hyundai Plant Monday night and begin drills Tuesday morning. Alabama will practice at Huntingdon College and Mississippi at Faulkner University. Two practice sessions are planned Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Mississippi head coach is Jamie Mitchell of Starkville.
     The AHSAA Radio Network also plans to broadcast the game over its statewide network.
     Alabama’s All-Stars extended their winning streak to six games last December with a 21-17 win over Mississippi in the 27th  all-star game. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988.
    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
     Rosters for both teams can be found at:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
    TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $10 each at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/TicketInfo.aspx
    Special ticket programs have been set up for schools interested in bringing their teams to Montgomery for the game. Call 334-263-6994 for more details.

 


Class 6A Championship

Game Stats


Clay-Chalkville 36, Saraland 31
   
Clay-Chalkville (15-0) closed out a perfect season Friday night with a hard-fought 36-31 win over Saraland (13-2) in the final game of the 2014 Super 7 State Football Championships at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
     Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars from Jefferson County needed every ounce of strength to pull the victory out in the fourth quarter of the Class 6A championship game.  Saraland had 24 more offensive plays than Clay-Chalkville, nine more first downs and totaled 522 yards.
      Coach Jeff Kelly’s Spartans also took the lead with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter, relinquished it briefly with 5:46 to play but regained the lead again with 3:19 to play.
      The Cougars never panicked, said Hood. Trailing 31-30 with time running out, 6A championship game MVP Ty Pigrome led Clay-Chalkville on a four-play, 69-yard drive running the final 47 yards for what turned out to be the game-winning score with 2:10 to play.
    And then the Clay defense, scrambling most of the night to try and slow down the high-powered offense directed by Saraland senior quarterback Chris Weaver, came up with just enough plays to stop the Spartans one last time taking over on downs with 20 seconds remaining at the Cougar’ 29-yard line.
     Pigrome had 14 carries for 101 yards and three touchdowns – scoring twice in the second quarter on runs of 1 and 3 yards to give Clay-Chalkville a 16-7 lead at halftime. He also was 15-of-20 passing for 255 yards and two scores – both coming at critical times in the second half.
     Weave, who was 16-of-28 passing for 232 yards and one TD, sparked a third-quarter comeback that put the Spartans ahead 24-16 with 4:11 left in the third period.
      Pigrome then did what he has done all season. He got his team into the end zone with an 18-yard pass to Nico Collins just under two minutes later to cut Saraland’s lead to 24-22.  He then connected with T.J. Simmons on a 79-yard pass play for a TD and got the 2-point conversion as the Cougars went ahead 30-24.
      Weaver took Saraland down the field quickly as well with Tyler Sims running 23 yards for the touchdown with 3:19 to tie the game and freshman back-up place-kicker Justin Harper kickd the go-ahead extra point to put the Spartans ahead 31-30 – setting up Pigrome’s final heroics.
       Clay finished with 155 yards rushing, 255 passing and 410 total yards. Saraland had 290 rushing, 232 passing and 522 total yards. Art Smith added 48 yards rushing on 13 carries for the Cougars. Simmons had five catches for 165 yards and Collins five for 65.   Patrick Millican also booted a 35-yard field goal. Pigrome finished the season accounting for 24 rushing touchdowns and passing for 36 – a total of 60 TDs on the year.
       Velus Jones had five catches for 77 yards and one TD for Saraland, a 52-yard strike one play after the Spartans recovered an onside kick to start the second half. Sean Long rushed for 154 yards on 18 carries, Sims had 76 on eight runs and Weaver finished with 62 on 18 carries.
      Defensively Jalen Dawson had nine solo tackles, Torrence Willis had seven solos and three assists and Jarrod Reedus had five tackles and seven assists. Skylar Mosley’s nine tackles pace Saraland.

2A State Championship

Game Stats

Fyffe 28, Elba 17

    The Fyffe Red Devils rallied from a 9-0 first-half deficit Friday to beat Elba 28-17 to claim the 2014 Super 7 Class 2A state football championship at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
     The state championship is the first for Fyffe in the AHSAA’s 49-year state-playoff history. It also closed out the Red Devils’ first 15-0 season and improved Coach Paul Benefield’s personal head-coaching tally to 227-50 overall and 182-39 in 18 seasons at the DeKalb County school.
    Elba (14-1), coached by Ed Rigby, took control early taking a 6-0 lead on Stefan Caldwell’s 1-yard run midway the first period. The Red Devils defense kept the Tigers out of the end zone early in the second quarter forcing Elba to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Caleb Martin.
    Fyffe put together an eight-play, 76-yard march later in the period with Dilan Kilpatrick clawing through the tough Elba defense for a 9-yard TD run. Russell Moses’ kick made it 9-7 with 5:41 left in the half.
    It was the Red Devils defense that came up with the big play again on Elba’s next possession. Forced to punt from its own 14-yard line, Christopher Collins slipped through to block the kick to give Fyffe the ball at the 18-yard line. Four plays later, quarterback William Mashburn bulled in for the touchdown from the 1 to give the Red Devils a 14-9 lead.
   Blake Edwards returned the next kickoff 54 yards for Elba to the Fyffe 39. The Tigers advanced to the Red Devils’ 4-yard line before Fyffe’s defense stopped the drive on downs with three seconds remaining until intermission.
    Running back Austin Stiefel opened the third quarter with a dazzling 63-yard touchdown run – breaking several tackles along the way to put Fyffe ahead 21-9. Stiefel, who had 74 rushing yards on nine carries in the first half, earned 2A Game MVP honors finishing with 170 yards on 14 rush attempts. The senior finished the season with 2,385 yards on 227 carries with 47 rushing touchdowns.
    Ramsey Rigby tossed a 13-yard TD pass to Blake Edwards later in the quarter to cut the Red Devils lead to 21-17.  Mashburn scored on a 1-yard sneak with 1:47 left to seal the win.
    Elba totaled 296 yards on 70 offensive plays with Caldwell gaining 111 yards on 18 rushes. Rigby, who completed 10-of-22 passes for 73 yards, also rushed 12 times for 55 yards. Edwards caught five passes for 39 yards and a score.
    Fyffe had just 43 total plays. Dilan Kilpatrick added 31 yards rushing to close out his season for Fyffe with 1,137 yards on 188 rush attempts. Mashburn was 4-of-6 passing for 81 yards with William Brown making a 33-yard catch and Dakota Newsome hauling in a 32-yard connection.  Newsome also had 13 tackles, Ryan Martin had nine and Collins had seven. Brown also made an interception.
    Michael Smith had seven tackles, Blake Edwards and Blake Johnson six each and Denel Thomas had five for Elba.
     The Red Devils finished the season with 751 points, third best in AHSAA history behind Demopolis’ 761 points in 2004 and Elba’s 752 in 2011.
           Fyffe also played in the state finals in 2007 and Elba won the state 2A title in 2011.  


Class 4A Championship

Game Stats

Leeds 30, Deshler 0
  
Leeds limited Deshler to 77 total yards Friday as the Green Wave captured the Class 4A state football championship with a 30-0 at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
    Coach Keith Etheredge’s team (14-1), which played in the 3A state finals in 2013 in the last year of the Super 6 Championships, moved up one class and never missed a beat rolling through the state playoffs with four shutouts in five games. The Green Wave outscored the five playoff opponents 208-14.
     Junior quarterback Tadarryl Marshall earned MVP honors rushing for 107 yards on 20 carries while completing 6-of-11 passes for 98 yards and a TD. None was more important than his 33-yard pass to Jermaine Johnson for the first score of the game early in the first period. Adam Brown caused a Deshler fumble that Leeds recovered, and on the next play Marshall and Johnson connected for the score.
     Leeds place-kicker Morgan Coston followed with field goals of  31 and 34 yards in the second period and a 37-yarder in the final quarter. Demontrez Clark also scored on a 65-yard interception return with 1:21 left in the first half to give the Green Wave a 20-0 lead.
     Tre’ Nation scored the final TD on a 4-yard run with 2:42 left in the game capping a 12-play, 77-yard march.
     Leeds linebacker De’Angelo Webster had seven tackles, including four that resulted in losses 26 yards in losses. Clark had five stops that included a sack resulting in an 11-yard Tigers loss.
    The Green Wave limited Deshler’s offense, which came into the contest with two 1,000-yard rushers, to just seven first downs and 77 total yards on 47 plays and forced eight punts.  Leeds had 296 total yards on 61 offensive snaps.
     Nation, a junior, gained 68 yards rushing on 17 carries and finished the season with 2,050 yards on the season with 27 TDs. Tyler Wright had 16 yards on six carries and totaled 1,415 yards and 15 touchdowns. Marshall closed out the season with 1,376 yards and 1,252 yards passing.  Jermaine Johnson had three catches for 71 yards.
    Coach Michael Statom’s Tigers (13-2) also played well defensively. J.D. Grissom had 11 tackles, LaDarrius LeShore nine and Taylor Ellison and Taj Bates eight each.   Quarterback Sam Howard had 14 carries for six net yards – suffering 53 yards in losses.  Terrance Byrd led with 18 yards on seven carries. Howard was also 4-of-22 passing for 41 yards and punted eight times for a 40.4 average.
   Leeds’ state title was the third in school history and also the third since 2008. Etheredge’s team opened the 2014 season with a non-region 27-24 win over 3A state champion Madison Academy.