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CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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


CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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


CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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

CLASS 7A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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