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Alabama Beats Mississippi 25-14 In 30th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game

   MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s All-Stars started and strong and finished even stronger to post a 25-14 come-from-behind victory over Mississippi in the 30th playing of the AHSAA Alabama-Mississippi All-Star High School Football All-Star Game Saturday at Cramton Bowl.
    Alabama improved to 22-8 in the game hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). The first 28 games were played in Alabama with last year’s game played at Hattiesburg (MS).
    Seniors comprised both teams’ 40-man rosters.
   UMS-Wright Coach Terry Curtis, who served as the Alabama head coach for the second time, improved to 2-0 as Alabama brought the Game Trophy back to Alabama. Mississippi snapped a seven-game Alabama winning streak in 2015 to win the game at Southern Miss.
     Alabama struck first when Lee-Montgomery’s Henry Ruggs III returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown – the longest kickoff return in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game’s 30-year history.
    Jake Lane of Park Crossing booted the extra point and Alabama led 7-0 just 15 seconds into the game.
    Lane added field goals of 38 and 32 yards in the seconds quarter as Alabama went into halftime leading 13-7.
    Mississippi’s only score of the first half came on a 9-yard run at 4:11 of the second quarter by Kylin Hill of Columbus to cap a 70-yard, 12 play drive.  Mississippi kept the ball for 14:29 of the 24 minutes, out-gaining Alabama 137 yards to 86.
    Kam White of Clinton picked off   a pass from McGill-Toolen quarterback Bubba Thompson early in the third period and raced untouched 49 yards for a touchdown and Mississippi place-kicker Connor McKay of Germantown booted the extra point to give Mississippi the lead 14-13.
   An intentional grounding penalty late in the third quarter moved Wayne County Coach Todd Mangum’s Mississippi All-Stars back to their own 8-yard line – and following a 31-yard punt, Alabama had great field position at the Mississippi 39 as the quarter came to an end.
Seven plays netted 17 yards and with 11:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lane kicked a 38-yard field goal, his third kick of the game, to give Alabama the lead for good 14-13.
   Mississippi took possession on its own 10 following the ensuing Lane kickoff and was pushed back to the 5 after Murphy defensive end Neil Farrell and Oxford linebacker Kenney Britt stopped Clinton running back Cam Akers for a five-yard loss on a short pass play on third down. On fourth down, the punt snap sailed over the punter’s head out of the end zone for a safety.
  Lane boomed a 60-yard punt when Alabama stalled on its next possession, and Jackson-Olin linebacker T.J. Moultry, who had nine tackles in the game, made perhaps his biggest play when he hustled to down the punt at the 1-yard line. The Alabama defense, led by Moultry and Spanish Fort linebacker Thomas Johnston, stopped Mississippi near mid-field on fourth down with 5:58 left and the offense responded with a six-play, 41-yard drive culminated with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa running back Brian Robinson scoring on a 13-yard run with 3:07 to play. Robinson, who had been held in check most of the game, had 28 yards on four carries in the drive to give Alabama its final 25-14 lead.
    Johnston, who finished his prep career as the AHSAA career tackles leader, was named Alabama’s game MVP. He had 16 tackles, including two clutch stops of Clinton’s talented Akers that stopped Mississippi drives.  Britt added 10 tackles and Moultry had one sack for an 11-yard loss among his nine stops. Jeff Davis defensive end Alec Jackson also had a fumble recovery and McAdory defensive back Malcolm Askew had an interception.
     Alabama had 179 yards total offense with Thompson completing 7-of-16 passes for 71 yards and Etowah’s Daulton Hyatt, 4-of-6 for 28 Yards.  Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville had four catches for 44 yards, and Ruggs added two catches for 21 yards to go with his 90-yard kickoff return. Lane, who was 3-of-4 on field goals and kicked all but one of his kickoffs into the end zone, also punted five times for a 44.8-yard average. Blount’s Kadarius Toney had two carries for 27 yards – a 38-yard scamper and an 11-yard loss on a reverse. Robinson finished with a net of 16 yards on eight carries and Terence Dunlap of Maplesville rushed for 17 yards on seven attempts.
    Mississippi had 229 total yards with game MVP Kylin Hill of Columbus leading all rushers with 91 yards and a TD on 18 carries. Akers had 65 yards on 19 carries. Myles Brennan of St. Stanislaus was 11-of-15 passing for 59 yards and Braden Smith of Northwest Rankin was 7-of-9 for 23 yards. Akers completed two passes, one for 38 yards to Jordan Murphy of Hattiesburg. Murphy had seven catches for 78 yards.
    Willie Gay of Starkville and J.J. Russell of Grenada had seven tackles each to lead Mississippi.

   

Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars Set for 30th Game Saturday

     MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi all-star squads went through two more practice sessions Thursday and one practice Friday morning as the high school seniors finalized  preparations for Saturday’s 30th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
    Kickoff is set for noon at Cramton Bowl.
    “We have had a great week,” said Alabama head coach Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright High School. “We are ready to go play the game Saturday, and the kids know how important that is. However, I think what is really important about this week are the relationships developed by the players and coaches.”
     Quarterbacks Bubba Thompson of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Daulton Hyatt of Etowah are set to lead the Alabama offense. Alabama owns a 21-8 edge in the series but comes into the game remembering last year’s 28-21 setback at Hattiesburg (MS) that ended Alabama’s most recent seven-game winning streak.
    Blount quarterback Kadarius Toney is also among a highly touted group of skill players on offense. The Florida commitment will be used at running back and wide receiver – joining a stellar group that includes running backs Terence Dunlap of Maplesville and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Brian Robinson. The receiving corps include Henry Ruggs III of Lee-Montgomery, Nico Collins of Clay-Chalkville, Marlon Williams of McGill-Toolen, Noah Igbinogthene of Hewitt-Trussville and Logan Arnold of Hazel Green.
    Place-kicker Jake Lane of Park Crossing also has been among the skill players impressing the Alabama coaches.
     A banquet attended by players and parents highlighted Friday’s schedule. Honorary captains Mitch Williams (Mississippi) and Kenny King (Alabama) spoke at the banquet held at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex, both issuing challenges to the players to stay focused on their goals as they move to the next chapter of their lives. King played in the 1999 game – the first time Curtis served as head coach.
     Gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday for a “Meet-the-Players” session at field level. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting a breakfast for the teams Saturday morning at 8:30.
   TV/RADIO INFORMATION: Raycom Media will broadcast the game live over its affiliates in Alabama and Mississippi Saturday and will also live-stream the game. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the game live as well over its network. More information is available on line at www.AHSAA.com.

Alabama Linebackers Catch Eye of All-Star Coach

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama All-Star head coach Terry Curtis praised the Alabama All-Stars’ linebacking corps Wednesday as the 40-member high school football team went through its third and fourth workouts in preparation for Saturday’s 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.
     Kickoff is set for noon Saturday with Raycom Media televising the game live over its Raycom affiliate stations in both states as well as in Memphis and Columbus (GA). The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the game live over its radio network Saturday.
    Curtis, the head coach at UMS-Wright in Mobile, said the players have really bought into their purpose.
    “We have several guys already committed, and you sometimes wonder how those guys will react at a game like this,” said Curtis. “These guys, all of them, really coming together as a team. I am proud of their effort and attentiveness. Their attitudes are just outstanding.”
      He also said it doesn’t take a football coach long to see just how talented and mature they are.
     “Our kids have been through four practices already. They haven’t gotten a lot rest. They are a little tired-legged but we will back some tomorrow with 90-minute practices. They are beginning to realize how they will be representing the AHSAA and the state on Saturday.”
    Among the linebackers are 2016 Class 7A state championship game MVP Kholbe Coleman of Hoover and the AHSAA’s career tackles leader Thomas Johnston of Spanish Fort. Add in Oxford’s Kenney Britt, an Auburn commitment, Buckhorn’s Will Ignont, who is heading to Tennessee, Jackson-Olin standout and Auburn commitment T.D. Moultry and Saint James’ Sterling Jones. “That’s six very good ones,” Curtis said.
    He also singled out the defensive backs, especially Jeff Davis’ Zyon Gilbert, Muscle Shoals’ Jordyn Peters, Florence’s J’Marick Woods and Enterprise’s Marcus Jones. “Marcus is small, but he is so quick,” Curtis said. “He will likely be our kick return man.”
    Pell City’s Kent Foster, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive and defensive lineman, joined the squad Tuesday night, replacing injured Hewitt-Trussville defensive lineman Christian Smith.
     Curtis also said the wide receivers have a lot of talent. “They are special,” he said.
     The head coach, who has been involved with the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game since its inception in 1988, said several of this year’s players – on both squads – have bright futures.
    “We will see and hear a lot from them at the next level,” he said.
TEAMS HEAR BOBBY HUMPHREY: The two all-star squads ate dinner at Wynlakes Country Club Wednesday night with former University of Alabama All-America running back Bobby Humphrey the keynote speaker. The 1989 AFC Rookie of the Year focused on what he calls the best advice he ever got: “Change is possible through a relationship with Christ.”
   Mississippi also announced that its honorary team captain is former WDAM TV sports director Mitchell Williams, now working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Hattiesburg area. Alabama’s honorary captain is Daphne head football coach Kenny King, a defensive star who played in the All-Star game in 1999. He had an outstanding college career at Alabama and in standout pro career with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.


Mississippi Adds 2, Alabama Adds 1 All-Star Squads Make Roster Adjustments

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi all-star teams made adjustments to their rosters Tuesday as practice got underway for Saturday’s 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Alabama’s squad added one player Tuesday and Mississippi added two.
     Kickoff is set for noon Saturday with Raycom Media televising the game live over its Raycom affiliate stations in both states as well as in Memphis and Columbus (GA). The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the game live over its radio network Saturday.
    Fullback/tight end Caleb Florence, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior who committed to Austin Peay University Monday, joined the squad Tuesday morning and went through both workouts. He replaced Jaylond Adams of Minor on the squad. Alabama head coach Terry Curtis and his staff also added a defensive linemen, Kent Foster of Pell City, to replace Hewitt-Trussville defensive lineman Christian Smith. Foster, a 6-4, 300-pound offensvce and defensive tackle, joined the 40-man squad Tuesday.
    Mississippi All-Star head coach Todd Mangum of Wayne County High School announced two additions, offensive lineman LaQuinton Sharp of Columbus and defensive back Demarcus Jones of Warren Central. Both went through Tuesday’s practices. Also reporting was running back/quarterback Cam Akers of Clinton. Akers, who led Clinton the Class 6A state football championship last weekend, reported Monday night.
     Sharp replaced John Dale of Kemper County and Jones replaced Tyler Carmichael-Williams of Lafayette.
TEAMS VISIT THE ROSA PARKS LIBRARY AND MUSEUM: The two all-star squads took a Landmark tour of Montgomery historic sites Tuesday night, including visiting the Rosa Parks Museum located in downtown Montgomery at the local Troy University complex.
DIVISION I COMMITMENTS FOR ALABAMA: At least five SEC schools and two from the ACC have commitments from members of the Alabama All-Star squad. The University of Alabama has commitments from running back Brian Robinson of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, multi-talented quarterback/receiver Chadarius Townsend of Tanner, offensive linemen Hunter Brannon of Cullman and Kendall Randolph of Bob Jones. Auburn currently has commitments from linebacker T.D. Moultry of Jackson-Olin, receiver Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt-Trussville, Oxford linebacker Kenney Britt, defensive back Malcom Askew of McAdory and safety Jordyn Peters of Muscle Shoals. Defensive end Justin Thomas of Spanish Fort and defensive lineman Neil Farrell of Murphy have committed to LSU, Blount quarterback Kadarius Lacey is headed to Florida, quarterback Daulton Hyatt plans to sign with Arkansas and Buckhorn linebacker Will Ignont has announced plans to attend Tennessee. Opelika offensive lineman Rakavius Chambers (Duke) and Montgomery Catholic offensive lineman Brian Anderson (North Carolina) are heading to the ACC, free safety J’Marick Woods of Florence has chosen Michigan, and McGill-Toolen receiver Marlon Williams has committed to Southern Cal. McGill-Toolen quarterback Bubba Thompson had committed to Auburn but de-committed before Thanksgiving with plans to choose a school that will allow him to play football and baseball.
   Several other players on the squad are expected to sign in February with Top 20 Division I schools, including talented receivers Henry Ruggs III of Lee-Montgomery, Nico Collins of Clay-Chalkville and defensive end Alec Jackson of Jeff Davis.
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY


Year-by-Year

2015

Mississippi

28

Alabama

21

2014

Alabama

36

Mississippi

30

2013

Alabama

21

Mississippi

17

2012

Alabama

21

Mississippi

16

2011

Alabama

31

Mississippi

12

2010

Alabama

24

Mississippi

17

(2 OT)

2009

Alabama

21

Mississippi

13

2008

Alabama

28

Mississippi

3

2007

Mississippi

26

Alabama

7

December

2007

Alabama

51

Mississippi

14

June

2006

Alabama

24

Mississippi

3

2005

Mississippi

21

Alabama

18

2004

Alabama

24

Mississippi

22

2003

Alabama

24

Mississippi

16

2002

Alabama

29

Mississippi

17

2001

Alabama

33

Mississippi

14

2000

Alabama

16

Mississippi

9

1999

Alabama

28

Mississippi

24

1998

Mississippi

9

Alabama

0

1997

Alabama

10

Mississippi

6

1996

Alabama

17

Mississippi

14

1995

Mississippi

37

Alabama

9

1994

Mississippi

24

Alabama

10

1993

Mississippi

17

Alabama

6

1992

Mississippi

17

Alabama

14

1991

Alabama

15

Mississippi

13

1990

Alabama

21

Mississippi

14

(OT)

1989

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(4 OT)

1988

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(3 OT)

SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has 21-8 edge


Alabama Squad Adds 2 Players All-Star Teams Report for 30th Annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game

    MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi all-star teams reported Monday afternoon for Saturday’s 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Alabama’s squad added two players Monday with one replacement reporting Tuesday.
     Kickoff is set for noon Saturday with Raycom Media televising the game live over its Raycom affiliate stations in both states as well as in Memphis and Columbus (GA). The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the game live over its radio network Saturday.
    Spain Park 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive end Douglas Henze replaced LaBryan Ray of James Clemens. Henze reported Monday.  Jaylond Adams of Minor, who was added last week, dropped off the team due Monday and was replaced by Opelika’s Craig Lawrence. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Florence played fullback for the Class 6A state runner-up Bulldogs but will be likely used some at tight end as well.
      St. Paul’s Episcopal defensive lineman Ryan Johnson is also expected to play some tight and for the Alabama squad this week.
     UMS-Wright Coach Terry Curtis is serving as the Alabama head coach. Quarterbacking the squad will  Daulton Hyatt of Etowah and Bubba Thompson of McGill-Toolen Catholic with Blount’s multi-talented Kadarius Toney listed on the team as “athlete” but combined for almost 4,000 total yards as the Leopards’ quarterback in 2016. Hyatt finished the 2016 121-of-184 passing for 2,240 yards and 25 touchdowns with only five interceptions.   Thompson led McGill-Toolen (13-1) to the 7A state finals – completing 26-of-39 passes for 280 yards in the 17-7 loss to Hoover. He finished 2016 with 211-of-387 passes completed for 2,984 yards and 38 touchdowns.
    Head coach for Mississippi is Todd Mangum of Wayne County.
    Mississippi snapped a seven-game Alabama winning streak in the series last year with a 28-21 win at Hattiesburg (MS). Alabama holds a 21-8 edged in the series, however, dating back to 1988. The game was played in Mobile from 1988-2011 before moving to Cramton Bowl from 2011-15. The game was played at Southern Miss last year – the first time the game has been hosted in that state.
   MISSISSIPPI SUPER RECRUIT: Among the top players on the Mississippi squad is 6-foot, 215-pound Clinton quarterback Cam Akers, who did not report with the team Monday but was expected to join the squad Monday night. He led Clinton to the MHSAA Class 6A state championship last weekend – finishing the season 173-of-280 passing for 3,128 yards and 31 touchdowns.
    Clinton beat Pearl 49-35 to finish the season 14-1.  Also on the Mississippi squad from Clinton are running back Darius Maberry, a Southern Miss commitment, and defensive back Kam White, who has Iowa State at the top of his list.
     West Point’s Everitt Cunningham, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive end, helped his team beat Laurel 29-8 to win the MHSAA Class 5A state crown.
  TEAMS VISIT HYUNDAI PLANT: Both squads visited the Montgomery Hyundai automotive plant Monday night before settling in. The teams will conduct two practices Tuesday with the morning practice from 9 to 11 a.m., and the afternoon practice from 2 to 4 p.m.

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.


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.