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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.

Competition Set for Dec. 4-5 at Auburn AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships To Crown State Champions In 2 Divisions

     AUBURN – The 56th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Swimming and Diving Championships get underway Friday at James E. Martin Aquatic Center on the Auburn University campus.
      Participants qualified at sectional competitions held in late November to advance to this week’s championships.  Defending boys’ champions include Bob Jones High School in Class 6A-7A and St. Paul’s Episcopal in Class 1A-5A. The Patriots will be going for their ninth state crown overall. Last year’s title for St. Paul’s was the first for the Saints and also the first in the newly formed 1A-5A division. From 1960 to 2013, schools competed in just one division. Growth of the sport has been dramatic in recent years, however.
     The girls’ championships, which began in 1963, will also feature two divisions for the second straight year. Auburn won the 6A-7A title in 2014 and St. Paul’s girls made it a sweep for the Mobile school by winning the 1A-5A crown.
    The NFHS Network will live-stream the competition Saturday. The link to access the subscriber-based telecast is http://bit.ly/1QhiC99.
    The prep swimming championships underwent a major overhaul with the addition of three Section swim meets last year where competitors for the first time were required to qualify for the state meet.
     Among the top swimmers in the girls’ competition are Paige Madden of UMS-Wright and Sarah Cimino of Randolph. Madden, who holds the state record in the 100 freestyle and backstroke and 200 medley events, will shooting for records in the 200 and 500 freestyle events this weekend. Cimino will be attempting to defend her 100 fly championship won last year and better the state record she set in the event.
     In the boys’ competition, Conner Pruitt of Opelika will defending his diving title, and Andrey Tretyakov of Bob Jones returned to compete in the 100 fly as defending champ.
      Diving starts the action Friday with warm-up at 9 a.m. and competition beginning at 10 a.m. Swim events get underway at 5 p.m. Friday for prelims with warmup starting at 4. Finals are set for swim events on Saturday at 2 p.m. Warm-up gets underway at 1 p.m.
      Admission is $10.00 per day with children 5 and under admitted free.

AHSAA STATE MEET SWIM RECORDS
BOYS RECORDS
TEAM

MOST STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
    All-Time
      15  Grissom, 1984-99
      12 Huntsville, 1968-2013
    Consecutive
       13  Grissom, 1984-96
        7  Huntsville, 1977-83
        7   Bob Jones, 2004-10

EVENTS
    Relays
      
200 Yard Medley Relay—McGill-Toolen, 1:35.28, 2012
       200 Yard Freestyle Relay—Bob Jones, 1:25.84, 2013
       400 Yard Freestyle Relay--Bob Jones, 3:09.93, 2009

    Individual
         50 Yard Freestyle—T.J. Leon, UMS-Wright, 20.24, 2008
       100 Yard Freestyle—T.J. Leon, UMS-Wright, 44.73, 2008
       200 Yard Freestyle—Will Freeman, Spain Park, 1:37.31, 201
       500 Yard Freestyle—Will Freeman, Spain Park, 4:27.36, 2013
       100 Yard Backstroke—Will Glass, McGill-Toolen, 48.41, 2012
       100 Yard Breaststroke—Marlin Brutkiewicz, 55.51, UMS-Wright, 2012
       100 Yard Butterfly—Will Glass, McGill-Toolen, 48.12, 2012
       200 Yard Individual Medley—Foster Ballard, Elmore County, 1:50.24, 2013

  One Meter Diving
     
Robert Raley, Murphy, 520.35, 2011

GIRLS RECORDS
TEAM
MOST STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
    All-Time

     18   Grissom, 1977-2008
     10   Huntsville, 1971-83

    Consecutive
     10   Grissom, 1984-93
       6   Huntsville, 1971-76

EVENTS
Relays

200 Yard Medley Relay—Auburn, 1:46.81, 2014
200 Yard Freestyle Relay—Athens, 1:38.50, 2013
400 Yard Freestyle Relay—Auburn, 3:32.85, 2014

 

INDIVIDUAL

50 Yard Freestyle—Megan Molnar, Auburn, 23.09, 2010
100 Yard Freestyle—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 49.78, 2014
200 Yard Freestyle—Kobie Melton, Athens, 1:49.97, 2014

500 Yard Freestyle—Chloe Sutton, Hoover, 4:53.37, 2004
100 Yard Backstroke—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 54.91, 2014
100 Yard Breaststroke—Megan Molnar, Auburn, 1:02.13, 2010

100 Yard Butterfly—Sarah Cimino, Randolph, 55.01, 2014
200 Yard Individual Medley—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 2013                                                                                                       

One Meter Diving

Elizabeth Flint, Auburn, 452.25, 1996


AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Class 3A Finals: Piedmont 44, Bayside Academy 7

   TUSCALOOSA – Piedmont High School piled up 350 total yards Thursday at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus and beat Bayside Academy 44-7 to claim the second Class 3A state championship in school history.
    The Bulldogs (14-1) of Coach Steve Smith led 23-7 at the half and then iced the title with three touchdowns in the third quarter. Bayside (11-4), coached by Phil Lazenby, finished with 130 yards rushing and 98 passing for 228 yards.
    Piedmont quarterback Taylor Hayes rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns and completed 6-of-10 passes for 126 yards and one TD to earn 3A MVP honors.  He connected with Bayley Blanchard for a 45-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter to jump-start the Bulldogs offense. Bayside quarterback Connor Sirmon and receiver Wil Cox tied the game at 7-7 three minutes later with a 58-yard touchdown hookup.
    Darnell Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 71 yards to set up Hayes’ 1-yard sneak to put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 1:48 left in the period.  Easton Kirk kicked a 29-yard field goal and Hayes raced 48 yards for another score as Piedmont led 23-7 at the half. Jackson scored two touchdowns in a 58-second span early in the third quarter on runs of 25 and 20 yards, and Cardavion Myers dashed 46 yards for the final score later in the period to close out the scoring.
    Myers finished with 61 yards on three carries, and Jackson had 61 on seven runs. He also had 107 yards on two kickoff returns.  Blanchard had four catches for 97 yards.
    Cox led the Admirals with 75 yards rushing on 18 carries and had two catches for 67 yards. Sirmon was 4-of-10 passing for 92 yards.
         Trey Snyder led Piedmont on defense with 10 tackles. Myers and Neonte Alexander added eight stops each. Jackson White had six tackles and Landon Johnson had four including one sack for a 10-yard loss for Bayside.
       Piedmont won its first state championship in 2009.

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

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

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

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


Unified Game:
Lee County 25, Hewitt-Trussville 7

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

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

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

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

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



4 Varsity Squads Repeat As Cheer Competition Winners

         Meek (1A), Fyffe (2A), Boaz (5A) and Sparkman (Coed) repeated as varsity division winners in the recent AHSAA State Cheer Competition at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

Other high school varsity squad winners were Winfield (3A), Sardis (4A), Arab (6A), James Clemens (7A) and Austin (Non-building). Bob Jones captured the high school junior varsity title.
         Middle School winners were Hewitt-Trussville Middle (large), Liberty Middle (medium) and Discovery Middle (small).

A total of 1,383 cheerleaders from 89 teams participated in the 19th annual event administered by the Universal Cheerleaders Association. Some participants performed more than one time.

Other categories of competition included Time South Cheer, Time Out Dance and High School Fight Song.


VARSITY
Winners, Runners-up
Class 1A—Meek (winner), Gaylesville (runner-up)

Class 2A—Fyffe (winner), Zion Chapel (runner-up)

Class 3A—Winfield (winner), Opp (runner-up)

Class 4A—Sardis (winner), North Jackson (runner-up)

Class 5A—Boaz (winner), Pleasant Grove (runner-up)

Class 6A—Arab (winner), Pinson Valley (runner-up) 
Class 7A—James Clemens (winner), Bob Jones (runner-up)

Coed—Sparkman (winner), Thompson (runner-up)
Non-Building—Austin (winner)


Game Time Results

High School Time Out Cheer – 1. Curry, 2. Florence, 3. West Blocton

High School Time Out Dance – 1. West Blocton, 2. Curry, 3. Brewbaker Tech
                                                 Magnet
High School Fight Song – 1. Florence, 2. Curry, 3. Haleyville

JUNIOR VARSITY
Results
1. Bob Jones High, 2. Oxford  High, 3. Sparkman High

Game Time Results
JV Time Cheer – 1. Muscle Shoals High

JUNIOR CLASSIC
Results

Small Junior High —1.  Discovery Middle, 2. Liberty Park Middle, 3. Meridianville
                                Middle
Medium Junior High —1. Liberty Middle, 2. Maddox Middle, 3. Spanish Fort Middle
Large Junior High —1. Hewitt-Trussville Middle, 2. Hokes Bluff Middle, 3. Echols
                                Middle, 3. Centre

Game Time Results

Junior High Time Out Dance – 1. Pleasant Grove Middle 2. Jemison 3. ValleyJH

Junior High Time Out Cheer – 1. Muscle Shoals Middle, 3. Pleasant Grove 3.
                                                Valley JH




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

     MONTGOMERY –  The football teams for Spain Park and McGill-Toolen high schools will be meeting for the first time in AHSAA history Wednesday night as the two Class 7A powers clash in the Class 7A state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
       Five defending state champions will be in Tuscaloosa Thursday and Friday as the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs conclude with state championships in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. This is the 20th year with all championships at the same site.
     Wednesday’s schedule starts at 3:30 p.m. with Lee County and Hewitt-Trussville playing in the second annual Unified Sports state game. The AHSAA partners with Special Olympics Alabama to present this contest, a flag-football game that will be livestreamed over the NFHS Network by Hillcrest High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team.
     Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network.      The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
     Spain Park (12-1), coached by Shawn Raney, comes into the 7A battle with a 12-game winning streak after falling 38-35 in three overtimes in the season opener to Austin in August. The Jaguars knocked off three-time defending state champion Hoover 7-6 in the semifinals – and also beat the Bucs 17-0 in the regular season to win the Region 3 title. Raney’s team has given up just 23 points in three playoff wins this season.
    McGill-Toolen (12-1), coached by Caleb Ross, currently has an eight-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets lost week five to Blount 17-14. Ross’ squad has scored 98 points in three playoff wins.
     Thursday’s schedule starts at 11 a.m. with Bayside Academy (11-3) taking on Piedmont (13-1), followed by defending Class 1A state champion Maplesville (12-1) versus Cedar Bluff (13-1) at 3 p.m., and defending 5A state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-2) versus Mortimer Jordan (13-1) at 7.
     Friday’s schedule begins with defending Class 4A state champion Leeds (12-2) taking on Fayette County (10-4) at 11 a.m., defending 2A champ Fyffe (13-1) facing Elba (13-1) in a rematch of last year’s finals at 3 p.m., and closing out with unbeaten Spanish Fort (14-0) taking on defending 6A champ Clay-Chalkville (14-0) at 7 p.m. The Cougars are currently riding a 29-game winning streak – longest live streak in the AHSAA.
      The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins.
    That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2008 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
    Last year, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. In conjunction with Special Olympics Alabama, the first Unified Sports flag football game was also played for the first time in 2014 at Auburn.
    Tickets for all championships can be purchased online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
     To find the station and channel locally televising the Super 7 championships, go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com and check for your location.
    

Super 7 Championships
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
Unified State Game
Lee County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, 3:30 p.m.
Class 7A Championship
Spain Park (12-1) vs. McGill-Toolen (12-1), 7 p.m.

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

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

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

     MONTGOMERY – Defending Class 6A state football champion Clay-Chalkville High School edged Austin 45-35 Friday night in semifinals of the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs to advance to the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships at Tuscaloosa next week.
     The Cougars (14-0) led 35-21 at the half before the Black Bears clawed back to within three at 38-35 late. Clay sealed the win with a late touchdown and strong defensive stand to extend its current AHSAA-leading winning streak to 29 games and earned the right to face Spanish Fort (14-0) in the Class 6A championship game.
      The 6A finals is the only game pitting unbeaten teams. The Toros clawed from a 27-10 deficit to beat Benjamin Russell 31-27 Friday night.
     Four other defending state champions posted semifinal wins and will be in Tuscaloosa Dec. 2-4 as the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs conclude with seven state championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. This will also be the 20th year with all championships at the same site.
     Class 1A Maplesville (12-1), Class 2A Fyffe (13-1), Class 4A Leeds (12-2) and Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal all return to defend titles.  Classes 3A and 7A will feature four new schools.
     Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils beat Linden 50-19 to set up the 1A finals versus Cedar Bluff (13-1). Coach Paul Benefield’s Class 2A Fyffe team will meet Elba (13-1) in a rematch of last year’s Class 2A finals.  Leeds, coached by Keith Etheredge, faces Fayette County (10-4) in the 4A finals, and Coach Steve Mask’s Class 5A Saints will meet Mortimer Jordan (13-1) in the finals.
     The Class 3A championship game pits Piedmont (13-1) versus Bayside Academy (11-3) and in Class 7A, McGill-Toolen (12-1) squares off against Spain Park (12-1) in the first game Wednesday night.  The Unified Sports flag football game will feature Lee County and Hewitt-     Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team will live-stream the Unified Sports exhibition game, which is set for Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m.
      The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
    The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins.
    That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2009 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
    Last year, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. In conjunction with Special Olympics Alabama, the first Unified Sports flag football game was also played for the first time in 2014 at Auburn. Tickets at: www.preptix.com/ahsaa.


Super 7 Championships
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2
Unified State Game
Lee County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, 3:30 p.m.
Class 7A Championship
Spain Park (12-1) vs. McGill-Toolen (12-1), 7 p.m.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


Thompson High School Wrestling Program Placed on Restrictive Probation by AHSAA

     Thompson High School has been fined and placed on restrictive probation for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for numerous violations of Contest bylaws in its wrestling program. The violations were self-reported.
      Restrictive probation limits the school’s wrestling participation to regular-season dual matches only and prohibits the school from participating in any interscholastic contest involving more than two schools, including championships, for the entirety of the restrictive probation.
     Head wrestling coach Shawn Weltzin and assistant coach Chris Pike have been suspended for the duration of the restrictive probation period by the AHSAA and Thompson High School.
      On Jan. 4, 2016, Thompson High School may apply for relief from the restrictive period.
     “Restrictive probation indicates the seriousness of these violations,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “Though disappointed, I feel confident the school administration will take the necessary corrective measures to be compliant with AHSAA by-laws.  We will evaluate these measures. If the school has demonstrated that corrective measures are securely in place, we will consider removing the restrictive probation, thus allowing the student-athletes to participate in championship play this season.”