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Bob Jones, Auburn, St. Paul’s Repeat 2015 AHSAA State Swimming Champions

    AUBURN - Bob Jones High School’s boys and Auburn  High School’s girls repeated as state champions Saturday in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 6A/7A division as the 56th annual State Swimming & Diving Championships concluded at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
    St. Paul’s Episcopal also won its second straight Class 1A/5A state boys’ and girls’ crowns.
    The two-division state meet is in its second year. From 1960 to 2013, the AHSAA swimming championships had just one boys’ division for all schools. The girls, which competed for the first time in 1963, had one division from 1963 to 2013.
    Bob Jones totaled 250 points and runner-up Auburn had 173 in the 6A/7A boys’ final team standings. St. Paul’s tallied 113 points and Randolph 89 to top the 1A/5A team rankings. In the girls’ competition Auburn had 234 points to beat runner-up Huntsville (180). St. Paul’s scored 78 points to nip Pope John Paul II (71.5) in the 1A/5A girls’ division. All swimmers in each division competed in just one individual competition.
   Senior Helen Legg of Fairhope became just the second girl in AHSAA swimming history to win four straight diving titles. She scored 352.80 to win the girls’ 1-meter diving event for the fourth straight year. Colleen Edmonds of Auburn is the only other diving to win four diving championships. She won four in a row from 1988-91.
   Opelika sophomore Conner Pruitt won his second  1-meter diving title in a row with a 498.40 score -- up 90 points from his 2014 winning total.
    Several state-meet records fell Saturday in the swimming competition.  Bob Jones junior Andrey Tretyakov turned in a stellar performance with a new state mark in the 200-yard individual medley (1:49.88) and the 100-yard butterfly (48.07 seconds). He also swam a leg in the Patriots’ winning 200-yard medley relay effort which broke the previous state record held by McGill-Toolen since 2012. Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Derek Sander and Tretyakov turned in a winning time of 1:34.52 to win the event and beat McGill’s 1:35.28 mark.
   Bob Jones beat its own state record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, winning Saturday with a 1:25.57 time to nip the old mark by 37/100ths of a second. Tretyakov swam the third leg, teaming with  Sander, Sterns and Logan Black to earn the win and the new record.
    In the girls’ competition, UMS-Wright junior Paige Madden, who came into the meet holding state-meet records in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley, added the 200-yard freestyle time to her collection with a winning time of 1:48.39. The previous record holder, Kobie Melton of Athens, set the mark in 2014 with a time of 1:49.97.
    Madden also won the 500-yard freestyle Saturday.  Anna-Julia Kutsch of Altamont tied the state mark in the 50-yard freestyle winning the event in 23.09 seconds. Megan Molnar of Auburn has held the record since 2010.
    Auburn’s 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle and Anny Kate McGinty won with a state-record time of 1:38.27. The time erased the previous mark (1:38.50) set by Athens in 2013.
 
Boys
Team Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Bob Jones 250; Auburn 173; James Clemens 157; McGill-Toolen 138; Huntsville 113; Fairhope 75; Prattville 66; Spain Park 63; Northview 60; Daphne 55.
Class 1A-5A|
St. Paul’s Episcopal 113; Randolph 89; Faith Academy 59; Pope John Paul II Catholic 50; Holy Spirit Catholic 32; Oneonta 27; Westminster Christian 26; Alabama Christian 18; Jackson 5; Satsuma 4.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley: Bob Jones, 1:34.52; (Mark Johnston, Andrew Sterns, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander). AHSAA state record.
200-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 1:38.31.
200-yard IM:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones, 1:49.88; AHSAA state record.
50-yard freestyle: Andrew Shea, James Clemens, 21.02.
100-yard freestyle: Derek Sander, Bob Jones, 44.60; AHSAA state record.
100-yard butterfly:
Andrey Tretyakov, Bob Jones,48.07; AHSAA state record.
500-yard freestyle: Sadler McKeen, Briarwood, 4:31.22.
200-yard freestyle relay: Bob Jones, 1:25.57 (Andrew Sterns, Logan Black, Andrey Tretyakov, Derek Sander); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke: James Courtney, St. Paul's, 49.89.
100-yard breaststroke: Andrew Sterns, Bob Jones, 58.03.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:12.49 (Daniel Padgett, Brady Stabler, Garrison Chandler, Connor Duggan).
1-meter diving: Conner Pruitt, Opelika, 498.40.

Girls
Scoring (Top 10)
Class 6A-7A
Auburn 234; Huntsville 180; McGill-Toolen 164; Bob Jones 142; Grissom 133; Athens 131; James Clemens 122, Daphne 121; Hoover 107.5; Vestavia Hills 89.
Class 1A-5A
St. Paul’s Episcopal 78; Pope John Paul II Catholic 71.5; UMS-Wright 68; Westminster Christian 38; Altamont 36; Randolph 35; Madison Academy 23; Springville 23; Trinity Presbyterian 18.

Individual Winners
200-yard medley:
Grissom, 1:47.79 (Mary Northcutt, Alison Hu, Jia Jia Shen, Chloe Hui).
200-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 1:48.39, AHSAA state record.
200-yard IM: Rac Cunningham, Spain Park, 2:04.88.
50-yard freestyle: Anna-Julia Kutsch, Altamont, 23.09; ties AHSAA state record.
100-yard freestyle:
Hadley Dowdell, Auburn, 50.77.
100-yard butterfly:
Dalton Chambliss, Prattville, 55.52.
500-yard freestyle: Paige Madden, UMS-Wright,4:53.77.
200-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 1:38.27 (Maggie Casey, Annie Frances Dallas, Peyton Dowdle, Anna Kate McGinty); AHSAA state record.
100-yard backstroke:
Ann Moers, Vestavia Hill, 55.60.
100-yard breaststroke: Rachel Cunningham, Spain Park, 1:02.63.
400-yard freestyle relay: Auburn, 3:31.39 (Hadley Dowdle Anna McGinty, Peyton Dowdle, McAuley Parker), AHSAA state record.
1-meter Diving:
Helen Legg, Fairhope, 352.80.

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.

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