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Fairhope’s Helen Legg Wins 3rd Straight Diving Title; Freshman Conner Pruitt Gets Boys Crown

       AUBURN – Freshman Conner Pruitt of Opelika High School posted a 408.35 score in the 1-meter diving competition Friday to win the event as the 55th annual AHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships got underway at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the Auburn University campus.
       Pruitt’s stiffest competition came from Spain Park eighth grader Zachary El-Fallahand, whoposted a 368.35 total to finish second. Senior Alex  Evans of Auburn was third at 342.35. In 2013 Conner finished fourth, Evans eighth and El-Fallahand 14th.
       Junior Helen Legg of Fairhope posted a 377.90 score to win the AHSAA Girls’ 1-meter diving competition for the third year in a row. Her 2014 total was just shy of her 2013 winning score of 383.50.  Senior Sarah Bradberry of James Clemens was second at 337.95, and junior Julie Keller of Huntsville third (323.45).
       The swim events got underway with prelims Friday afternoon. All swimming event finals will be Saturday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center beginning at 2 p.m. Warm-up will commence at 1 p.m. The finals will be live-streamed by the NFHS Network at the following link:
http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/995351b532

       The AHSAA will crown late Saturday afternoon boys and girls state team champions in two divisions (6A-7A and 1A-5A) for the first time in the 55-year history of the AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships.


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

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

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


Competition Set for Dec. 12-13 at Auburn AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships To Crown State Champions In 2 Divisions

    AUBURN – The 55th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Swimming & Diving Championships get underway Friday at James E. Martin Aquatic Center on the Auburn University campus with a trimmed field that could be the most competitive in state history.
    The NFHS Network will live-stream the competition Saturday. Check the NFHS Network links below:
Diving: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/da54ee354d
Swimming: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/995351b532

    The swimming championships underwent a major overhaul with the addition of three Sectional swim meets where competitors for the first time in state history were required to qualify for the state meet. The AHSAA also established two divisions for championship play this season with Class 6A-7A comprised of the largest schools and Class 1A-5A encompassing the remaining schools. From 1960-2013 all schools competed for one state title in each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions.
    The result, said AHSAA Assistant Director Marvin Chou, “Is some immediate growth with more than 20 new schools fielding teams this season.” Chou, AHSAA’s director for swimming competition, said the section meets also provided an excellent tune-up for the state’s swimmers and provided qualifying standards that should provide the state meet with its most elite competitors.
        Auburn, winner of girls’ state title last season, will be in a strong Class 6A-7A field that features all six schools that won the last 10 state championships. In addition to Auburn, McGill-Toolen won in 2012, Hoover in 2011 and 2010, Mountain Brook in 2009, 2006 and 2005, Grissom in 2008 and Bob Jones in 2007.  St. Paul’s, back-to-back winners in 2003 and 2004, will be competing in the Class 1A-5A division.
       On the boys’ side, the 6A-7A division features 2012 and 2013 state champion Huntsville as well as Bob Jones, the state champs for seven straight seasons from 2004-2010. McGill-Toolen won in 2011.
       Among the top swimmers in the competition are current state record holders Paige Madden of UMS-Wright and Foster Ballard of Elmore County. Both will be competing in the 1A-5A division but already own overall state records. Madden, a sophomore, won the 500 freestyle in 2012 and holds the state record in the 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 100 butterfly events.  Ballard, a senior, set the 200 individual medley record last season.
     In the Class 1A-5A division, Benjamin Russell senior Robert Howard came close last season to records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, winning both in times that earned him All-America status. Howard captured the 50 in 2013 with a 21.61-second time and the 100 in 45.46 seconds. T.J. Leon if UMS-Wright holds both state meet records with winning times of 20.24 and 44.73 in the 2008 state meet.
     Diving starts the action Friday with warm-up at 9 a.m. and competition begins at 10 a.m. Swim events get underway at 4 p.m. Friday for prelims. Finals are set for swim events 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.
     Current AHSAA records are listed below for each event.

AHSAA BOYS STATE SWIMMING MEET 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, 2013
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, 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

AHSAA GIRLS STATE SWIMMING MEET 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, 1:47.55, 2013
200 Yard Freestyle Relay—Athens, 1:38.50, 2013
400 Yard Freestyle Relay—Hoover, 3:35.08, 2011

Individual
50 Yard Freestyle—Megan Molnar, Auburn, 23.09, 2010
100 Yard Freestyle—Maria Reed, Baker, 51.18, 2013
200 Yard Freestyle—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 1:50.23,  2012
500 Yard Freestyle—Chloe Sutton, Hoover, 4:53.37, 2004
100 Yard Backstroke—Genny Pittman, Homewood, 55.05, 2012
100 Yard Breaststroke—Megan Molnar, Auburn, 1:02.13, 2010
100 Yard Butterfly—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 55.37, 2013
200 Yard Individual Medley—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 2013 
One Meter Diving
Elizabeth Flint, Auburn, 452.25, 1996


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

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

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

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


Weather Decision Technologies is new NFHS Corporate Sponsor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 10, 2014) — Weather Decision Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in providing organizations with weather decision support on a global scale, has entered into a three-year agreement with the National Federation of State High School Associations as an NFHS Corporate Partner.

As a part of the agreement, Weather Decision Technologies (WDT), with offices in Norman, Oklahoma, and Houston, Texas, will be the exclusive NFHS partner for soccer, which will include coverage in the sport’s rules book, rules poster, scorebook and rules PowerPoint. 

Among the many products and services offered by WDT is STRIKE, a lightning detection and alerting application currently available on iOS and Android devices. STRIKE harnesses the power of Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN), combining it with a patented alerting engine developed by WDT to deliver instant notifications to individuals whether they are on or off the field. An alert is sent when a lightning strike is first detected within six miles of the event, and an all-clear is sent when no lightning is detected within that range for 30 minutes. These distance rules are recommended by lightning experts, as well as the NCAA, NFHS and other sports associations to minimize risk while outdoors.

For school districts and large organizations, STRIKE Plus includes a bulk app package along with WDT’s exclusive WeatherOps Commander, a complete weather-monitoring system that brings a myriad of advanced lightning-strike display and weather-alerting technologies into one concise, interactive package.

WDT is a partner and founding contributor of The Event Safety Alliance (ESA), a non-profit safety trade association dedicated to promoting the concept of “life safety first” during all phases of event production.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Weather Decision Technologies,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “With WDT’s background in lightning detection and its accompanying app, this will offer our member state associations and the nation’s high schools some additional resources for minimizing risk of injury in high school sports. We look forward to working with WDT over the next three years.”

“Lightning is unpredictable and the key to safety is preparation and awareness,” says Mike Eilts, chief executive officer of Weather Decision Technologies. “We strive to create technology that ensures awareness resulting in saved lives and protected assets. We see this relationship as an opportunity to help protect those who serve and play under the NFHS.”


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

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


Players Report Monday For 28th Alabama-Mississippi Game

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

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


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

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

 


Class 6A Championship

Game Stats


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

2A State Championship

Game Stats

Fyffe 28, Elba 17

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