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Super 7 DVDs Now Available

    MONTGOMERY –  DVDs of the 2016 Super 7 state football championship games are now available for viewing and purchase. The may be accessed at www.nfhsnetwork.com/dvds .
    Instructions for purchase are at the same site. All seven championships are now uploaded.

At 56th AHSAA State Championships Auburn, Westminster Christian Win Girls’ AHSAA State Swimming Titles; Huntsville, St. Paul’s Capture Boys’ Crowns

     AUBURN – Auburn High School’s girls won their fourth straight state swimming championship Saturday as the 56th AHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships concluded at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatic Complex.
   Coach Jeff Dellinger’s Lady Tigers set records in three relays and totaled 385 points to win the Class 6A-7A division for the third straight year. Auburn also won the 2013 championship when all schools competed in just one division.
     Huntsville was second with 204 points and McGill-Toolen Catholic was third at 188.
     Westminster Christian of Huntsville, coached by Roger Von Jouanne, captured the girls’ 1A-5A state championship with 95 points. It was the Wildcats’ first swimming title in AHSAA history. Defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 82 points and St. John Paul II Catholic of Huntsville was third with 72 points. A total of 27 schools competed in Class 6A-7A and 22 competed in 1A-5A.
     In the boys’ division, Huntsville, coached by Arthur Fortin, captured its first 6A-7A state title and the school’s 13th overall dating back to 1968 with 362.5 points.  Auburn was second with 262 and James Clemens was third with 228. Defending champion Bob Jones was fifth.
   Coach Tyler Kern’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Saints won the 1A-5A state championship for the third straight year. The Saints dominated the competition posting 128 points. Runner-up Randolph had 69 and Scottsboro was third with 57.
Class 1A-5A Girls
  
Lauren McAdams, Jewel Krings, Olivia Conners and Eboni McCarty won the 200-yard medley relay with a winning time of 1:51.43 to help jump-start Westminster Christian’s state championship effort. Krings, Conners, McCarty and Rebekah Hamilton also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:40.18.
   Paige Madden of UMS-Wright, which came into the 2016 meet holding state records in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, added the 500-yard freestyle state record to her accomplishments winning in 4:46.98 seconds to eclipse the old record set by Chloe Sutton of Hoover in 2004 by seven seconds. She also won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.91 seconds to set a sixth girls’ AHSAA state record.
    Randolph senior Sarah Cimino won the 100-yard backstroke (56.43) and 100-yard butterfly (56.14) to post two wins Saturday.

Class 6A-7A Girls
   
Auburn’s 200-yard medley relay team comprised of Harley Lopez Miro, Annie Frances Dallas, Hadley Dowdle and Anna Kate McGinty clocked 1:44.80 to set a state record. Hadley Dowdell, Peyton Dowdell, Audrey Phillpott and McAuley Parker also swam the 400 freestyle relay in a state-record time of 3:20.02.
    McGinty, Phillpott, Dallas and Peyton Dowdle clocked 1:35.50 in the 200-yard freestyle relay to set a third state mark.
   Senior  Jewels Harris of Northridge set a state record in the 100-yard butterfly with a winning time of 53.69 seconds. Margaret Carey of McGill-Toolen also eclipsed the old record of 55.01 to finish second.
   Mallory Underwood, a senior at Auburn, broke Paige Madden’s record (2:04.13) in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:03.60.
   
Class 1A-5A Boys
   
St. Paul’s won the 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay to spark the Saints’ third state title.
    Sadler McKee of Briarwood Christian established a new AHSAA boys’ state record in the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 4:24.91, seven seconds better than his prelim time in the event.

Class 6A-7A Boys
    Huntsville’s team of Robert Overbeek, Caleb Chance, Jadie Burney and Austin Smith won the 400-yard freestyle with a winning time of 3:11.04. Overbeek, Burney, Smith and Wiliam Crawford also won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a winning time of 1:27.57. Garrison Chandler, Connor Duggan, Brady Stabler and Jackson Mathis also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:37.54 to give the Panthers a sweep in the relays.
   Smith also won the 500-yard freestyle for the Panthers in 4:43.50 and won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.54.  Overbeek, a senior, won the 100-yard butterfly (50.19) and also finished in a dead heat with Northview junior Wen Zhang in the 50-yard freestyle. Both clocked 20.56 to split the first and seconds-place points.  The time was just .22 off the state record.
    Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.


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

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

   

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

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

Opelika Junior Conner Pruitt Sets New AHSAA State Diving Record

    AUBURN – Opelika High School junior Conner Pruitt captured the AHSAA State Diving Championship for the third year in a row Friday as the 56th AHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships got underway at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatic Complex.
   Pruitt’s 532.90 performance set an AHSAA state record for boys’ diving – eclipsing the old record (531.95) set by Murphy’s Robert Railey in 2011.
    Pruitt, competing in the 6A-7A division, has shown steady improvement since finishing seventh as an eighth grader in 2013. He posted a 242.00 score in the state meet in ’13, but followed with a 408.35 score to win the state diving title in 2014 as a freshman. He scored 498.40 as a sophomore to win the 6A-7A championship. Friday’s 532.90 also came in the 6A-7A division. The AHSAA split from one division to two last year (6A/7A and 1A/5A).
    James Hughes of Grissom was second in 6A/7A Friday with a 351.65 score. Rounding out the Top 8 in 6A-7A were: Zachary El-Fallah, Spain Park (345.30); Jon Pickett, Spain Park (253.50); Garrett Taylor, Huntsville (242.75); Neil Schuetz, Huntsville (242.25); Daniel Phillips, Bob Jones (231.75); and Hampton Jarres, Huntsville (217.15).
   Winning the 1A-5A division was Madison Academy’s Taylor Young, who posted 264.70 score. Runner-up was Jonathan Roth of Pope John Paul II at 239.60. Rounding out the Top 8 were, in order: Herbert Martinson, Randolph (228.10); Drew Turnipseed, St. Paul’s Episcopal (208.65); Dominic Bechen, Pope John Paul II (183.70); and Ross Cumming, St. Paul’s (173.80).
    Swimming prelims were Friday night with the finals set to start at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Swimming and Diving Championships are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network with veteran sportscaster Jerry Young handling the commentary. To access the live-stream, go to www.nfhsnetwork.com.


56TH AHSAA Swimming Championships Underway UMS-Wright 7th Grader Wins Class 1A-5A Girls Diving Competition

   AUBURN – Blakeslee Elliott, a seventh grader at UMS-Wright of Mobile, captured the AHSAA Class 1A-5A girls’ state diving championship Friday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center Friday.  Winning the 6A-7A girls’ diving competition was Daphne sophomore Emilie Hunter with a 306.25 score.
    Elliott posted a 248.00 total to edge 1A-5A runner-up Madeline Oldweiler of St. Paul’s Episcopal. Oldweiler posted the best score of the semifinals (176.50) and closed out at 212.75. Junior Olivia Brookins of Westminster-Oak Mountain was third at 179.60, followed by Madison Guilbert of Pope John Paul II Catholic (173.05); sophomore Cameron Carley of St. Paul’s (167.65); seventh grader Dorsey Parker of UMS-Wright (167.40); sophomore Coleman Turnipseed of St. Paul’s (151.45); and junior Kristen Hodgson of Pope John Paul II (146.20).
     Hunter finished seventh last year behind senior Helen Legg of Fairhope, who closed her prep career with four straight AHSAA diving championships. Hunter led the competition after the semifinals with a 232.35 score.  Julia Keller of Huntsville finished second behind Hunter Friday with a 295.70 total.  M’Kay Gidley of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, who finished fourth in 2015, moved up a notch to third Friday with a 268.10 total.
    Rounding out the top eight in the 6A-7A finals were eighth grader Reese McNeel of Cullman (232.65); James Clemens seventh grader Ashley Ahrens (213.55); Davidson freshman Destiny Baugh (208.70); Cullman freshman Reagan Martin (195.80); and Grissom’s Sydney Clinton (189.50).
    The boys’ diving competition was still underway Friday afternoon. Swimming prelims were scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
   Finals for the 56th AHSAA Swimming Championships will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday with the NFHS Network live-streaming all races tonight and Saturday.

Alabama Linebackers Catch Eye of All-Star Coach

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


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

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


Year-by-Year

2015

Mississippi

28

Alabama

21

2014

Alabama

36

Mississippi

30

2013

Alabama

21

Mississippi

17

2012

Alabama

21

Mississippi

16

2011

Alabama

31

Mississippi

12

2010

Alabama

24

Mississippi

17

(2 OT)

2009

Alabama

21

Mississippi

13

2008

Alabama

28

Mississippi

3

2007

Mississippi

26

Alabama

7

December

2007

Alabama

51

Mississippi

14

June

2006

Alabama

24

Mississippi

3

2005

Mississippi

21

Alabama

18

2004

Alabama

24

Mississippi

22

2003

Alabama

24

Mississippi

16

2002

Alabama

29

Mississippi

17

2001

Alabama

33

Mississippi

14

2000

Alabama

16

Mississippi

9

1999

Alabama

28

Mississippi

24

1998

Mississippi

9

Alabama

0

1997

Alabama

10

Mississippi

6

1996

Alabama

17

Mississippi

14

1995

Mississippi

37

Alabama

9

1994

Mississippi

24

Alabama

10

1993

Mississippi

17

Alabama

6

1992

Mississippi

17

Alabama

14

1991

Alabama

15

Mississippi

13

1990

Alabama

21

Mississippi

14

(OT)

1989

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(4 OT)

1988

Alabama

24

Mississippi

21

(3 OT)

SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has 21-8 edge


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

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

AHSAA Super 7 Attendance Up at Auburn

    AUBURN – Attendance at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium for the 2016 AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships was up more than 4,000 over the 2015 Super 7 and up more than 8,000 over the 2014 Super 7, according to attendance figures released today.
    The total attendance for the three-day series was 49,353 with Friday’s total of 26,754 the big difference. The largest crowd of the seven championships was clearly the Opelika vs. Ramsay Class 6A finals Friday night.
    The total attendance for 2015 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa was 45,229, and the 2014 attendance at Jordan-Hare was 41,255.

       

AHSAA Super 7 Attendance Figures

2014

2015

2016

Wednesday

11,112

11,786

10,032

Thursday

11,802

13,302

12,567

Friday

18,341

20,141

26,754

41,255

45,229

49,353