Seventeen unbeaten teams and all seven defending state champions from 2014 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2015 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 6. Two games are set to be played Thursday night, Nov. 5, and all contests are scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
For the first time, seven defending state champs will be the field as the AHSAA conducts its seven classification football playoffs for the second straight year. The playoffs began in 1966 with just four teams competing for the Class 4A state title. The playoffs expanded to four classifications in 1967, to six in 1984 and seven in 2014.
This year’s playoffs mark the 50th anniversary of the AHSAA’s storied playoff completion.
Classes 1A through 6A will compete in five playoff rounds culminating with the Super 7 State Championships at Tuscaloosa and Bryant-Denny Stadium Dec. 2-3-4. Class 7A will lay four rounds with the championship game at Bryant-Denny set for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.
The seven defending state champions in the 2015 field include Class 1A Maplesville (8-1), Class 2A Fyffe (9-1), Class 3A Madison Academy (9-1), Class 4A Leeds (8-2), Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Class 6A Clay-Chalkville (10-0) and Class 7A Hoover (8-2). Coach Jerry Hood’s Cougars carry a 25-game winning streak, longest active streak in the AHSAA, into the post-season. Hoover and Madison Academy will be going for four straight state titles, the Mustangs in Class 3A, and Hoover, going for its second in 7A after winning the 2012 and 2013 titles in Class 6A.
In addition to Clay-Chalkville, other unbeaten teams in the 6A 32-team playoff field include Spanish Fort (10-0), Opelika (10-0) and Muscle Shoals (10-0). In 5A, five teams are unbeaten, Jackson (10-0), Greenville (10-0), Guntersville (10-0), Beauregard (9-0) and Wenonah (9-0).
Other unbeaten teams include, in Class 2A: Randolph County (10-0), Tanner (10-0), Cleveland (10-0), Red Bay (10-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); in Class 3A, Gordo (10-0); and in Class 4A, UMS-Wright (10-0) and Cordova (10-0).
Raycom Media, the AHSAA TV Partner, will be featuring Class 6A powers Bessemer City versus Park Crossing at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Friday night as the Raycom AHSAA Game of the Week shifts to playoff games and moves to Friday night for the first four playoff rounds. Raycom will also broadcast all seven AHSAA state football championship games.
The NFHS Network plans to live-stream selected games each week with several member schools planning to live-stream contests over the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program as well.
All games will be listed at www.ahsaa.com as well www.nfhsnetwork.com. The AHSAA Radio Network will also host a statewide scoreboard show during the state playoffs. Check the AHSAA website for more details.
Second-round playoff games are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, followed by the quarterfinals on Nov. 20, the semifinals Nov. 27.
AHSAA Revised Football Playoff schedule
AHSAA 50th Annual State Football Playoffs
First Round, Nov. 6
Billingsley (5-5) at Millry (7-3)
Keith (4-6) at Georgiana (9-1)
Marengo (6-4) at Loachapoka (4-6)
Kinston (5-5) at Maplesville (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
McKenzie (6-3) at Linden (7-2)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Notasulga (8-2)
A.L. Johnson (3-6) at Brantley (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Verbena (7-3) at J.U. Blacksher (7-3), Uriah
Woodville (4-6) at Victory Christian (7-2), Pell City, rescheduled for Thursday
Vina (5-5) at Berry (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Talladega County Central (6-3) at Spring Garden (7-3)
Meek (7-3) at Decatur Heritage (9-1), , Thursday, TBA
Hubbertville (6-3) at Hackleburg (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Ragland (3-7) at Cedar Bluff 9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Phillips (6-4) at South Lamar (6-4), Millport, rescheduled for Thursday
Valley Head (3-6) at Wadley (8-1)
Luverne (6-4) at Mobile Christian (9-1)
Francis Marion (4-6) at G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Flomaton (8-2) at New Brockton (9-1)
Ariton (5-5) at Fayetteville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Samson (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform, rescheduled for Thursday
Sweet Water (5-5) at Elba (9-1)
Thorsby 6-4) at Providence Christian (7-2), Dothan
Goshen (4-6) at Washington County (8-2), Chatom
Gaston (7-3) at Ranburne (8-1)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Tanner (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
LaFayette (6-4) at Fyffe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Addison (5-5) at Red Bay (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Cold Springs (6-4) at Sulligent (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Reeltown (6-4) at Cleveland (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Hatton (5-5) at Falkville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Collinsville (6-4) at Randolph County (10-0), Wedowee
Fultondale (5-5) at Bayside Academy (7-3), Daphne
Greensboro (5-5) at Daleville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Opp (7-3) at Midfield (6-3)
Wicksburg (7-3) at Gordo (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Slocomb (7-3) at American Christian (9-1), Tuscaloosa, rescheduled for Thursday
Hillcrest-Evergreen (5-5) at Montgomery Academy ((-1)
Aliceville (6-4) at Pike County (8-1), Brundidge
Central-Coosa (5-5) at T.R. Miller (8-2), Brewton
Plainview 6-4) at Oakman (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Lexington (6-4) at Piedmont (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Susan Moore (4-6) at North Sand Mountain (6-4), Higdon, rescheduled for Thursday
Weaver (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Walter Wellborn(603) at Lauderdale County (7-3), Rogersville, rescheduled for Thursday
Winston County (7-3) at New Hope (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
Colbert County (7-4) at Glencoe (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Geraldine (6-4) at Winfield (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Dadeville (5-5) at Thomasville (6-4), rescheduled for Thursday
West Blocton (5-5) at Andalusia (9-1)
W.S. Neal (8-2) at Munford (7-3)
Straughn (4-5) at Bibb County (7-3), Centreville, rescheduled for Thursday
Saint James (6-4) at Montevallo (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Clarke County (4-6) at Leeds (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Northside (7-2) at Trinity Presbyterian (7-3), Montgomery
Handley (8-2) at UMS-Wright (10-0), Mobile
DAR (8-2) at Fayette County (6-4), Fayette, rescheduled for Thursday
Wilson (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin, rescheduled for Thursday
Haleyville (6-4) at North Jackson (6-4), Stevenson
Jacksonville (6-4) at Brooks (9-1), Killen, rescheduled for Thursday
Cherokee County (6-4) at Deshler (5-5), Tuscumbia, rescheduled for Thursday
Hamilton (4-6) at Priceville (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
West Limestone (7-3) at Saks (8-2), Anniston
Oneonta (5-5) at Cordova (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Sylacauga (7-3) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (8-2), Mobile
Dallas County (6-4) at Greenville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Vigor (6-4) at Central-Clay County (6-4)
Charles Henderson (5-5) at Demopolis (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Sidney Lanier (4-6) at Helena (8-2)
Williamson (5-5) at Beauregard (9-0)
Calera (7-3) at Eufaula (8-2)
Tallassee (5-5) at Jackson (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Madison County (6-4) at Pleasant Grove (7-3)
West Point (6-4) at Alexandria (8-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Parker (6-4) at Etowah (7-3), Attalla
Anniston (4-5) at Russellville (9-1), rescheduled for Thursday
Hayden (7-3) at East Limestone (8-2), Capshaw, rescheduled for Thursday
Ramsay (7-3) at Guntersville (10-0)
Lawrence County (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly, rescheduled for Thursday
Randolph (7-3) at Wenonah (9-0), Birmingham, rescheduled for Thursday
Chelsea (7-3) at Blount (8-2), Prichard
Bessemer City (6-4) at Park Crossing (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Saraland (8-2) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City
Wetumpka (4-6) at McAdory (9-1), McCalla, rescheduled for Thursday
Northview (4-6) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3), rescheduled for Thursday
Daphne (6-4) at Opelika (10-0)
Northridge (8-2) at Dothan (6-4), Rip Hewes Stadium
Pell City (4-6) at Spanish Fort (10-0)
Lee-Huntsville (6-4) at Homewood (8-2)
Cullman (6-4) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0), rescheduled for Thursday
Minor (6-4) at Albertville (7-3)
Huffman (4-6) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)
Pinson Valley (7-3) at Austin (7-3), Ogle Stadium, Decatur, rescheduled for Thursday
Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Fort Payne (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Hartselle (7-3) at Gardendale (8-2), rescheduled for Thursday
Scottsboro (5-5) at Walker (8-2), Jasper
Theodore (7-3) at Auburn (6-4)
Enterprise (5-5) at McGill-Toolen (9-1), Archbishop Lipscomb Complex, Mobile
Lee-Montgomery (7-3) at Murphy (7-3), Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile
Foley (6-4) at Central-Phenix City (7-3)
Hewitt-Trussville (6-4) at James Clemens (9-1), Madison City Stadium, Thursday
Hazel Green (5-5) at Spain Park (9-1), Hoover
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2), Hoover Met Stadium
Vestavia Hills (8-2) at Bob Jones (9-1), Madison City Stadium
Four of 14 teams advanced Friday night for the first time in school history to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2014 Super 7 State Football Championships Dec. 3-5 at the Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Class 1A Hubbertville (13-0), Class 3A Dale County (14-0), Class 5A Pleasant Grove (12-2) and Class 6A Saraland (13-1) each won semifinal games and will be playing in the finals for the first time. The AHSAA championships will also be the first with seven champions being crowned.
Dale County, coached by Pate Harrison, will meet defending state champion Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals at 11 a.m. Thursday. Veteran Coach Lamar Harris, who has been head coach at Hubbertville since 1969, will see his Lions square off against Maplesville (13-0) at 3 p.m. Pleasant Grove, coached by Jim Elgin, will close out Thursday’s schedule in the 5A finals versus St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0) of Mobile at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Saraland, coached by Jeff Kelly, will meet Clay-Chalkville (14-0) in the 6A finals at 7 p.m. Other Friday games are Deshler (13-1) versus Leeds (13-1) at 11 a.m. in the 4A finals and Elba (14-0) vs. Fyffe (14-0) in the 2A championship game at 3 p.m.
The AHSAA state football playoffs , in its 49th year, moved all state finals to one site in 1996 with the introduction of the Super 6 state championships. Birmingham’s fabled Legion Field served as host until 2009 when the AHSAA switched sites to Alabama and Auburn on alternating years opposite the host of the two state colleges’ Iron Bowl clash. Alabama hosted the Super 6 in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Auburn hosted in 2010 and 2012.
With the addition of a seventh classification this season, the Super 7 evolved this year and makes its debut on Wednesday, Dec. 3. with Hoover (11-2) taking on Prattville (11-2) in the Class 7A finals at 7 p.m. Prior to that contest, in conjunction with Special Olympics of Alabama (SOAL), the first Unified Sports state flag football game featuring Hewitt-Trussville and Lawrence County will be played at 3:30 p.m. The teams are comprised of Special Olympics athletes and peer partners in a 5-on-5 flag football competition.
Defending champions returning to finals this year include Hoover (in 6A last year) and Madison Academy (3A). The Bucs of Josh Niblett are making their 14th championship game appearance since 2000 and their seventh in a row since 2008.
The 14 teams are all that remain from the original 208-team field. The finalists have a combined 194-10 record and .951 winning percentage on the year with seven schools coming in undefeated, including Class 1A: Maplesville (13-0) and Hubbertville (13-0; Class 2A: Elba (14-0) and Fyffe (14-0); Class 3A: Dale County (14-0); Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0); and Class 6A: Clay-Chalkville (14-0).
Raycom Network will televise and live-stream all seven championship games over its network and the Unified Sports game will be live-streamed over the NFHS Network by Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program team.
For specific details on stations and channels carrying the game, go to www.pathwaytotheplayoff.com for Raycom information and to www.nfhsnetework.com for the Unified Sports game. The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all games over its network. Information on all three networks will be available at www.ahsaa.com.
AHSAA 2014 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Super 7 Pairings
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
Hubbertville (13-0) vs. Maplesville (13-0), Thursday, 3 p.m.
Fyffe (14-0) vs. Elba (14-0), Friday, 3 p.m.
Dale County (14-0) vs. Madison Academy (13-1), Thursday, 11 a.m.
Leeds (13-1) vs. Deshler (13-1), Friday, 11 a.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal (14-0) vs. Pleasant Grove (12-2), Thursday, 7 p.m.
Clay-Chalkville (14-0) vs. Saraland (13-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Hoover (11-2) vs. Prattville (11-2), Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Unified Sports Game
Lawrence County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Friday’s Semifinal Results
Maplesville 33, Billingsley 8
Hubbertville 45, Marion County 35
Elba 21, Washington County 14
Fyffe 42, Ranburne 14
Dale County 32, Gordo 28
Madison Academy 31, Glencoe 28
Leeds 42, UMS-Wright 14
Deshler 45, Cordova 22
St. Paul’s 31, Jackson21
Pleasant Grove 27, Madison County 13
Saraland 14, Spanish Fort 10
Clay-Chalkville 35, Florence 21
Auburn, Ala. – The teams for the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 7A state football championship game are set with Hoover and Prattville each winning semifinal games last weekend.
That game will kick off the 2014 Super 7 Championships at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-5. This Friday the AHSAA’s remaining six classifications will determine the other championship pairings in their respective semifinal games.
Now is the time to avoid the long lines and last-minute rush. Tickets to all Super 7 Championship games are now on sale online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
The Class 7A state championship game is set Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff. The AHSAA’s first Unified Sports flag football state exhibition game will be played earlier in the day at 3:30 p.m.
The AHSAA Class 3A finals are scheduled Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., followed by the 1A championship game at 3 p.m. and 5A title game at 7 p.m. Class 4A will open the Super 7 Championship three-game schedule Friday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m., followed by the Class 2A finals at 3 p.m. The Class 6A championship game will close out the competition later that night at 7 p.m.
This is a special year for the AHSAA since history will be made with seven state champions crowned for the first time with the addition of the 7A classification.
All schools, teams, students and fans are encouraged to be a part of this historic event and join in supporting the final teams of each classification as they compete for state titles.
Advance tickets at $12 are valid only for all games that day. Group tickets are also available at a discounted price and can be purchased online through PrepTix.
Additionally, fans have the opportunity to watch this year’s Super 7 from one of Jordan-Hare Stadium’s luxury suites. These suites are fully furnished, air-conditioned/heated, and offer the opportunity to order private catering. Suites range from $800 per game to $2,400 for the entire week. Suites can also be purchased online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
The daily schedule of games is as follows:
· Wednesday, December 3
o 3:30 p.m. – Unified Sports State Game: Hewitt-Trussville vs. Lawrence County.
o 7:00 p.m. – 7A Championship: Prattville Lions vs. Hoover Bucs.
· Thursday, December 4
o 11:00 a.m. – 3A Championship: TBD
o 3:00 p.m. – 1A Championship: TBD
· 7:00 p.m. – 5A Championship: TBD
Friday, December 5
o 11:00 a.m. – 4A Championship: TBD
o 3:00 p.m. – 2A Championship: TBD
o 7:00 p.m. – 6A Championship: TBD
For more information about the championships or purchasing tickets, contact Mike Vest at Mike@knighteady.com.
Glencoe High School’s powerful running attack stoked the Yellow Jacket to 21-0 lead last Friday night as Coach Lee Ozmint’s team rolled into the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoff semifinals with a 49-19 win over Colbert County.
Thomas Ozmint, son of the head coach, gained 203 yards and scored four touchdowns on 23 rushing attempts and teammate Dylan Stone also had 194 yards and three scores on 16 carries as Glencoe grabbed the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for round three of the playoffs. The victory avenged last year’s 45-44 overtime setback to the Indians in round two of the playoffs and improved Glencoe’s record to 13-0 for the first time since the Yellow Jackets won the Class 2A state title in 1973.
Both running backs are well over 1,000 yards on the season as Glencoe heads into this week’s Class 3A semifinals at home against two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (12-1).
Glencoe’s tradition is rich – sporting a 490-380-25 record dating back to the first season in 1922. In 1926, Coach Clair Strickland’s Jackets produced the school’s first unbeaten season (8-0). The next one came in 1938 with Coach Dewitt Dunn’s squad finishing 8-0-1. Coach Lyle Darnell, who coached the 1973 state championship team, led the Yellow Jackets to a 9-0-1 record in 1970 and a 12-1 season in 1979.
Ozmint, in his ninth season as head coach, is 68-34 overall and ranks third in the school’s all-time coaches’ wins list. Darnell and E.C.Wilson rank ahead of Ozmint with 97 and 93 wins each.
The 2014 team has scored a school-record 525 points in 13 games (40.4 per game) and yielded 171 (13.2 points per game) overall.
Glencoe’s big win edged out several top performances, including Austin Stiefel’s 264 yards rushing in a 49-21 win over Tanner and a last-second field goal by eighth grader Matthew Quinn as Spanish Fort nipped McAdory 24-21.
Stiefel had 21 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Red Devils (13-0) beat the defending Class 2A state champion Rattlers. His TD runs covered 1, 80, 12 and 78 yards. He added a fifth TD with a 27-yard pass reception and finished with two catches for 68 yards and totaled 364 all-purpose yards. Fyffe hosts
Quinn kicked an 18-yard field goal as time expired to give the Toros a 24-21 Class 6A playoff win over previously unbeaten McAdory. The victory sends Spanish Fort into the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Quarterback Javon Brown also completed 18-of-21 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries in the win.
Other highlights reported:
JAMARIUS HENDERSON, DALE COUNTY: Rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns and had three receptions for 88 yards in the Warriors' 48-21 win over Montgomery Academy. He is now 18 yards shy of 3,000 heading into the semifinals Friday versus Gordo.
ART SMITH, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: The Cougars’ workhorse had 20 rush attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Clay-Chalkville (13-0) beat Decatur 38-10 to move into this week’s Class 6A state semifinals. His scoring runs covered 1, 15 and 66 yards.
KAMERON DAVIS, FLORENCE: Ran for 124 yards on 12 carries and scored once in a 49-14 Class 6A playoff victory over Gardendale.
TROY DIXON, UMS-WRIGHT: Totaled 191 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-19 Class 4A playoff win over Straughn.
DERRICK DUNNIGAN, BILLLINGSLEY: Anchored the Bears’ upset of previously unbeaten Brantley (12-1) with 102 yards rushing on 18 carries in the 20-14 Class 1A playoff triumph. His go-ahead touchdown with 1:48 to go sealed the win.
PEYTON WATES, MARION COUNTY: Ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns (21 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A win over Cedar Bluff.
TYLER GURLEY, MADISON COUNTY: Rushed for three touchdowns, passed for a fourth and had an interception on defense as the Tigers beat East Limestone (12-1) in the Class 5A quarterfinals 28-7.
CHADARIUS TOWNSEND, TANNER: Returned a kickoff 85 yards for a TD in a 49-21 Class 2A playoff loss to Fyffe. On offense, he carried 17 times for 147 yards for Tanner, the state champions in 2012 and 2013. The setback snapped a 12-game playoff winning streak for the Rattlers.
JOSH DECKER, CEDAR BLUFF: Completed 11-of-26 pass attempts for 227 yards, two touchdowns (4 and 49 yards) and passed for two 2-point conversions in the Tigers' 56-22 loss to Marion County.
COLE SPENCER, MAPLESVILLE: Completed 12-of-16 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns (43, 6 & 8 yards) and rushed for two additional scores in a 42-22 Class 1A quarterfinal playoff win over Notasulga.
DEMARCUS WILLIAMS, JACKSON: Passed for 213 yards and two TDs with a 12-of-16 passing performance as the Aggies beat Greenville 30-7 in the Class 5A quarterfinals. He also rushed for 119 yards and one TD.
KEITH WASHINGTON, PRATTVILLE: Was 10-of-15 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions moved into the Class 7A state finals with a 42-17 win over Foley. Washington also ran for another score.
AARON POLLARD, MARION COUNTY: Completed 10-of-23 pass attempts for 158 yards and a 33-yard touchdown and rushed for two more scores (1 and 2 yards) in the Red Raiders' 56-22 Class 1A playoff victory at Cedar Bluff.
D.J. CHAPMAN, CEDAR BLUFF: Caught eight passes for 172 yards in the Tigers' 56-22 Class 1A loss to Marion County.
GRANT BARBER, UMS-WRIGHT: Caught four passes for 174 yards and a touchdown in a 49-19 victory over Straughn.
NOAH ARD, CORDOVA: Caught four passes for 101 yards and added one rushing touchdown in a 35-16 victory over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Haleyville.
BLAKE EDWARDS, ELBA: The Tiger wide receiver threw a 72-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play and caught two short passes and turned them into 70-yard and 21-yard scoring receptions in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A playoff win over G.W. Long. He finished with three receptions for 93 yards.
KERRYON JOHNSON, MADISON ACADEMY: Blocked a punt and returned it 36 yards for one TD, intercepted a pass and set up another TD with a 65-yard kickoff return as the defending 3A state champion Mustangs (12-1) moved into the semifinals for the fourth straight year with a 56-8 win over Walter Wellborn. He also rushed for two touchdowns on offense.
ADAM MITCHELL, LEEDS: Intercepted three passes in a 62-0 Class 4A playoff win over Munford.
PATE SMITH, G.W. LONG: Had 17 tackles in a 33-10 Class 2A loss to Elba.
KE’JUAN FEAGAN, PLEASANT GROVE: Returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in a 26-0 Class 5A playoff victory over previously unbeaten Guntersville (21-1). He also rushed for two TDs on offense.
BLAKE JOHNSON, ELBA: Recorded 12 tackles, including three for losses, in Elba's 33-10 Class 2A win over previously unbeaten G.W. Long as the Tigers (13-0) held the Rebels (11-1) to 41 points below their season average.
TAMAURICE SMITH, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Had two interceptions in the Saints’ 38-0 Class 5A playoff win over B. C. Rain. The St. Paul’s defense finished with six picks on the night.
CHANCE DUNCAN, GLENCOE: Had eight tackles, including four for a loss, and three sacks in the Yellow Jackets’ 49-19 Class 3A win over Colbert County.
CADE ADKINS, CORDOVA: Managed three quarterback sacks and caused a fumble in the Blue Devils’ 35-16 Class 4A playoff win over Haleyville.
Nineteen unbeaten teams and all six defending state champions of 2013 are in the 208-team first-round field as the Alabama High School Athletic Association 2014 State football Playoffs get underway Friday, Nov. 7. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
For the first time in AHSAA history, seven state champions will be crowned when the playoffs culminate the five-week regimen at the Super 7 State Championships at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3-4-5.
The new seven classification system shifts some of the defending champions into new classifications and pits two – Pickens County (7-3) and Tanner (8-2) – in Class 2A this year. Pickens County won the 2013 state title in Class 1A.
Madison Academy (9-1) returns to defend its Class 3A state championship and Oneonta (8-2) its 4A crown. Spanish Fort (9-1), the 2012 and 2013 Class 5A champions, are now battling in Class 6A and defending 6A champ Hoover in the new 7A.
Among the 19 teams heading into the state playoffs unbeaten are five schools in Class 2A, four each in 1A and 3A, three in 5A, two in 6A and one in Class 7A. No teams are unbeaten in the 32-team Class 4A field.
Fairhope (10-0) is the only unbeaten team in the new 7A division. The Pirates will open the playoffs at home Nov. 7 against Jeff Davis (5-5).
Other unbeaten teams include: Class 1A: Brantley (10-0), Donoho (10-0), Maplesville (9-0) and Hubbertville (9-0); Class 2A: Washington County (10-0), Elba (10-0), Fyffe (10-0), Ranburne (9-0) and G.W. Long (9-0); Class 3A: Dale County (10-0), Montgomery Academy (10-0), Gordo (10-0) and Glencoe (10-0); Class 4A: none. Class 5A: St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Guntersville (10-0) and East Limestone (10-0); Class 6A: McAdory (10-0) and Clay-Chalkville (10-0).
A total of 104 games are set Friday with 16 in each of the 1A thru 6A classifications and eight in Class 7A.
The 49th annual state playoffs began with four teams competing for one state championship in what was then Class 4A in 1966. Championship play for all schools was implemented the following year in 1967 with four divisions. The six-class system began in 1984 and was replaced last January with the new seven-classification system.
Second-round playoff games are scheduled Friday, Nov. 14, followed by the quarterfinals Nov. 21 and the semifinals Nov. 28.
AHSAA State Football Playoffs
FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS
(All games Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.)
Loachapoka (3-6) at Brantley (10-0)
Chickasaw (4-6) at Linden (6-3)
Kinston (6-4) at Billingsley (7-2)
Ellwood Christian (4-6) at J.U. Blacksher (6-4), Uriah
Millry (7-3) at Maplesville (9-0)
Isabella (6-2) at McKenzie (8-1)
A.L. Johnson (5-5) at Fruitdale (8-2)
Georgiana (7-3) at Notasulga (7-3)
Jacksonville Christian (4-6) at Hubbertville (9-0)
Wadley (7-3) at Phillips (9-1), Bear Creek
South Lamar (4-6) at Valley Head (5-4)
R.A. Hubbard (6-4) at Ragland (9-1)
Talladega Co. Central (6-4) at Hackleburg (9-1)
Cedar Bluff (5-5) at Berry (7-3)
Decatur Heritage (6-4) at Donoho (10-0), Anniston
Marion County (5-5) at Spring Garden (7-3)
New Brockton (7-3) at G.W. Long (9-0), Skipperville
Leroy (5-5) at Thorsby (7-3)
Houston Academy (4-5) at Elba (10-0)
R.C. Hatch (6-4) at Sweet Water (7-3)
Flomaton (7-3) at Pickens County (7-3), Reform
Luverne (5-5) at Cottonwood (8-2)
Vincent (4-6) at Washington County (10-0), Chatom
Geneva County (6-3) at Goshen (6-4)
Ider (7-3) at Tanner (8-2)
Randolph County (8-2) at Sulligent (6-4)
Tarrant (4-6) at Fyffe (10-0)
Hatton (6-3) at Reeltown (9-1)
Woodland (7-3) at Red Bay (9-1)
Cleveland (8-2) at Addison (7-3)
Phil Campbell (4-6) at Ranburne (9-0)
Cold Springs (8-2) at Gaston (7-3)
Prattville Christian (4-6) at Dale County (10-0), Midland City
Geneva (5-5) at Aliceville (9-1)
Daleville (5-5) at Montgomery Academy (10-0)
Greensboro (7-3) at T.R. Miller (9-1), Brewton
Hillcrest-Evergreen (4-6) at Gordo (10-0)
Fultondale (6-4) at Pike County (6-3), Brundidge
Lamar County (7-3) at Opp (7-3)
Slocomb (6-4) at Midfield (5-4)
Sylvania (4-6) at Glencoe (10-0)
Vinemont (5-5) at Lauderdale County (8-2), Rogersville
Weaver (4-6) at Plainview (8-2), Rainsville
Colbert County (6-4) at Winfield (6-4)
Winston County (5-5) at Madison Academy (9-1)
Pisgah (6-4) at Piedmont (7-3)
Lexington (7-3) at Oakman (9-1)
Walter Wellborn (6-3) at Geraldine (8-2)
Munford a(7-3) t St. James (8-2), Montgomery
W.S. Neal (6-3) at Northside (8-2), Samantha
Ashford (7-3) at Leeds (9-1)
Bibb County (6-4) at Clarke County (8-2), Grove Hill
Thomasville (5-5) at West Blocton (9-1)
Childersburg (6-4) at Straughn (8-1)
Sipsey Valley (4-6) at UMS-Wright (9-1), Mobile
Trinity Presbyterian (5-5) at Dadeville (6-4)
Westminster Christian (6-4) at Cleburne County (8-2), Heflin
Cordova (7-3) at Wilson (9-1)
Sardis (5-3) at Oneonta (8-2)
Elkmont (8-2) at Haleyville (8-2)
Hamilton (7-3) at Deshler (9-1), Tuscumbia
North Jackson (7-3) at Saks (9-1), Anniston
Central-Florence (5-5) at Fayette County (7-3), Fayette
Jacksonville (8-2) at Locust Fork (8-2)
Sylacauga (7-3) at Greenville (8-2)
Vigor (5-4) at Calera (9-1)
Rehobeth (5-5) at Tallassee (7-3)
Central Tuscaloosa (6-4) at Jackson (8-2)
B.C. Rain (4-6) at Demopolis (8-2)
Beauregard (7-2) at Charles Henderson (7-3), Veterans Stadium, Troy
Helena (5-5) at St. Paul’s Episcopal (10-0), Mobile
Eufaula (5-5) at Clay County Central (7-3), Lineville
Boaz (6-4) at Lincoln (6-4)
Pleasant Grove (8-2) at Russellville (8-2)
Moody (5-5) at Guntersville (10-0)
J.O. Johnson (7-3) at Ramsay (9-1), Lawson Field, Birmingham
Dora (5-5) at East Limestone 10-0)
Etowah (6-4) at Mortimer Jordan (9-1), Kimberly
West Point (7-3) at Parker (9-1), Birmingham
Alexandria (6-3) at Madison County (7-3), Gurly
Pell City (6-4) at Carver-Montgomery (8-2), Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
Daphne (7-3) at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (7-3)
Wetumpka (6-4) at Opelika (8-1)
Bessemer City (5-5) at Saraland (9-1)
Blount (7-3) at McAdory (10-0), McCalla
Oxford (5-5) at Dothan (5-5), Rip Hewes Stadium
Northridge (6-4) at Spanish Fort (9-1)
Stanhope Elmore (5-5) at Benjamin Russell (9-1), Alexander City
Scottsboro (4-6) at Clay-Chalkville (10-0)
Minor (7-3) at Muscle Shoals (7-2)
Pinson Valley (5-5) at Southside-Gadsden (8-2)
Decatur (7-3) at Walker (6-4), Jasper
Briarwood Christian (4-6) at Florence (8-2), Braly Stadium
Arab (7-3) at Shades Valley (8-2), Frank Nix Stadium, Irondale
Hartselle (7-3) at Homewood (8-2)
Gardendale (6-4) at Fort Payne (7-3)
Jeff Davis (5-5) at R1 W: Fairhope (10-0)
Foley (7-3) at R2 RU: Auburn (4-5)
Murphy (7-3) at R2 W: Central-Phenix City (9-1)
Prattville (8-2) at Baker (9-1), Mobile
Buckhorn (6-4) at Hoover (8-2)
Tuscaloosa County (5-5) at Bob Jones (8-2), Madison City Schools Stadium
Hewitt-Trussville (5-5) at Gadsden City (8-2)
James Clemens (7-3) at Oak Mountain (9-1), Heardmont Park