VOLS GO BACK TO BACK AND HORN GETS #8 IN THRILLING DEFENSIVE STOP TO HOLD OFF PLEASANT GROVE IN 5A TITLE GAME
Just one yard. That’s what separated winning and losing in tonight’s Class 5A championship – preventing Pleasant Grove from winning the school’s first state football championship and allowing Central-Clay to walk out of Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium with a second straight state title.
That 1 yard clinched an eighth AHSAA championship for Central-Clay coach Danny Horn, giving him the state record one day before UMS-Wright’s Terry Curtis can equal him.
That 1 yard left the scoreboard reading: Central-Clay 31, Pleasant Grove 27.
“It came down to one play, and we made one more than they did at the end,” Horn said.
Pleasant Grove drove from its 20 to Central 10 on the game’s final drive and faced second-and-10 with eight seconds to go and no timeouts.
Quarterback Zyquez Perryman avoided the rush, scrambled to his left and sprinted toward the pylon in the left front corner of the end zone.
Central-Clay’s Javon Wood hit Perryman at the 3, and J.D. McNealey cut out his legs as the quarterback’s lunge for the end zone ended at the 1. Game over.
“I knew I had to get him before he got in there,” McNealey said. “I did it for my team.”
Asked if he’d do anything differently on the final play, Perryman replied: “I would have dived more.”
THE LONG WAIT IS OVER - FINALLY IT'S OXFORD WINNING 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN A THRILLER FOR THE AGES
Trequon Fegans scored on a 3-yard run with 23 seconds to go, and Andrew Warhurst’s extra point gave Oxford a 14-13 victory over Spanish Fort to win its first state championship since 1993.
Warhurst’s kick capped a tense, amazing fourth quarter that included a blocked field goal, several instant-replay reviews and a controversial touchdown – all in a matter of minutes in the fourth quarter.
It all started when Oxford lined up for a go-ahead field goal. The Toros blocked the 43-yard attempt, and the ball dribbled toward the end zone. Spanish Fort’s Micah Gaffney picked it up inside his 10, picked up a convoy of blockers and appeared on his way to the end zone.
An Oxford player chased Gaffney down and knocked him out of bounds at the 2.
Three plays later, Spanish Fort quarterback Kris Abrams-Draine appeared to score on a 3-yard run, but instant replay then ruled him down at the 1-foot line with 6:19 to play.
Then, on fourth-and-goal, Abrams-Draine ran up the middle and both teams were pushing rugby-style when the ball squirted free. Spanish Fort’s Travis McGowan fell on it in the end zone for an apparent touchdown.
Oxford challenged the play and it was reviewed by instant replay, but the touchdown stood. A replay showed Abrams-Draine reaching for the goal line -- his helmet popped off -- when the ball slipped through his hands.
So, with 6:12 to go, Spanish Fort led 13-7 after the Toros missed the extra point.
Oxford took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Spanish Fort 14, where the Toros held on fourth-and-1 with 2:42 to go. Again, Oxford challenged the spot and officials ruled he was down at the 13, not the 14.
That prompted a measurement from the old-fashioned chain-gang, and Oxford was short by a few inches.
Spanish Fort took over at the 13 with 2:42 to go, but Abrams-Draine, the quarterback, was out after being injured on Oxford’s previous third down play.
Three plays lost two years, Oxford called its final two timeouts, and Spanish Fort punted the ball away with 1:43 to go, Zay Britt called a fair catch at the Toros 43, and Oxford’s offense trotted onto the field with 1:34 to play.
Two runs by Oxford’s Zay Britt -- playing quarterback because Trey Higgins suffered what appeared to be a leg injury -- got the ball to the Spanish Fort 7, and the Toros called a timeout with 35 seconds to go.
Britt then lofted a pass for 6-foot-4 Roc Taylor in the end zone, but a Spanish Fort defender tugged on his jersey and it was called pass interference. That moved the ball to first-and-goal at the 3.
Fegans scored on the next play, and Warhurst’s extra point made it 14-13 with 23 seconds to go.
Spanish Fort fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Oxford recovered to seal it.
STEVE SMITH TAKES ONE OF HIS YOUNGEST TEAMS EVER TO AUBURN AND COMES HOME WITH PIEDMONT'S 4TH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Piedmont's Jack Hayes threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs rallied from a 10-point deficit to top Mobile Christian 26-24 and win the Class 3A championship earlier today in Auburn
It’s the fourth state title for the Bulldogs since 2009. They lost to Flomaton in the title game a year ago.
The go-ahead touchdown came on a 27-yard pass to Jakari Foster with just 35 seconds left.
Mobile Christian had taken a 24-20 lead on the second of two short, fourth-down touchdown runs by Deontae Lawson with less than four minutes left.
But Hayes drove the Bulldogs 66 yards for the win and then intercepted Kason Lincke’s pass with a second left to seal the win.
Mobile Christian was trying for its first state title. The Leopards also lost to Piedmont back in 2016.
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Championship Games - December 4th, 5th & 6th From Auburn's Jurdan-Hare Stadium
CLASS 7A - FINAL
Thompson 40 - Central-Phoenix City 14
CLASS 3A - FINAL
Piedmont 26 - Mobile Christian 24
CLASS 1A - FINAL
Lanett 41 - Mars Hill Bible 32
CLASS 5A - FINAL
Central-Clay Co. 31 - Pleasant Grove 27
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COACH'S SON AND TIDE COMMIT HAS STORY-BOOK NIGHT IN 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - CEMENTS BID AS THIS YEAR'S "MR FOOTBALL".
The top Story of the Super 7 Class 1A wasn’t the state’s most prolific offense but the most prolific offensive player in state history.
Lanett quarterback and Alabama commit Kristian Story scrambled for a touchdown, threw for another to Jaquar Houston on a wide receiver screen, stopped a hook-and-lateral to squelch any hopes of a Mars Hill comeback, recovered a fumble at his 20 and intercepted a pass in the final minute as the Panthers rallied in the second half for a 41-30 victory Thursday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.
JACKSONVILLE FALLS SHORT IN FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BID
UMS-Wright has its three-peat, but it didn’t come easy.
Richard Brinson scored a pair of touchdowns today as the Bulldogs won their 33rd straight game, pulling away from Jacksonville for a 28-17 victory in the Class 4A championship game at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Brinson scored his first TD on a 24-yard run in the first quarter and then caught the clincher, a 4-yard pass from quarterback Trey Singleton with 6:06 remaining. Keyshawn Woodyard set up the score with a leaping, 27-yard catch on third down inside the 5.
Jacksonville cut the UMS lead to 14-10 minutes earlier with a short field goal.
UMS tacked on a final score in the final three minutes. Following an Edwin White interception, Symon Smith scored on a 12-yard run. White sat out most of the game after re-injuring his ankle in the first half.
The Bulldogs’ third straight 4A crown gives veteran coach Terry Curtis his eighth title in 21 years as the team’s coach, tying Central-Clay County’s Danny Horn for the most titles in AHSAA history. Horn earned his eighth with a victory over Pleasant Grove in the 5A title game Thursday night.
CLASS 4A - FINAL
UMS Wright 28 - Jacksonville 17
CLASS 2A - FINAL
Fyffe 56 - Reeltown 7
CLASS 6A - FINAL
Oxford 14 - Spanish Fort 13
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THE RED DEVILS PUT AN EXCLAMATION MARK ON ONE OF ALABAMA'S MOST DOMINANT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASONS IN HISTORY WITH 2A STATE TITLE ROUT OF REELTOWN
The No. 1-ranked Red Devils stamped cleat marks through, over and around Reeltown from the first whistle of today’s Super 7 Class 2A championship game, winning their 30th straight game and a fourth state championship in six years by routing the Rebels 56-7 at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
It was apparent early in the game the only questions would be how much damage Fyffe would inflict and if the Rebels could score. The Red Devils outgained Reeltown 246 yards to 5 in the first half and led 14-0 before the Rebels even managed a snap from scrimmage.
Fyffe had Reeltown head locked in a 28-7 nightmare after one quarter and it was 42-7 at halftime.
The victory gave coach Fyffe coach Paul Benefield his fourth state championship since 2014 in one of the most dominant seasons in state history. The Red Devils became one of only five teams to allow less than 50 points in 15 games and outscored their opponents 639-43.
The Red Devils (15-0) scored every time they had the ball in the first half, with Zach Pyron reaching the end zone on runs of 38, 3 and 1 yards and running for 153 yards on 20 carries.
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