Madison Academy rolled to its third straight Class 3A state football title Thursday at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the Auburn University campus with a 70-34 win over Dale County (14-1).
Senior all-purpose back Kerryon Johnson scored six touchdowns – with TDs coming three distinctively different ways. The Mustangs senior, who earned Game MVP honors, rushed for 178 yards on eight carries with TD runs covering 56, 25, 27 and 53 yards and caught one pass for a 66-yard touchdown. None was bigger, however, than his 31-yard interception return for a score early in the third quarter which snuffed out any momentum the Warriors had gained with its 20-point second quarter.
Madison Academy, coach by Eric Cohu, scored quickly and often in the first period to build a 28-7 lead. Dale County clawed back to a 28-14 deficit but was trailing 42-20 when the Warriors got the back one more time right before the half ended. Getting the ball back with 41 seconds remaining in the second period, Coach Pate Harrison’s team had perfect execution on a hook-and-lateral pass when Trey McMillian fired 28 yards to Hayden Friesen who then pitched to Jamarius Henderson who rambled another 27 yards to the Mustangs 3. Two plays later, McMillian sneaked in as time expired to cut the lead to 42-27.
Dale County got the ball to start the third period, but disaster struck when two receivers collided allowing McMillian’s pass to land in Johnson’s hands. He ran in untouched to make it 49-27.
Johnson added his 53-yard touchdown run seven minutes later.
Madison Academy finished with 522 total yards and Dale County had 490 – a total of 1,012 yards combined for a new Super 7 record eclipsing the old record (930) set by Vigor and Russellville in the 2008 Class 5A game. A total of 15 touchdowns were also scored.
Malik Miller also rushed for 129 yards on 15 carries with a 45-yard TD run to open the scoring in the first period. Miller added a defensive touchdown by blocking a punt and returning it 35 yards for a score in the second half.
The Mustangs finished with 403 yards on the ground, and Blake Coward was 2-of-6 passing for 119 yards.
Henderson had 30 carries for a game-high 204 yards rushing and one TD. He finished his season with a state single-season record 3,483 yards rushing on 300 attempts. He had 44 rushing touchdowns, four receiving and 48 on the year. McMillian was 9-of-14 passing for 203 yards and one TD, a 27-yard strike to Carl Rogers in the final quarter.
Madison Academy kicker Nathan Geiss set a Super 7 record with 10 extra-point kicks. He finished the season perfect on all 86 tried and was also 9-of-10 on field goals for 113 kicking points.
Blake Wimberly had six tackles and three assists to lead the Mustangs defense. Kishawn Matthews also had seven stops. Jeffrey Whatley led the Warriors with seven tackles including two for 11 yards in losses.
A number of Super 7 championship records were set or tied in the game. Madison Academy’s third 3A title tied the record set by Pike County. The 70 points scored by the Mustangs also set a 3A and overall Super 7 single-game record. The combined 104 points also set a new Super 7 overall mark. The Mustangs’ 28 points in the first quarter tied the record set by Daphne in the 6A finals in 2001.
Madison Academy’s 522 total yards is a new 3A Super 7 record. Johnson’s six TDs also is a new Super 7 record as is his 36 points scored.
Hoover 35, Prattville 21
Hoover High School scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half Wednesday night and held on to beat Prattville 35-21 at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium to claim the first Class 7A state football championship in AHSAA state playoff history.
Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs (12-2) won their third state title in a row, 12th game in a row, captured their 39th straight win against AHSAA competition and their 11th state football crown in school history. Game MVP Marcus Webb rushed 22 times for 153 yards and one touchdown to earn MVP honors. Teammate Bradrick Shaw added 101 yards and two scores on 19 tries as Hoover piled up 244 yards on the ground.
The Bucs scored first, taking the opening drive 80 yards on 12 plays culminating with quarterback Jack Hucheson’s 7-yard pass to Quincy Cox for the touchdown. The march ate up 5:37 of the first quarter and set the tone with the strong running attack.
Webb scored on a 20-yard run midway through the second quarter and Shaw followed with a 5-yard TD run with 2:04 left in the half.
Prattville (11-3) cranked up its offense a minute later when quarterback Keith Washington connected with Seth Knotts for a 50-yard touchdown pass to cut the Hoover lead to 21-7.
But the Bucs were not done, however. Leonard Wood scored with 20 seconds left in the half on a 41-yard pass from Hutcheson to take a 28-7 lead into intermission. Hutchison finished 9-of-15 for 150 yards and two TDs with Alex Elam the leading receiver with three catches for 67 yards.
Coach Chad Anderson’s Lions drove 67 yards on nine plays to open the third quarter and cut the lead to 28-14 on Washington’s short sneak into the end zone. Hoover bounced right back on Shaw’s 20-yard TD run two minutes later to stretch its lead to 35-14.
Prattville closed out the scoring when Derek Gappa hauled in a 41-yard TD pass from Washington with 4:51 to play. Washington finished 11-of-23 for 170 yards with Knotts catching five passes for 170 yards. Gappa also had five receptions for 86 yards. Joseph Burke had 58 yards rushing on 16 carries for the Lions.
Defensively, Hoover linebacker Jeremiah Mood had a game-high 10 tackles and Micah Bagley had eight. Anthony Brown was in on seven stops with one sack.
Hoover has now won nine state championships since 2000, including 6A titles in 2012 and 2013. The last loss in-state came in a 35-34 loss to Prattville in the 2012 state championship game.
The Super 7 State Championships continue at Auburn Thursday with Dale County (14-0) facing Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals at 11 a.m., Hubbertville (13-0) versus Maplesville (13-0) in the 1A championship at 3 p.m., and St. Paul’s (14-0) taking on Pleasant Grove (12-2) in the 5A finals at 7.
All games will be televised live over the Raycom Network.
Lawrence County 26, Hewitt-Trussville 18
Lawrence County receiver Josh Smith had five receptions for 59 yards with one touchdown to lead his team to a 26-18 win over Hewitt-Trussville in the first Unified Sports state flag football game in AHSAA history Wednesday at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The teams, consisting of Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student peer partners, battled on a 25x60-yard field over two 20-minute halves.
Smith, who also made an interception on defense, had a 24-yard catch from partner Jesse Childress to set up Lawrence County’s first TD. Childress then connected with Timmy Chaney for a 3-yard TD pass with 15:26 remaining in the first half.
Hewitt-Trussville tied the game at 6-6 with 11:43 left in the half when partner Dylan McCormick tossed a 10-yard TD pass to athlete Andrew White. White had a good game rushing for 29 yards on four carries, catching two passes for 18 yards and throwing a 7-yard TD pass to McCormick.
Tyler Ball, who rushed for 33 yards on five carries, scored Hewitt’s other TD on a 10-yard run.
Lawrence County receiver Timmy Chaney had two catches for TDs covering 1 and 3 yards. Bobby Le Griffith scored the final touchdown with a 9-yard run.
Lawrence County, coached by Steve Jones, used six different passers to complete 14-of-27 passes for 124 yards. Hewitt-Trussville, coached by Tim Meacham, was 9-of-24 passing for 100 yards and also rushed for 61 yards on 11 tries.
The 2014 Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2014 Super 7 State Football Championships kickoff today at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium making history on several fronts.
The AHSAA will crown its first Class 7A state champion tonight when perennial state finalist Hoover (11-2) faces Prattville (11-2) at 7 p.m. The AHSAA playoffs consisted of six classifications since 1984 and the finals were dubbed the Super 6 State Championships from 1996-2013.
Last winter the AHSAA approved seven classes - adding16 teams to the playoff field that raised the number from 192 to 208. Tonight’s game will be the culmination of that major change.
In conjunction with Special Olympics of Alabama (SOAL), the AHSAA will also host its first-ever Unified Sports state game today at 3:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare. The Unified game will be an exhibition between a team comprised of students from Lawrence County High School’s system and a team from Hewitt-Trussville.
The Unified Game is a 5-on-5 flag football game featuring Special Olympic student-athletes and regular student “peer partners.” The lineup consists of three athletes and two partners at all times. The game is being live-streamed over the NFHS Network by Opelika High School’s School Broadcast Program. The link is http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/a1b2bf17e7
and can be found at www.nfhsnetwork.com.
Hoover won the last two Class 6A state titles in 2012 and 2013. The Bucs and Lions have squared off in the finals five times since 2004 with Prattville winning 35-34 in 2011 in the last meeting. Coach Chad Anderson’s Lions hold as 3-2 edge in the championship series.
Coach Josh Niblett’s Bucs lost its first two games of the season to out-of-state powers to snap a 30-game winning streak. Since then Hoover has reeled off 11 straight wins and has not lost a game to an in-state team since that 2011 title game versus Prattville.
Raycom Network is televising tonight’s game live over its vast network of Raycom stations and will also televise the six remaining games Thursday and Friday. Games will be shown teach Raycom station’s main channel or its Bounce channel. Channel listings can be found at: http://www.pathtotheplayoffs.com/tv-channel-listings/
Thursday’s three-game schedule features three schools making their state championship debuts. The action gets underway at 11 a.m. with Dale County (14-0) meeting two-time defending state champion Madison Academy (13-1) in the 3A finals. It is the first state championship appearance for the Warriors and the fourth straight for the Mustangs.
Hubbertville (13-0), also making its first state championship appearance, faces Maplesville (13-0) at 3 p.m. Pleasant Grove (12-2), in its first final, 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, Deshler (13-1) and Leeds (13-1) open play at 11 a.m. in the 4A championship game. Elba (14-0) and Fyffe (14-0) put their unbeaten records on the line in the 2A finals at 3 p.m., and in the final game of the Super 7, Saraland (13-1) will meet Clay-Chalkville (14-0) in the 6A finals at 7 p.m. It marks the first time in the finals for the Spartans.
A special fireworks display by TNT Fireworks will be featured after the 7A, 5A and 6A night games.
The AHSAA state football playoffs, in its 49th year, played championships at home sites until 1996 when all state finals were moved to one site with the introduction of the Super 6. Birmingham’s fabled Legion Field served as host until 2009 when the AHSAA switched to a rotation between Alabama and Auburn on alternating years opposite the site of the annual Iron Bowl. Alabama hosted the Super 6 in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Auburn hosted in 2010 and 2012.
The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast all games over its network. The on-line link for the audio broadcast is at http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/.
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