Piedmont & Cedar Bluff Join Super 7 Party
Defending Class 6A state football champion Clay-Chalkville High School edged Austin 45-35 Friday night in semifinals of the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs to advance to the 2015 Super 7 State Football Championships at Tuscaloosa next week. The Cougars (14-0) led 35-21 at the half before the Black Bears clawed back to within three at 38-35 late. Clay sealed the win with a late touchdown and strong defensive stand to extend its current AHSAA-leading winning streak to 29 games and earned the right to face Spanish Fort (14-0) in the Class 6A championship game. The 6A finals is the only game pitting unbeaten teams. The Toros clawed from a 27-10 deficit to beat Benjamin Russell 31-27 Friday night. Four other defending state champions posted semifinal wins and will be in Tuscaloosa Dec. 2-4 as the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs conclude with seven state championships at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. This will also be the 20th year with all championships at the same site. Class 1A Maplesville (12-1), Class 2A Fyffe (13-1), Class 4A Leeds (12-2) and Class 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal all return to defend titles. Classes 3A and 7A will feature four new schools. Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils beat Linden 50-19 to set up the 1A finals versus Cedar Bluff (13-1). Coach Paul Benefield’s Class 2A Fyffe team will meet Elba (13-1) in a rematch of last year’s Class 2A finals. Leeds, coached by Keith Etheredge, faces Fayette County (10-4) in the 4A finals, and Coach Steve Mask’s Class 5A Saints will meet Mortimer Jordan (13-1) in the finals. The Class 3A championship game pits Piedmont (13-1) versus Bayside Academy (11-3) and in Class 7A, McGill-Toolen (12-1) squares off against Spain Park (12-1) in the first game Wednesdaynight. The Unified Sports flag football game will feature Lee County and Hewitt- Trussville.
The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations. The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins. That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2009 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn. Last year, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. Super 7 Championships Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2 Unified State Game Lee County vs. Hewitt-Trussville, 3:30 p.m. Class 7A Championship Spain Park (12-1) vs. McGill-Toolen (12-1), 7 p.m. THURSDAY, DEC. 3 Class 3A Championship Bayside Academy (11-3) vs. Piedmont (13-1), 11 a.m. Class 1A Championship Maplesville (12-1) vs. Cedar Bluff (13-1), 3 p.m. Class 5A Championship Mortimer Jordan (13-1) vs. St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-2), 7 p.m. FRIDAY, DEC. 4 Class 4A Championship Leeds (12-2) vs. Fayette County (10-4), 11 a.m. Class 2A Championship Elba (13-1) vs. Fyffe (13-1), 3 p.m. Class 6A Championship Spanish Fort (14-0) vs. Clay-Chalkville (14-0), 7 p.m. AHSAA 50th State Football Playoffs Semifinal Results CLASS 1A Maplesville 50, Linden 19 Cedar Bluff 53, Decatur Heritage 40 CLASS 2A Elba 24, G.W. Long 7 Fyffe 20, Randolph County 17 CLASS 3A Bayside Academy 36, Hillcrest-Evergreen 0 Piedmont 14, Colbert County 0 CLASS 4A Leeds 48, Munford 20 Fayette County 32, Cordova 0 CLASS 5A St. Paul’s Episcopal 35, Jackson 24 Mortimer Jordan 42, Alexandria 36 (OT) CLASS 6A Spanish Fort 31, Benjamin Russell 27 Clay-Chalkville 45, Austin 35 (Courtesy: AHSAA)