Looks familiarPrattville vs. Hoover for the Class 6A state championship sounds familiar. These two teams have become regulars in the title game with each having their own championship runs in the past 10 years. The match-up has to favor Prattville with an explosive offense led by Alabama commitment Justin Thomas who is dangerous with his arm and legs. The defense is definitely talented, and cornerback Laronji Vason [Wake Forest] is one of the most underrated recruits in the state. The Prattville roster is filled with elite recruits including Justin Shanks [Florida State] who is rated a four-star on the defensive line.
Hoover has overcome obstacles after quarterback Sam Gillikan suffered a season-ending injury. The Bucs are also very tough on the defensive side of the ball with juniors Jamal Lucas and Devon Earl. Hoover has a special sophomore in Marlon Humphrey who is a physical defensive player and explosive on special teams.
Defense wins championshipsVigor's defense is incredibly talented. They had five shutouts this year. The most impressive performance came last week when they shutdown five-star QB Jameis Winston and No. 1 ranked Hueytown. The defense has three SEC commitments in defensive end Darius Philon (Alabama), defensive end Jamichael Winston (Arkansas) and cornerback Jacoby Glenn (Kentucky). Hartselle enters the game undefeated. This Class 5A game is not a second fiddle contest to the Bucs and Lions. A must-see match-up.
Battle of undefeatedsElba and Tanner will meet in the Class 2A state championship game. Both enter with perfect records for the season making it the only match-up up in the Super Six between undefeated teams. Elba is averaging 51.3 points this season and scored 65 or more points in five games during the year. Tanner is averaging more than 41 points, but limiting opponents to 10.3 points per game. This projects as a very exciting game for fans of high-powered offenses.
Heavy favoriteJackson is possibly the team who will have a little easier road to victory Friday in their game against Oneonta. Thomasville blew out Deshler in the Class 4A game in 2010. Jackson is loaded and should win Friday morning. Oneonta has a stout defense and might pull a big upset.
First titleHandley has been very impressive in Class 3A dismantling opponents along the way. They had a few close games during the year especially with with Clay County, but other games were not as competitive. They have outscored opponents 499-173. Alabama commitment Bradley Bozeman anchors the offensive and defensive line.
MIAThe reign of Sweet Water in the Class 1A finals has come to an end. It's not often they miss the Super Six. They were defeated last week by a whopping 40-7 to Linden. Marion County has scored more than 50 points six times this year. This might become a high scoring affair.
Thursday, Dec. 1
Handley (14-0) vs. Madison Academy (12-2), 11:00 a.m.
Linden (13-1) vs. Marion County (13-1), 3:00 p.m.
Vigor (12-2) vs. Hartselle (14-0), 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2
Jackson (14-0) vs. Oneonta (12-2), 11:00 a.m.
Elba (14-0) vs. Tanner (14-0), 3:00 p.m.
Prattville (11-2) vs. Hoover (13-1), 7:00 p.m.
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