3A State Title Game
Leeds (14-0) vs. Hamilton (14-0)
This is a match up of the two most potent teams in Class 3A this season. Scoring 36.1 points per game this season, the Green Wave has scored more than 40 points seven times this season. Defensively is where Leeds' bread is buttered though. Led by Auburn commitment Jonathan Rose at corner and junior standout Javier Mitchell at linebacker, Leeds is allowing just 5.6 points per game in 2010 and allowed more than seven points just three times.
On the other side of the field Hamilton's offense has been even better than Leeds, averaging 41.1 points per game. The Aggies have been held under 40 points just four times this season, three coming in the last three weeks of the playoffs. They are led by dynamic sophomore quarterback Mitch Stults. It will be the first championship appearance for Hamilton while Leeds won its only title in 2008.
1A State Title Game
Sweet Water (11-3) vs. R.A. Hubbard (13-1)
Perhaps no match up in the history of the Super Six can compete with the Tigers these two programs possess. Between them the two schools have 13 state championships with Sweet Water having eight, four coming from 2004-2008. In those four games the Bulldogs allowed just 14 total points. Defense is again the strong suit for Sweet Water this season as Auburn commitment Chris Landrum is back playing linebacker and it has been a boost to an already strong unit. With six shutouts this year, the Bulldogs have allowed just 21 points in four playoff games.
While Sweet Water outscored its four opponents 163-21, R.A. Hubbard had a much bigger fight to make it to Auburn this year. Allowing 19.2 points per game this season, the Chiefs gave up 79 total points in the first three playoff wins before shutting out Parrish last weekend. The two teams have met twice before with Sweet Water winning both games in the state championship.
5A State Title Game
Spanish Fort (12-2) vs. Briarwood Christian (13-1)
Perhaps no team is as hot entering the playoffs as the Toros from Spanish Fort. Struggling to find a rhythm early in the season, they have hit their stride as the season has progressed under the direction of quarterback Ameriol Finley. A dynamic playmaker, he is protected by center and Auburn commitment Reese Dismukes up front as the Toros come in averaging 28.1 points per game. On defense Texas Tech commitment Blake Dees leads an opportunistic unit that is allowing 12.9 points per game this season.
While Spanish Fort is making its first state title appearance, the Lions are wily veterans of the big stage with a 5-2 record under coach Fred Yancey in the biggest game of the year. Averaging 31.7 points and allowing 12.8 per ballgame, Briarwood is once again a physical team capable of running and passing with success. Junior quarterback Ben Craft has plenty of guys to throw to with Cooper Harrington and sophomore Daniel Robert his top two targets. On defense junior end Jake Whaley is one to watch.
4A State Title Game
Thomasville (14-0) vs. Deshler (12-2)
Maybe the most dominant team in Alabama this year regardless of division, Thomasville has run roughshod over just about every opponent this season. Averaging 43.4 points per game and allowing just 8.8, the Tigers have given up more than 14 points just one time this year in a 35-26 win over Dadeville. The closest game Thomasville played other than that nine-point win was a 21-point victory over Escambia County. Led by talented junior running back/linebacker Tyler Hayes, senior running back Michael Thornton, and speedy quarterback Tevin Watters, Thomasville is looking for its first state title since 1988.
One of the highest scoring teams in the state this year, Deshler enters Friday's contest averaging 44.6 points per game. Much of the damage comes from tiny but very productive fullback J. Gardiner. At just 5-7, 170, Gardiner has 4,799 career rushing yards and has scored 70 touchdowns. This season he has 1,713 yards and 30 touchdowns in the Tigers' Wing-T offense. Deshler is 3-5 all-time in state title games but has lost its last four chances in the big game.
2A State Title Game
Leroy (13-1) vs. Reeltown (13-1)
Two of the state's top programs meet in the 2A final as Leroy has won four titles while Reeltown has added three. This season the Bears are dominating opponents offensively, averaging 40.9 points per game. Auburn commitment Sammie Coates at wide receiver and backs Andrew Williams and Justin Besteda give Leroy a three-headed monster on offense.
While Leroy will throw the ball and spread it around, Reeltown under the direction of coach Jackie O'Neal is strictly a ground-oriented attack. With speedy Ki-Shawn Powell leading the attack along with Devonta Canady, the Rebels average 33 points per game. With Arkansas commitment Shaquille Roberson leading the way on defense, Reeltown gives up just 9.9 points per game. The Rebels have held eight opponents to a touchdown or less this season. Reeltown defeated Clay County last season to win the state title.
6A State Title Game
Daphne (14-0) vs. Hoover (14-0)
These two teams have played five times in history and four of them have been in the state finals. Hoover holds a 3-1 edge in championship game match ups and is looking for title number eight overall this Friday night. It won't be easy though as the Daphne Trojans have been the most dominant 6A team in Alabama this year, averaging 37.6 points and allowing just 9.9 points per game. Only one time this season have they played a game that was decided by less than 14 points. The Trojans are led by talented junior running back T.J. Yeldon and speedy wide receiver Israel Lamprakes on offense. Yeldon is expected to be one of the top backs in the South for the 2011 class.
Hoover has been just as dominant with just one game decided by less than 12 points this season. The Bucs are averaging 35.4 points per game this season and allowing just 10.1 despite playing some potent offenses in the playoffs including Mountain Brook last Friday night. Auburn commitment Jaylon Denson and speedy Caleb Sims are dangerous weapons at wide receiver for Hoover with running back Justin McArthur a potent weapon running the ball. Quarterback Ryan Carter controls the offense for coach Josh Niblett's team. Hoover enters the contest with 21 consecutive wins dating back to last season.