Total offense: 907 yards, Points: 93Thomasville defeated Deshler 59-34 in the Class 4A state championship game The score was the highest scoring game in Super Six history. Thomasville's 59 points are the most points scored in any classification in Super 6 history. Thomasville also set a Super 6 Class 4A record with 447 yards rushing and 32:52 time of possession.
Michael Thornton, Thomasville senior running back, lead the way with 24 rushes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. The state champions finished the game with 462 yards on the ground and 487 total yards.
Deshler was a little more balanced. Quarterback Justin Cantrell had 194 yards passing and three touchdowns. Jay Gardiner rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown while William Minor rushed for 98 yards and a score. Deshler had 424 offensive yards.
First quarter fireworksThomasville and Deshler combined to score 35 points in the first quarter. They had 21 points combined within the first minute of the game. Deshler scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 75-yard touchdown run by William Minor. Tyler Hayes raced 78 yards on the ensuing kickoff to put Thomasville on the board. Deshler running back Jay Gardiner rushed 49 yards on the first play of the next drive. Only 44 seconds had come off the clock during that span. Thomasville scored later in the quarter when Michael Thornton rushed for three yards. The 21 points in the first quarter fell one point shy of the Super Six record for points scored in one quarter by a team. The 35 points combind in the first quarter tied a Super 6 record for most points in a quarter.
Tyler Hayes Show
Hayes is Mr.-Everything for Thomasville. He was sick with a severe cold entering the game, but he fought through it. He may have carried the ball more on offense if completely healthy. He forced a fumble and made the recovery from his middle linebacker spot. He also punts and returns kicks for Thomasville. He ended the day with 240 all-purpose yards.
Hayes received a scholarship offer from Auburn last week. He is definitely a high-caliber player, and one of the best juniors in the 2012 class.
Record BrokenDeshler running back Jay Gardiner became the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,912 yards in his three year career. He had eight carries for 109 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Thomasville.
Leroy captures 2A with easeThe difference in the stat sheet is not as great as the difference in the score with Leroy the state champion against Reeltown, 34-7. Leroy had 297 offensive yards to Reeltown's 248. Leroy controlled the clock, converted on third downs, forced two fumbles, and stopped Reeltown twice on fourth down conversions inside the redzone. Leroy captured their fifth state championship (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010). The Bears have dominated in the playoffs since 2004 with a record of 30-2 in the playoffs. Reeltown's offense averaged 35 points per contest in their four playoff games, but Leroy's defense was solid, and the Rebels came away with only seven in the title game.
Sammie Coates comes alive
Defense wins championshipsNo one could have ever predicted Daphne to score only seven points in the Class 6A state championship game and walk away the winner. Daphne held Hoover to only six points to capture the crown. Hoover kicker Larsen Real missed a 22-yard field goal with 1:20 remaining in the game. Daphne was able to run out the clock, but not without a scare. Running back T.J. Yeldon broke loose for 18 yards and a first down, but fumbled the ball. The 2012 prospect recovered quicklly to seal the win.
Michael Pierce, Daphne senior linebacker, led the way with 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble. He was the emotional leader on the defense who can say they stopped the Bucs. Hoover linebacker Teryence Glaze set a Class 6A Super Six record with 15 tackles in the loss.
Great catchesThe game was a defensive struggle, but a couple of wide outs made several big plays. Auburn commitment Jaylon Denson capped off his high school career with 124 yards on eight catches. He did a great job adjusting to the ball and running his routes. He has all the physical tools you look for in a receiver. Daphne receiver Israel Lamprakes did a great job catching the ball with his hands. The ball seemed to stick like glue when thrown his way. He finished with four catches for 66 yards.
Hoover fallsHoover had their 21-game winning streak snapped with the loss in the finals to Daphne. It was Hoover's first loss since 30-27 defeat to rival Vestavia on October 29, 2009. The loss also snapped Hoover's nine game playoff winning streak. Hoover is now 7-6-1 all-time in its 14 state championship game appearances.
The South teams dominate Super SixAll six games (1A-6A) were won by the 'lower Alabama' teams. The wins came from Sweet Water (1A), Leroy (2A), Leeds (3A), Thomasville (4A), Spanish Fort (5A) and Daphne (6A). The last time the South teams won all six games was in 2007.
Super Six Top 10 Performances1. Ladarius Rogers-Leeds
2. Armeriol Finley- Spanish Fort
3. Sammie Coates- Leroy
4. Tyler Hayes- Thomasville
5. Michael Pierce- Daphne
6. Jonathan Rose-Leeds
7. Reese Dismukes- Spanish Fort
8. Chris Landrum-Sweet Water
9. Michael Thornton-Thomasville
10. Jaylon Denson-Hoover
AU commitments perform well at future homeAuburn commitments Sammie Coates and Chris Landrum won MVP awards for their performance in the state championship. Jonathan Rose could have earned the award as well with his 84-yard interception return for a touchdown and 30-yard reception on a fake punt for another score. Reese Dismukes paved the way for Armeriol Finley who earned the MVP award, and Jaylon Denson had a great shot to earn the MVP for Hoover if the Bucs could have pulled out the win. All five Auburn commitments in the state finals had outstanding performances.
Winning Coaches Quotes"We are successful because we are unselfish," said Thomasville head coach Jack Hankins. "We had some guys that had to play before they were ready to play. We had a rash of injuries a few years ago. We came off a great run, and these seniors stepped in and played a lot of football, and they took some lumps. I think we had a 7-5 season, and that was after going semifinals, finals and semifinals. That was not a good feeling, but these guys were a part of that. I think that's what built their character in everything that we have now. These are a great bunch of kids we have. They are men of great character. I am excited for Thomasville. This is a good thing."
"Our kids played hard," said Leroy head coach Danny Powell. "Coach O'Neal has a great football team. He is a great guy and great football coach. We are fortunate that we don't have to play a lot of kids both ways a lot of the time. We may have a little more depth there. A lot of people think when you're in the spread, you're not a physical football team, but we stress that every day and play physical and we're in pads every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I think that helps us."
"If I thought we could hold them to six points, I would be filthy-rich," said Daphne head coach Glenn Vickery. "We knew Hoover was a well-balanced team. We knew they were the kind of team that could throw several things at you offensively. They have good running backs and great receivers. We knew defensively, we had to play a more balanced game. We are just happy to win by one, and we will take it. Their offense is so good, but we did not envision six points."