The Alabama High School Super Six state championships concluded Friday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Andrew Bone was in attendance for all six games watching players compete for a state championship. Here is a look at the players who stood out overall during the two-day event.
The 2015 wide receiver/cornerback is only a freshman, but played at a high level in a loss to Class 3A state champ Handley. Johnson was sensational on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. He had 12 rushes for 59 yards and two touchdowns. He added five receptions for 35 yards. He also had nine tackles and an interception. This is definitely a player to watch in the next few years.
Duran Zachery (5-9, 180) Handley
The 2013 running back was a player who was clutch for the state champs. He had a 27-yard touchdown run late in the game to take a 20-14 lead. He ran with force and was tough to stop coming out of the backfield. Handley used him in the 'Wildcat' formation and was effective running behind Alabama commitment Bradley Bozeman.
The defensive end and Alabama commitment demonstrated a lot of heart and determination after tearing his meniscus in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs by continuing to play on a bad knee. Philon registered 10 tackles, a sack and fumble recovery in Vigor's Class 5A loss to Hartselle.
The 2012 kicker hit two field goals which were needed in Friday's 13-3 Class 5A state championship win against Vigor. Hartselle did add a late score at the end of the game. Marsh tied the game at the start of the third quarter with a 38-yard field goal. He later boomed a 47-yard field goal to take a 6-3 lead with less than two minutes left in the game.
The 2013 wide receiver was hands-down the best offensive player in the entire Super Six. He had 300 all-purpose yards in the Class 4A game against Oneonta. He is explosive off the ball, does a great job picking up yards after the catch and will catch the ball at it's highest point. He played with a chip on his shoulder the entire game of refusing to lose the title game.
The 2013 wide receiver was a standout performer in a 42-28 loss in the Class 4A final to Jackson. Scott is a sure-handed receiver who has the ability to make plays after the catch. He was dangerous on special teams where he had more than 100 yards in punt returns. He'll need to add weight during the off-season, but Scott should generate plenty of interest from schools.
commitment ran away with MVP honors in the Class 2A state championship game. The running back scored four touchdowns in a 34-14 win against Tanner. Lindsey rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a 46-yard touchdown reception. Lindsey's touchdowns came on key plays in the game. He caps off an impressive high school career for the Tigers. Elba is in good hands with electrifying 2014 back Darrean Burks
(5-7, 180) who rushed for 142 yards on 12 carries in the game.
The 2012 running back did everything he could Friday night to help the Bucs pull off the upset against Prattville. He ran the ball extremely tough and blistered a talented defense for 142 yards rushing in the first half. He finished the game with 160 yards on the ground in a 35-34 loss to the Lions.
The Alabama commitment, who lines up at quarterback for the Lions, displayed his sub 4.3-speed with a 72-yard dash down the field for six points in the first half of Prattville's thrilling 35-34 win against Hoover. Thomas finished the night with 151 yards rushing with two touchdowns. He was also 13-of-20 passing for 153 yards and a touchdown.
The 2012 cornerback made two monster plays for the Lions' defense which helped secure another state championship for Prattville. The South Alabama
commitment took a direct snap on a punt to convert a fourth down play. Prattville scored on the drive to tie the game. Hoover attempted a two point conversion to take the lead with less a minute to go in the game. Debardelaben helped stop Hoover receiver Jarrett Brown just short of the end zone.