2012 Super Six Preview: Day One

Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium will be the host site for AHSAA Super Six on Thursday and Friday to determine the state's high school football champions.

Auburn, Ala.--Previews of the Class A, 3A and 5A Alabama high school football state championship games are featured. The contests will be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Thursday

Class 3A

Fayette County (12-2) vs. Madison Academy (12-2), 11. a.m. CST

Fayette County will be making its first Super Six appearance since a loss to T.R. Miller in 2000 when the Tigers take on the powerful Madison Academy Mustangs to open the festivities on Thursday morning.

Averaging 33.4 points per game behind the play of quarterback Marcellus Redmond, the Tigers' only losses came to Pickens County in the season opener and to 5A Russellville in the last game of the regular season. Fayette County has outscored its four postseason opponents 128-50.

Riding a nine-game winning streak into the finals after losing to 5A Cullman in week five of the regular season, Madison Academy enters the championship game averaging 40.4 points per contest behind the running back tandem of sophomore Kerryon Johnson and freshman Malik Miller.

One of the top players in the state for the 2015 class, Johnson has 451 rushing yards and eight touchdowns the last three playoff games while Miller has added 312 yards and six scores.

During the nine-game winning streak the Mustangs have outscored their opponents 430-81. Included in that run are two wins over perennial power Colbert County as well as a 33-7 thrashing of Central-Clay County.

Class 1A

Brantley (14-0) vs Marion County (13-1), 3 p.m. CST

In what should be one of the premier games of the Super Six, Brantley's stingy defense meets up with a powerful ground attack from Marion County in the 1A final.

With nine shutouts while allowing just 3.4 points per game led by lineman Taylor Driggers up front, the Bulldogs have been as dominant as any team in Alabama this season. Only twice have opponents reached double-digits in a game with 14 points the most allowed in a single contest this year by Brantley. No slouch on offense, the Bulldogs enter the title game averaging 49.8 points per contest and have been held under 40 points just twice this season.

Led by gritty quarterback Sean Wallace, Marion County won the 1A title last season vs. Linden. Wallace is one of four Marion County runners who have at least 1,000 yards rushing for an offense that has scored 700 points this season.

In four playoff games the Red Raiders have scored 213 points, including 83 in a win over Meek in the first round. Marion County's opponents combined for a record of 96-69 this season compared to a 77-79 record for Brantley.

Class 5A

Spanish Fort (13-1) vs. McAdory (14-0), 7 p.m. CST

The Toros are looking for their second state championship in the last three seasons while McAdory is hoping to make the most of its first trip to the title game. Spanish Fort avenged its only loss of the season last week with a 24-10 win over St. Paul's to advance to the Super Six at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

A strong offensive team that averages 39.5 points per game, Spanish Fort is led by quarterback Joel Poe and running back Sammy Tolbert. Poe has nearly 3,000 passing yards while Tolbert needs just 18 yards to reach 1,000.

On defense Nebraska commitment Jonathan Cook is one of the top cornerbacks in Alabama.

Jonathan Cook

Undefeated following a 10-3 win over Muscle Shoals, McAdory's run is largely due to one of the top defenses in Alabama. Allowing just 11.1 points per game and only giving up more than 20 points twice, the Yellow Jackets have one of the top defensive backs as well in Damien Whitfield. In 14 games this season he has six interceptions, including three for touchdowns.

Offensively, quarterback Kyran Moore has thrown for 1,300 yards and has the ability to make plays with his legs as well.


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