Defense Rules The Day As Prattville Repeats

It wasn't the blowout that many expected, but Prattville handled Spain Park and repeated as Class 6A champion.

Birmingham, Ala.--For two consecutive seasons Prattville's offense has gotten the press, but on Saturday it was the defense that did a number on Spain Park as the Lions defeated the Jaguars 14-0 to win the Class 6A State Championship for the second consecutive year. Limiting Spain Park to just 141 yards of offense on 44 plays, Prattville was able to do enough on offense against a physical Jaguar unit to get the job done in the first shutout and lowest scoring game in Super Six history in the 6A classification.

Junior Jerod Williams earned MVP honors as he rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries while banged up senior Justin Albert added 45 yards on nine attempts. For the game Prattville rushed for 200 yards and limited Spain Park to just 31 yards on the ground.

Dominant in last season's 6A title game against Hoover, Prattville looked like they would continue their reign with relative ease against Spain Park as the offense got untracked early. With Albert hampered with a knee injury, quarterback Casey Weston took over the playmaking duties for the Lions.

Following a missed 44-yard field goal by Trey Del Greco, Prattville took over on its own 20-yard line with 5:11 left in the first quarter. Two Weston runs for 18 yards and two passes to Quaylen Moncrief moved the ball to the Spain Park 21 and from there junior running back Jerod Williams did the rest. Getting an option pitch from Weston, Williams hit a seam and cruised into the endzone untouched. The extra point gave Prattville a 7-0 advantage.

Spain Park made another late push for points in the first half when the Jaguars took over on their own 49 following a nine-yard punt return by Brad Cox. On first down quarterback Cody Wells hit Corey Anderson over the middle for 15 yards to put Spain Park in business. Unfortunately an offside penalty and three plays would net just seven yards, leaving Del Greco to attempt a 46-yard field goal. The kick was low, leaving Prattville in the lead at the halftime break.

Spain Park defensive end William Green had a big game for the Jaguars with two sacks, a tackle for a loss, and two passes defensed.

The third quarter was much of the same for Prattville as Weston led the Lions to their second touchdown on a nine play, 68-yard drive that took 3:39 off the clock. A Weston 15-yard run on the second play of the drive put the Lions in business. Following an 11-yard run by Albert and a 13-yard strike from Weston to Dekendrick Moncrief, Williams again finished thing off with an 11-yard touchdown run. The score put Prattville in command at 14-0 with just three minutes left in the third quarter.

From there the story was Prattville's ground game. Pounding the Jaguars into submission, the Lions were able to control much of the fourth quarter. Spain Park's only threat was turned away with an interception by talented junior safety Zach Brownell. Prattville took over inside its own 30 and proceeded to run out the remaining time to capture its second consecutive state title win its 30th-straight game.

Super Six Notes:

Saturday's estimated attendance of 20,000 is a new Super Six record and brought the estimated total for the week to 48,000, also a new record. The previous records were 19,289 in 1998 for a single game and 45,049 in 2004 for the overall crowd.

More than 310 media credentials were requested for the 2007 Super Six. Among those requesting credentials was Sports Illustrated, which was present at Saturday's 6A championship game to cover Prattville vs. Spain Park.

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