Leroy vs. Fyffe

The No.1 ranked Fyffe Red Devils (14-0) and the defending state champion Leroy Bears (13-1) meet Friday at Birmingham's Legion Field in the Super 6. Both teams come in with high-powered offenses although they have strikingly different styles.

Fyffe features a potent wing-T running attack that has racked up 696 points (third-highest in state history) for an average of 49.7 points per game.

The Red Devils are led by two thousand-yard rushers in Tyler Gore (1,550 yards, 22 TDs) and Taylor Thrash (1,292 yards, 16 TDs). Mammoth 6-3, 315-pound linemen Chris Graben is a huge part of the duos running success as the 2006 all-state bruiser anchors the offensive line.

If you load the box on the Red Devils, quarterback Jared Hairston has proven he can get the job done with 12 touchdowns and only one interception on the year.

On defense, 2006 linebacker Chris Johnson has tallied 113 tackles and six sacks so far this season.

Johnson and the Red Devil defense will need to have their best game if they plan on stopping Leroy coach Danny Powell's spread attack. The Bears' offense is led by junior quarterback Clint Moseley, who has thrown for 3,012 yards and 23 touchdowns to just five interceptions, while also leading the team in rushing with 701 yards and 11 TDs.

Moseley was named the Alabama Sports Writers Association's state offensive player of the week Monday after torching American Christian Academy's defense for 287 yards on 15-28 attempts and adding 147 on the ground.

His perfectly executed 60-yard touchdown pass with under a one-minute to go in regulation lifted the Bears to the 42-35 semi-final victory.

The young gunslinger has plenty of options to throw the rock to with Patrick Rivers (42 catches, 891 yards, 10 TDs) and Aerick Davis (47 catches, 801 yards, four TDs) leading the way.

Stephen Scoggins is another formidable target with 27 catches for 436 yards and five touchdowns for Leroy. In the backfield, Leroy has several solid running backs, and if given the opportunity could start for any team in 2A.

Michael Bracy has 480 yards on just 56 carries for an average of 7.9 yards per carry with 14 touchdowns. Bracy has only touched the ball 14 times for 124 yards in the playoffs, but has amassed seven touchdowns.

Detrick Powell (5-10, 270 pounds) rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns last week against ACA and is the workhorse for the Leroy offense.

Linebacker Josh Ervin leads the Leroy defense with 90 tackles with fellow linebacker Chris Weaver chipping in with 78.

The game should be fairly close for a while with the team that wins the line of scrimmage holding the blue trophy afterwards. Leroy has more horses at each position than Fyffe, and it will show with the Bears pulling away late with a 35-14 victory.

CLASS 2A State Championship: Leroy (13-1) vs. Fyffe (14-0), Friday, 3:00 p.m.

Other Classifications:
CLASS 1A: Talladega County Central (14-0) vs. Sweet Water (13-0), Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
CLASS 3A: Clay County (14-0) vs. Cordova (14-0), Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
CLASS 4A: Deshler (12-2) vs. Central-Tuscaloosa (14-0), Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
CLASS 5A: Briarwood (14-0) vs. St. Paul 's (13-1), Friday, 7:00 p.m.
CLASS 6A: Prattville (14-0) vs. Spain Park (13-1), Saturday, 3:00 p.m. source for Alabama high school football.

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