Leroy Bears Class 2A Champs

Clint Moseley and the Leroy Bears (14-1) rallied for two fourth quarter touchdowns to knock off the previously unbeaten Fyffe Red Devils (14-1) 25-20 to win its second straight state championship and third in four years. Moseley passed for 243 yards on 16-27 attempts and three touchdowns to receiver Patrick Rivers to earn the Super 6 Class 2A state championship game MVP.

Fyffe controlled the game for the first three quarters using their misdirection running game. The Red Devils got on the board first when Norbert Blum nailed a 30-yard field goal with 11:11 left in the first half.

Blum is an exchange student from Germany who had his parents fly in to watch the talented junior play for the first time this season.

Leroy answered with an 11-play 67-yard drive that covered 3:52 seconds capped off by a 5-yard touchdown pass from Moseley to Rivers to give the Bears a 7-3 lead following the Paul Gartman PAT.

The Red Devils took over and milked over six minutes off the clock and marched 76-yards to regain the lead when Kyle Greeson sprinted in from 17 yards out to give Fyffe a 10-7 halftime lead.

Fyffe took the opening drive of the second half and went straight down the field with Greeson scoring again, this time from 21-yards on a third down-and-12. Blum's PAT pushed the Red Devil lead to 17-7 with 6:08 to go in the third quarter.

The Leroy offense started off slow but seemed to gain confidence in the second half. Trailing by 10-points, Moseley led the Bears straight down the field and found Rivers for a 28-yard touchdown to cap the drive.

Detrick Powell was stuffed in the backfield on the two-point try, but the Bears closed the gap to 17-13.

"(Coach) just told me to gain confidence because I wasn't stepping into my throws in the first half," Clint Moseley said of his slow first half in which he only threw for 79 yards.

"The defense started making stops and that gave me confidence, and we started moving the ball and before you know it, we were sky-high."

Fyffe took the ball 43-yards on their ensuing possession before Blum connected on a Super Six record 43-yard field goal to put the Red Devils up 20-13 with 11:55 to go in the game.

But Michael Bracey returned the next kickoff 50 yards to the Fyffe 39, Moseley connected with Stephen Scoggins for a 21-yard gain on first-and-20 after a penalty, then hit Scoggins for 21 more to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Detrick Powell.

Fyffe's Taylor Thrash blocked Gartman's extra-point attempt to leave the Bears trailing 20-19 with 9:55 remaining.

The Leroy defense held the Red Devils to three downs and out to give the ball back to the Bears' offense.

Moseley scrambled for an 18-yard gain, then hit Rivers on a screen pass that went 32-yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:14 left in the game.

"When coach called the play, I was thinking the whole time: 'All I want to do is score,'" Rivers said of the screen, known in Leroy's playbook as Rocket.

"The offensive line and wide receivers made the blocks, and I just tried my best to get in the end zone."

Rivers recorded seven receptions for 120 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Fyffe wracked up 220 yards rushing, but only managed 11 yards on 2-7 passing and was held without a first down in the fourth quarter.

"They stepped it up," Fyffe coach Paul Benefield said of Leroy's defense. "There was a fatigue factor, too. I've got guys here who played every play and their defensive line, all of them play one way."

"But they've got a great team. Coach (Danny) Powell does a great job, and that's why they've won state three out of four years."

Coach Powell has now amassed a 27-3 record in his two years as the Leroy Head Coach with two state championships.

"It seems like everything you do, you want more," said Powell. "Going back-to-back was our goal. We wanted to be the first ones at the school to do that." source for Alabama high school football.

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