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PREP CAPSULES: Super 7 edition - Hoover, Prattville collide




Staff Report
(December 3, 2014)

Championship Week has added an extra day to accomodate the new classification.

Nobody is complaining.

The new day features the Class 7A title game with a couple of old foes in Hoover and Prattville. The two teams meet for a championship (all others in 6A) for the sixth time.

Prattville overcame a sluggish middle part of the season to reach the championship while Hoover lost its first two games of the season but hasn’t lost since.

The Super 7 feature four teams making their first apprearance including Pleasant Grove (4A), Dale County (3A), Hubbertville (1A) and Saraland (6A).

Deshler is making its eighth appearance.

Prattville and Pleasant Grove were the lowest seeds to reach the final (3rd). Fyffe, Dale County and Clay-Chalkville have the longest winning streaks in the playoffs at 14 games.

Hubbertville head coach Lamar Harris is the longest tenured coach. He began his career with the Lions in 1978.

All games will be televised on Raycom and locally on either WSFA Ch. 12 or 12.2 (Bounce).

Super 7 matchups
All games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University

Hoover vs. Prattville
What:
Class 7A championship
When
: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
TV: WSFA Ch. 12 & www.pathtotheplayoffs.com
Series Record: Prattville leads, 3-2
Last meeting: 2011 - Prattville, 35-34 (6A Championship)
Playoff results: Prattville def. Baker, 41-35 (OT); Central-P.C., 26-7; Foley, 42-17; Hoover def. Buckhorn, 38-13; Tusc. Co., 42-7; Gadsden City, 42-7
Super 7 appearances: Hoover 13 (8-5); Prattville 6 (4-2)
2014 Records: Hoover 11-2 (1st), Prattville 11-2 (1st)
Key players: Hoover - RB Marcus Webb; RB Braderick Shaw; LB Derrell Williams; LB R.J. Randle; WR Alex Elam; FB Kris Parker; Prattville - RB Kingston Davis; QB Keith Washington; DL Ricky Franklin; DB Blake Baker; DL Anthony Brown
Outlook: Some might say the world of high school football has corrected itself with the return of what seems to be the annual ritual of Hoover vs. Prattville. But early in the season, it didn’t look like it would happen. Hoover was struggling on offense, losing its first two games, albeit against out-of-state opponents. But once the Bucs got into region play, everything seemed to work out. Josh Niblett stated the return of fullback Kris Parker was huge (he had very few carries this season but is a key blocker). The Hoover defense became more stout and that continued through the remainder of the season. The Bucs gave up less that two TDs per game (13.6 points). Prattville had its own problems. A loss to Auburn in the eighth game and near-loss to lowly Robert E. Lee the following week seemed to spell doom for the playoff future. Finishing third in the region meant the Lions would go on the road for every playoff game. The first round almost ended the run but a late TD in regulation sent the game with Baker into overtime where Prattville pulled out a victory. Confidence improved and the Lions did too. The timing was perfect and both teams are playing their best football of the season. That should set up another classic. Hoover gets the edge thanks to its stifling defense but keep an eye on Washington, who will be the key to Prattville’s chances.

Prediction: Hoover, 20-17

 

 

 

 

 

Other Super 7 matchups…

(1A) Maplesville vs Hubbertville (Fri., 3 p.m. - WSFA 12.2): This game has a family connection for Maplesville coach Brent Hubbart. The namesake of the town of Hubbertville is in the family. The Hubbart family usually spends Christmas and Thanksgiving there. But on this day, the family namesake means nothing. The Red Devils win their first title since 1996. Maplesville, 34-16.

(2A) Elba vs Fyffe (Thurs. 3 p.m. - WSFA 12.2): Elba coach Ed Rigby has his son, Ramsey, at QB. Fyffe is looking for its first state title and have been No. 1 all season. After Thursday, they will still be looking. Elba, 33-31.

(3A) Madison Academy vs. Dale County (Thurs. 11 a.m. - WSFA Ch. 12): The game features what might be the top two players in the state in ATH Kerryon Johnson for MA and RB Jamarius Henderson for Dale County, who set the state’s single-season rushing record this year. The Mustangs are after their third-straight title. They get it… MA, 24-20.

(4A) Deshler vs Leeds (Fri. 11 a.m. - WSFA Ch. 12): Deshler has dealt with the loss of coach Jake Linville, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in October. Interim Michael Statom has led the team through the adversity. Leeds has been the best team in the classification all season and should win. Leeds, 28-27.

(5A) St. Paul’s vs Pleasant Grove (Thur. 7 p.m. - WSFA 12.2): St. Paul’s makes its first title game since the Saints were led by A.J. McCarron back in 2007. Pleasant Grove is in its first-ever title game. St. Paul’s, 27-19.

(6A) Saraland vs Clay-Chalkville (Fri. 7 p.m. - WSFA 12.2): Maybe the best matchup in Auburn this week, two talented teams with solid defenses. Clay scored 695 points this season. Saraland traveled a more difficult path to the championship game. The Spartans get the nod. Saraland, 38-35.

 

Last week: 13-5 Season: 219-64 (.774)


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