Oneonta joins Madison Academy (3A), Vigor (5A) and Hoover (6A) as the only Super Six participants not to win the region title.
Oneonta tied Alexandria for second place in Region 6, but was seeded third after losing the tie-breaker to the Valley Cubs. Oneonta and Madison Academy are the only unranked teams at this year’s Super Six.
Jackson captured the Class 4A, Region 1 championship with a perfect 7-0 record.
Oneonta and Jackson will meet for the first time in history.
Oneonta head coach Don Jacobs has compiled a 42-19 (.689) in five years as a high school coach. Jacobs is in his second season as head coach of the Redskins, where he has compiled a 20-6 (.769) record. Jacobs led the Redskins to a 8-4 record and a playoff appearance last season.
Prior to Oneonta, Jacobs was the head coach at Elkmont High School, where he compiled a 22-13 (.629) record from 2007-09. He led Elkmont to a 9-3 record and a region championship in 2008.
The much-traveled Jacobs was a college assistant for 23 years and has coached at Jacksonville State and Troy at the college level.
On the high school level, he has served as an assistant coach at Luverne, Robertsdale, and Central-Coosa.
Jacobs played football for Paul “Bear” Bryant, where he lettered at quarterback in 1979-80.
Jacobs has also endured many trials off the field as he and his wife, Jodie, have lost two children. Jacobs had son born five weeks premature last Dec. 1, 2010. He died in March, 2011. The Redskins dedicated this season to his memory, and Oneonta is one win away from a state title.
Jacobs also lost a daughter in an automobile accident when was coaching at Troy University.
Jacobs will serve as the Offensive Coordinator in the 2011 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game on Dec. 10 at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
Jackson head coach Danny Powell has compiled a 91-35-1 (.720) record in his 10-year head coaching career, which includes stops at McIntosh Academy (1978), Jackson Academy (1989-91), Leroy (2006-10) and Jackson (2011).
Powell is trying to win a state championship with his second different school. His teams a 41-1 (.976) in region play with six straight region titles. Powell-coached teams have won 37 consecutive region games, dating back to 2006.
The legendary coach is best known for his five-year career at Class 2A powerhouse Leroy, where he compiled an astounding 66-7 (.904) record from 2006-10, leading the Bears to four state championships in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Oneonta is playing in its seventh state championship game and its third Super Six. The Redskins are 2-3-1 in their previous six championship game appearances.
Oneonta and Abbeville played to scoreless tie in 1971, and declared co-champions in the pre-overtime era.
The Redskins won the state title in 1972 with win over Cordova. Oneonta lost the next three championship games to Gordo (1985), UMS-Wright (1987) and Pike County (2003), before knocking off Winfield in 2004.
Oneonta advanced to the 2011 Super Six with four straight wins over Guntersville, West Limestone, Deshler and Anniston. The four wins have been by a combined 105 points. The only close call came last week in the semifinals when the Redskins took down Anniston, 21-14.
Oneonta is the only team at the Super Six to play three playoff road games. The Redskins only home game was a 48-20 win over Deshler in the quarterfinals.
Oneonta played at Guntersville, West Limestone and Anniston on the road to the Super Six.
Dating back to 2007, Oneonta has played 10 of its last 11 playoff games on the road. The neutral site Super Six game with Jackson gives the Redskins 11 of its last 12 playoff games away from home. Oneonta is 44-26-1 (.627) in its 30 AHSAA playoff appearances.
The 2011 Super Six will be the school’s 72nd all-time playoff game. Oneonta ranks 19th among AHSAA teams with 71 games played and 28th among AHSAA teams with 44 wins.
Oneonta is 2-3-1 all-time in state championship games. The Redskins have made the playoffs 11 of the last 12 years, including the last five straight. Their first playoff appearance took place in 1971.
Oneonta has scored a school record 546 points (39.0 ppg) in 14 games this season. The previous record was 444 points in 13 games during the 2008 season. The Redskins have scored 30 or more points 11 times. They have scored 40 or more points eight times and 50 or more points once this season. Oneonta beat Locust Fork 56-20 on Sept. 26.
The 2011 season marks the 14th 10-win season in school history and the first since 2008 (10-3). The Redskins had four straight 10-win seasons from 2002-05.
Senior quarterback Schyler Walker has completed 56-of-92 (.609) passes for 900 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in four playoff wins.
In the quarterfinal win over Deshler, Walker had 100 yards rushing and passing and scored four touchdowns in the blowout win. He completed nine-of-18 passes for 136 yards and ran seven times for 100 and two more touchdowns for the Redskins. He touchdown runs of 35 and 41 yards.
Walker (9-of-22; 275 four touchdowns) threw four touchdown passes in a second round win over West Limestone. He opened the playoffs by going 23-for-29 for 291 yards and one touchdown against Guntersville, including a 19-yard touchdown pass.
Junior wide receiver Alvin Scott is a threat to score from anywhere on the football field. He leads the Redskins with seven touchdowns in the playoffs. Scott had a one-yard touchdown run in the Redskins first-round win over Guntersville. He also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Oden. He added two touchdown receptions (10 yards and 48 yards) in a second-round win over West Limestone.
Scott scored three touchdowns in the blowout win over Deshler in the third round. He had a 27-yard touchdown reception, nine-yard touchdown run and 34-yard punt return. Scott had a one-yard touchdown run in the semifinal win at Anniston.
Junior running back Tyler Smith has also had a good playoff run for the Redskins. He has three touchdowns in the playoffs, including the game-winning touchdown in the semifinals at Anniston last week. He has 20 rushing attempts for 164 yards against the Bulldogs and scored the winning points on a seven-yard run with 9:39 left in the game.
Smith ran 20 times for 164 yards and one touchdown in the quarterfinal win over Deshler. He had a 10-yard touchdown run. Smith also scored on a three-yard touchdown run in first-round win over Guntersville.
The defense has allowed 200 points (14.3 ppg) this season. The Redskins have held nine opponents to 14 points or less, including three of four playoff opponents. They have held seven foes to seven points or less this season.
Oneonta has allowed 10.3 points per game in four playoff games, including a 42-7 win over Guntersville and 35-0 win over West Limestone in the first two rounds.
In a first round win over Guntersville, Oneonta forced four turnovers and turned in a goal-line stand to preserve a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.
Junior defensive back Aaron Martin had a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Sophomore defensive end Blake Bean led the team with 13 tackles and three TFLs. Senior linebacker Walker Musso added 12 tackles Sophomore linebacker Thomas Boyd contributed 12 tackles and one sack against Guntersville. The Redskins defense held West Limestone to eight rushing yards in a second round game.
Jackson is playing in its third state championship game and has advanced to the Super Six for the second time in three years. Jackson and Colbert County battled to scoreless tie in Class 3A state championship in 1971. Jackson dropped a 31-27 decision to Cherokee County High School in the 2009 Class 4A Super Six in Tuscaloosa.
Jackson advanced to the 2011 Super Six with four straight wins over Sumter Central, Beauregard, Bibb County and UMS-Wright.
The Aggies four playoff wins are by a combined 91 points. Jackson defeated UMS-Wright 26-14 in last week’s semifinals. The Aggies avenged a 26-point loss to UMS-Wright (L, 40-14) on Sept. 16.
Jackson has posted come-from-behind wins each of the last two week’s against UMS-Wright and Bibb County. They trailed UMS-Wright 12-10 in the second quarter last week and overcame a 28-21 third-quarter deficit at Bibb County in the quarterfinals.
Jackson is the top-ranked team in Class 4A and brings a 14-0 record into this year’s Super Six. The Aggies have set school records this season for wins (14) and points scored (605).
The previous record was 13 wins and 579 points set by the 2009 squad.
The 2011 season marks the Aggies eighth 10-win season and third in a row. The Aggies average 43.2 points per game and have scored 30 or more points 11 times this year. Jackson has topped the 40-point mark 10 times, 50 or more points twice. Jackson scored a season-high 57 points in a 57-7 win over Saraland on Sept. 2.
The Aggies defense has yielded 153 points (10.9 ppg) in 14 games this season. The Aggies allowed a season-high 28 points in a quarterfinal win over Bibb County. Jackson has held the remaining 13 opponents to 14 points or less. In fact, the Aggies have held eight opponents to nine points or less this season.
Senior quarterback Dustyn Moseley has played a key role for the Aggies this season. He has scored 11 touchdowns in four playoff wins Moseley was limited by an ankle injury during last week’s semifinal win over UMS-Wright.
Moseley accounted for five touchdowns, including four in the second half, in the Aggies win at Bibb County in the quarterfinals. He had three rushing touchdowns (11, 22 and 8 yards) and threw touchdown passes to Antonio Fox (three yards) and Devonte Bush (10 yards).
Moseley was 14-of-22 for 262 yards and three touchdowns in a second-round win over Beauregard. He threw touchdown passes to Jarren Johnson (three yards), D’Ersie Jemison (17 yards) and Devonte Bush (44 yards). He scored three touchdowns in the Aggies first-round win over Sumter Central, with a five-yard touchdown run and two touchdown passes.
Junior tailback Ledarrius Bowe has 698 rushing yards and four touchdowns in four playoff games. Bowe has six total touchdowns in four playoff games.
Bowe had 259 total yards and two touchdowns in last week’s semifinal win over UMS-Wright, including a 27-yard touchdown run and 25-yard touchdown reception. He had nine rushing attempts for 66 yards on the Aggies game-clinching touchdown drive. He has recorded back-to-back 200-yard games against UMS-Wright (200) and Bibb County (21-207).
Bowe had 18 rushing attempts for 107 yards and one touchdown in the second-round win over Beauregard. He scored on four-yard touchdown run and 72-yard touchdown reception. In a first-round win over Sumter Central, Bowe had 184 rushing yards and scored on runs of 39 yards and 30 yards.
Junior wide receiver Jarren Johnson has scored three touchdowns in the playoffs for the Aggies. He had the game-clinching 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter last week against UMS-Wright. Johnson scored two touchdowns in a second round win over Beauregard, including a 95-yard kickoff return and a three-yard touchdown run.
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