This is a rematch of the 2009 Super Six championship game, also played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Prattville in the Super Six for the seventh time in the last eight years.
The Lions captured the Class 6A, Region 4 championship this year. Prattville is seeking its 50th all-time playoff win.
Hoover is playing in its 15th state championship game, and the Bucs are making their 11th Super Six appearance in the last 12 years. Hoover has played for the Class 6A state championship each of the last four years.
Hoover, which finished second in Class 6A, Region 6, joins Madison Academy and Oneonta as the only Super Six teams that did not win the region title in 2011.
Prattville and Hoover are meeting for the fifth time, with both teams splitting the previous four meetings. All five meetings have come in the Class 6A state championship game.
Prattville captured state championships in 2006 and 2008. Hoover won state titles in 2004 and 2009 by beating the Lions. Hoover has a narrow 84-81 scoring edge in the four previous games.
Prattville-Hoover Series Scores
Hoover 22, Prattville 7 Dec. 9, 2004 Legion Field Jarrod Bryant 12-of-23, 208 yards, one touchdown, one interception (40 rush yards, one TD)
Prattville 35, Hoover 21 Dec. 9, 2006 Legion Field Justin Albert 22 rushes, 146 yards, three touchdowns
Prattville 16, Hoover 13 Dec. 6, 2008 Legion Field Brian Egan three FGs (41, 39, 33); game winning FG in 4th quarter
Hoover 28, Prattville 23 Dec. 4, 2009 Bryant-Denny Stadium Leon Carlton 10-yard fumble return for go-ahead touchdown.
Prattville head coach Jamey Dubose has compiled a 56-21 (.727) in six years of coaching. Dubose is 44-10 (.815) in four seasons with the Lions with one state title (2008) and three region titles (2008, 2009 and 2011). Dubose guided Prattville to a 13-1 record and the Class 6A state championship with a 16-13 win over rival Hoover at Birmingham’s Legion Field. The Lions posted a 12-3 record in 2009 and lost the Hoover 28-23 in the Class 6A state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Dubose spent two seasons at Susan Moore, where he went 10-11 (.473) during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Hoover head coach Josh Niblett has won state championships with both Oneonta (2004) and Hoover (2009). Niblett is 119-37 (.763) in 12 seasons at Oneonta (2000-04), Oxford (2005-07) and Hoover (2008-Present). He is 54-5 (.915) with the Bucs and has played for the state championship each year. He is 28-2 (.933) in region play with a pair of championships.
Niblett was 14-21 (.400) in three years at Oxford. His first head coaching stint came at Oneonta High School, where he led the Redskins to a pair of Super Six appearances and the Class 3A state title in 2004. He was 51-14 (.785) in five years at Oneonta.
Niblett played at Demopolis Academy and originally signed with Southern Miss (1991) before transferring to Alabama, where he played for Coach Gene Stallings from 1992-94. He was a member of the Tide’s 1992 National Championship team. He served as an assistant coach at Meadowview Christian in Selma and Jacksonville State.
Prattville is playing in its seventh AHSAA state championship game and its sixth Super Six appearance in the last eight years. The Lions are 4-2 all-time in championship games and have beaten three different teams en route to the state title. Prattville defeated J.O. Johnson to win the 6A championship in 1984; Hoover in 2006 and 2008; Spain Park in 2007.
Prattville advanced to its first Super Six with four straight wins over Alma Bryant, Daphne, Fairhope and Central-Phenix City. The Lions won those four games by a combined 123 points. Prattville’s 13-3 win over defending Super Six champion Daphne was the closest playoff win for the Lions. The defense recorded three interceptions in the win over Daphne.
Prattville is 49-19 (.721) all-time in 24 AHSAA playoff appearances. Prattville ranks among the all-time state leaders with 68 playoff games and 49 playoff wins. Prattville has won four state championships and is 4-2 in state championship games. This is their sixth Super Six appearance in the last seven years. The Lions are in the Class 6A playoffs for the 12th consecutive year Prattville last missed the playoffs in 1999. The Lions made their playoff debut in 1984.
Prattville has scored 539 points (38.5 ppg) in 14 games this season. The Lions need 33 points to set the school single-season scoring record, which is 571 points set by the 2008 team.
Prattville’s average margin of victory this season is 34.1 points. Prattville set the school single-game scoring record with a 71-12 win over Wetumpka on Sept. 16. The 13-3 playoff win over Daphne was the narrowest margin of victory. The Lions scored 30 or more points 11 times, 40 or more points six times, 50 or more points four times, 60 or more points twice and 70 points once.
The Lions have rolled up 5,680 yards (405.7 ypg) of offense this season. Prattville has rushed 519 times for 3,464 yards and 49 touchdowns. The Lions average 247.4 yards per game and 6.7 yards per attempt. Prattville has thrown for 2,216 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Prattville employs a two quarterback system with senior Jalen Whitlow and senior Justin Thomas. Whitlow has completed 44-of-73 passes for 514 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has 89 rushing attempts for 679 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averages 7.6 yards per carry.
Whitlow has had a good playoff run for the Lions. He ran for 87 yards and one touchdown (35 yards) in the semis over Central-Phenix City. He ran 13 times for 146 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown run in a second-round win over Daphne Whitlow is committed to Arkansas State.
Thomas has completed 97-of-148 passes for 1,499 yards and 12 touchdowns. On the ground, he is the team’s leading rusher with 108 rushing attempts for 606 yards and 13 touchdowns. Thomas has four touchdowns in the playoffs. He completed 10-of-12 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown in the semis against Central-Phenix City. Thomas is committed to Alabama.
Junior running back Stanley Mays is the third-leading rusher with 71 attempts for 502 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Senior receiver Brandon Smith is the team’s top receiver with 44 catches for 665 yards and four touchdowns. He averages 15.11 yards per catch. Senior running back George Michael Rowe is second on the team with 106 rushing attempts for 606 yards and team-best 13 touchdowns.
The defense has allowed 168 (12.0 ppg) points in 14 games this season. The Lions held seven opponents to 12 points or less this year. Prattville held four teams to seven points or less, including a shutout win over Fairhope in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Senior linebacker Se’Courtney Gardner is the leading tackler with 104 stops for the Lions, including 65 solo tackles. Senior defensive back Derrick Moncrief ranks second on the team with 74 tackles, including 50 solo stops. Senior defensive lineman Jherron Jones is third with 67 tackles this year. Senior linebacker.
Jake Rhodes had a 45-yard interception return in the 38-0 win over Fairhope in the quarterfinals. Senior defensive back Dallas Powell had two interceptions in the win second round win over Daphne. Senior Lawon Debardelaben leads the secondary with five picks (172 yards).
Hoover will be playing in its AHSAA state record 15th championship game. The previous record was 14 championship game appearances held by Hazelwood High School. The Bucs are seeking their ninth state championship. The Bucs have won state titles in 1977, 1982, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009. The Bucs are 7-6-1 in state title games. They were declared co-champions with Enterprise in 1982 after the team’s played to a 10-10 tie.
The eight state titles are tied for the fourth-most in AHSAA history. Robert E. Lee (Montgomery) and Sidney Lanier have also won eight state titles. With a win over Prattville, Hoover will move into a third-place tie with Sweet Water and Tuscaloosa High. Hazelwood holds the record with 11 state titles.
Hoover advanced to the 2011 Super Six with four straight wins over Hewitt-Trussville, Bob Jones, Hillcrest and Oxford. The Bucs defeated three region champions and two undefeated teams on their trek to Tuscaloosa. Hoover also posted three come-from-behind wins over Bob Jones (trailed 17-10 in 3rd quarter), Hillcrest (trailed 14-7 in 2nd quarter) and Oxford (trailed 9-0 in 1st quarter and 22-17 in 3rd quarter).
Hoover has one of the richest playoff traditions in AHSAA history. The Bucs are 72-18 (.800) in 90 all-time playoff games. Hoover is fourth in all-time playoff wins (72) and sixth all-time playoff appearances (91) among AHSAA teams.
The Bucs are 7-6-1 in state title games. They were declared co-champions with Enterprise in 1982 after the team’s played to a 10-10 tie. Hoover is 2-2 in state championship games against Prattville. The Bucs are in the playoffs for the 12th straight year. Hoover has won 14 consecutive first round games dating back to 1993. Hoover made its first playoff appearance as Berry High School in 1968.
Hoover is ranked 2nd in the ASWA poll and brings a five-game winning streak into the Super Six. The Bucs only loss of the season was a 17-9 setback at Mountain Brook on Oct. 22. It was the Spartans first win over the Bucs since 1984, snapping a 16-game winning streak by the Bucs.
Hoover has recorded 17, 10-win seasons, including 11 of the last 12 years. The Bucs have also won 10 or more games each of the last four seasons.
Hoover has scored 446 points (31.9 ppg) in 14 games this season. The Bucs have won all 13 games this season in which they have scored at least 20 points. Hoover has a 33-game winning streak when scoring 20 or more points, dating back to the 2009 season. The Bucs scored 40 or more points five times this season, including a season-high 61 points in a win at Pelham on Sept. 30.
The Bucs defense has allowed 195 (13.9 ppg) in 14 games this season. Hoover has held five opponents to 13 points or less this season. The Bucs shutout Spain Park 20-0 in week two and held Pelham and Homewood to six points each in back-to-back weeks in October. Hoover is allowing 16.25 points per game in the playoffs.
Junior running back Caleb Sims has scored the Bucs winning points in three of four playoff games. Sims had a four-yard touchdown run that gave the Bucs a 19-17 lead over Bob Jones in the second round.
Sims scored the winning touchdown on a two-yard late in the fourth quarter to knock off previously undefeated Hillcrest 21-14 in the quarterfinals. He scored all three touchdowns in the win over the Patriots (one-yard run; 14-yard reception; two-yard run) His one-yard run on the final play of the third quarter capped an 18-play, 96-yard drive and gave Hoover the lead for good in the semis against Oxford.
Sims had two touchdowns in the Bucs first-round win over Hewitt Trussville, including a 35-yard reception and one-yard touchdown run. He has seven touchdowns in four playoff games.
Junior quarterback Connor Short was the backup as the beginning of the season, but was pressed into duty when their senior was injured. He threw three touchdown passes in a first-round win over Hewitt-Trussville. In the win over Bob Jones, Short threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Thompson and a 67-yard touchdown pass to Josh Jackson. He tossed a game-tying 14-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Sims in the win at Hillcrest.
Junior tight end Josh Jackson had two touchdown receptions (15 yards and 13 yards) in the Bucs first-round win over Hewitt-Trussville. Jackson had a 67-yard touchdown grab in the win at Bob Jones.
Junior running back Dakota Daniel ran 28 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns (21 yards and 20 yards) last week against Oxford. He had 105 yards in the second half.
Sophomore defensive back Marlon Humphrey is having a big season for the Bucs with six interceptions. He had a key interception and pass reception in the Bucs 21-14 win at Hillcrest in the quarterfinals. He had a blocked punt for a safety in the first round win over Hewitt-Trussville. Humphrey is one of the state’s top defensive backs, and he compares to former Gadsden City and current Alabama defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick. His father, Bobby, was standout running back at Alabama from 1985-88. His older brother, Maudrecus, is a sophomore wide receiver at Arkansas.
Senior defensive back Blake Patterson had a big fumble recovery at Hillcrest that led to winning touchdown in quarterfinals. B.J. Shaw had an 84-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the win over Bob Jones.
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