AUBURN – Fyffe capped a perfect season (15-0) by downing Luverne, 21-19, Friday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium to claim the Red Devils’ third Class 2A state football championship since 2014.

Senior running back Payton Anderson rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries to earn the game's MVP for Coach Paul Benefield’s team. It was the Fyffe defense’s time to shine as well – turning back a strong Luverne bid early by forcing two field goals in the red zone. The outcome wasn’t decided, however. Trailing 21-19 with 1:25 left to play, Luverne (13-2) mounted a drive that began at its own 13 and ended at the Fyffe 28-yard line when Tigers quarterback Dionte Brantley’s completed pass to Edward Thomas ended 26 yards shy of the end zone as time expired to seal the Fyffe win.

Fyffe took the lead with 8:56 remaining in the first half when senior Anderson scored on 7-yard run to cap a 15-play, 99-yard drive and Brody Dalton’s kick gave the Red Devils a 7-0 lead.

Luverne marched 57 yards on 12 plays on the ensuing march to cut the lead to 7-3 when Chase White booted a 31-yard field goal. Four minutes later, Luverne appeared to take the lead on a 17-yard pass play that was ruled a touchdown. The scoring play was challenged by Fyffe and upon review was ruled an incomplete pass and Luverne settled for a 28-yard field goal by White one play later.

Fyffe led 7-6 at the half and extended the lead on Anderson’s 33-yard run that capped a 77-yard, eight-play drive late in the third quarter. Coach Scott Rials’ Tigers struck back quickly going 73 yards on 10 plays in just 3:02 to pull to 14-12 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Luverne’s two-point try came up short.

Receiver Payton Stoner stretched the Red Devils’ lead to 21-12 with a 19-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Zach Pyron with 4:18 remaining. Brantley, who finished 18-of-36 passing for 237 yards and rushed for 111 yards on 27 carries, drove Luverne quickly to a touchdown – keeping on a 1-yard sneak with 2:34 left to cut the lead to 21-19.

The Tigers defense got the ball a minute later, but Luverne’s final drive just ran out of time.

Tyler Kinard had 10 tackles and Kyle Dukes had nine to lead the Fyffe defense.

 

UMS-Wright 52, Deshler 0

AUBURN — Junior wide receiver Keyshawn Woodyard set a Super 7 Class 4A state championship game record with four touchdown receptions to lead UMS-Wright (14-0) to a 52-0 victory over Deshler (9-6).

Woodyard had TD receptions of 7, 7, 15 and 17 yards – from three different passers and finished the game with nine receptions for 128 yards to earn Class 4A game MVP.

The championship was the second in a row and eighth overall for UMS-Wright and the seventh directed by coach Terry Curtis, who became the AHSAA’s newest 300-game winner in the second round of the state playoffs earlier this season.

UMS-Wright totaled 22 first downs, 175 yards rushing and 206 passing for 381 yards. The Bulldogs had no turnovers. Deshler, who eliminated Hokes Bluff in the quarterfinals, totaled 111 yards with 32 passing and 79 rushing. The Tigers had four turnovers.

 

Pinson Valley 26, Saraland 17

AUBURN — Auburn commit Bo Nix carried away the big blue trophy on the same field where he will be playing the next four years following Friday night's Class 6A title victory over Saraland.

Nix completed 25-of-35 pass attempts for 306 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Indians (12-1).

Saraland managed to keep it close through much of the game until the 5 minute mark of the fourth quarter. The Spartans (13-2) drew within two points of Pinson Valley with 8:57 left to play in th game when quarterback Brett Nezat found Jay Williams from 11 yards out.

The Indians responded with its defense instead of Nix and his offense. Kendall Thornton intercepted a Saraland pass and returned it 32 yards for the championship-clinching touchdown.

The Spartans' Rayshawn McAlpine led all rushers with 158 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown.

 

AHSAA Super 7 Championship

At Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn

(Home team listed second)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

CLASS 7A

Central-Phenix City (14-0) 52, Thompson (12-2) 7

THURSDAY, DEC. 6

CLASS 3A

Flomaton (12-3) 23, Piedmont (12-3) 12

CLASS 1A

Mars Hill Bible (14-1) 53, Linden (13-1) 26

CLASS 5A

Central Clay (11-3) 43, Vigor (13-1) 42

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

CLASS 4A

UMS-Wright (14-0) 52, Deshler (9-5) 0

CLASS 2A

Fyffe (15-0) 21, Luverne (13-2) 19

CLASS 6A

Pinson Valley (13-1) 26, Saraland (13-2) 17