Here is a look at this week’s 12 AHSAA state semifinal matchups.
The winners advance to the state championship games Dec. 1 and 2 in Auburn.
LEROY (11-1) AT MILLRY (12-1)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, A.D. Britton Field, Millry
Path to the semifinals: Leroy – Def. Georgiana 47-12, Maplesville 33-8, Brantley 42-14; Millry – Def. Florala 55-7, Loachapoka 63-12, Sweet Water 41-6.
Coaches: Leroy – Jason Massey (91-52 in 12 years; 81-41 in 10 years at Leroy), Millry – Shane Hendry (20-5 in 2 seasons)
Key players: Leroy – Junior QB Brayden Huebner accounted for 5 TDs in last week’s rout of No. 2 Brantley. Huebner threw for 1,303 yards and 24 TDs with 7 interceptions. … Junior Malik Howell has run for 825 yards on 119 carries with 8 TDs. … Junior WR/DB Taylor Crumedy has 703 yards on 32 catches – 22 yards per reception – with 12 TDs. … Freshman LB DJ Marshall leads the team with 92 total tackles – 80 of them solo stops. … Senior DL Malcolm Pugh has 11 sacks and 32 TFL in his 83.5 total tackles. … Senior DB Kaleb Giles has 5 INTs and 54 total tackles. Millry – Sophomore QB Daylon Edmunds has thrown for 1,642 yards and 26 touchdowns. … Edmunds has completed 64 percent of his 149 passes. … Edmunds also leads the Wildcats with 835 yards rushing with 15 TDs. … Sophomore J’Quan Stewart has 344 yards on the ground, averaging 6.4 yards a carry. … Stewart also leads the team with 514 yards receiving with 10 TDs. … Another sophomore, Landon Doggette, and senior Preston Minus lead the Wildcats with 63 tackles apiece. … Junior Jaylen Manuel has 5 interceptions.
The skinny: Millry finished first in Region 1 with a 6-0 mark, including a 36-14 win over second-place Leroy on Oct. 21. … Leroy holds a 46-19-1 advantage in the series with Millry, dating back to 1931. … Millry has won two straight, but Leroy won four in a row before that. … Leroy opened this season with seven wins in a row and is on a four-game win streak. … Leroy’s defense held Brantley to minus-2 yards rushing in the quarterfinals last week. … On the year, the Bears’ opponents made just 20 percent of their third-down conversions. … Millry lost the second game of the year to Linden (20-14), but hasn’t lost since. The Wildcats had a forfeit win over J.F. Shields on Oct. 7. … Millry averages 38.7 points a game and allows 9.6. … Millry is averaging 42.2 points a game and gives up 10.5 points a game. … The Wildcats are almost perfectly balanced this season on offense – passing for 1,678 yards and rushing for 1,662.
COOSA CHRISTIAN (9-4) AT PICKENS COUNTY (10-3)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, G.S. Spruill Stadium, Reform
Path to the semifinals: Coosa Christian – Def. Hackleburg 51-8, Spring Garden 31-28, Lynn 46-29; Pickens County – Def. Wadley 34-15, Meek 44-36, Marion County 40-14.
Coaches: Coosa Christian – Mark O’Bryant (33-33 in 6 years, 16-17 in 3 years at Coosa Christian), Pickens County – Michael Williams (52-18 in 5 years)
Key players: Coosa Christian – Sophomore QB JD Justus has thrown for 2,227 yards and 25 touchdowns. … Senior Jacara Mostella, a 5-foot-10, 210-pounder, has 2,134 yards rushing with 30 TDs. … Senior Jacoby Tucker has 33 catches for 614 yards and 8 TDs. He also has a TD on a punt return. … Sophomore OLB Clete O’Bryant has 133.5 total tackles with 19 tackles for loss, 3 INT, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and a kickoff return TD. … Senior DE Drake Albury has 96 tackles, 9 sacks, 25 TFL and 2 blocked punts. … Senior LB Dalton McGraw has 94.5 tackles, 9 TFL and a blocked punt. … Sophomore LB Eli Motes has 94 tackles, 12 TFL. … Tucker has 47 tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 pass break-ups, 3 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Pickens County – Senior QB Demarkis Giles has passed for 1,681 yards and 21 TDs and 15 interceptions. … Senior Elijah Merriweather has run for 1,245 yards with 14 TDs. … Junior Santonio Jones has 35 catches for 529 yards and 10 TDs. Jones also turned two of his four kickoff returns into touchdowns. He also had three punt return TDs. … Junior LB Korbit Sommerville leads the Tornadoes with 87 total tackles. … Sophomore LB Willie Windham had 23 TFL, with 4.5 sacks. … Senior DL Jamarian Cohen had 85 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 20 TFL.
The skinny: Pickens County beat the Conquerors 55-7 in the opening round of the 2016 playoffs in the only meeting between these two teams. … The Conquerors have scored 33.9 points per game and allowed 19.8. … Coosa Christian has won 7 straight – averaging 42.8 points per game in those games – after opening the season 2-4. … The Conquerors averaged 23.5 points per game in their first six games. … Coosa Christian’s win over Spring Garden on the road in the second round avenged a 27-0 loss at home in the second game of the year. … This is Coosa Christian’s first semifinals appearance since joining the AHSAA in 2005. … The Conquerors were 0-5 in the playoffs until this season. … Pickens County won the Class 1A 2013 state title, beating Maplesville 38-18. … The Tornadoes are 4-7 in semifinal appearances, 1-3 in the finals. … The Tornadoes opened the season with a 55-12 loss at 2A Aliceville, fell 48-18 to 3A Gordo and lost 21-20 in overtime at region foe Lynn. All three of those teams lost last week in the third round of the playoffs. … The Tornadoes scored 501 points – 38.5 a game – and surrendered 19.3 per game. … Pickens County was 32-for-58 (55 percent) on 2-point conversions and made 5-of-11 PAT kicks. … The Tornadoes turned the ball over 26 times and had 31 takeaways. … Pike County converted 41 percent of its third-down tries while holding its opponents to 30 percent efficiency.
HIGHLAND HOME (12-1) AT B.B. COMER (11-2)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, Legion Stadium, Sylacauga
Path to the semifinals: Highland Home – Def. Isabella 29-21, Ariton 44-28, Clarke County 19-0; B.B. Comer – Def. Lanett 45-20, Wicksburg 22-14, Reeltown 28-22.
Coaches: Highland Home – Will Pouncey (29-19 in 4 years), B.B. Comer – Adam Fossett (93-75 in 15 years; 38-21 in 5 years at Comer)
Key players: Highland Home – Junior QB Brice McKenzie has thrown for 1,845 yards and 25 touchdowns, but he’s been intercepted 15 times. … He has run for 753 yards – 4.6 yards per carry – with 8 TDs. … Sophomore JaKaleb Faulk has caught 16 passes for 356 yards – a whopping 22.3 yards per grab – with 4 TDs. … Senior DL Keldric Faulk has 65 total tackles, with 20.5 tackles for loss. B.B. Comer – Junior QB Devin Harvey threw for 1,014 yards in a run-heavy offense. He completed 50 percent of his throws and connected on 13 TD passes. Harvey has run for 633 yards and 12 TDs. He has 5 interceptions as a DB with 44 tackles. … Junior RB/LB Kamore Harris ran for 1,308 yards and 15 TDs, averaging 9.8 yards per carry. He has 72 total tackles. … Sophomore Raelon Sims has 574 rushing yards and 10 TDs. … Sophomore Richard Weed has 27 receptions for 314 yards and 3 TDs. Weed also leads the team with 99 total tackles with 5 interceptions. … Senior James Carmichael has caught 10 passes with 4 going for TDS. He also has 71 tackles.
The skinny: Highland Home is 2-0 vs. B.B. Comer with wins in 2004 and 2005 … The Flying Squadron won 9 straight before falling 8-7 to Reeltown in their final regular-season game. … Highland Home is averaging 32.2 points per game and giving up 15.2. … The Squadron held Clarke County to 127 total yards and intercepted 3 passes last week. … The Tigers have won 7 straight after losing 28-0 at Saks. … B.B. Comer scores 35.2 points a game and surrenders 19.2. … The Tigers have gained 3,343 yards on the ground and 1,012 through the air. B.B. Comer has 49 rushing touchdowns and 13 passing TDs.
PISGAH (11-2) AT FYFFE (13-0)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, Paul Benefield Stadium, Fyffe
Path to the semifinals: Pisgah – Def. Hatton 40-20, Southeastern 48-28, Aliceville 26-22; Fyffe – Def. Red Bay 55-8, Winston County 35-6, Tuscaloosa Academy 35-7.
Coaches: Pisgah – Luke Pruitt (29-27 in 5 years), Fyffe – Paul Benefield (335-55 in 31 years; 290-44 in 26 years at Fyffe)
Key players: Pisgah – Sophomore Legion McCrary has 1,464 rushing yards on 183 carries with 20 touchdowns. He’s a quick-strike threat with TDs from 90, 84 and 71 yards. … Junior Mason Holcomb has completed 96-of-160 passes for 1,919 yards and 22 TDs. He’s been intercepted 9 times. … Sophomore Luke Gilbert has caught 36 passes for 837 yards and 13 TDs. … Junior Jakob Kirby has 38 catches for 663 yards and 8 TDs. Kirby also leads the team with 13 pass break-ups and 3 interceptions. … Senior Caiden Hawkins leads the Eagles with 144 total tackles. Fyffe – Logan Anderson has 1,757 yards rushing on 143 attempts after gaining a season-high 281 last week. The sophomore has run for 31 TDs. … Sophomore QB Blake Dobbins has completed just 17 passes (out of 29 tries) in the hybrid Wing-T offense, but 10 were for touchdowns. … Senior DE Will Arnold has 5 sacks. … Sophomore DL Tucker Wilks has 56 tackles with 8 sacks. … Senior DB Hunter Machen has 32 tackles and 2 interceptions. … Senior DB Owen Blackwell has 3 INTs.
The skinny: Fyffe holds a 17-13-1 lead in the series against Pisgah, including a 40-6 win against its region rival on Oct. 14. … Pisgah has won 5 in a row since losing to Fyffe. … The Red Devils have won 13 straight and 23 of their last 25. … Pisgah averages 32.8 points per game while allowing 21.8. … Fyffe scores 47.2 points a game – second in the state only to Montgomery Catholic’s 51.8 average – and leads the state in scoring defense by allowing just 6.2 points per game. … The Red Devils run and run and run the ball. In last week’s win, Fyffe was 3-for-3 through the air for 31 yards but gained 375 yards on 38 attempts on the ground.
ST. JAMES (11-2) AT MOBILE CHRISTIAN (6-7)
Time/location: 7 p.m. Friday, Lamar Harrison Field, Mobile
Path to the semifinals: St. James – Def. Walter Wellborn 54-7, W.S. Neal 42-21 and Thomasville 40-15; Mobile Christian – Def. Houston Academy 30-3, Trinity 27-13 and Pike County 27-7.
Coaches: St. James – Jimmy Perry (90-37 in 11 years at St. James, 155-69 in 19 years overall); Mobile Christian – Ronnie Cottrell (60-28 in 7 years at Mobile Christian, 161-98 in 22 years overall).
Key players: St. James – QB KJ Jackson, WR Ethan Beard, WR Ziggy Holloway, RB Cosner Harrison; Mobile Christian – DL/Edge Sterling Dixon, QB Landon Snow, QB Miguel Camboia, RB/WR Ben Brewer, DB Camden Lawson, LB Kentonio Kelly.
The skinny: Mobile Christian and St. James have never played. … St. James’ losses this year came against Handley (48-35) and Charles Henderson (26-14). The Trojans have won seven games in a row since their last loss and have outscored three playoff opponents 136-43. Junior QB KJ Jackson passed for 223 yards and 4 TDs in last week’s win over Thomasville, giving him 2,382 yards for the season to break the St. James’ single-season mark. He has 5,695 yards and 81 TDs for his career. Beard caught 3 passed for 115 yards and 2 TDs last week. Holloway caught 2 TD passes. St. James is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history. … Mobile Christian is in the semifinals for the third time in seven years under Cottrell. The Leopards reached the 3A title game in both 2016 and 2019. This year’s team has rebounded after forfeiting four early-season wins due to an eligibility issue and dropping a pair of OT games to Pensacola Catholic and Hillcrest-Evergreen. Mobile Christian has won 6 straight games since those overtime losses. Dixon, who is scheduled to make a commitment announcement next week, entered the quarterfinal game with 33 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks. In last week’s win, Ben Brewer had a 27-yard TD run, a 7-yard TD reception and an interception return for a score.
SYLVANIA (10-3) AT PIEDMONT (11-2)
Time/location: 7 p.m. Friday, Field of Champions, Piedmont
Path to semifinals: Sylvania – Def. Fayette County 35-6, Madison Academy 48-45 in OT and Geraldine 27-7; Piedmont – Def. Oakman 61-0, Colbert County 42-20 and Gordo 27-14.
Coaches: Sylvania – Tyler Vann (18-6 in 2 seasons at Sylvania, 23-12 in 3 seasons overall); Piedmont – Steve Smith (197-35 in 17 years at Piedmont, 282-80 in 28 years overall)
Key players: Sylvania – RB Braiden Thomas, DL/OL Ashdon Cooley, OK Ky Shankles; Piedmont – QB Jack Hayes, RB Dontavious Jordan, WR Ishmael Bethel, WR Thomas Propst, LB Brody Epps, DB Trevor Pike.
The skinny: The two teams played earlier this season with Piedmont winning 40-7 at home. They also played in the first round of the playoffs a year ago. The Bulldogs won that one as well, 40-20 at Sylvania. … This is Sylvania’s first semifinal trip since 1994. The coach then was current Fyffe head coach Paul Benefield. The Rams’ other losses came at Plainview (33-30 on Oct. 6) and at Fyffe (35-14 on Oct. 28). They are averaging 31.6 points a game and giving up 18.9. Entering last week’s quarterfinals, Braiden Thomas had rushed for 1,402 yards and 19 TDs on 145 carries. Ashdon Cooley has been an anchor on the defensive front with 98 total tackles, 23 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks. … Piedmont is in the state semifinals for the 8th straight season. The Bulldogs have won four state championships during that stretch. This year’s team is averaging 36.7 points a game and giving up 13.8. They are led by senior QB Jack Hayes, the AHSAA career record holder for total offense and total TDs. As a senior, he has rushed for 1,282 yards and 16 TDs on 173 carries and passed for 2,918 yards and 33 TDs. Ishmael Bethel has 55 receptions for 896 yards and 14 TDs. Thomas Propst has 44 receptions for 638 yards and 5 TDs. Rollie Pinto has 7 TD receptions. LB Brody Epps has 108 tackles to lead the defense.
ONEONTA (11-1) AT CHEROKEE COUNTY (11-2)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, Warriors Stadium/Johnson Field, Centre
Path to the semifinals: Oneonta – Def. Haleyville 56-14, Priceville 34-20, Deshler 62-21; Cherokee County – Def. Corner 47-10, West Morgan 42-28, Randolph 35-21.
Coaches: Oneonta – Phil Phillips (49-16), Cherokee County – Jacob Kelley (31-14)
Key players: Oneonta – RB Fluff Bothwell, WR Teigan Hill, TE Payton Kritner, QB Landon Abernathy, OL Jacob Handley, OL Braden Taylor, OL Cade NeSmith, OL Pate Pass, OL Kevin Thompson, LB Josiah Coover, LB Makhel Montgomery, DE Jacob Handley, DT Braden Taylor, DB Malikih Montgomery; Cherokee County – RB Jacob Cornejo, ATH Jack Amos, DE Tae Diamond, LB Tristan Brown, DL Dalton Chestnut, OL Landon Ransum, OL Zach Gaylor.
The skinny: Oneonta leads the series 12-11-1, including beating the Warriors 17-14 in Week 4. Oneonta is 10-2 in semifinal games, including last year’s victory over Madison Academy before losing the title game to Vigor. The Warriors are 4-1 in semifinal play, but haven’t reached the fourth round since beating Deshler and winning the 2009 title against Jackson. Oneonta is No. 9 in Class 4A scoring (41.0) and No. 15 in scoring defense while Cherokee County is No. 11 in scoring (38.1) and No. 10 in scoring defense (16.5).
ANDALUSIA (12-1) AT MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC (13-0)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, Catholic Field, Montgomery
Path to the semifinals: Andalusia – Def. Jackson 25-10, American Christian 31-7, Anniston 35-28s; Montgomery Catholic – Def. Bayside 41-13, Jacksonville 44-27, Handley 21-14.
Coaches: Andalusia – Trent Taylor (265-146), Montgomery Catholic – Kirk Johnson (26-1)
Key players: Andalusia – RB J’Marion Burnette, QB Jack Lathrop, RB/LB Dorian Crittenden, WR/DB Kaden Denson, WR Tycamren Jackson, LB Cameron Weaver, LB Garrett Blackston, Parker Adams, LB Cameron Johnson, DL Landon Marshall; Montgomery Catholic – RB Jeremiah Cobb, QB Caleb McCreary, WR/DB Luke Harkless, WR Josh Palmer, DB LJ Green, LB Jaden Jones, DL KJ Washington, LB Kam Miller.
The skinny: Andalusia leads the series 2-1, but lost to Montgomery Catholic 45-23 in Week 10. Andalusia is 4-6 in semifinal action, falling to state champion Pike Road in last year’s Class 5A semifinal round. Montgomery Catholic had reached the semifinal round three straight seasons with a 1-2 mark overall after losing to Montgomery Academy last season and beating the Eagles in 2020 semifinal action before falling to Fyffe in the Class 3A title game. Montgomery Catholic leads the state in scoring (51.9) and average margin of victory (41.5) and also leads Class 4A in scoring defense (10.3) while Andalusia is No. 4 in Class 4A scoring (41.7) and No. 5 in scoring defense (15.0).
CHARLES HENDERSON (11-1) AT FAITH ACADEMY (11-2)
Time/location: 7 p.m. Friday, Ram Field, Mobile
Path to the semifinals: Charles Henderson – Def. Williamson 20-16, Tallassee 34-7 and UMS-Wright 19-16; Faith Academy – Def. Eufaula 21-15, Demopolis 36-15 and Gulf Shores 20-14.
Coaches: Charles Henderson – Quinn Hambrite (13-9 in 2 seasons at Charles Henderson, 15-17 in 3 seasons overall); Faith Academy – Jack French (47-15 in 5 years at Faith Academy, 306-135-2 in 39 years overall)
Key players: Charles Henderson – QB Parker Adams, WR Jywon Boyd, RB Zach Coleman, DL Zion Grady; Faith Academy – QB Jarrett Daughtry, RB/LB Christian Burnette, WR/DB Ty Goodwill, WR/DB Dorian Smith, RB/LB Edwin King, WR/DB Tyrell Dotson.
The skinny: The two teams have played once before with Faith winning 31-0 in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. … The Trojans last reached the semifinals in 2013 when then-coach Mike Dean took them to the 4A championship game. Last week, they knocked off No. 1 UMS behind 3 TD receptions by Jywon Boyd and a goal-line stand by the defense. QB Parker Adams has passed for 2,322 yards and 25 TDs and rushed for 3 more scores. Zach Coleman leads the team with 8 rushing TDs. Boyd has 55 receptions for 1,009 yards and 16 TDs. Senior LB Damien Hart leads the defense with 103 tackles. Sophomore Zion Grady has 81 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks. The Trojans have won 8 straight since their only loss of the season against Beauregard on Sept. 16. … Faith is in the semifinals for the second time in three years under coach Jack French. The Rams’ only regular-season losses came at Gulf Shores (22-12) and at UMS-Wright (21-20). They avenged the loss to Gulf Shores last week. Daughtry is completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,084 yards and 21 TDs. Christian Burnette has rushed for 990 yards and 15 TDs on 141 carries and also is an anchor on defense. Ty Goodwill leads the team with 10 TD receptions. Dorian Smith has 4 and Tyrell Dotson 3. Jaeden Simmons has 100 tackles to lead the defense.
PLEASANT GROVE (11-1) AT RAMSAY (11-2)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, Legion Field, Birmingham
Path to the semifinals: Pleasant Grove – Def. Alexandria 43-14, Russellville 37-14, Arab 41-38 (2OT); Ramsay – Def. Southside-Gadsden 61-25, Guntersville 45-9, Leeds 27-19.
Coaches: Pleasant Grove – Darrell LeBeaux (56-11), Ramsay – Ronnie Jackson (17-7)
Key players: Pleasant Grove – QB Eric Handley, RB Collin Moore, RB Jordan Smith, OL Jordan Foy, OL Adrian Griffin, OL Tyler Steele, OL Noah Gilliand, OL Sam Thompson, OL Derrick Taylor, ATH Kyron Burroughs, WR Clarence Taylor, WR DJ Lavender, LB Aiden Hall, LB BJ Jordan, DB Amari Small, ATH Cam Wormley; Ramsay – ATH/QB Tremell Washington, QB Kameron Keenan, RB Ashton Ashford, OL Anthony Miles, WR Jalen Jones, WR Kristian Stinson, LB QB Reese, LB Marquel Patterson, DL Caleb Patterson, DL Demarcus Wynn, DB James Jones, DB Jmarcus Jones, DB Fletcher Taylor, DB Zedrick Powell, DB O’Conner Jones.
The skinny: Ramsay leads the series 6-4, including beating Pleasant Grove 21-14 in Week 4 this season. The Rams are 1-1 in semifinal games, winning the 2016 Class 6A title and falling to Pleasant Grove in the 2020 semifinal matchup. Pleasant Grove has lost in each of the past three state championship games and are 4-1 in semifinal appearances. Pleasant Grove is No. 2 in Class 5A scoring (42.8) while Ramsay is No. 4 (40.7) and the Spartans are No. 4 in scoring defense (13.1) and Ramsay is No. 12 (16.2).
SARALAND (12-1) AT THEODORE (13-0)
Time/location: 7 p.m. Friday, C.A. Douglas Field, Theodore
Path to the semifinals: Saraland — Def. Wetumpka 48-14, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 56-31 and Homewood 57-56 in OT; Theodore — Def. Sidney Lanier 35-20, Hueytown 29-18 and St. Paul’s 28-0.
Coaches: Saraland – Jeff Kelly (116-35 in 12 years at Saraland, 163-69 in 19 years overall); Theodore – Eric Collier (71-40 in 10 years at Theodore, 81-70 in 14 years overall)
Key players: Saraland – QB KJ Lacey, WR Ryan Williams, WR CD Gill, RB Santae McWilliams, LB Jameson Curtis, DT Antonio Coleman; Theodore – QB Cam Rigby, RB Brayden Jenkins, DB Will James, WR Kamrean Johnson, WR Trey Glover.
The skinny: Theodore won the first game of the year between these two teams 27-26 on Oct. 21. The Bobcats held the ball for 67 offensive snaps compared to only 29 for Saraland. Brayden Jenkins rushed for 213 yards and 2 TDs on 38 carries. Miguel Frias kicked a 25-yard field goal with 1:19 left to give the Bobcats the lead for good. … The 26 points against Theodore was Saraland’s lowest scoring output of the season. The Spartans are averaging 45 points a game. Sophomore QB KJ Lacey has passed for 2,885 yards and 37 TDs and been intercepted just 4 times. Mr. Football candidate and Alabama WR commit Ryan Williams has rushed for 11 TDs, caught 23 TD passes and returned a pair of punts for scores. Santae McWilliams has rushed for 1,199 yards and 15 TDs on 204 carries. CD Gill has 7 TD receptions and Brooks Womble had 5. Saraland is playing in its fifth semifinal game under Jeff Kelly. The Spartans are 2-2 in those games. … Theodore is playing in its first state semifinal. The Bobcats have outscored their opponents 426-138 this season. Brayden Jenkins has rushed for 1,943 yards and 26 TDs on 276 carries, though he missed his team’s quarterfinal win. Cam Rigby has passed for 1,196 yards and 16 TDs. Kamrean Johnson has 7 TD receptions. Trey Glover and Tevaris Sullivan have 4 TDs each. Junior Navontay Richardson has 103 tackles, including 14 for a loss.
MOUNTAIN BROOK (11-2) AT MUSCLE SHOALS (11-1)
Time/Location: 7 p.m. Friday, J.F. Moore Stadium, Muscle Shoals
Path to the semifinals: Mountain Brook – Def. Pinson Valley 44-7, Gadsden City 37-6, Hartselle 49-30; Muscle Shoals – Def. Hazel Green 58-7, Parker 31-6, Gardendale 38-7.
Coaches: Mountain Brook – Chris Yeager (169-80), Muscle Shoals – Scott Basden (207-73)
Key players: Mountain Brook – RB Cole Gamble, RB Will Waldrop RB Jack King, QB John Colvin, WR Jackson Beatty, WR Clark Sanderson, OL Davis Peterson, OL Mac Smith, OL Henry Boehme, OL William Courtenay, OL John Hendry, LB Trent Wright, LB Vaughn Frost, LB Drew Widener, DL Parker Avery, DB Mac Palmer, DB Tucker Crawford, DB Hampton King; Muscle Shoals – QB Cole Woods, RB Devin Townsend, RB Jaelin Goodwin, WR Jamir Goodloe, Isaac Fowler, Bryant Basden, OL Isaac Rue, K/P Trey Stoddard, LB Brayden Jones, LB Zaylin Fuqua, DL Jyheam Ingram, DL Tyler Cole, DL Cohen Young, DB Xavier Johnson, DB Will Weaver, DB Uzziah Johnson.
The skinny: Mountain Brook won the only meeting between the teams 38-7 in 2020 first round action. The Spartans are 3-6 in semifinal play, losing in the semifinal round each of the past two seasons, falling to state champions Clay-Chalkville in 2021 and Pinson Valley in 2020, and haven’t reached the championship game since losing to Jeff Davis in 1996. Muscle Shoals is 1-2 in semifinal games and last reached the semifinal in 2013, beating Southside-Gadsden before falling to Spanish Fort in the title game. Mountain Brook is ranked No. 5 in Class 6A scoring (39.7), Muscle Shoals is No. 6 (38.2) while the Spartans are No. 3 in scoring defense (13.3) and Muscle Shoals is No. 4 (14.9).