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2023 Season Tidbits & Records


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   THIS WEEK IN ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
AHSFHS.org Report
(Dec. 3, 2023)

Semifinals of the AHSAA Playoffs Tidbits & Records


The Semifinals are complete. The 2023 AHSAA Super Seven Championships begin this coming Wednesday. Here are a few tidbits from this week's football action.

   *   Be sure to catch the latest edition of the AHSFHS podcast this Sunday night as we will be posting a new episode with all four of the gang. Chris, Kody and TP will join Kurt and David to discuss the matchups this week. Also follow the Barber Shop Gurus on Tuesday morning for their latest game analysis and predictions. Last week the guys went 9-3 predicting the games.

   *   All the official playoff brackets are posted as we get closer to crowning the 2023 football state champions. The AHSAA Super 7 begins Wednesday, December 6th in Tuscaloosa. We will have much more all week on the championship games.

   *   Sunday we will unveil the latest AHSFHS Power Ratings for every team along with our predictions each championship game. Scoring averages are posted now. Also look for the AHSFHS Championship Game Previews were we give you stats and numbers for each game.

   *   Only two previously undefeated teams fell in the semifinals as Elba and B.B. Comer saw their unbeaten streaks come to a halt this week. The remaining undefeated teams:
       7A - Central Phenix City (12-0)
       6A - Clay-Chalkville (13-0),  Saraland (14-0)
       5A - Gulf Shores (14-0)
       4A - Catholic Montgomery (14-0)
       3A - Madison Academy (14-0), Mobile Christian (14-0)
       2A - Reeltown (14-0)
       1A - Leroy (13-0)

   *   Upsets in the semifinals of the playoffs? Only a couple and really just one as Leroy (+13) scored late to defeat Elba 27-24. Madison Academy was considered a one point underdog to Geraldine but won the game 48-45. Both of these games came down to the final play.

   *    Comeback wins? Leroy scored on a 23 yard pass from QB Brayden Huebner to Josh Reed with less than a minute remaining to defeat Elba 27-24. None were bigger than the last second field goal by Reeltown to defeat B.B. Comer 31-28. A field goal by Reeltown? They rarely attempt extra points but kicker Gaines Tapley managed to bounce one off the right goalpost for the victory.

   *   Close Games? Madison Academy running back Ken Cherry scored on an 11 yard run with just 57 seconds remaining to defeat Geraldine 48-43 in a wild one up north.

   *   Statement wins? How about Cherokee County blasting Westminster Christian 50-6 or Gulf Shores shutting out Eufaula 45-0 or possibly Saraland dumping Pike Road 46-7. Also included in this list is Catholic Montgomery's 28-0 shutout of B.T. Washington. These four teams gave their opponents no hope from the opening whistle.

   *  Ok. Let's put this in perspective. Since the beginning of the 2014 football season Fyffe has a record of 138-6. About as good as it gets. So they have lost six games over the course of the past ten football seasons. They have as many state championships as losses at six. Every year the stats for Coach Benefield and Fyffe become more impressive.

   *   Records? Alvin Henderson ran for 302 yards and scored 3 TDs but Elba fell to Leroy 27-24. Henderson sits alone at the top of the list for most touchdowns scored in a season with 61.

   *   Gulf Shores and Coosa Christian won a semifinal playoff game for the first time in their school's history. It will be their first trip to the championship game.

   *   Leroy, Fyffe, Cherokee County, Ramsay, Saraland and Thompson are all making return trips to the Super 7 this week. All but Cherokee County won a title in 2022.

   *   Teams who have not reached the finals in a while include; Madison Academy 2016, Mobile Christian 2019 and Reeltown 2019.

   *   Teams who have never won an AHSAA championship game include: Coosa Christian, Mobile Christian, Catholic Montgomery and Gulf Shores.

   *   The battle of unbeaten teams; Saraland (14-0) vs. Clay-Chalkville (13-0) and Madison Academy (14-0) vs. Mobile Christian (14-0).

   *   There are nine remaining undefeated teams. The most undefeated teams in any season to win a championships is four. That has happened on ten different occasions most recently in 2020.

   *   Something that is very rare is the fact that every team in the finals is a #1 seed except Coosa Christian. And they should have been but for some forfeited games early in the season.

   *   Teams you do not wish to face in the finals along with their all-time record. Ramsay 2-0, Leroy 6-2, Thompson 5-1, Clay-Chalkville 3-1 and Fyffe 8-2.

   *   If we missed anything I will try to include it in our podcast tomorrow. We will cover all the Super Seven matchups for each classification.

   *   The longest winning streak belongs to Saraland who has won their last twenty games following a 46-7 win over Pike Road in the emsifinals of the playoffs.

   *   Saraland has won 25 consecutive home games.

   *   Catholic Montgomery also holds onto the longest road winning streak having won 23 consecutive road games.

   *   Fyffe continues to dominate Class 2A as they have for the last ten seasons. The Red Devils are currently sitting on a string of 320 games without being shutout.


Team approaching the 600 win club
  599  -  Bibb County  (599-431-38)
  595  -  Athens  (595-427-36)

Team approaching the 500 win club
  497  -  Minor  (497-485-22)
  496  -  Greensboro  (496-440-37)
  495  -  Hale County  (495-442-24)

Coaches approaching the 300 win club
  297  -  Rush Propst (Pell City)  (297-116)

Coaches approaching the 150 win club
  149  -  Mark Hastings (Lynn)  (148-123)
  148  -  Ed Rigby (Luverne)  (148-110)
  146  -  Jamey DuBose (Orange Beach)  (146-51)

Coaches approaching the 100 win club
  98  -  Jeremy Perkins (Austin)  (98-60)
  98  -  David Smothers (Addison)  (98-41)
  97  -  Jason Massey (Leroy)  (97-52)




Teams with current school record winning streaks

 * Saraland has won a team record 20 consecutive games since 10/28/2022.
 * Lowndes Academy has won a team record 19 consecutive games since 10/14/2022.
 * Gulf Shores has won a team record 14 consecutive games since 8/24/2023.
 * Catholic Montgomery has won a team record 14 consecutive games since 8/25/2023.


Teams that set a record for most wins in a season

 * B.T. Washington set a team record with a 9-5 record. That tops the previous mark of 7-4-0 in 2016.

 * Banks Academy set a team record with a 11-2 record. That tops the previous mark of 6-5-0 in 2022.

 * Catholic Montgomery set a team record with a 14-0 record. That tops the previous mark of 13-1-0 in 2022.

 * Corner set a team record with a 10-2 record. That tops the previous mark of 9-2-0 in 1995.

 * Cornerstone Christian set a team record with a 11-1 record. That tops the previous mark of 9-2-0 in 2009.

 * Dothan High set a team record with a 8-3 record. That ties the previous mark of 8-4-0 in 2022.

 * Geraldine set a team record with a 12-2 record. That ties the previous mark of 12-2-0 in 2000.

 * Gulf Shores set a team record with a 14-0 record. That tops the previous mark of 11-2-0 in 2022.

 * Headland set a team record with a 10-3 record. That ties the previous mark of 10-2-0 in 2018.

 * Helena set a team record with a 9-3 record. That ties the previous mark of 9-2-0 in 2021.

 * Hillcrest Tuscaloosa set a team record with a 12-1 record. That ties the previous mark of 12-1-0 in 2011.

 * Locust Fork set a team record with a 12-1 record. That tops the previous mark of 11-2-0 in 1998.

 * Lowndes Academy set a team record with a 13-0 record. That tops the previous mark of 11-2-0 in 2022.

 * Mary Montgomery set a team record with a 12-1 record. That tops the previous mark of 10-0-0 in 1965.

 * Mobile Christian set a team record with a 14-0 record. That tops the previous mark of 13-2-0 in 2016.

 * Moody set a team record with a 10-3 record. That ties the previous mark of 10-2-0 in 2022.

 * Parker set a team record with a 12-2 record. That ties the previous mark of 12-2-0 in 1980.

 * Saraland set a team record with a 14-0 record. That ties the previous mark of 14-1-0 in 2022.

 * Sipsey Valley set a team record with a 6-5 record. That ties the previous mark of 6-5-0 in 2012.

 * St. Michael set a team record with a 6-5 record. That ties the previous mark of 6-3-0 in 2021.

 * Sumter Central set a team record with a 4-5 record. That ties the previous mark of 4-7-0 in 2011.

 * Thorsby set a team record with a 9-3 record. That ties the previous mark of 9-2-0 in 2018.

 * University Charter School set a team record with a 5-6 record. That tops the previous mark of 2-8-0 in 2022.

 * West Morgan set a team record with a 12-1 record. That tops the previous mark of 11-1-0 in 2002.

 * Westminster Christian set a team record with a 11-3 record. That ties the previous mark of 11-1-0 in 2018.

 * Woodville set a team record with a 6-4 record. That tops the previous mark of 5-6-0 in 2020.



Teams that set a record for most points scored in a season

 * B.B. Comer set a team record by scoring 564 points. That tops the previous mark of 530 points set in 2022.

 * B.T. Washington set a team record by scoring 369 points. That tops the previous mark of 366 points set in 2022.

 * Banks Academy set a team record by scoring 478 points. That tops the previous mark of 444 points set in 2019.

 * Clements set a team record by scoring 348 points. That tops the previous mark of 319 points set in 2021.

 * Coosa Christian set a team record by scoring 539 points. That tops the previous mark of 522 points set in 2000.

 * Corner set a team record by scoring 467 points. That tops the previous mark of 393 points set in 2022.

 * Cornerstone Christian set a team record by scoring 608 points. That tops the previous mark of 414 points set in 2022.

 * Dothan High set a team record by scoring 431 points. That tops the previous mark of 407 points set in 2019.

 * Geraldine set a team record by scoring 551 points. That tops the previous mark of 445 points set in 2019.

 * Gulf Shores set a team record by scoring 555 points. That tops the previous mark of 484 points set in 2022.

 * Helena set a team record by scoring 416 points. That tops the previous mark of 387 points set in 2019.

 * Hillcrest Tuscaloosa set a team record by scoring 512 points. That tops the previous mark of 506 points set in 2022.

 * John Carroll set a team record by scoring 390 points. That tops the previous mark of 296 points set in 1998.

 * Lauderdale County set a team record by scoring 490 points. That tops the previous mark of 472 points set in 2012.

 * Locust Fork set a team record by scoring 685 points. That tops the previous mark of 437 points set in 2014.

 * Lowndes Academy set a team record by scoring 541 points. That tops the previous mark of 477 points set in 1968.

 * Lynn set a team record by scoring 509 points. That tops the previous mark of 495 points set in 2022.

 * Mary Montgomery set a team record by scoring 413 points. That tops the previous mark of 374 points set in 2001.

 * Mobile Christian set a team record by scoring 587 points. That tops the previous mark of 485 points set in 2016.

 * Parker set a team record by scoring 528 points. That tops the previous mark of 514 points set in 2021.

 * Pisgah set a team record by scoring 652 points. That tops the previous mark of 452 points set in 2002.

 * Reeltown set a team record by scoring 554 points. That tops the previous mark of 514 points set in 2019.

 * Saraland set a team record by scoring 726 points. That tops the previous mark of 645 points set in 2022.

 * Southern Prep Academy set a team record by scoring 540 points. That tops the previous mark of 366 points set in 2021.

 * St. James set a team record by scoring 562 points. That tops the previous mark of 542 points set in 2022.

 * St. Michael set a team record by scoring 412 points. That tops the previous mark of 316 points set in 2021.

 * Straughn set a team record by scoring 428 points. That tops the previous mark of 418 points set in 2014.

 * Trinity set a team record by scoring 478 points. That tops the previous mark of 478 points set in 2003.

 * University Charter School set a team record by scoring 256 points. That tops the previous mark of 162 points set in 2022.

 * West Morgan set a team record by scoring 663 points. That tops the previous mark of 500 points set in 2022.

 * Westminster Christian set a team record by scoring 586 points. That tops the previous mark of 538 points set in 2018.

 * Wilcox Academy set a team record by scoring 477 points. That tops the previous mark of 451 points set in 2003.

 * Woodville set a team record by scoring 289 points. That tops the previous mark of 276 points set in 2020.




Teams off to great starts in 2023
 * Catholic Montgomery has never started 14-0 in a season.
 * Gulf Shores has never started 14-0 in a season.
 * Leroy last started a season 13-0 in 2008.
 * Mobile Christian has never started 14-0 in a season.
 * Reeltown last started a season 13-0 in 1991.
 * Saraland has never started 14-0 in a season.






Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.