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1984 State Championship Final Summaries


1984 was the first year the AHSAA had been divided into six classification. Previously the schools were divided into four classes.
1984 Class 1A State Championship Game
Sweet Water vs. Valley Head
Sweet Water
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
28   Thomasville W  
34   A.L. Johnson W  
52   Southern Normal W  
12   Jackson 32 L  
 41   Livingston W  
14   Coffeeville 20 L  
41   Hale County 12 W  
44   John Essex W  
23   Linden 20 W  
49   Fruitdale W  
20   J.U. Blacksher W  1st Rd
34   Coffeeville W  2nd Rd
12   Brantley W  3rd Rd
22   Beulah W  Semi
 Valley Head 13 L  Finals
  
43212-3-0 134
Region Record  2-1
Valley Head
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
29   Gaylesville W  
 Fyffe 21 L  
48   Sand Rock W  
21   Cedar Bluff W  
23   Ider W  
36   Spring Garden W  
40   Collinsville W  
55   Geraldine W  
 33   North Sand Mountain W  
33   Section W  
33   Speake W  1st Rd
17   Sand Rock 16 W  2nd Rd
 Brilliant W  3rd Rd
10   Maplesville W  Semi
13   Sweet Water W  Finals
  
40614-1-0 96
Region Record  4-0
Game Summary
Sweet Water
0 6 0 0 -- 6
Valley Head
7 0 6 0 -- 13
 
 Scoring Summaries: 
Valley Head: Harrison 1 yard run (Harrison PAT) 5:42
Sweet Water: Lockett 6 yard run (run failed) 1:36
Valley Head: Harrison 2 yard run (PAT no good) 9:37
 
  Sweet Water Valley Head
First Downs9 10
Rush/Yards176 166
Pass/Yards11 0
Pass att/com/int5-1-0 0-0-0
Total Yards187 166 
Fumbles/Lost0 0
Punt/Avg.0-00 0-00
Penalties40 46
Time of Poss.
   
Game MVP:
Records: Sweet Water (13-2); Valley Head (13-1)
Coaches: Jim Kirby, Valley Head Nolan Atkins, Sweet Water
Game: Played Friday December 7, 1984 at Valley Head
 
Summary:
        Valley Head running back, Jeff Harrison, rushed for 108 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Tigers to their first ever state championship in four playoff appearances.
        The Sweet Water Bulldogs were led by Marvin Lockett's 30-carry 163 yard performance. Valley Head scored on their first possession of the game on a 14-play 77 yard drive when Harrison took it in from one yard out to put the Tigers up 7-0.
        Following a blocked punt, the Bulldogs scored on Lockett's 6 yard run with 1:36 left in the half. The two-point try was missed and the Tigers still led 7-6 at intermission.
        Following a Bulldog punt in the third quarter, Valley Head took over at the Sweet Water five-yard line after John Kirby returned the punt 60 yards. Two plays later, Harrison scored his second touchdown and the Tigers led 13-6.
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.