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1986 State Championship Final Summaries


 
1986 Class 5A State Championship Game
Homewood vs. Gadsden
Homewood
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
21   John Carroll W  
20   Pleasant Grove W  
28   Sylacauga 13 W  
27   Midfield 10 W  
10   Vestavia Hills W  
21   Mountain Brook W  
21   Thompson W  
 McAdory L  
27   Pelham W  
14   Pell City 19 L  
27   Hillcrest Tuscaloosa 24 W  1st Rd
10   McAdory W  2nd Rd
10   Stanhope Elmore W  3rd Rd
21   Eufaula 14 W  Semi
 Gadsden 13 L  Finals
  
27012-3-0 143
Region Record  2-1
Gadsden
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
14   Litchfield W  
10   Coffee 14 L  
 Walter Wellborn 20 L  
 Minor 22 L  
15   Southside Gadsden 32 L  
13   Anniston 16 L  
16   Etowah 13 W  
    OPEN    
 Fort Payne W  
10   Emma Sansom W  Charity Bowl
18   Guntersville 14 W  1st Rd
10   Athens W  2nd Rd
14   Cullman W  3rd Rd
 Pell City W  Semi
13   Homewood W  Finals
  
1529-5-0 172
Region Record  3-1
Game Summary
Homewood
0 0 7 0 -- 7
Gadsden
3 7 0 3 -- 13
 
 Scoring Summaries: 
Gadsden: Gerry Benson 30 yard field goal 7:55
Gadsden: Bobby Avery 40 yard run (Gerry Benson PAT)
Homewood: John Dorough 39 yard pass from Doug Gann (Steve Gray PAT) 3:29
Gadsden: Gerry Benson 24 yard field goal 9:14
 
  Homewood Gadsden
First Downs10 13
Rush/Yards99 154
Pass/Yards75 140
Pass att/com/int15-6-0 18-12-0
Total Yards174 294
Fumbles/Lost1 0
Punt/Avg.3-33.3 4-25.5
Penalties15 90
Time of Poss.
   
Game MVP:
Records: Gadsden (9-5); Homewood (11-4)
Coaches: Vince DiLorenzo, Gadsden Gerald Gann, Homewood
Game: Played Friday December 5, 1986 at Murphree Stadium, Gadsden
 
Summary:
                  Bobby Avery scored Gadsden's lone touchdown on a 40 yard run and Gerry Benson kicked two field goals for all the points Gadsden would need to defeat Homewood 13-7. Gadsden, 9-5, began its season with a 1-5 record, but the Tigers won their last three regular season games to qualify for the playoffs and continued the winning streak all the way through the championship game.
                  Benson kicked a 30 yard field goal to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead with 7:55 remaining in the first quarter. Avery's 40 yard run in the second quarter upped the lead to 10-0 at halftime. Homewood would come back in the third quarter with a 39 yard pass from Doug Gann to John Dorough with 3:29 remaining in the period. Benson's second field goal of 24 yards with 9:14 left in the game would clinch the win for the Tigers and provide the final margin.
                  It was Homewood's first trip back to the championship game since they won a title in 1974.
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