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Overtime Games  

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        We currently have a total of 1,090 overtime games in the database. This total is only some of the overtime games as I am certain we have missed many of them. If you know of any that we did omit, please post them in the forums or email them to us at the address below.

        On the team pages you will find a new button to view the overtime games we have for each team.

Interesting facts about the history of a few overtime games in Alabama

*  Northview played in back-to-back three overtime games in 1990. They defeated Vigor in the second round of the playoffs and lost to Murphy 10-7 the following week to get knocked out of the post season.

*  When the AHSAA decided to play all ties until a winner could be determined in 1974, Fairview took the idea to heart. Possibly they thought all games should be concluded in overtime as they played the first two games of the 1974 season into overtime losing to Brewer 10-7 and Buckhorn 21-20 to open the season.

* In 1979 Theodore defeated Blount 42-39 in week seven of the season and enjoyed the extra football so much they lost to Murphy the following week 33-26 in seven overtime. The Theodore vs. Murphy game of seven overtimes is a state record for the longest game in history. Lawrence County and East Lawrence matched that feat recently with a seven overtime game of their own.

* Although our overtime records are incomplete at this time, two teams are tied for the lead with the most overtime wins. Ironically Auburn and Oxford have identical 12-6 records in overtime games all-time. The eighteen games each are also the most we have in our records.

* Northview and Murphy have identical 8-2 records in overtime games.

* The first overtime game was played on August 30, 1974 when Brewer defeated Fairview 10-7.

* Lauderdale County played in five overtime games in 1986 winning two of the contests. They tied the record set by Northview the previous season when the Cougars played five overtime games.

David Parker

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