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 Reclassification

Moved Up from 4A Arriving from 6A
Vigor Gulf Shores
Williamson Citronelle
Eufaula
Valley
Jasper
   Southside Gadsden
Springville
Arab
Scottsboro

 
 
2022   Class 5A Top Ten

Top Ten
1. Pleasant Grove (12-2)6. Leeds (10-2)
2. Central Clay County (9-3) 7. Guntersville (9-2)
3. Alexandria (11-1) 8. Russellville (9-3)
4. UMS-Wright (11-2) 9. Demopolis (7-5)
5. Fairview (12-2) 10. Vigor (14-1)
    

 
 2022 Predictions 
 
      The only thing certain about 5A is that we will not have a repeat champion as Pike Road has advanced to 6A. Will that open the door for Pleasant Grove to finally win that elusive state title? The Spartans have been won 36 games over the past three seasons but finished each year in second place.

      Other contenders for a title will be Central Clay County, Alexandria and UMS-Wright. Look for a surprise team or two from the likes of Gulf Shores, Moody and Fairview. Fairview will be looking to build on the best team in school history last year. The Aggies will be led by junior running back Eli Frost.

      Moody returns skill players and with a new head coach could be the sleeping giant in 5A. Gulf Shores will benefit from great coaching and players like QB Brendon Byrd and RB Ronnie Royal III. Parker will be loaded with D1 prospects and are coming off their best season since 1980.

      The competitive balance rules set up by the AHSAA may slow down the championship runs for UMS-Wright but make no mistake the Bulldogs will still be competitive.

      Class 5A may be the most competitive classification across the board. Region six could produce three teams capable of making deep playoff runs but beyond that the competition seems to be fairly even around the state. Regions two and three have one team each that won more games than they lost in 2021.


 
Playoff Teams
Region 1 Region 2
UMS-Wright Greenville
Vigor Eufaula
Faith Academy Carroll
Gulf Shores Charles Henderson
   

Region 3 Region 4
Demopolis Central Clay County
Selma Tallassee
Marbury Sylacauga
Shelby County Valley
   

Region 5 Region 6
Pleasant Grove Alexandria
Ramsay Leeds
Fairfield Moody
Jasper Southside Gadsden
   

Region 7 Region 8
Guntersville Fairview
Arab Russellville
Boaz East Limestone
Scottsboro West Point
   



 
 Most Victories 2010-2021
 
   UMS-Wright has won twenty eight more games over the past dozen seasons than any other 5A school. Only five other teams have won more than the Bulldogs during that time. Leeds under coach Mask and Pleasant Grove are in hopes of narrowing that gap over the next few seasons.

Titles
  UMS-Wright     132-30     81.5%   3
  Leeds     104-49     68.0%   3
  Pleasant Grove     102-47     68.5%  
  Demopolis     101-42     70.6%  
  Guntersville     98-37     72.6%  
  Central Clay County     96-31     75.6%   2
  Russellville     95-44     68.3%   1
  Vigor     95-52     64.6%  
  Beauregard     93-44     67.9%   1
  Eufaula     92-46     66.7%    
  Alexandria     90-44     67.2%    
  Sylacauga     88-43     67.2%    
  Jasper     84-49     63.2%    
  Greenville     84-53     61.3%    
  Tallassee     83-49     62.9%    
  Fairview     81-51     61.4%    



 
 Last 25 seasons (1997-2021) 
 
    The UMS-Wright Bulldogs have the third most wins in any classification with 275. Russellville with 232 victories over the past twenty five seasons is the third most for any team not winning a state championship during that time. The Demopolis Tigers are one of only four teams that have not had a losing season since 1997.

Titles
  UMS-Wright 275-65 81% 8
  Russellville 232-79 75%
  Demopolis 228-75 75% 2
  Alexandria 211-75 74% 1
  Vigor 205-97 68% 2
  Eufaula 204-87 70%
  Pleasant Grove 197-102 66%
  Leeds 190-117 62% 4
  Jasper 189-92 67%
  Guntersville 189-94 67% 1
  Charles Henderson 162-113 59%
  Sylacauga 162-110 60%
  Greenville 160-120 57%
  Tallassee 158-117 58%
  Beauregard 156-116 57% 1
  East Limestone 153-121 56%
  Springville 151-124 55%
  Lincoln 148-138 52%
  Williamson 146-132 52%
  Fairfield 141-130 52%
  Faith Academy 141-129 52%





David Parker
  AHSFHS.org
  dparker@ahsfhs.org





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