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Moved Up from 5A Arriving from 7A
St. Paul's Murphy
Pike Road Theodore
Central Tuscaloosa Gadsden City
Center Point  
Lee Huntsville  
Mae Jemison  

2022   Class 6A  Top Ten

1. Clay-Chalkville (15-0) 6. Spanish Fort (10-2)
2. Saraland (10-3) 7. Hillcrest Tuscaloosa (11-3)
3. Hueytown (13-2) 8. Pinson Valley (9-4)
4. Mountain Brook (12-2) 9. Pike Road (14-0)
5. Briarwood (10-2) 10. Parker (11-2)

  2022 Predictions
      Clay-Chalkville will be loaded this season and primed to repeat as state champions. Behind QB Kamari McClellan and receivers Mario Craver and Jaylen Mbakwe look for the Cougars to be in Auburn come December. The Cougars must maneuver a very difficult schedule as they play Briarwood, Hueytown and Thompson in non-region games. All three oponents are capable of winning a championship this season.

      Their biggest threat will likely come from Hueytown with their own star QB Earl Woods. The two teams met in an epic battle last year in the title game with Clay-Chalkville winning by a score of 46-42.

      Briarwood will be placing their hopes on D1 QB Christopher Vizzina as the Lions are primed to return to the top of 6A. We will not have to wait long to see how good the Lions are this season as they open up with Clay-Chalkville on August 19th.

      Pike Road will likely find the going tougher in 6A but returns a lot of talent on both sides of the football. Mountain Brook was the only team last season to hold Clay-Chalkville to under 40 points in a 24-18 loss in the semifinals. The Spartan defense shutout seven opponents and look for them to be tough to score on once again in 2022.

      The competitive region once again will be region one. With the addition of Theodore and Murphy the region sports five teams that won at least eight games last year. Saraland, Spanish Fort and Theodore all won ten games. There will be a couple of very good teams left out of the playoffs with only four spots to fill. The weakest region is eight. Only Fort Payne (6-5) finished with a winning record in 2021.

Playoff Teams
Region 1 Region 2
SaralandPike Road
Spanish FortWetumpka
TheodoreStanhope Elmore
McGill-ToolenCarver Montgomery

Region 3 Region 4
Briarwood Hueytown
Homewood Hillcrest Tuscaloosa
Calera McAdory
Helena Northridge

Region 5 Region 6
Mountain Brook Clay-Chalkville
Gardendale Pinson Valley
Parker Oxford
Jackson-Olin Center Point

Region 7 Region 8
Muscle Shoals Fort Payne
Hartselle Gadsden City
Cullman Buckhorn
Decatur Hazel Green

 Most Victories 2010-2021
   Three of the top four winningest programs in 6A the past dozen seasons reside in Region One. Current region one teams have also laid claim to eight state titles during that time. With thirteen teams that have won at least 100 games 6A has been very competitve with a lot of very good teams.

  Spanish Fort     140-27     83.8%   3
  St. Paul's     131-29     81.9%   4
  Clay-Chalkville     126-33     79.2%   2
  McGill-Toolen     118-30     79.7%   1
  Muscle Shoals     116-32     78.4%    
  Briarwood     114-41     73.5%    
  Pinson Valley     108-42     72.0%   3
  Oxford     107-40     72.8%   1
  Saraland     107-41     72.3%    
  Hartselle     104-38     73.2%   1
  McAdory     104-42     71.2%    
  Mountain Brook     104-41     71.7%    
  Hillcrest Tuscaloosa     100-45     69.0%    
  Homewood     89-49     64.5%    

 Last 25 seasons (1997-2021) 
    While Briarwood Christian won the most games during the past twnety five seasons they are pratically tied with Spanish Fort in winning percentage. The Toros of Spanish Fort did not begin varsity football until 2006 and have still won 166 games.

  Briarwood 256-72 78%  3
  St. Pauls 231-82 74%  5
  Clay-Chalkville 228-82 74%  3
  McAdory 220-77 74%  
  Mountain Brook 220-84 72%  
  Homewood 212-91 70%  4
  McGill-Toolen 210-89 70%  1
  Hartselle 198-93 68%  1
  Oxford 195-94 68%  1
  Cullman 192-96 67%  
  Benjamin Russell 182-113 62%  1
  Decatur 174-111 61%  
  Pinson Valley 174-115 60%  3
  Muscle Shoals 173-109 61%  
  Fort Payne 172-101 63%  
  Wetumpka 168-116 59%  
  Stanhope Elmore 167-112 60%  
  Spanish Fort 166-48 78%  4
  Hillcrest Tuscaloosa 166-121 58%  
  Athens 166-124 57%  1
  Mortimer Jordan 162-117 58%  
  Minor 160-118 58%  

David Parker

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Marion County defeated Meek 83-6 in a playoff game in 2012. It is the most points scored by a team in a playoff game.