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Moved Up from 6A  
Lee Montgomery  

2022   Class 7A  Top Ten 

1. Thompson (13-1) 6. James Clemens (10-1)
2. Central Phenix City (13-1) 7. Opelika (9-4)
3. Hoover (12-1) 8. Fairhope (9-2)
4. Auburn (10-2) 9. Baker (7-4)
5. Hewitt-Trussville (9-3) 10. Enterprise (8-4)

 2022 Predictions 
      Once again look for Thompson to be loaded with star players everywhere especially along the offensive and defensive lines. The Warriors seem poised to win their fourth state championship in a row in 2022 if they can fill the skilled position. Coach Freeman will find the players on his roster by the first week of the season. The schedule is the toughest in the state but will only serve to get them ready for the post season.

      Other teams may have a little to say about it by the time December rolls around. Central Phenix City returns a great defense and should be in the mix throughout the playoffs. This may be Coach Nix's most talented team at Phenix City.

      The biggest threats to these two teams will be from within their own regions as Hoover and Auburn will have something to say about not only the region races but the state championship in Class 7A. Auburn returns QB Clyde Pittman and could give Central a run for the region championship. Josh Niblett may have moved to Georgia but the Bucs will be a strong team under Coach Wade Waldrop.

      Regions one and four do not seem to be ready to pose a threat to the usual powerhouses just yet. But there are a few teams to look out for from the Mobile and Huntsville area. Baker and Foley return starting QBs and will threaten for region titles. James Clemens returns their QB along with several other starters from last year on offense. If the Jets get past Gardendale and Mountain Brook in their first two games it could propell them to another great season.

      The most competitive and deepest region has to be region two followed closely by region three. Those two regions will be very competitve for the last couple of playoff slots. Regions one and four have just one team that has even won a state title since the playoffs began. That team is Daphne.

Playoff Teams
Region 1Region 2
Fairhope Central Phenix City
Baker Auburn
Daphne Opelika
Foley Enterprise

Region 3 Region 4
Thompson James Clemens
Hoover Bob Jones
Hewitt-Trussville Florence
Oak Mountain Austin

 Most Victories 2010-2021
   Thompson may have won the past three state titles in the state's highest classification but make no mistake about who the most dominant program has been the past twelve seasons. Hoover with 144 victories and five championships has proven to be the top football program in 7A.

  Hoover     144-23     86.2%   4
  Central Phenix City     120-30     80.0%   1
  Auburn     110-36     75.3%    
  Opelika     108-40     73.0%    
  Daphne     96-42     69.6%   1
  Fairhope     91-45     66.9%    
  Hewitt-Trussville     91-45     66.9%    
  Bob Jones     87-47     64.9%    
  Prattville     84-48     63.6%   1
  Austin     83-53     61.0%    
  Thompson     82-55     59.9%   3

 Last 25 Seasons (1997-2021)
     Once again the Hoover Bucs sit atop this list of the teams with the most victories over the past 25 seasons. No surprise there. The 288 victories are the most of any team in any classification. I think the surprise comes with Opelika at number two. The Bulldogs have not won a state championship during this time but did make a couple of title games appearances.

     The 234 wins by Opelika and American Christain are tied for the most wins among teams that have not won a state championship the past twenty five seasons. Also Opelika is one of only four teams that have not had a losing season since 1997.

  Hoover 288-55 84% 11
  Opelika 234-69 77%  
  Prattville 226-75 75% 4
  Daphne 226-79 74% 2
  Central Phenix City 222-74 75% 1
  Vestavia Hills 201-93 68% 1
  Auburn 196-99 66%  
  Hewitt-Trussville 178-101 64%  
  Fairhope 174-106 62%  
  Tuscaloosa County 165-121 58% 1
  Davidson 164-112 59%  
  Bob Jones 153-121 56%  
  Enterprise 150-119 56%  
  Thompson 148-125 54% 3
  Austin 140-134 51%  

David Parker

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