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2022   Class 6A  Top Ten

1. Saraland (13-1) 6. Hartselle (12-1)
2. Clay-Chalkville (8-2) 7. Spanish Fort (7-4)
3. Mountain Brook (12-3) 8. Parker (7-5)
4. Benjamin Russell (8-3) 9.  Muscle Shoals (11-2)
5. Hillcrest Tuscaloosa (11-1) 10. Carver Montgomery (8-2)

  2023 Predictions
      The problem with 6A is that there should really be a top 20. So many excellent teams and only ten spots to fill makes this very difficult. Our apologizes to the teams not mentioned above. I am sure you are very deserving. It is hard to explain how anyone picks a top ten and omits Theodore, St. Paul's, Homewood and others but somehow we managed to get it done.

      Saraland will be the team to beat in 6A. Make no mistake about it. Behind QB KJ Kacey, Santae McWilliams, Ryan Williams and star players everywhere the offense would appear to be unstoppable in 2023. The crazy thing is that all three will just be juniors this season. If Coach Kelly can find some defense this team will almost be unbeatable.

      Clay-Chalkville will also be loaded this season and primed to recapture that state crown that eluded them last year. Behind QB Jaylen Mbakwe and DJ Barber on defense the Cougars just may represent the north in Tuscaloosa in December. The Cougars must maneuver a very difficult schedule as they play Briarwood, Hueytown and Thompson in non-region games.

       Another threat in the north will come from Mountain Brook as the Spartans return RB Cole Gamble after his great season last year. Clark Sanderson will also be back at the WR slot.

      Benjamin Russell returns a top notch QB in Gabe Benton and Malcolm Simmons at running back. The two accounted for over 3,500 yards of offense in 2022. Also back will be wide out Chris Foster.

      Other contenders are Parker who returns a ton of talent on defense but will certainly need to find a way to score more points if they wish to get past the second round. Another team to watch this year will be Carver Montgomery. The Wolverines lost a lot of talented players but should represent the Montgomery area well in 2023.

      Teams a little off the radar but could pose a threat are McGill-Toolen, Pike Road, Theodore, Oxford and Homewood. Gadsden City came on strong at the end of last season and could be a team to watch in 2023.

      The most competitive region once again will be region one. With so many teams making the playoffs with losing records it seems a shame that a couple of very good teams from region one will be sitting home in November. The weakest region is eight. Only Fort Payne (7-5) and Gadsden City (8-3) finished with a winning record in 2022.

Playoff Teams
Region 1 Region 2
Saraland Carver Montgomery
Spanish Fort Pike Road
Theodore Wetumpka
St. Paul's Sidney Lanier

Region 3 Region 4
Benjamin Russell Hillcrest Tuscaloosa
Homewood Northridge
Pelham McAdory
Helena Hueytown

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

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

 Most Difficult Schedules 2023
   The toughest overall schedule belongs to the team with the longest losing streak in the state at Columbia. It actually isn't as difficult as it seems just looking at the won/lost records of their opponents as four of their five non-region games are against teams from lower classification. Jackson-Olin will play six teams that reached the playoffs in 2022.

    Pell City opens with a game against Moody and then will play Leeds, Clay-Chalkville and Center Point the following three weeks. They will have a difficult time getting off to a good start.

    St. Paul's and Saraland both have very difficult non-region schedules. Saraland opens against Lipscomb Academy one of the best teams in Tennessee while St. Paul's plays UMS-Wright and Faith Academy.

Toughest Overall
Columbia 69-40  
Jackson-Olin 71-45  
Pell City 63-45  
St. Paul's 68-48  
Oxford 62-45  
Cullman 65-47  
Pike Road 61-46  
Muscle Shoals 55-42  
Athens 64-49  
McGill-Toolen 65-51  
Toughest Non-Region
St. Paul's 23-4  
Saraland 20-4  
Hueytown 30-8  
McGill-Toolen 18-6  
Gadsden City 43-15  
Pike Road 34-13  
Central Tuscaloosa 23-10  
Pinson Valley 24-11  
Fort Payne 43-19  
Hillcrest Tuscaloosa 24-11  

 Most Victories 2010-2022
   The top three winningest programs in 6A the past thirteen seasons reside in region one. Current region one teams have also laid claim to nine state titles during that time. With thirteen teams that have won at least 100 games 6A has been very competitive with a lot of very good teams.

  Spanish Fort     147-31     82.6%   3
  St. Paul's     138-35     79.8%   4
  McGill-Toolen     123-35     77.8%   1
  Muscle Shoals     127-34     78.9%  
  Clay-Chalkville     134-35     79.3%   1
  Briarwood     117-48     70.9%  
  McAdory     110-46     70.5%  
  Oxford     112-46     70.9%   1
  Pinson Valley     114-46     71.3%   3
  Hartselle     116-39     74.8%   1
  Saraland     121-42     74.2%   1
  Mortimer Jordan     87-65     57.2%  
  Mountain Brook     116-44     72.5%  
  Hillcrest Tuscaloosa     111-46     70.7%  
  Homewood     99-52     65.6%  

 Last 25 seasons (1998-2022) 
    While Briarwood Christian won the most games during the past twenty-five seasons they are practically tied with Spanish Fort in winning percentage. The Toros of Spanish Fort did not begin varsity football until 2006 and have still won 173 games.

  Pike Road 49-12 80% 1
  Spanish Fort 173-52 77% 4
  Briarwood 248-78 76% 3
  St. Paul's 233-83 74% 5
  Clay-Chalkville 228-82 74% 3
  McAdory 218-77 74%
  Saraland 121-42 74% 1
  Mountain Brook 224-83 73%
  McGill-Toolen 211-88 71%
  Homewood 215-91 70% 4
  Cullman 194-95 67%
  Oxford 190-98 66% 1
  Fort Payne 173-101 63%
  Muscle Shoals 177-108 62%
  Decatur 176-110 62%
  Benjamin Russell 178-112 61% 1
  Pinson Valley 175-114 61% 3

David Parker

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Thomasville scored 54 points against Gulf Shores in the first quarter of a game in 2003. They managed to hang on for an 81-14 win.