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The Prattville Lions gain  some yards against the  Hoover Bucs

           Bill Clark took over the head coaching position at Prattville in 1999 and made a name for himself over the next nine seasons. Coach Clark posted a 106-11 record as the head coach for the Lions with his final two squads finishing 30-0. He completed his high school coaching career with a 48-2 region record having won forty-two consecutive region games.

           Between 2000 and 2009 Prattville won 54 consecutive region games.

           2001 - The Lions rolled through the regular season undefeated before falling to eventual State Champion Daphne in the third round of the playoffs 17-14. Prattville finished with a 12-1 record. Junior Kyle Tatum racked up 80 tackles, including nine sacks and 23 tackles for losses. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

           2002 - Kyle Tatum once again led the defense during his senior season as he tallied 95 tackles, 14 sacks and 25 tackles for losses. As a junior, Kevin Hamilton, recorded 50 tackles, ten tackles for losses, four caused fumbles and eight sacks. The Lions lost to Central Tuscaloosa in the second game of the season and thus began their now famous state record 56 game regular season winning streak. This time the Lions reached the semi-finals before falling to Jeff Davis 30-8 to end their season with a 12-2 record.

           2003 - Prattville roared through the first twelve games of the season allowing only one team to score more than seven points in any game before running up against a tough Vigor team in Prichard. The Lions lost 19-0 to end their season once again short of a title. Kevin Hamilton  registered 56 tackles, nine sacks, 16 tackles for losses, one interception and five fumble recoveries.

The Prattville Lions on offense
           2004 - The Prattville Lions reached the Class 6A Championship game for the first time since their 1984 title only to fall short in a 22-7 loss to Hoover at Legion Field in Birmingham.

           Bobby Greenwood  recorded 78 tackles and 19 sacks for the 13-1 Lions, including a 10 tackle performance in the title game against Hoover.

           2005 - The Lions rolled into the third round of the playoffs with a 11-0 record before losing to Opelika 15-13 at home. The fifteen points against Opelika was the first time all season the Lions had scored less than 28 in any game.

           2006 - Larry Smith threw for 2,465 yards, 21 touchdowns, only two interceptions and ran for an additional 670 yards in leading the Lions to a perfect 15-0 record and the Class 6A state championship. He was named MVP of the Super Six title game for his efforts. The Lions finished the year ranked #19 in the final USA Today poll and #7 in the ESPN Rise poll.

          As a three-year starter he was a dual-threat quarterback and helped Prattville to 39-2 overall record from 2004-06, setting school career marks of 6,011 passing yards and 54 touchdown passes. As the Prattville starter, Smith never lost a regular season game. As a junior, DeKendrick Moncrief, caught 51 passes for 1,001 yards and 18 touchdowns. Coach Bill Clark was named as the ASWA Coach of the Year in 2006.

          Justin Albert had 217 carries for 1,655 yards and scored 27 touchdowns during his junior season averaging 110.3 yards per game. Albert added 28 catches for 323 yards and four touchdowns as well. Albert recorded 854 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns during the state play-offs. He averaged 170.8 yards per game.

          His best game came the day after Prattville assistant coach Lorenzo Pickett died of a heart attack at the Lions' Field House. Albert ripped off 216 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 38-7 win over McGill-Toolen.

          The fifteen wins were the most in team history as were the 552 points scored on offense. It was the first state title for the Lions since 1984.

The Lion's offensive line

           2007 - Bill Clark's second straight Class 6A state championship team finished No. 2 in the country and included star players like wide receiver Dekendrick Moncrief, running backs Justin Albert and Jerodis Williams, linebacker La'Angelo Albright and defensive back L.C. Morris. The Lions scored 571 points and allowed just 117.

          Prattville shut out its last two opponents, beating McGill-Toolen 21-0 in the semifinals and Spain Park 14-0 in the championship game. The Lions' closest playoff game was a 24-13 win over Auburn in the second round. The Lions were once again ranked in the final USA Today poll coming in at #2.

          It is the highest ranking for any Alabama team since the inception of the rankings. The Lions were also ranked #10 in the ESPN Rise poll and #8 in the MaxPreps poll.

          Casey Weston  led the Lions to a perfect 15-0 season and their second consecutive state title. He passed for 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior season at Prattville. DeKendrick Moncrief caught 41 passes for 542 yards with eight touchdowns as a senior. He also completed 12 of 17 passing attempts for 176 yards three touchdowns.

          Justin Albert tallied 3,467 yards rushing after moving to running back full time during his junior season. He also had 1,021 yards receiving and 1,004 on kick/punt returns. The back to back All-State player scored 65 touchdowns. Albert racked up 2,027 all-purpose yards his senior season. He rushed for 1,457 yards on 182 carries, caught 13 passes for 148 yards. On special teams he returned 16 punts for 263 yards and six kicks for 131 yards.

           Coach Clark stepped down at Prattville following the 2007 season having last lost a regular season game in 2002 (55 games) and winning back to back state championships. Clark moved up to the college ranks as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama and in 2013 accepted the head coaching position at Jacksonville State University.

           2008 - Jamey Dubose took over the reins from Clark following the 2007 season and promptly led the Lions to another Super Six appearance in 2008.

           The Lions pulled off the three-peat with a 13-1 record. The only loss came at the hands of St. Xavier OH in the first game of the season by a score of 15-10. They then reeled off five straight shutouts. Prattville disposed of Hoover in 16-13 in the Super Six Championship game. The Lions were ranked #9 in the MaxPreps national poll.

           Alex Page collected 77 tackles and 15.5 sacks in leading the Lions to their third straight state title his senior season at Prattville. Jerodis Williams rushed 191 times for 1,383 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in leading the Lion's rushing attack. He also caught 9 passes for 111 yards. Zach Bronwell recorded 61 total tackles, one sack, four interceptions.

           2009 -  The Lions lost to Hoover 28-23 in the title game to fall short of their fourth consecutive crown. Prattville finished with a 12-3 record, their first three loss team since 1999.

           The title match loss also snapped a 19-game playoff winning streak.

           Until the championship game loss the Lions had defeated 55 consecutive in-state opponents. They lost twice during the regular season to out of state North Gwinnett, GA and Don Bosco High, NJ.

           Nick Perry registered 55 tackles, intercepted six passes and broke up five more passes as a senior while registering 41 solo stops and recovering two fumbles for the Lions defense.


Head Coach Jamey Dubose

           2010 - For the first time since 1998 the Lions lost more than three games in a season. They also lost a region game for the first time since 2000 when they fell to Stanhope Elmore 35-34 in the second game of the season. Their season came to an end following a heartbreaking loss at Wetumpka by a score of 26-23.

           The 8-4 record broke a string of nine consecutive ten win season. That streak is the third longest in state history behind Russellville (11) and Hazlewood (10).

           2011 - The Prattville Lions found their championship form once again in 2011. Following a season opening loss to St. Thomas High from Miami, FL, the Lions won twelve of the next thirteen games and defeated Hoover 35-34 in the Super Six Championship game for their fourth title in six years.

           The Lions finished the season ranked by the USA Today poll for the third time during their run. They finished ranked #22 in the final poll. They were also ranked #12 in the MaxPreps national poll.

           Following the 2011 season Coach Jamey Dubose stepped down at Prattville to accept the head coaching position at Florence High School. He left the Lions with a 45-10 after having some huge shoes to fill when Bill Clark resigned.

           Between 2001 and 2011, Prattville went 135-16 winning four state championships. They finished 65-2 in region play winning ten region championships in eleven years.




Prattville Lions 2001-11
Year Record Championship Game
2001 12-1  
2002 12-2  
2003 12-2  
2004 13-1 Hoover 22-7 Prattville
2005 11-1  
2006 15-0 Prattville 35-21 Hoover
2007 15-0 Prattville 14-0 Spain Park
2008 13-1 Prattville 16-13 Hoover
2009 12-3 Hoover 28-23 Prattville
2010 8-4  
2011 12-2 Prattville 35-34 Hoover


Prattville
2001

50 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 12
33 Enterprise . . . . . . . . 6
38 Pelham . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
28 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 14
42 Carver Montgomery . . . 8
28 Thompson . . . . . . . . . . 26
14 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 11
28 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 6
41 Selma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
34 Carver Birmingham . . . 6
31 Fairhope * . . . . . . . . 10
39 McGill-Toolen * . . . . 29
14 Daphne * . . . . . . . . . . 17

420 12-1 172
2002

13 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 3
20 Central Tuscaloosa . . 25
35 Selma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
31 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 28
31 Enterprise . . . . . . . . 14
42 Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
16 Carver Montgomery . . . 12
35 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 12
28 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 7
13 Jackson-Olin . . . . . . 12
28 Auburn * . . . . . . . . . . 0
38 McGill-Toolen * . . . . 12
21 Opelika * . . . . . . . . . 0
8 Jeff Davis * . . . . . . 30

359 12-2 163
2003

11 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 0
37 Central Tuscaloosa . . 0
50 Selma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
49 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 14
24 Enterprise . . . . . . . . 3
24 Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
17 Carver Montgomery . . . 6
34 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 0
21 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 6
50 Jackson-Olin . . . . . . 0
47 Theodore * . . . . . . . . 2
29 Baldwin County * . . . 0
0 Vigor * . . . . . . . . . . . 19

393 12-1 50
2004

37 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 9
45 Minor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
44 Selma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
25 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 0
34 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 6
14 Carver Montgomery . . . 13
35 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 6
27 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 6
63 Central Tuscaloosa . . 12
35 Robertsdale * . . . . . 7
20 Davidson * . . . . . . . . 14
28 Daphne * . . . . . . . . . . 0
30 Carver Montgomery * . . 0
7 Hoover # . . . . . . . . . . 22

444 13-1 115
2005

40 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 9
31 Minor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
31 Selma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
49 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 6
47 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 7
28 Carver Montgomery . . . 0
50 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 28
58 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 7
42 Central Tuscaloosa . . 0
31 Auburn * . . . . . . . . . . 10
41 Theodore * . . . . . . . . 13
15 Opelika * . . . . . . . . . 17

463 11-1 97
2006

35 Theodore . . . . . . . . . . 14
43 Carver Montgomery . . . 7
31 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 0
37 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 20
28 Opelika . . . . . . . . . . . 19
34 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 8
38 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 0
34 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 14
41 Selma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
49 Woodlawn . . . . . . . . . . 0
42 Davidson * . . . . . . . . 14
54 Foley * . . . . . . . . . . . 7
28 McGill-Toolen * . . . . 7
23 Opelika * . . . . . . . . . 16
35 Hoover # . . . . . . . . . . 21

552 15-0 153
2007

41 Theodore . . . . . . . . . . 14
44 Carver Montgomery . . . 15
62 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 0
39 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 0
10 Opelika . . . . . . . . . . . 7
49 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 13
52 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 6
24 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 0
52 Selma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
59 Woodlawn . . . . . . . . . . 0
42 Baldwin County * . . . 14
24 Auburn * . . . . . . . . . . 13
38 Foley * . . . . . . . . . . . 14
21 McGill-Toolen * . . . . 0
14 Spain Park # . . . . . . 0

571 15-0 117
2008

10 St. Xavier OH . . . . . 15
31 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 0
27 Benjamin Russell . . . 0
31 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 0
26 Brentwood TN . . . . . . 0
42 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 0
33 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 19
50 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 20
47 Central Tuscaloosa . . 0
55 Smiths Station * . . . 19
44 Opelika * . . . . . . . . . 11
42 Auburn * . . . . . . . . . . 0
25 Davidson * . . . . . . . . 6
16 Hoover # . . . . . . . . . . 13

479 13-1 103
2009

11 North Gwinnett GA . . . 14
38 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 6
43 Benjamin Russell . . . 3
38 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 14
24 Don Bosco NJ . . . . . . 35
52 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 0
7 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 6
45 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 7
31 Foley . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
56 Central Tuscaloosa . . 0
50 Dothan * . . . . . . . . . . 13
45 Central Phenix City * . 9
10 Davidson * . . . . . . . . 7
13 Auburn * . . . . . . . . . . 9
23 Hoover # . . . . . . . . . . 28

486 12-3 165
2010

48 Blount . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
34 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 35
36 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 14
24 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 26
24 Opelika . . . . . . . . . . . 21
55 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 6
36 Carver Montgomery . . . 28
21 Benjamin Russell . . . 12
21 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 0
28 Central Miami FL . . . 49
42 Central Phenix City * . 14
23 Wetumpka * . . . . . . . . 26

392 8-4 237
2011

31 St. Thomas FL . . . . . 34
34 Stanhope Elmore . . . . 7
43 Lee Montgomery . . . . . 7
71 Wetumpka . . . . . . . . . . 12
14 Opelika . . . . . . . . . . . 16
63 Sidney Lanier . . . . . 24
45 Carver Montgomery . . . 12
34 Benjamin Russell . . . 14
52 Jeff Davis . . . . . . . . 13
56 Alma Bryant * . . . . . 14
13 Daphne * . . . . . . . . . . 3
38 Fairhope * . . . . . . . . 0
45 Central Phenix City * . 12
35 Hoover # . . . . . . . . . . 34

574 12-2 202

* Playoff game
# State championship game




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David Parker
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