In 1972 only eight teams would qualify for the playoffs in each classification. In the case of the
Foley and Fairhope game that season the importance of the game was huge.
The winner went to the playoffs and the loser stayed home.
Foley came into the game with a 6-1-1 record while Fairhope entered with an 8-1 record.
Foley took a 13-0 first quarter lead on runs by Johnny Mason and Mike Prim only to have the Pirates storm back to lead 14-13 at halftime.
After a third quarter touchdown by the Pirates, Foley would score late only to come up short on the two-point conversion for a final score of 21-19.
The Pirates would lose to Huffman 21-7 in the first round of the playoffs the following week.
At that time the fans would line the field because the stadium was much
smaller than it is today. Notice the clock that, well, looks like a clock.
*- Foley is in the white jerseys
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The Super 6 State Championships began in 1996. Since then all title games were played at Legion Field in Birmingham until 2009.