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          The 2008 Leroy Bear entered the season as the favorite to win a third consecutive state championship in December. After all they returned the state's best quarterback in high school football along with ten other starters.

          Clint Moseley, 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, was considered one of the best college prospects around after passing for 3,012 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 701 yards and scored another 11 touchdowns. He already owns four rings, two in football and another two in baseball.

          Other key players included; WR Steven Scoggins, RB Michael Bracy, LB Josh Ervin, DL Anthony Payne, DL Jonathan Woodyard. After finishing 2007 with a 14-1 record the Bears hoped to top that with a 15-0 record and another championship. They opened the season as the No. ranked team in Class 2A.


  Clarke County 9   0   0   0   9  
  Leroy 6   10   7   13   36  

          The Bears opened the season at home with a 36-9 win over Clarke County. Clint Moseley accounted for 323 yards and Aerik Davis caught six passes for 128 yards and a score. The teams were tied 9-9 in the second quarter when Moseley found Sammie Coates on a 23-yard touchdown pass for a 16-9 halftime lead.

          Moseley threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Aerik Davis in the third and Michael Bracy added two fourth quarter touchdowns for the final margin. Moseley completed 14-of-21 passes for 260 yards and ran the ball 12 times for another 63 yards.


  Millry             19  
  Leroy             35  

          Moseley tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two others as the top-ranked Bears trounced Millry 35-19 in week two. Moseley's scoring passes came on 44 and 14 yarders to Phillip Ervin and a 5-yarder to Steven Scoggins. He also scored on runs of 21 and 4 yards.


  Leroy 7   27   14   6   54  
  Washington County 0   0   14   20   34  

           Clint Moseley completed 10-of-13 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns and scored another running as the Bears outscored Washington County 54-34 in week three. Aerik Davis caught touchdown passes of 66 and 57 yards. Josh Ervin added a score on a 35-yard fumble return. The win pushed Leroy's record to 3-0 on the season.


  Flomaton 0   6   0   8   14  
  Leroy 20   8   8   12   48  

           Leroy extended their winning streak to 14 games as they trounced Flomaton 48-14. Once again, Aerik Davis scored two touchdown, one on a 60-yard double reverse and another on a 82-yard punt return. Michael Bracy scored on runs of 8 and one yards and intercepted a pass.

           Moseley completed 11-of-19 passes for 198 yards as the Bears built a 28-6 halftime lead and coasted to the win.


  Leroy 21   12   15   15   63  
  Jackson 7   14   13   0   34  

          The offense exploded for a 64-14 win over arch-rival Jackson in week five of the season. Clint Moseley and Michael Bracy scored three touchdowns apiece to lead the top-ranked team. Aerick Davis added two more scores on a 35-yard pass play and a 9-yard punt return.

          Moseley completed 14-of-20 passes for 205 yards and ran for 81 yards. Bracy rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries and the three touchdowns. The Bears led 21-7 after the first quarter and 33-7 in the second period as they scored on their first four possessions. Every time the Aggies attempted a comeback the Leroy offense scored again until they wore down the Jackson defense.


  Leroy 14   7   14   6   41  
  Excel 0   7   7   0   14  

           Leroy defeated Excel 41-14 to run their record to 6-0 on the season. Moseley completed 11-of-16 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the win. He added a fourth on a 3-yard run to pace the offense. Sammie Coated caught two of those scores covering 21 and 51 yards.

           Michael Bracy scored on a 35-yard run and Aerik Davis caught a 35-yard scoring pass. The Bears led 21-7 at the half and cruised to another victory.


  Southern Choctaw 0   0   8   0   8  
  Leroy 12   14   7   12   45  

           Moseley tossed three touchdown passes and completed 13-of-21 passes for 255 yards as the Bears rolled past Southern Choctaw 45-8. The Bears moved to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in Class 2A Region 1. Leroy led 26-0 at the half and 33-8 after three quarters.


  Leroy 19   20   6   0   45  
  Red Level 0   0   0   0   0  

           Leroy trounced Red Level 45-0 behind Clint Moseley's three first half touchdowns. The win extended the Bear's winning streak to 18 games. Leroy rested all the starters in the second half after building a 39-0 lead.

           Moseley was 5-of-11 passing for 182 yards and two score and ran for a touchdown. Michael Bracey added 91 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown while Phillip Ervin caught two passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.


  Mobile Christian 0   7   7   27   41  
  Leroy 34   7   0   28   69  

          The Leroy Bear exploded in the first quarter for 34 points behind Moseley's 278 yards passing in the period. He completed 11-of-16 passes and threw four touchdown passes in the first stanza alone. For good measure Moseley ran for the other score. Aerik Davis caught two touchdown passes covering 14 and 80 yards.

          Justin Besteda scored on a 70-yard punt return, Michael Bracy added a 80-yard kickoff return for a score and Davis added another 80-yard kickoff return. The win clinched the Region 1 championship with a perfect 7-0 record.


  Leroy 0   14   7   7   28  
  Sweet Water 7   7   7   0   21  

           Quarterback Clint Moseley did something in the last game of the 2008 season he had not accomplished in his career at Leroy. He beat the Sweet Water Bulldogs. The Bears ended Sweet Water's 36 game winning streak by beating them on the road 28-21. Moseley threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Stephen Scoggins with 1:08 remaining to break a 21-21 tie.

           Moseley completed 21-of-29 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored once running the football. The Bears fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter and the teams were tied 14-14 at the half. Leroy took a 21-14 lead in the third on a Michael Bracy 20-yard run before Sweet Water came back to tie the game setting up the late game heroics by Moseley.


  Elba 0   7   7   7   21  
  Leroy 26   7   14   0   47  

           Leroy rolled past Elba 47-21 after jumping out to a 26-0 first quarter lead. Moseley was 15-of-21 for 196 yards and connected with Stephen Scoggins for scoring passes of 38 and 27 yards. The first round playoff win upped the Bears record to 11-0 and extended their winning streak to 21 games.

           Michael Bracy rushed for 119 yards on just six carries and scored on runs of 3, 62 and 10 yards.


  Houston Academy 7   0   0   20   27  
  Leroy 0   21   14   12   47  

           Houston Academy led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter before the Bears scored 35 unanswered points over the next two period on their way to a 47-27 win. The Bears outgained Houston Academy 544-245. Moseley tossed four touchdown passes to give him 26 on the season, topping the 23 he threw last year.

           Moseley threw three second quarter touchdown passes to Aerik Davis to give the bears a nice halftime lead of 21-7.


  Millry 0   7   0   9   16  
  Leroy 0   12   8   14   34  

          Leroy put an end to Millry's 10 game winning streak in the quarter-finals of the playoffs by beating them 34-16. Moseley passed for 184 yards but ran for 112 yard on 16 carries and three touchdowns. It was a season low in yardage and the first time he did not toss a scoring pass all year.

           The defense held Millry to just two first downs in the initial half of play and only 22 yards on the ground. They also registered four interceptions in the game and allowed six total first downs.


  Leroy 12   8   6   0   26  
  Reeltown 0   0   0   6   6  

          Leroy earned a trip to the Super Six championships in Birmingham with a 26-6 win over Reeltown in the semi-finals. Moseley finished 13-of-22 for 153 yards and one touchdown but Michael Bracy did the damage with 173 yards rushing on just 12 carries and a pair of touchdowns.

           The Bears jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and extended it to 26-0 by the end of the third quarter. The offense rolled up 375 yards of total offense and the defense held Reeltown out of the end zone until the last minute of the game.


  Sulligent 8   0   0   0   8  
  Leroy 8   6   0   27   41  

          Leroy won the 25th game in a row and captured their third consecutive state championship with a 41-8 trouncing of Sulligent in Birmingham. Moseley earned MVP honors by completing 15-of-27 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns. He capped his career by winning the MVP award for the third straight year.

           The Bears only led 14-8 at the end of the third quarter but exploded for 27 fourth quarter points. Michael Bracy rushed for 131 yards on 19 carries and Justin Besteda added a Super Six record 98-yard run in the fourth period. Sammie Coates caught two touchdown passes. The offense rolled up 236 yards rushing and a total of 508 yards while the defense held Sulligent to 227 yards.

          The win gave the Bears three consecutive championships and four in six years. Moseley finished the year with 3,700 yards passing and 35 touchdowns.

          Aaron Williams, Aerik Davis, Anthony Payne, Clint Moseley and Josh Ervin were named to the first team all-state squad by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Michael Bracy and Stephen Scoggins were selected to the honorable mention team.



Leroy
2008

8/29 36 Clarke County . . . . . 9
9/5 35 Millry . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
9/12 54 Washington County . . . 34
9/19 48 Flomaton . . . . . . . . . . 14
9/26 63 Jackson . . . . . . . . . . . 34
10/3 41 Excel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
10/10 45 Southern Choctaw . . . 8
10/17 45 Red Level . . . . . . . . . 0
10/24 69 Mobile Christian . . . 41
10/31 28 Sweet Water . . . . . . . 21
11/7 47 Elba * . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
11/14 47 Houston Academy * . . . 27
11/21 34 Millry * . . . . . . . . . . 16
11/28 26 Reeltown * . . . . . . . . 6
12/6 41 Sulligent # . . . . . . . 8

659 15-0 272

* Playoff game
# State championship game




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