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1966 State Championship Final Summaries

1966 Class 4A State Championship Game
Lee Montgomery vs. Sidney Lanier
Lee Montgomery
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
14   Ensley W  
33   Coffee 13 W  
33   Ramsay W  
33   Dothan 13 W  
41   Lee Jacksonville FL W  
31   Tuscaloosa W  
55   Phillips Birmingham W  
66   Benjamin Russell W  
35   Vigor W  
 Sidney Lanier 10 L  
46   Huntsville W  1st Rd
 Sidney Lanier L  Finals
39410-2-0 69
Sidney Lanier
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
49   Parrish Selma W  
10   Tuscaloosa W  
35   Phillips Birmingham W  
40   Leon Tallahassee FL W  
14   Ramsay W  
46   Tuscaloosa County W  
57   Murphy W  
48   Davidson W  
28   Dothan W  
10   Lee Montgomery W  
47   Shades Valley W  1st Rd
 Lee Montgomery W  Finals
39312-0-0 42
Game Summary
Lee Montgomery
0 0 7 0 -- 7
Sidney Lanier
0 9 0 0 -- 9
 Scoring Summaries: 
Sidney Lanier: Danny Speigner 5 yard pass from Mike Kelly (Danny Speigner PAT no good)
Sidney Lanier: Randy Moore 32 yard field goal
Lee: Jerry Fontaine 1 yard run (PAT Paul Scott)
  Lanier Lee
First Downs
Pass att/com/int
Total Yards
Time of Poss.
Game MVP:
Records:  Sidney Lanier (12-0); Lee Montgomery (10-2)
Coaches: Bobby Wilson, Sidney Lanier and Jim Chafin, Lee Montgomery
Game: Played Friday December 2, 1966 at the Cramton Bowl, Montgomery
The Sidney Lanier Poets, coached by Bobby Wilson, will go down in the record books as the first official state champions for high school football in Alabama. 1966 was the first season the AHSAA used a playoff system to determine the championship. In the first round Lanier defeated Shades Valley 47-7 and Lee routed Huntsville 46-7 to set up a rematch of a regular season game between the two Montgomery football powerhouses. Lanier had beaten Lee 10-0 in the earlier season.
           Defense was front and center from the opening kickoff of the title game as both teams kept the opposing offenses in check most of the game. Lanier scored first as Mike Kelly completed a 5 yard pass to Danny Speigner in the end zone for a second quarter touchdown.
           A few minutes later, Lanier capitalized on a Lee mistake and Randy Moore would kick a 32 yard field goal for the 9-0 halftime advantage. The Generals mounted a comeback in the third period when Traylor completed a 50 yard pass to Terry Beasley to the Lanier 8 yard line. Fullback Jerry Fontaine scored from the one yard line a few plays later. Lee threatened again moments later when Traylor once again tried to hit Beasley near the goal line but the ball skipped through his hands and was intercepted.
            The General's defense held Lanier and force a punt giving them another shot at winning but another interception by Jimmy Rhodes thwarted the drive. The Poets mounted a drive that almost ran out the clock before giving up the ball allowing the Generals one final shot at the title. With only a few seconds remaining in the game, the Generals attempted a 55 yard field goal that was missed but an offsides penalty against Lanier gave them another shot at the field goal. 
           The final try was missed also and the game was over. More than 25,000 fans poured into the Cramton Bowl to get a glimpse at the first state championship game and left knowing they had seen the two best teams in the state battle it out for the title.
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