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1971 State Championship Final Summaries


  
1971 Class 3A State Championship Game
Tarrant vs. W.S. Neal
Tarrant
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
35   Gardendale 20 W  
35   John Carroll W  
14   Minor W  
50   Erwin 18 W  
34   Tuscaloosa W  
38   Huffman 15 W  
33   Leeds W  
49   Albertville 26 W  
21   Jess Lanier W  
53   Arab W  
55   Hamilton 15 W  1st Rd
39   Saks W  Semi
34   W.S. Neal 20 W  Finals
  
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W.S. Neal
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
26   B.C. Rain W  
44   Escambia County 16 W  
38   Demopolis W  
46   Southern Normal W  
49   Evergreen W  
62   Bullock County 20 W  
47   Defuniak Springs FL W  
65   Gulf Breeze FL W  
27   Selma W  
37   T.R. Miller 14 W  
48   Colbert County 30 W  1st Rd
28   Oxford 14 W  Semi
20   Tarrant 34 L  Finals
  
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Game Summary
Tarrant
12 6 8 8 -- 34
W.S. Neal
0 13 0 7 -- 20
 
 Scoring Summaries: 
Tarrant: John O'Rear 27 yard run
Tarrant: John O'Rear 1 yard run
Neal: Calvin Culliver 11 yard run (PAT no good)
Neal: James Hicks 2 yard run (Tommy Blair PAT)
Tarrant: Race Seale 50 yard pass from John O'Rear
Tarrant: John O'Rear 13 yard run
Neal: Calvin Culliver 54 yard run (PAT)
Tarrant: Race Seale 23 yard pass from John O'Rear
 
  Tarrant W.S. Neal
First Downs 14 10
Rush/Yards 223 209
Pass/Yards 118 0
Pass att/com/int 20-5-0 1-0-0
Total Yards 341 209
Fumbles/Lost 2 4
Punt/Avg. 4-25.0 5-24.0
Penalties 45 5
Time of Poss.
    
Game MVP:
Records:  Tarrant (13-0); W.S. Neal (12-1)
Coaches: Charles 'Buddy' Hearn, Tarrant and David Salter, W.S. Neal
Game: Played Friday December 3, 1971 at Legion Field Birmingham
 
Summary:
              
Tarrant would jump out to a 12-0 first quarter lead only to have W.S. Neal come back to take a 13-12 lead in the second quarter. At that point Tarrant began to pour it on and never relented as they pulled away with a 34-20 win and a claim to the 1971 Class 3A state championship.
               John O'Rear, the talented Tarrant quarterback, had scored the first two touchdowns for Tarrant to take the early lead. It would be the first state championship for Tarrant since the playoffs began.
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