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1978 State Championship Final Summaries


  
1978 Class 4A State Championship Game
Jeff Davis vs. Vestavia Hills
Jeff Davis
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
27   Carver Montgomery W  
40   Shades Valley W  
28   Dothan W  
47   Tuskegee Institute 12 W  
26   Lee Huntsville W  
37   Sidney Lanier W  
40   Benjamin Russell W  
38   Opelika W  
51   Central Phenix City 22 W  
35   Lee Montgomery 14 W  
31   West End W  1st Rd
14   Berry W  2nd Rd
14   Sidney Lanier W  Semi
21   Vestavia Hills W  Finals
  
44914-0-0 92
Region Record  5-0
Vestavia Hills
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
 Mountain Brook L  
 Walker 14 L  
14   Hewitt-Trussville W  
15   Minor 14 W  
14   Berry 21 L  
12   John Carroll W  
21   Homewood 14 W  
35   Shades Valley 21 W  
24   Erwin W  
20   Talladega 14 W OT  
17   Tuscaloosa County 10 W  1st Rd
22   Banks W  2nd Rd
27   J.O. Johnson 25 W OT  Semi
 Jeff Davis 21 L  Finals
  
23510-4-0 164
Region Record  4-1
Game Summary
Jeff Davis
7 0 0 14 -- 21
Vestavia
0 0 0 7 -- 7
 
 Scoring Summaries: 
Jeff Davis: Duck Williams 31 yard pass from Scott Villar (Clark PAT)
Jeff Davis: Willie May 1 yard run (Clark PAT)
Jeff Davis: Willie May 33 yard run (Clark PAT)
Vestavia: Gib McEachran 11 yard pass from John Murphy (Kirkland PAT)
 
  Jeff Davis Vestavia
First Downs 19 12
Rush/Yards 274 17
Pass/Yards 51 95
Pass att/com/int 9-4-1 23-8-1
Total Yards 325 112
Fumbles/Lost 0 0
Punt/Avg. 3-27.3 6-38.2
Penalties 105  30
Time of Poss.
    
Game MVP:
Records:  Jeff Davis (14-0); Vestavia Hills (10-4)
Coaches: Billy Livings, Jeff Davis and Buddy Anderson, Vestavia Hills
Game: Played Friday December 1, 1978 at Legion Field Birmingham
 
Summary:
            
The Jeff Davis Volunteers won their first state championship by defeating Vestavia Hills 21-7 for the Class 4A title. It snapped a string of six straight titles by Birmingham schools. The Vols used a punishing rushing attack that accounted for 192 of it's 274 yards in the second half. Junior running back Willie May was named the MVP for Jeff Davis after rushing for 93 yard and scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns.
             Jeff Davis got rolling on their third possession of the game by mounting a 13 play, 84 yard drive for their first points. The game remained at 7-0 until the fourth quarter. Vestavia Hills would be shutout until late when on fourth and nine Murphy hit McEachran for an 11 yard touchdown pass with 1:45 left to play. Scott Waggoner led Vestavia Hills with 39 yards on 12 carries.
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Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.