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1980 State Championship Final Summaries

1980 Class 1A State Championship Game
Akron vs. McKenzie
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
30   West Blocton 14 W  
41   Hale County 16 W  
53   Marion Military Institute W  
66   Sunshine W  
26   Carrollton W  
43   Livingston W  
47   Northside W  
49   John Essex W  
44   Greensboro 14 W  
44   Berry Fayette W  1st Rd
44   Parrish W  2nd Rd
26   Madison Academy 21 W  Semi
26   McKenzie 20 W  Finals
53913-0-0 114
Region Record  3-0
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
24   Brantley W  
 Frisco City W  
55   Lowndes County W  
75   Conecuh County W  
34   Red Level W  
20   Dozier W  
21   Highland Home W  
34   J.U. Blacksher W  
41   Goshen W  
40   Lyeffion W  
33   Samson W  1st Rd
14   Frisco City 13 W  2nd Rd
10   Notasulga W  Semi
20   Akron 26 L  Finals
43013-1-0 65
Region Record  5-0
Game Summary
6 12 0 8 -- 26
6 0 0 14 -- 20
 Scoring Summaries: 
Akron: Byrd 45 yard pass from Carey Waiters (run failed)
McKenzie: Sam Adams 43 yard run (PAT no good)
Akron: Jimmy Hayes 34 yard fumble return
Akron: Carey Waiters 2 yard run (pass failed)
McKenzie: Remus Davison 1 yard run (Davison PAT)
McKenzie: Remus Davison 1 yard run (Davison PAT) 2:57
Akron: Jimmy Hayes 14 yard pass from Carey Waiters (Jimmy Hayes pass from Waiters) 1:32
  Akron McKenzie
First Downs 10 17
Rush/Yards 35 207
Pass/Yards 270 87
Pass att/com/int 33-17-2 18-6-0
Total Yards 305 294
Fumbles/Lost 0 3
Punt/Avg.4-44 2-22
Penalties85 5
Time of Poss.
Game MVP:
Records:  Akron (13-0); McKenzie (13-1)
Coaches: Nathaniel Kelly, Akron and Mason Porterfield, McKenzie
Game: Played December 5, 1980 at McKenzie
          Trailing 20-18 with 2:57 remaining in the game and 80 yards from a touchdown, Akron calmly marched down the field for the winning score. Quarterback Carey Waiters hit Jimmy Hayes on a 13-yard touchdown with just 1:32 remaining in the game for the win.
          McKenzie did not give up after the score and came right back to drive the football down to the Akron 9-yard line. With no time outs remaining, quarterback Darrell Rudolph was stopped short of the goal line on the final play of the game.
          Jimmy Hayes had two receptions for 108 yards during the game to pace Akron. After leading 18-6 at halftime, Akron almost let the game get away from them when McKenzie scored twice on short runs by Remus Davison. The last came with just 2:57 remaining in the game.
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Spence McCracken won a record 21 Area/Region Championships at Montgomery Academy, Lee Montgomery and Opelika during his coaching career.