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1983 State Championship Final Summaries

1983 was the last year for only four classification. In 1984 the AHSAA would go to a new six classification format.
1983 was the first year the AHSAA would allow overtime to settle tie games after regulation.
1983 Class 2A State Championship Game
Oak Grove vs. Cottonwood
Oak Grove
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
 Oakman 14 L  
20   Parrish 14 W  
 Dora 19 L  
26   West Jefferson W  
10   Gordo 21 L  
21   Pickens County W  
 Hueytown W  
21   Northside W  
21   West Blocton 15 W  
29   Warrior 20 W  Dental Clinic
35   Hayden 11 W  
21   Cordova W  1st Rd
21   Good Hope W  2nd Rd
22   Hazlewood 21 W  Semi
 Cottonwood W  Finals
26012-3-0 173
Region Record  3-1
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
14   Geneva W  
35   Dale County W  
27   Geneva County W  
27   Baker FL W  
39   Louisville W  
13   Headland W  
13   Slocomb W  
40   Rehobeth W  
34   Houston County W  
13   Ashford W  
28   Luverne W  1st Rd
34   St. Pauls 17 W  2nd Rd
33   Handley 23 W  Semi
 Oak Grove L  Finals
35313-1-0 96
Region Record  7-0
Game Summary
Oak Grove
0 6 0 0 -- 6
3 0 0 0 -- 3
 Scoring Summaries: 
Cottonwood: Ricky Ward 25 yard field goal
Oak Grove: Lee Thomas 1 yard run (PAT no good)
  Oak Grove Cottonwood
First Downs5 4
Rush/Yards75 102
Pass/Yards0 3
Pass att/com/int2-0-0 9-1-2
Total Yards75 105
Fumbles/Lost6 4
Punt/Avg. 4-37.0 2-43.0
Penalties31 20
Time of Poss.  
Game MVP:
Records: Oak Grove (12-3); Cottonwood  (13-1)
Coaches: Ronnie Gilliland, Oak Grove Jim McCain, Cottonwood
Game: Played Friday December 2, 1983 at
          Lee Thomas scored on a one yard run in the second quarter to give Oak Grove a 6-3 lead in the Class 2A state championship game. Thomas plunged across the goal line with 2:26 remaining before halftime  in an error filled game played in a steady rain.
          Oak Grove lost six fumbles while Cottonwood lost four and threw two interceptions. Cottonwood got on the scoreboard first on a 25 yard field goal by Ricky Ward.
          The win was the first state championship for Oak Grove.
Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

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.