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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 3A State Championship Game
Escambia County vs. Emma Sansom
Escambia County
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
38   Andalusia W  
20   Jackson W  
40   W.S. Neal W  
10   Greenville W  
 Thomasville 18 L  
 Evergreen 13 L  
20   T.R. Miller W  
35   Monroe County W  
29   Pine Forest FL 13 W  
26   Satsuma W  
32   Baldwin County W  
18   Thomasville 14 W  1st Rd
23   Eufaula W  2nd Rd
27   Demopolis W  Semi
14   Emma Sansom W  Finals
34613-2-0 76
Region Record  4-1
Emma Sansom
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
32   Glencoe W  
49   Etowah W  
14   Hartselle 13 W  
39   Fort Payne W  
37   Litchfield 10 W  
35   Gadsden 27 W  
35   Guntersville W  
24   Southside Gadsden 14 W  
45   Boaz W  
30   Litchfield 16 W  Charity Bowl
41   Alexandria W  1st Rd
20   Gardendale 14 W  2nd Rd
23   Colbert County 20 W  Semi
 Escambia County 14 L  Finals
42413-1-0 148
Region Record  7-0
Game Summary
Escambia County
0 0 7 7 -- 14
Emma Sansom
0 0 0 0 -- 0
 Scoring Summaries: 
Escambia County: Murray Hill 11 yard run (PAT) 1:11
Escambia County: Murray Hill 16 yard run (PAT) 2:06
  Escambia Sansom
First Downs9 8
Rush/Yards44-192 31-95
Pass/Yards41 59
Pass att/com/int6-3-0 13-5-1
Total Yards233 154
Fumbles/Lost2-0 2-2
Punt/Avg.3-18.0 3-31.0
Penalties2-22 4-35
Time of Poss.
Game MVP:
Records: Escambia County (13-2); Emma Sansom (13-1)
Coaches: Buck Powell, Escambia County and Paul "Buster" Gross, Emma Sansom
Game: Played Friday December 2, 1983 at Hubert Barnes Field, Atmore
            The Escambia County Blue Devils claimed their first state championship since 1974 by shutting down the Emma Sansom offense all night long. They did it on the strength of running back Murray Hill and his two touchdowns. Hill scored on runs of 11 yards with 1:11 remaining in the third quarter and 16 yards with just 2:06 left in the game to seal the victory.
            On the night he would rush for 103 yards on 22 carries. The Blue Devil's defense would blanket all-state wide receiver Freddy Weygand, with double coverage all night. The shutout was the third in a row for Escambia County in the playoffs.
            The game was the first time Emma Sansom had advanced past the second round of the playoffs in five previous appearances.
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