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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 4A State Championship Game
Murphy vs. Austin
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
35   Baldwin County W  
40   McGill-Toolen W  
32   Blount W  
38   LeFlore W  
40   Davidson W  
39   Shaw W  
14   Theodore W  
28   Williamson W  
14   Fairhope 10 W  
 Vigor W  
29   Fairhope 27 W OT  1st Rd
17   Theodore W  2nd Rd
20   Jeff Davis W  Semi
 Austin W  Finals
36014-0-0 77
Region Record  4-0
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
33   Cullman W  
21   Homewood W  
38   Coffee W  
20   Hartselle 12 W  
14   Butler 10 W  
28   Athens 18 W  
35   Lee Huntsville W  
45   Huntsville W  
31   Mountain Brook 27 W  
15   Decatur 12 W  
27   Grissom W  1st Rd
39   Hewitt-Trussville 21 W  2nd Rd
23   Woodlawn 21 W  Semi
 Murphy L  Finals
36913-1-0 135
Region Record  4-0
Game Summary
7 0 0 0 -- 7
0 0 0 0 -- 0
 Scoring Summaries: 
Murphy: Paul Davenport 27 yard run (PAT) 1:36
  Murphy Austin
First Downs 12 5
Rush/Yards 45-174 35-83
Pass/Yards 46 11
Pass att/com/int 6-3-1 8-1-1
Total Yards 220 94
Fumbles/Lost 9-3 6-2
Punt/Avg.4-17.3 5-41.6
Penalties3-15 3-25
Time of Poss. 28:20 19:40
Game MVP:
Records: Murphy (14-0); Austin (13-1)
Coaches: Larry Henderson, Murphy and Tom Calvin, Austin
Game: Played Friday December 2, 1983 at Legion Field, Birmingham
            The Murphy Panthers became the first Mobile team to win a state championship since the playoffs began in 1966. The game matched two unbeaten teams and was played in a heavy rainstorm at Legion Field. Senior fullback Paul Davenport's 27 yard run early in the game gave Murphy all the points they needed to claim the title.
            The Panther defense would prevent the Black Bears from scoring from the Murphy 14 and 7 yard lines in the first half and again from their 36 yard line in the second half. It was the first time two unbeaten, unties teams had met in a 4A championship game. Austin came into the game averaging 28 points and 333 yards of total offense but on this rainy night they would gain only 94 yards.
            Tackle Joel Stallings recovered an Austin fumble at midfield with just over five minutes remaining in the game and Murphy would retain possession of the football for the rest of the game and run out the clock for their first state championship.
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