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1984 State Championship Final Summaries

1984 was the first year the AHSAA had been divided into six classification. Previously the schools were divided into four classes.
1984 Class 5A State Championship Game
Greenville vs. Emma Sansom
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
41   Georgiana W  
56   Southside Selma W  
 Carroll 14 L  
13   Escambia County 28 L  
14   Monroe County W  
27   Opp W  
19   Stanhope Elmore W  
21   Andalusia W  
34   Evergreen W  
24   Charles Henderson W  
21   Valley W  1st Rd
22   Eufaula W  2nd Rd
33   Jackson W  3rd Rd
14   Demopolis W  Semi
 Emma Sansom 10 L OT  Finals
35412-3-0 80
Region Record  3-0
Emma Sansom
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
28   Albertville W  
34   Litchfield W  
18   Colbert County 15 W  
41   Anniston W  
27   Etowah W  
41   Fultondale W  
41   Talladega W  
46   Etowah W  
21   Gadsden 15 W  
 Southside Gadsden W  
42   Guntersville W  1st Rd
27   Gadsden 25 W  2nd Rd
10   Colbert County W  3rd Rd
 Gardendale W  Semi
10   Greenville W OT  Finals
40015-0-0 102
Region Record  3-0
Game Summary
0 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Emma Sansom
0 7 0 0 3 -- 10
 Scoring Summaries: 
Emma Sansom: Tim Merriweather 8 yard run (Brian Dunn PAT) 10:27
Greenville: Marvin Patterson 28 yard run (Dubose PAT) 6:57
Emma Sansom: Brian Dunn 18 yard field goal Overtime
  Greenville Sansom
First Downs4 15
Rush/Yards95 236
Pass/Yards0 10
Pass att/com/int2-0-0 4-1-0
Total Yards95 246
Fumbles/Lost0 3
Punt/Avg.6-31.8 2-45.5
Time of Poss.
Game MVP:
Records: Emma Sansom (15-0); Greenville (12-3)
Coaches: Paul "Buster" Gross, Emma Sansom and Julius Head, Greenville
Game: Played Friday December 7, 1984 at Jack Murphree Stadium, Gadsden
          Senior Brian Dunn booted a 17-yard field goal on the eighth play of overtime to give the Emma Sansom Rebels a 10-7 win over Greenville in the Class 5A state championship game. The Rebels dominated the game from the onset but struggled to find the end zone.
          Sansom rolled up 139 yards rushing in the first half and held Greenville to one first down and 15 yards total yards. The Rebels scored a first quarter touchdown and missed out when they stalled at the Greenville two-yard line just before intermission. The halftime score was only 7-0 in favor of the Rebels.
          The Rebel's defense was outstanding all evening, holding Greenville to 4 first downs and 95 total yards. Gene Jelks rushed for 127 yards on 27 carries in his last high school game. Tim Merriweather added 61 yards on 15 carries and Andy Watts finished with 45 yards on 10 attempts.
          Sansom tried to give the game away in the second half by losing three fumbles and throwing an interception. The first fumble set up Greenville's only score. Marvin Patterson rumbled 28 yards to tie the game with 6:57 left in the third.
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The Morgan Academy Senators have appeared in 14 state championship games from 1984-2008, winning the title 11 times.