We now have 834 teams &  
186,851 games on

Search Site

AHSFHS Article Series

   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

1987 State Championship Final Summaries

All six south Alabama schools would claim championships in 1987. A feat not repeated until 2007.
1987 Class 6A State Championship Game
Vigor vs. Shades Valley
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
15   Theodore 14 W  
17   Lee Montgomery 20 L  
46   Blount W  
27   McGill-Toolen W  
15   Jeff Davis 10 W  
14   LeFlore 13 W  
41   Harrison Central MS W  
29   Murphy 19 W  
43   Satsuma W  
35   Mary Montgomery W  1st Rd
28   Central Phenix City 16 W  2nd Rd
28   Lee Montgomery 14 W  3rd Rd
22   Jeff Davis 12 W  Semi
19   Shades Valley 13 W  Finals
37913-1-0 138
Region Record  3-0
Shades Valley
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
14   Erwin W  
24   Tuscaloosa County 25 L 2OT  
10   West End W  
18   Berry W  
35   Wenonah W  
49   John Carroll W  
17   Mountain Brook W  
35   Hueytown 21 W  
14   Jess Lanier W  
16   Vestavia Hills W  
35   Central Tuscaloosa 15 W  1st Rd
17   Huntsville 16 W OT  2nd Rd
38   Minor 21 W  3rd Rd
 Jess Lanier W  Semi
13   Vigor 19 L  Finals
34213-2-0 134
Region Record  3-0
Game Summary
6 0 13 0 -- 19
Shades Valley
0 10 0 3 -- 13
 Scoring Summaries: 
Vigor: Kevin Lee 64 yard pass from Kelvin Simmons (PAT no good) 11:48
Shades Valley: Chris Channell 16 yard pass from Chris Smith (Jay Hogewood PAT) 2:40
Shades Valley: Jay Hogewood 27 yard field goal 11:12
Vigor: Paul Caldwell 7 yard run (Run failed) 2:40
Vigor: Paul Caldwell 61 yard run (Hasno Bousanouvong PAT) 7:59
Shades Valley: Jay Hogewood 31 yard field goal 4:41
  Vigor Shades Valley
First Downs 16 11
Rush/Yards 44-318 33-93
Pass/Yards 80 114
Pass att/com/int 7-2-1 21-6-0
Total Yards 398 207
Fumbles/Lost 4-2 0-0
Punt/Avg.1-29.0 6-34.8
Penalties1-10 3-40
Time of Poss. 25:40 22:20
Individual Stats
 Rushing  Att.  Yds.   TD 
Paul Caldwell24 254 2
Kelvin Simmons13 65 0
Darrell WIlliams3 19 0
Ben Gamble11 0
McGee1-19 0
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.   TD 
Kelvin Simmons7-2-1 80 1
 Receiving  No.  Yds.   TD 
Kevin Lee280 1
 Shades Valley 
 Rushing Att.  Yds.  TD 
Tullos1249 0
McAdory530 0
Hampton421 0
West80 0
Smith5-12 0
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.  TD 
Chris Smith20-6-0114 1
Chris Channell1-0-0 0 0
 Receiving  No.  Yds.  TD 
Chris Channell357 1
 357 0

Game MVP: Paul Caldwell, Vigor and Brian Moore, Shades Valley
Records: Vigor (13-1); Shades Valley (13-2)
Coaches: Harold Clark, Vigor and Robert Higginbotham, Shades Valley
Game: Played Saturday December 5, 1987 at Legion Field, Birmingham
       When The Vigor Wolves lost superstar running back Lectron Williams in the second quarter to a severe knee injury it seemed as if the Wolves would have a tougher time of it moving the football. Paul Caldwell filled in quite nicely for the state champs by carrying the football 24 times and gaining 250 yards. The Wolves ran 26 plays in the second half and Caldwell carried the ball 18 of those plays for 182 yards.

      When Caldwell squirted through several tackles on a 7 yard touchdown run early in the second half, he gave Vigor the lead for good at 12-10. A short time later, early in the fourth quarter, Caldwell broke loose on a 61 yard run that would all but clinch the victory for the Wolves.

      The state championship is the first for the Prichard team having never made it to the title game previously. It was also the first time a Shades Valley team had advanced to the championship game. Shades Valley came into the game as a team known for not making mistakes as they had only 14 turnovers all season long, and didn't turn it over against Vigor to keep them in the game.
Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Ken Stabler, Bart Starr, Ozzie Newsome, John Stallworth, John Hannah and Buck Buchanan are all members of the NFL Hall of Fame and played high school football in Alabama.