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1989 State Championship Final Summaries


 
1989 Class 6A State Championship Game
Anniston vs. Murphy
Anniston
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
25   Walter Wellborn 15 W  
31   Oxford 12 W  
41   Emma Sansom W  
34   Carver Montgomery 23 W  
27   Cherokee County W  
34   Gadsden W  
39   Sylacauga W  
53   Benjamin Russell W  
47   Cedartown GA W  
39   Talladega 14 W  
49   Hewitt-Trussville W  1st Rd
14   Shades Valley W  2nd Rd
21   Jess Lanier 16 W  3rd Rd
19   Parker W  Semi
12   Murphy W  Finals
  
48515-0-0 117
Region Record  2-0
Murphy
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
32   Davidson W  
27   Fairhope 13 W  
35   Moss Point MS W  
21   Shaw W  
34   LeFlore W  
    OPEN    
29   McGill-Toolen W  
41   Theodore W  
22   Vigor W  
21   B.C. Rain W  
41   Mary Montgomery W  1st Rd
27   Foley W  2nd Rd
17   Vigor W  3rd Rd
26   Carroll 23 W OT  Semi
 Anniston 12 L  Finals
  
37913-1-0 78
Region Record  3-0
Game Summary
Anniston
0 6 0 6 -- 12
Murphy
6 0 0 0 -- 6
 
 Scoring Summaries: 
Murphy: O'Neal Yates 85 yard interception return (PAT no good) 9:17
Anniston: 7 yard pass from Steve Christopher to Ken Best (PAT blocked) 0:32
Anniston: 50 yard pass from Steve Christopher to Billy Smith (Conversion pass failed) 10:57
 
  Anniston Murphy
First Downs 24 11
Rush/Yards 34-158 30-95
Pass/Yards 305 96
Pass att/com/int 43-23-3 18-9-0
Total Yards 463 191
Fumbles/Lost 2-0 2-1
Punt/Avg.2-33-.5 6-45.0
Penalties4-26 3-20
Time of Poss. 27:57 20:03
    
 
Individual Stats
 Anniston 
 Rushing  Att.  Yds.   TD 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.   TD 
     
     
    
 Receiving  No.  Yds.   TD 
     
     
     
     
     
 
 Murphy 
 Rushing Att.  Yds.  TD 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.  TD 
     
     
    
 Receiving  No.  Yds.  TD 
     
     
     
     
     
    

MVP: Steve Christopher, Anniston & O'Neal Yates, Murphy
Records: Anniston (15-0); Murphy (13-1)
Coaches: Berry Halladay, Anniston and Larry Henderson, Murphy
Game: Played Friday December 1, 1989 at Legion Field, Birmingham
 
Summary:
           
Steve Christopher led Anniston to an amazing season and capped it off with a state title for the Bulldogs. He completed 23 of 43 passes for 305 yards and rushed 16 times for 52 yards. Orlando Watters was the leading receiver with 14 catches for 160 yards. Murphy would actually strike first with an 86 yard interception return of a tipped pass from Christopher. Anniston tied the score just before the half on an 11 play, 73 yard drive that ended with a Christopher to Ken Best 7 yard pass with 0:32 remaining in the first half.

            Other receivers for the Bulldogs were Miguel Callier with 4 catches for 38 yards, Ken best 3 for 37, Billy Smith 1 for 50, Chad Ray 2 for 23, Tracy Pilot 2 for 16 and Larry Bowie caught a pass good for 19 yards. Other leading rushers for Anniston were Sean King with 13 carries for 45 yards, Larry Bowie 12 for 68, Ward 9 for 67 and Orlando Watters ran the ball 5 times for 32 yards. It was the first state championship of any kind for the Bulldogs.

            Steve Christopher would set state records for touchdown passes with 42 tosses. He completed 246 of 392 passes for a 62.8 completion percentage and 3,586 yards. He also rushed for 735 yards and seven touchdowns for a total of 4,321 yards of total offense. Watters caught a state record 102 passes for the season.
 
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