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1996 Super Six State Championship Summaries

1996 was the first season for the AHSAA Super 6.
All title games would be played in Birmingham at Legion Field over a three day period.
1996 Class 6A State Championship Game
Mountain Brook vs. Jeff Davis
Mountain Brook
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
33   Homewood W  
48   Pelham 21 W  
20   Vestavia Hills 21 L  
29   Hillcrest Tuscaloosa W  
32   Phillips Birmingham W  
34   Pell City W  
57   Southside Gadsden 12 W  
35   Shades Valley 14 W  
42   Erwin 14 W  
55   Woodlawn W  
40   Huntsville W  1st Rd
24   Ensley 10 W  2nd Rd
23   Central Tuscaloosa 20 W  3rd Rd
41   Hewitt-Trussville 24 W  Semi
12   Jeff Davis 28 L  Finals
52513-2-0 190
Region Record  3-0
Jeff Davis
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
26   Murphy 10 W  
   Moss Point MS 12 L  
26   Carver Montgomery 22 W  
30   Sidney Lanier W  
20   Prattville 14 W  
28   Dothan 35 L  
13   Lee Montgomery W  
41   Selma W  
41   Murphy 13 W  1st Rd
17   Enterprise W  2nd Rd
28   Vestavia Hills W  3rd Rd
24   Vigor W  Semi
28   Mountain Brook 12 W  Finals
32911-2-0 152
Region Record  2-0
Game Summary
Mountain Brook
0 6 0 6 -- 12
Jeff Davis
7 0 7 14 -- 28
 Scoring Summaries: 
Jeff Davis: Jeff Aaron 11 yard run (Cobb PAT) 8:41
Jeff Davis: Josh Taylor 1 yard run (Cobb PAT) 9:28
Mountain Brook: Gil Ferguson 6 yard pass from Mailon Kent (PAT no Good) 1:18
Jeff Davis: Josh Taylor 1 yard run (Cobb PAT) 10:25
Jeff Davis: Ross 28 yard pass from Jeff Aaron (Cobb PAT) 6:52
Mountain Brook: Jimmy Brady 8 yard pass from Kent (Pass failed) 4:12
  Mountain Brook Jeff Davis
First Downs 17 13
Rush/Yards22-68 42-188
Pass/Yards239 126
Pass att/com/int 51-26-1 8-5-0
Total Yards 307 314
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 2-0
Punt/Avg.5-35.2 4-45.0
Penalties5-30 8-52
Time of Poss. 16:09 23:51
Individual Stats
 Mountain Brook 
 Rushing  Att.  Yds.   TD 
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.   TD 
 Receiving  No.  Yds.   TD 
 Jeff Davis 
 Rushing Att.  Yds.  TD 
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.  TD 
 Receiving  No.  Yds.  TD 

Game MVP: QB Jeff Aaron, Jeff Davis
Records:  Jeff Davis (11-2); Mountain Brook (13-2)
Coaches: Charles Lee, Jeff Davis and Joey Jones, Mountain Brook
Game: Saturday December 14, 1996 Legion Field, Birmingham
       The Vols left little doubt about who the best team in 6A was for 1996. Despite a tight game statistically, Jeff Davis dominated the action by forcing Mountain Brook to abandon an ineffective running game and throw the ball 51 times. The game turned late in the first half when Mountain Brook coach Joey Jones chose to go for it on fourth and one from the Vol's two yard line.

       The last play of the half was an incomplete pass and Jeff Davis held onto a 7-0 halftime lead. The Vols would score on their first possession of the second half to build a lead they would never relinquish.
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Morris Higginbotham coached three different teams to divisional state championships in the 1950s. He won titles at Walnut Grove in 1952, West Blocton in 1955 and Enterprise in 1960.