Hartselle has reeled off 14 straight wins with its high-powered offense and stern defensive unit. The Tigers captured the Class 5A, Region 6 title this season. It was the school’s 17th region championship and fourth in row.
Vigor finished second in Class 5A, Region 1 behind region champ St. Paul’s.
Hartselle and Vigor will meet for the first time in history.
Hartselle head coach Robert Godsey has compiled a 126-42 (.750) record in 15 years of coaching. In nine seasons at Hartselle, Godsey has compiled an 84-27 (.757) slate and directed the Tigers to four straight 10-win seasons. Hartselle has compiled a 48-6 (.889) during the last four years.
Godsey has also led the Tigers to four straight region championships and has forged a 27-1 (.964) region record during its current run.
Prior to his arrival at Hartselle, Godsey spent five seasons (1989-2002) at Brooks High School in Killen, where he compiled a 42-15 (.737), with three straight 10-win seasons. He led Brooks to an 11-1 record and region title in 2001.
Vigor head coach Kerry Stevenson has compiled a 77-35 (.688) record in nine seasons with the Wolves. His 2008 team posted a perfect 15-0 record and won the Class 5A state championship, the third in school history.
Stevenson has lead the Wolves to two region titles (2008-09) and three 10-win seasons (2003, 2008 and 2011). Stevenson has an 18-6 (.750) playoff record.
Hartselle is playing in its third state championship game and its first Super Six. The Tigers are 0-2 in championship games, losing to Charles Henderson in 1980 and Eufala in 1981. Hartselle lost to Briarwood in the semifinals last year (24-21, OT) and fell in the semifinals to Russellville (L 14-34) in 2002.
Hartselle advanced to its first Super Six with four straight wins over Boaz, Pinson Valley, Center Point and Briarwood Christian.
After a blowout win over Boaz in the first round, Hartselle has won the next three playoff games by 13 total points, including a one-point win at Pinson Valley (22-21) and a two-point win over Briarwood Christian (16-14) in the semis.
The Tigers trailed Center Point 14-0 in the second quarter. The win over Briarwood avenged a semifinal loss in last year’s playoffs. The Tigers have allowed only 55 points (13.75 ppg) in four playoff wins.
Hartselle is 33-29 (.532) in 30 all-time appearances in the AHSAA playoffs. The Tigers are 27-20 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, but only 6-9 in quarterfinals or later.
Hartselle is 0-2 all-time in championship games, losing to Charles Henderson in 1980 and Eufaula in 1981. The Tigers are in the playoffs for the sixth straight year. Their first playoff appearance took place in 1974.
Hartselle has set school records for most wins (14) in a season, most points (496) in a season and longest winning streak (14) this year. The 14 wins eclipses the previous record of 12 wins set in 1980, 1981, 2008 and 2010.
The Tigers have scored 400 or more points in season four times, including the last three years in a row. The Tigers 400-point seasons took place in 1980 (411), 2009 (420), 2010 (459) and 2011 (496).
The current 14-game winning streak surpasses the previous record of 12 straight wins from Aug. 26, 2008-Nov. 12, 2008.
The Tigers have scored 496 points this season and average 35.3 points per game. Hartselle has scored 40 or more points seven times and 50 or more points four times this season. The Tigers posted back-to-back 50-point games against Brewer (54-0) and Hayden (57-0) during the second and third week of the regular season. The 57 points against Brewer were the most tallied by the Tigers this year.
Hartselle has a solid defensive unit and has allowed 10 points or less in seven games. The Tigers opened the season with three straight shutouts against Athens, Brewer and Hayden, outscoring those three teams 134-0. Hartselle has allowed only 55 points in four playoff games and has held three of its opponents to 14 points or less.
One thing that may set Hartselle apart from other teams at the Super Six is a strong kicking game, anchored by senior kicker Gavin Marsh, who has been instrumental in the Tigers playoff run.
Marsh has made all 17 kicks in the playoffs, including 11-for-11 PATs and 6-for-6 FGs. He kicked three FGs (32, 29 and 41 yards) and one extra point in the semifinal win over Briarwood Christian. He kicked a 29-yard FG and two extra points in the quarterfinal win over Center Point.
Marsh hit the game-winning 19-yard FG with four seconds left to give Hartselle a 22-21 win over Pinson Valley in the second round. He also hit a 42-yard FG and two extra points in the game. He made all six PATs and added a 29-yard FG in a first-round win over Boaz.
Junior quarterback Jamison Aldridge had some key moments in the Tigers playoff run. He has 287 total yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers first-round win over Boaz. He completed 10-of-15 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown.
Aldridge also had two rushing attempts for 88 yards and tw touchdowns, including a 52-yard jaunt. His 34-yard pass to Jeston Thompson on third down set up game-winning FG against Pinson Valley in the second round thriller. The Tigers also converted two fourth downs on the game-winning drive. He completed eight-of-14 passes for 113 yards in the quarterfinal win over Center Point. He tallied 163 yards and one touchdown in semifinal win over Briarwood Christian.
Junior running back Christopher Slayton has scored three touchdowns in the playoffs for the Tigers. He had two touchdown runs (13 yards and four yards) in the come-from-behind win at Center Point in the second round. Slayton has had 47 touches in the last two weeks for the Tigers. He had 23 touches for 89 yards and one touchdown in the win at Center Point. He had 24 rushing attempts for 73 yards in the semifinal win over Briarwood.
Sophomore Masio Stover has also scored three touchdowns in the playoffs. He has two touchdowns in the opening round win over Boaz, scoring on runs of 13 and one yard. He has a two-yard touchdown run in the win over Center Point.
Vigor is playing in its fifth state championship game and its second Super Six. The Wolves are 3-1 in their previous four championship game appearances. Vigor won back-to-back state titles in 1987-88, beating Shades Valley (19-13) and Berry (now Hoover, 41-7).
This is Vigor’s second Super Six appearance in the last four years. The first four championship games took place at Legion Field in Birmingham.
Vigor advanced to the 2011 Super Six with four straight wins over McAdory, Greenville, Spanish Fort and top-ranked Hueytown.
The Wolves march to Tuscaloosa has been led by the defense as Vigor has allowed only four touchdowns in the playoffs.
The playoff run began with a 6-0 win over McAdory followed by a blowout of Greenville in round two, where the Wolves scored on their first four possessions. They knocked off Spanish Fort in the quarterfinals, and then shocked No. 1 Hueytown last week in the semis, scoring 20 unanswered points in the win.
Vigor is 55-23 (.705) all-time in 27 AHSAA playoff appearances. Vigor is tied for 12th place all-time with 78 AHSAA playoff games. Vigor is 15th all-time with 55 playoff wins. The Wolves have made the playoffs 10 of the last 11 years, including six straight trips. The school’s first playoff game took place in 1978.
Vigor is ranked 5th in the ASWA poll and brings an eight-game winning streak into the Super Six. Vigor has won 10 or more games for the 15th time in school history. The 12 wins are the most since the Wolves went 15-0 en route to the 2008 state championship.
Vigor has allowed only 104 points this season, the fewest points allowed by the Wolves since 1997, when Vigor yielded 79 points in 10 games. Vigor has held 10 teams to 10 points or less this season, including three of its four playoff opponents.
Vigor has scored 354 points in 14 games this season. They are averaging 25.3 points per game. The 354 points are the most since the Wolves scored a school-record 577 points during their state championship season in 2008.
Vigor scored 30 or more points only five times this season, including a season-high 57 points in a win over Faith Academy. Vigor has started five sophomores on offense this season. The Wolves piled up 455 total yards and scored on its first four possessions in a 48-17 win over Greenville in the second round. Vigor scored 20 unanswered points in the 20-7 win over top-ranked Hueytown in last week’s semis.
The senior-laden defense has been outstanding all season. Vigor has allowed only 104 points in 14 games, an average of 7.4 points per game. The 107 points are the fewest allowed by the Wolves since they allowed 79 points in 10 games during the 1997 season.
Vigor has held 10 opponents to less than 10 points, including five shutouts. The Wolves have allowed only four touchdowns in the playoffs and 33 total points in four games.
The defense has 15 seniors on its two-deep depth chart. Vigor held McAdory to 66 rushing yards in the second half and recorded nine sacks in the first-round playoff game.
Sophomore quarterback Devin Adams has been responsible for six touchdowns in four playoff games for the Wolves. Adams came up big last week in the upset win over top-ranked Hueytown, leading the Wolves to a 20-7 come-from-behind win. He completed 16-of-30 passes for 165 and two touchdowns. He also added a 14-yard touchdown run.
Adams had a 20-yard touchdown pass in the 12-9 win over Spanish Fort in the quarterfinals. He had a 10-yard touchdown run in the blowout win over Greenville in the second round. Adams’ 23-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Moore was the lone touchdown in a 6-0 win over McAdory in the first round.
Senior receiver Marlon Moore has scored five touchdowns in four playoff games. Moore was responsible for three touchdowns in the Wolves 48-17 win over Greenville in round two. He had a 13-yard touchdown run and 6-yard touchdown run. Moore also threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Rodney Stafford in the win.
Moore scored the Wolves first touchdown on a 14-yard run against Spanish Fort. He added two more touchdowns in the win over Hueytown, including a go-ahead 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave Vigor a 14-7 lead.
The defense has turned in some big plays in the playoffs with senior defensive lineman Darius Philon, sophomore defensive back Samuel Green and sophomore linebacker DeShawn Davis.
Philon is one of the top linemen in the state and committed to Alabama. Green had a 23-yard fumble return in the win over Greenville. Davis came up with a big fumble recovery with 2:39 left in the game to preserve the Wolves 12-9 win against Spanish Fort in the quarterfinals.
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