By D. Mark Mitchell
For the Opelika
The Alabama High School Athletic Association will hold the Super 7 football Championships this week at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. The three-day event starts at noon Wednesday with a “Welcome Luncheon” for corporate partners, Auburn athletics, sponsors, and Opelika and Auburn City officials.
The Special Olympics partnered with the AHSAA to play a Unified game between Vestavia Hills and Baldwin County. The following is the Super 7 schedule with a summary of each team.
• Dec. 5: 7 p.m. 7A Championship-Central v. Thompson
Thompson-11-1: Coach Mark Freeman- scored 444 points (37 points-per-game average) allowing 211 points (17.6 points-per-game average). Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has thrown for 3,684 yards, 35 touchdowns and five interceptions. UAB commit -Will Conner LB, Alabama commit OL Amari Knight.
Central-13-0:Coach Jamey Dubose-scored 526 points (40.5 points-per-game average) allowed 101 points (7.8 points per game). Three Power 5 commits-QB Peter Parrish (LSU), running back Amontae Spivey (Arkansas) and safety Ray Thornton (Clemson) will play.
Dec. 6: 11 a.m. 3A Championship
Coach Steve Smith Peidmont-12-2: scored 462 points (33 points-per-game average, allowed 233 points (16.6 points-per-game average). This is their third title game in the last four seasons, winning all three. Flomaton 11-3: scored 411 points (29.4 points-per-game average) while allowing 247 points (17.6 points-per-game average). This is the first appearance in Super 7.
1A Championship -3 p.m.
Linden 13-0: scored 546 points (42 points-per-game average) while allowing 136 points for 10.5 (points-per-game average). This marks 12 straight playoff appearances for the program, finished runner-up in 2011 and played all four playoff games at home.
Mars Hill 13-1: scored 678 points for (48.4 points-per-game average) allowing 152 points (10.9 points-per-game average). They have never won a playoff game prior to 2018.
5A Championship 7 p.m.
Vigor 13-1: scored 468 points, allowed 92 (6.6 points-per-game average). Vigor’s only loss was to Opelika. This is their first championship game appearance since 2008.
Central Clay County 11-3 Coach Danny Horn Scored 449 points (32.1 points-per-game average) allowing 168 (12 points-per-game average.) Horn has won six state titles, one shy of the record held by Josh Niblett. (Danny’s Sister is Dinah Motley)
Dec. 7 4A
UMS Wright 13-0 Coach Terry Curtis. Scored 428 points (32.9 points-per-game average) allowed 58 points (4.5 points-per-game average). Terry Curtis has Six state championships as a head coach. He earned his 300th win this year. The school is going for its seventh state title in 11 years.
Deshler 9-5. Scored 429 points (30.6 points-per-game average) Allowed 256 points (18.3 points-per-game average). One loss by a forfeit and one loss was in double overtime. The Tigers have won three state titles and finished runner-up seven times.
2A Championship 3 p.m.
Piedmont 12-2 : scored 462 points (33 points-per-game average) allowed 233 points (16.6 points-per-game average). Third title game appearance in four years, which they won in 15-16.
Flomaton 11-3 scored 411 points for 29.4 avg, allowed 247 points for 17.6 avg. Never advanced to semifinals prior to this year.
6A Championship -7 p.m.
Pinson Valley 12-1 scored 495 points for 38.1 avg. allowed 167 points for 12.8 points. Coach Patrick Nix returns to Jordan-Hare where he played quarterback for Auburn. Bo Nix, an Auburn commit, is responsible for more than 12,000 yards in his high school career.
Saraland 13-1, scored 444 points (31.7 points-per-game average) while allowing 145 points (10.4 points-per-game average). Coach Jeff Kelly is making his third appearance and second with Saraland.
Fans are urged to purchase tickets online at super7al.com, $12 per ticket plus a $1.50 surcharge.
Tickets are $15 at the gate.
Fans can listen to all seven games on iheart radio presented by the Orthopaedic Clinic. 11 a.m. games on 1520 AM WTLM, 3 p.m. games on 910 AM WZMG and 7 p.m. games on Kicker FM 97.7.