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Pinson Valley 1 win away from state title, perfect season

By David Knox

Sports Editor

PINSON — The biggest win in Pinson Valley football history has simply made Friday night’s Class 6A state championship game the biggest game in Pinson Valley football history.

The unbeaten Indians from Pinson meet the once-beaten Indians from Wetumpka at 7 p.m. at Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium to conclude a week of Super 7 championships. The game will air on WBRC’s Bounce TV channel.

Pinson Valley (14-0) advanced by breaking open a tight game early in the third quarter and stampeding past rival Clay-Chalkville 37-7.

Clay vs. Pinson Highlights

Here are the highlights from the semifinal matchup between Clay and Pinson!

Posted by The Trussville Tribune on Saturday, December 2, 2017

 

In the Indians’ 48th season of football, they are unbeaten for the first time, and in their first state championship game. Wetumpka (13-1) is also looking for its first title.

Pinson Valley has taken on all comers and some adversity. It beat defending champion Ramsay twice, in the regular season and in the playoffs; it beat archrival Clay-Chalkville twice, by two points in the regular season and handily in the playoff rematch; it outlasted Shades Valley in overtime; it beat No. 1- ranked Austin and the state’s best running back, Asa Martin, 51-50 in the quarterfinals by going for two in overtime; and it survived the six-week absence of quarterback Bo Nix.

It’s done all that with an explosive offense led by Nix, a four-star prospect as a junior, who’s thrown 35 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. He’s had plenty of speedy playmakers around him — LiAllen Dailey, Dilan Henderson, Orion Morris to name three — a powerful fireplug running back in Khymel Chaverst and a change of space speedster in Jay Sharp, and a strong offensive line that’s protected Nix well all season.

Defensively, a rugged middle of the line and a playmaking secondary have been the highlights. Desmond Scott, Zeke Lawrence and Joel Parker have been among the standouts on the defensive front seven, while Jackie Matthews, Rhasaan Christian, Raymond Womack and Jaylun Gulley have been secondary leaders. Dailey has played some defense, too.

Team speed has given Pinson an edge in special teams in the return game. Aidan Campbell has been solid as a place-kicker.

Wetumpka’s band of Indians is a high-scoring bunch that does much of its damage on the ground. Quarterback J.D. Martin racked up 233 rushing in the semifinal win over Hillcrest. Running back Kavosiey Smoke added 149 yards on the ground, 99 of them on a wildcat rush from his 1.

Defensively, Nick Turner and Malik Davis have been playmakers in the secondary.

Coach Tim Perry is in his sixth year at Wetumpka, but he also coached in Arkansas, winning a state title at Central Arkansas Christian School, and before that at Alabama Christian for 14 seasons. His career record is 183-119-1.

Tribune prediction: Pinson Valley 38, Wetumpka 28

Last week: 0-1

Season record: 49-8 (85.9%)

HOW THEY STACK UP

PINSON VALLEY (14-0)

@McAdory           47-13

Ramsay                35-14

Minor                     48-8

@Clay-Chalkville  34-32

Jasper                    35-0

Shades Valley       28-27 (OT)

Center Point         49-7

Gardendale          55-7

@Carver               39-15

@Pleasant Grove 34-0

*Florence              45-20

**Ramsay             41-13

***@Austin          51-50 (OT)

****Clay-Chalkville 37-7

 

* Round 1 Class 6A State Playoffs

** Round 2

*** Quarterfinals

**** Semifinals

 

Scoring 41.3

Defense 15.2

Opponents’ records 92-70

 

WETUMPKA (13-1)

Prattville                47-29

@Eufaula              48-24

Chelsea                 44-22

Stanhope Elmore 40-13

Chilton County     56-19

@Greenville          51-14

@Pelham               55-14

Helena                    35-14

@Opelika               19-20

@Ben Russell       27-17

*Blount                    41-7

**@Carver (Mont)     27-7

***Spanish Fort         69-41

****Hillcrest (Tusc)     44-27

 

* Round 1 Class 6A State Playoffs

** Round 2

*** Quarterfinals

**** Semifinals

 

Scoring 43.1

Defense 19.1

Opponents’ records 79-78

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