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1968 State Championship Final Summaries

1968 Class 4A State Championship Game
Sidney Lanier vs. Huntsville
Sidney Lanier
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
23   Parrish Selma W  
34   Greenwood SC W  
27   Tuscaloosa W  
15   Ramsay 14 W  
35   Vigor W  
10   Murphy W  
 Dothan 14 L  
27   Lee Montgomery W  
31   McGill-Toolen 10 W  
42   Berry W  1st Rd
27   Huntsville 21 W  Finals
27710-1-0 87
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
34   Fayetteville TN W  
41   Guntersville W  
14   Lee Huntsville W  
21   Athens 14 W  
30   Coffee W  
28   Cullman 35 L  
30   Butler 19 W  
31   Decatur W  
 Gadsden W  
28   John Carroll W  
26   Fairhope 13 W  1st Rd
21   Sidney Lanier 27 L  Finals
31310-2-0 141
Game Summary
Sidney Lanier
0 13 0 14 -- 27
7 0  7 7 -- 21
 Scoring Summaries: 
Huntsville: Wayne Hall 7 yard pass from Jeff Smith (Robbie Rowan PAT) 8:44
Sidney Lanier: Johnny Botts 27 yard run (Randy Moore PAT no good)
Sidney Lanier: Rea Jabour 2 yard run (Randy Moore PAT)
Huntsville: Vince Stafford 38 yard pass from Jeff Smith (Robbie Rowan PAT)
Sidney Lanier: Slade Rhodes fumble recovery in end zone (Randy Moore PAT) 9:55
Huntsville: Vince Stafford 12 yard pass from Jeff Smith (Robbie Rowan PAT) 4:42
Sidney Lanier: Randy Moore 9 yard pass from Jeff Blitz (Randy Moore PAT) 3:31
  Lanier Huntsville
First Downs 20 17
Rush/Yards 213 104
Pass/Yards 172 156
Pass att/com/int 17-12-1 21-12-1
Total Yards 385 260
Fumbles/Lost 1 0
Punt/Avg. 2-35.5 2-25.0
Penalties95 15
Time of Poss.
Game MVP:
Records:  Sidney Lanier (10-1); Huntsville (10-2)
Coaches: Bobby Wilson, Sidney Lanier and Tom Owens, Huntsville
Game: Played Friday November 29, 1968 at Huntsville
The Sidney Lanier Poets won the 1968 Class 4A state championship but they had to come from behind to do it. The Poets would drive 60 yards with less than five minutes remaining in the game on only four plays to claim the win. The touchdown came on a nine yard pass from quarterback Jeff Blitz to Randy Moore. Huntsville would get on the score board first on a 7 yard pass play.
           Lanier would come back to pull within one point on a 27 yard run. Lanier would take a 13-6 lead on a two yard run into the half. Huntsville would come back late in the third period to score a touchdown on a 38 yard pass play with Lanier answering on a fumble recovery in the end zone to regain the lead. The Panthers would have their own answer in this game of see-saw scoring when they mounted an 80 yard drive that ended with a 12 yard scoring pass for a 21-20 Panther lead.
          At that point in the game Lanier would rip off their quick scoring drive to finally end the scoring and settle the final outcome of the game. It was Sidney Lanier's third consecutive title in coach Bobby Wilson's last game as the leader of the Poets.

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