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1988 State Championship Final Summaries


Vigor would later win a share of the National Championship in 1988.
This team is considered by many to be the best overall team in the history of high school football in Alabama
1988 Class 6A State Championship Game
Vigor vs. Berry
Vigor
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
45   Theodore W  
43   Carver Montgomery 14 W  
    OPEN    
19   Blount W  
29   McGill-Toolen W  
31   Shaw W  
27   LeFlore 13 W  
    OPEN    
24   Murphy W  
21   Fairhope W  
21   Mary Montgomery W  1st Rd
37   Shaw W  2nd Rd
35   Fairhope W  3rd Rd
14   Lee Montgomery W  Semi
41   Berry W  Finals
  
38713-0-0 44
Region Record  3-0
Berry
 Site  PF   Opponent  PA   WLT  OT    
 Enterprise 14 L  
 Minor 21 L  
17   Parker 14 W  
27   Huffman W  
14   Pelham 16 L  
34   Vestavia Hills W  
14   Thompson W  
24   Shades Valley W  
14   Gardendale W  
31   Selma W  
14   Central Tuscaloosa 10 W  1st Rd
34   Benjamin Russell 14 W  2nd Rd
13   Anniston W  3rd Rd
21   Minor 17 W  Semi
 Vigor 41 L  Finals
  
27011-4-0 193
Region Record  3-1
Game Summary
Vigor
14 7 7 13 -- 41
Berry
0 7 0 0 -- 7
 
 Scoring Summaries: 
Vigor: Cleon Jones 7 yard run (Bouasanovong PAT) 11:18
Vigor: Ben Gamble 3 yard run (Bouasanovong PAT)
Berry: Scott McFadden 16 yard pass from Stan White. (Mark Blaising PAT)
Vigor: Ben Gamble 1 yard run (Bouasanovong PAT)
Vigor: Ben Gamble 4 yard run (Bouasanovong PAT)
Vigor: Bruce McGee 26 yard pass from Kelvin Simmons (Bouasanovong PAT)
Vigor: Terrence Peoples 6 yard run (PAT no good)
 
  Berry Vigor
First Downs 11 22
Rush/Yards 24-52 50-328
Pass/Yards 142 119
Pass att/com/int 34-8-2 9-5-0
Total Yards 142 447
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 1-0
Punt/Avg.7-39.1 2-40.5
Penalties6-67 8-78
Time of Poss. 19:20 28:40
    
 
Individual Stats
 Vigor 
 Rushing  Att.  Yds.   TD 
Ben Gamble16 140 3
Cleon Jones11 51 1
Kelvin Simmons11 69 0
Terrance Peoples2 9 1
Patterson27 0
Bruce McGee1 6 0
Washington25 0
Coleman13 0
Gardner1-2 0
Blakely1-12 0
     
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.   TD 
Kelvin Simmons7-4-0 100 1
     
    
 Receiving  No.  Yds.   TD 
Patterson132 0
Ben Gamble1 29 0
Bruce McGee1 26 1
Holder120 0
Blakely113 0
 
 Berry 
 Rushing Att.  Yds.  TD 
Stan White8 21 0
Wyers621 0
Cernigha812 0
Hill11 0
     
     
     
     
     
     
    
 Passing  Att/Comp/Int  Yds.  TD 
Stan White32-8-2 92 1
Dobnikar1-0-0 0 0
    
 Receiving  No.  Yds.  TD 
Scott McFadden5 56 1
Brown235 0
Page14 0
     
     
     

Game MVP: RB Ben Gamble, Vigor and Stan White, Berry
Records: Vigor (13-0); Berry (10-5)
Coaches: Harold Clark, Vigor, Bob Finley, Berry
Game: Played Saturday December 3, 1988 at Legion Field, Birmingham
 
Summary:
          Vigor became the first team to win back to back championships in Alabama's largest classification since Mountain Brook in 1975 and 1976. The Wolves won their 25th straight game in fine fashion by using the same weapons they had all season. A powerful offense and a stingy defense. Ben Gamble led the way with 155 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Vigor led 21-0 early in the second quarter and 21-7 at halftime.

          Berry all-state quarterback, Stan White was unable to get untracked against the vigor pass rush. He finished the game completing 8 of 33 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown but suffered two interceptions. Darrell "Lectron" Williams, who injured his knee in last years championship game chose not to test the knee just moments prior to the game and sat this one out. As it turned out the Wolves did not need him.

          Berry did not cross midfield in the second half and were outgained 274 to 70 yards, and were 0 for 7 on third down conversions. Berry was able to get on the scoreboard shortly before halftime on a Stan White to Scott McFadden 16 yard touchdown pass.

          The score snapped a string of 25 scoreless quarters by the Vigor defense that surrendered only 44 points all season.
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