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   The best of the best in Alabama High   
  School Football over the past 100 seasons.

Playoff Records and State Champions

Super Seven Team and Individual Records
Super Seven Team and Individual Records
Past State Championship Coaches

All-Time Playoff Records
All Time Playoff Records (Alphabetical)
All Time Playoff Records (Percentage)
All Time Playoff Records (Wins)

Playoff Games
Playoff Games All-Time
Playoff Brackets

Champions 1920-2022
Past State Champions

Mythical State Champions
Championship Rosters

    The first football playoff games in Alabama were held in 1966. The top four ranked football teams would matchup against each other with the winners appearing in the state championship game. The rankings were determined by a points system which allocated a maximum of 80 points to teams playing at least eight 4A opponents. Points were subtracted for a loss or a tie.

    The Sidney Lanier Poets had clinched the top spot with a perfect 10-0 record. The second spot went to Robert E. Lee of Montgomery with a 9-1 record.

    Huntsville moved into the third slot when Banks lost to a powerful Jones Valley team on the final weekend of the regular season. Shades Valley (8-2) locked up the final spot by jumping four spots in the rankings after Etowah lost to Gadsden.

    The first round saw the Montgomery teams show their force with convincing wins. Lee defeated Huntsville 46-7 and Sidney Lanier crushed Shades Valley 47-7. The championship game set up a rematch between the Generals and the Poets. Both teams had been ranked one and two all season only switching positions after Lanier defeated Lee 10-0 in the regular season finale.

   A crowd of over 25,000 fans and many more on live television witnessed history as Lanier scored nine first half points while shutting out the Generals. A great catch by Auburn great Terry Beasley produced the only second half points for either team and Lanier held on to win 9-7.

   A lot has changed over the years with the football playoff format evolving along the way into what it is today. The AHSAA has created a spectacular event with the Super Seven that is the focal point of every season. Since that first football championship game every team begins their season with aspirations of making it to the Super Seven.

Great Moments in Alabama High School Football History

Murphy and Theodore battled through seven overtimes before the Panthers came out on top 33-26 in 1979.