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Central-Clay County repeats as 5A state champions

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Auburn, AL – The Central-Clay County Volunteers became the second reigning state champion of the day to retain their crown in Thursday’s session of the AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships.  

The Vols overcame a late Pleasant Grove surge that saw the Spartans come up a yard short in the game’s final play to notch a 31-27 5A state title game victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  

Running back Quentin Knight shined for the Volunteers racking up 181 yards on 23 carries an a pair of rushing touchdowns in route to taking home Most Valuable Player honors. Central quarterback Philip Ogels finished the night with 74 yards through the air, completing 4-of-11 passes and one interception while Javon Wood hauled in three grabs for 67 yards.

Pleasant Grove signal caller Zyquez Perryman connected on 25-of-43 passes for 316 yards and four scores. Receiver Christian Lewis was Perryman’s favorite target hauling in 7 grabs for 101 yards and two touchdowns, Xavier Hill added his own 100 yards receiving, pulling down 9 catches and a pair of scores. Tyler Christopher lead the Spartans on the ground with 67 yards on 17 carries.

The Spartans closed out Darrell LeBeaux’s second season in West Jefferson County at 13-2 with wins over Mortimer Jordan and Ramsay and a pair of victories over previously No. 1 ranked Briarwood Christian.

Central’s road to the Super 7 included victories over Center Point, Mortimer Jordan and unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Jasper. The win runs Vols coach Danny Horn’s record to 25-5 at Central and 312-88 over 31 seasons on the sidelines.