Pinson, AL – The Pinson Valley Indians (11-2) punched their ticket to the AHSAA Class 6A state title game for the third time in the last four seasons by knocking off the second ranked Mountain Brook Spartans 27-10 Friday night at Wille Adams Stadium.
The win marked the Indians first victory over their Over the Mountain foes having come up short in 2000 and 2001.
Pinson Valley lit up the scoreboard early in the opening quarter as Aliya May grabbed a Mountain Brook fumble returning it 55 yards into the endzone putting the Region 6 champs up 6-0 with 7:22 to play in the opening stanza.
The Indians struck again on their next possession, pinned inside their own five yard line, Michael Sharpe took a Zack Pyron handoff 92 yards to the house, extending the Pinson lead to 13-0 with four minutes and change left in the first period.
The visitors trimmed the lead to 10 as Reed Harradine split the uprights from 21 yards out putting the Spartans on the board with just over a minute remaining before the break.
The Indians carried a 13-3 advantage into the locker room.
After intermission, Pyron and Sharpe added rushing scores for the Indians while Michael Brogan gave the Spartans their lone touchdown of the night scoring from inside the Indian five late in the fourth.
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Indians quarterback Zach Pyron finished the night 0-of-2 throught the air with a pair of interceptions while running for 48 yards on seven attempts. Michael Sharpe lead the Indians on the ground carrying the ball eight times for 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Mountain Brook senior signal caller Strother Gibbs completed 5-of-10 throws for 55 yards and added 20 yards on 19 carries on the ground. Michael Brogan added 49 yards and a score on 20 attempts. Jake Thompson paced the Spartan receiving corps hauling in three catches for 70 yards.
The Spartans closed out their 2020 campaign at 12-2. Their first season in class 6A was highlighted by a region title and victories over playoff teams Shades Valley, Briarwood Christian and Homewood – 7A top 10 ranked Austin and postseason wins over Muscle Shoals, Gardendale and Clay-Chalkville. They held eight of their 12 opponents to 10 points or less while pitching four shutouts.
The third ranked Indians will face off against the No. 8 ranked and Region 1 champion Spanish Fort Toros (11-3) next Friday night at 7:30 PM in at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.