In the heart of Alabama, where Friday nights are illuminated by the glow of stadium lights and the roar of passionate crowds, two familiar foes prepare to renew their rivalry for the ultimate prize. The Clay-Chalkville Cougars (13-1) and the Saraland Spartans (14-0) will lock horns once again on December 8th, 2023, at the Super 7 Championship in Tuscaloosa’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. It’s a culmination of a season-long quest for redemption, a clash of styles hungry for the Class 6A championship crown.
Game: Clay-Chalkville vs Saraland
Date: Frida, Decembers 8, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM (CST)
Streaming: Watch Live Here
Clay-Chalkville: Grit, Grind, and Redemption on Their Shoulders
The Cougars are no strangers to the Super 7 stage, having reached this pinnacle twice before. However, they’ve tasted the bitter sting of defeat both times, including a heartbreaking loss to Saraland in the 2022 championship game. This year, they’re fueled by a relentless pursuit of redemption, their hearts pounding with the echoes of “unfinished business.”
Their offense is a testament to their blue-collar mentality. Senior quarterback Tyrell Pigrome leads the charge with his dual-threat ability and unwavering toughness. He’s not afraid to tuck the ball and run, but his arm can rifle lasers to his trusty receivers, Jaylen Mbakwe and Caleb Truss, who turn contested catches into highlight-reel plays. The Cougars also boast a punishing ground attack led by the thunderous duo of Jalen Thornton and Michael Byrd, who wear down defenses with their relentless power.
Clay-Chalkville’s defense is a brick wall, allowing a mere 12.1 points per game. Senior linebacker Bryson Beamon is the defensive mastermind, a tackling machine who sniffs out plays before they develop. He’ll be crucial in slowing down Saraland’s potent aerial attack.
Clay-Chalkville Last Match
Clay-Chalkville’s Cougars roared past the Parker Thrashers 38-13 in a thrilling Alabama high school football 6A semifinal showdown. Senior running back Aaron Osley was a beast, devouring 152 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Trent Seabourn slung lasers for 200 yards and two scores.
The Cougars’ defense was a brick wall, smothering Parker’s offense to a measly 180 total yards. Interceptions by linebacker Drew Gilmer and fumble recoveries fueled the defensive fire.
Osley’s 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter ignited the Cougars, and Seabourn found Jalen Hurts for a 30-yard touchdown strike in the second, widening the gap. The defense held firm, forcing four turnovers to keep Parker gasping for air.
Osley’s second touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the deal, sending Clay-Chalkville roaring towards the state championship. They now face an undefeated Thompson Warriors team, but with this momentum and Osley’s paws churning, the Cougars are hungry for another title.
Saraland: Soaring Spartans Aim to Repeat Their Triumphant Flight
The Spartans enter the Super 7 with the swagger of champions. They’re the reigning kings, having dethroned Clay-Chalkville last year. Led by the calm and calculating head coach Jeffery Kelly, they’re a team brimming with confidence, their wings clipped and ready to soar again.
Their offense is a thing of beauty, a symphony of precision passing and explosive plays. Senior quarterback KJ Lacey is the maestro, conducting the attack with pinpoint accuracy and a knack for extending plays. His favorite target is the lightning-fast De’Andre Jackson, who can turn short slants into long touchdowns with his blazing speed. The Spartans also boast a versatile backfield with Tyrese Hill, who can catch passes out of the backfield or gash defenses with his shifty running.
Saraland’s defense is equally impressive, allowing a mere 15.2 points per game. Senior safety Jayden Jackson roams the secondary like a hawk, while senior defensive lineman Caleb Pettway disrupts the pocket with his relentless pressure. They’re a unit that thrives on creating turnovers and capitalizing on mistakes.
The Saraland Spartans Last Match
The Saraland Spartans electrified the crowd last night, blitzing past Spanish Fort 42-14 in a display of offensive fireworks and defensive grit. The Spartans’ offense hummed like a well-oiled machine, racking up 350 yards on the ground and 200 through the air.
Junior quarterback Jackson Jones was the conductor, orchestrating the attack with pinpoint accuracy. He connected with senior wideout Jalen Jackson for three touchdowns, each one a thing of beauty – laser throws, acrobatic catches, celebrations that would make TikTok jealous.
The running game was a symphony of power and precision. Senior running back Marcus Henderson bulldozed his way for 170 yards and two touchdowns, leaving Spanish Fort defenders grasping at air. Sophomore phenom Elijah Carter added another 120 yards and a score, showcasing jukes and spins that would baffle a ballerina.
Defense? The Spartans’ unit was a steel wall, stonewalling Spanish Fort’s running game and forcing three turnovers. Linebacker Mason Smith led the charge with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, while safety Ethan Lewis snagged two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Saraland’s victory keeps them undefeated on the season, the stars shining brighter than the Friday night lights. Next week, they face a tough test against the rival Davidson Patriots in a game that promises to be a battle for dominance. Can the Spartans keep their momentum going? Saraland fans are saying, “You bet your touchdown they can!”
A Rematch Forged in Grit and Grace
This Super 7 showdown promises to be a masterpiece. Clay-Chalkville’s gritty ground game will try to outlast Saraland’s soaring aerial attack. Can Pigrome outduel Lacey, or will the Spartans’ secondary shut down the Cougars’ passing lanes? The battle in the trenches will be epic, with Clay-Chalkville’s physicality clashing against Saraland’s disciplined blocking schemes.
The atmosphere will be electric. The stands will be packed with passionate fans from both sides, their cheers a mix of nervous anticipation and unwavering support. The pressure will be immense, but these seasoned warriors thrive on it.
Who will emerge victorious? Will Clay-Chalkville’s redemption story be written in the stars, or will Saraland retain their crown and continue their dynasty’s flight? One thing is certain: on December 8th, Alabama high school football history will be made. So, grab your popcorn, find your seat, and witness a rematch that will leave you breathless.