Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Class 5A Super 6 Capsule: Spanish Fort vs. Muscle Shoals

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Class 5A Super 6 Capsule: Spanish Fort vs. Muscle Shoals

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Spanish Fort High School

Location: Spanish Fort

Nickname: Toros

Colors: Black and red

Head coach: Mark Freeman

Coach's record at school: 37-5 in three years

Coach's overall record: 151-35 in 15 years

2013 record: 14-0

School state championships: 2010 and 2012

Final ASWA ranking: No. 1

Players to watch: QB Tyler Johnston (6-1, 200, So.); WR Sammy Harris (5-8, 165, Sr.); LB Matt Hall (6-0, 200, Sr.); S Ronald Smith (6-0, 190, Sr.)

COACHING PEDIGREE: A Bessemer Academy graduate, Mark Freeman earned a degree from North Alabama and returned to Bessemer Academy as the head coach in 1998. His teams went 13-0 and won AISA Class AAA titles in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007. After serving as an assistant at Minor, he was the head coach at Gulf Shores for two seasons. His first Spanish Fort team went 9-4 in 2011. Spanish Fort went 14-1 last year and won the Class 5A title by beating McAdory, 45-14.

STAR PLAYER: Quarterback Tyler Johnston has accounted for 31 touchdowns and has thrown for more than 2,800 yards.

TURNING POINT: With nine inexperienced starters, Spanish Fort benefitted from a last-second field goal miss to open the season with a 19-17 victory over Clas 6A Daphne.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: In four playoff games, Spanish Fort has outscored Selma, Sylacauga, Jackson and Saraland by a combined score of 170-27.

DID YOU KNOW?: Spanish Fort opened in 2006 and won its first Class 5A title by beating Briarwood Christian 14-0 in 2010, when Bryant Vincent was the head coach.

2013 RESULTS (14-0)

Aug. 30

at Daphne W, 19-17

Sep. 6 at B.C. Rain W, 43-0

Sept. 13 Gulf Shores W, 49-7

Sept. 20 Faith Academy W, 54-0

Sept. 27 at Fairhope W, 38-14

Oct. 4 at St. Paul's W, 29-6

Oct. 11 Vigor W, 56-20

Oct. 17 at LeFlore W, 49-14

Oct. 25 Williamson W, 49-6

Oct. 31 Mobile Chrisitan W, 40-3

Playoffs

Nov. 8 Selma W, 66-0 - first round

Nov. 15 at Sylacauga W, 44-7 - second round

Nov. 22 Jackson W, 36-6 - quarterfinal

Nov. 29 Saraland W, 24-14 - semifinal

Muscle Shoals High School

Location: Muscle Shoals

Nickname: Trojans

Colors: Red and black

Head Coach: Scott Basden

Coach's record at school: 56-18 in six years

Coach's overall record: 125-47 in 14 years

2013 record: 13-1

School state championships: None

Final ASWA ranking: No. …

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