Clay-Chalkville Cougars Clinch Thrilling Win: Saraland Spartans Dominance in Championship Battle

Clay-Chalkville Cougars Clinch Thrilling Win: In a heart-wrenching showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Clay-Chalkville Cougars emerged victorious over the defending state champions, the Saraland Spartans, with a final score of 31-28. The intense battle witnessed Clay-Chalkville securing its first lead with a 26-yard field goal by Antone Ellison with 2:27 remaining.

The No. 1-ranked Spartans, trailing for the first time in the fourth quarter this season, executed an 88-yard drive in the final 2:18, reaching the Cougars’ 10 with five seconds left.

Saraland coach Jeff Kelly faced a crucial decision—opt for a tying field goal or go for the win. Despite the option of a field goal within Tucker Singleton’s range, Kelly chose to go for it, expressing confidence in his team. However, the Cougars’ defense held strong, stopping Spartans quarterback K.J. Lacey at the 1-yard line as time expired.

The loss, breaking Saraland’s 20-game winning streak, marked a bittersweet night for coach Kelly. Despite record-setting performances from Lacey and wide receiver Ryan Williams—setting new Super 7 records with 389 yards passing and 272 yards receiving—the Spartans fell short in one of the most thrilling state championship games.

Williams, a Crimson Tide commitment, showcased his talent with 344 all-purpose yards and scored all four Saraland touchdowns. Lacey, a Texas commitment, demonstrated resilience, stating, “We’ll be back next year.”

The Spartans finished the season with a Class 6A scoring record of 754 points, leaving an indelible mark despite the heartbreak of this championship loss.

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Our Reader’s Queries

Who won the 6A state championship in Alabama?

Alabama commit Ryan Williams showcased his prowess with an impressive 343 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, yet it was Clay-Chalkville who emerged victorious in the AHSAA Class 6A championship game on Friday. The final score of 31-28 secured their triumph over Saraland.

How many state championships does Clay-Chalkville have?

The Cougars snagged their fourth state championship, adding to their titles from 1999, 2014, and 2021. Since 1996, they’ve only missed the playoffs four times, two of which were in 1996 and 1997 when the school was new and ineligible.

Who won the Saraland game last night?

CLAY-CHALKVILLE pulls off a stunning upset, defeating SARALAND 31-28 with a game-ending fourth-down stop. The defending state champs fall to the Cougars in a thrilling victory.

What is the score of the Clay-Chalkville Mountain Brook game?

Clay-Chalkville’s defense came up big in the fourth quarter, securing a crucial 17-13 win over Mountain Brook in the Class 6A playoffs at Cougar Stadium. Coach Drew Gilmer praised the defense for their outstanding performance, stating that they made crucial stops when it mattered most.

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