The Alabama defense, led by Moultry and Spanish Fort linebacker Thomas Johnston, stopped Mississippi near mid-field on fourth down with 5:58 left and the offense responded with a six-play, 41-yard drive culminated with Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa running back Brian Robinson scoring on a 13-yard run with 3:07 to play. Robinson, who had been held in check most of the game, had 28 yards on four carries in the drive to give Alabama its final 25-14 lead.
Johnston, who finished his prep career as the AHSAA career tackles leader, was named Alabama’s game MVP. He had 16 tackles, including two clutch stops of Clinton’s talented Akers that stopped Mississippi drives. Britt added 10 tackles and Moultry had one sack for an 11-yard loss among his nine stops.
Jeff Davis defensive end Alec Jackson also had a fumble recovery and McAdory defensive back Malcolm Askew had an interception.
Alabama had 179 yards total offense with Thompson completing 7- of- 16 passes for 71 yards and Etowah’s Daulton Hyatt, 4-of-6 for 28 Yards. Noah Igbinoghene of Hewitt- Trussville had four catches for 44 yards, and Ruggs added two catches for 21 yards to go with his 90-yard kickoff return.
Lane, who was 3-of-4 on field goals and kicked all but one of his kickoffs into the end zone, also punted five times for a 44.8- yard average. Blount’s Kadarius Toney had two carries for 27 yards – a 38-yard scamper and an 11-yard loss on a reverse.
Robinson finished with a net of 16 yards on eight carries and Terence Dunlap of Maplesville rushed for 17 yards on seven attempts.
Mississippi had 229 total yards with game MVP Kylin Hill of Columbus leading all rushers with 91 yards and a TD on 18 carries.
Akers had 65 yards on 19 carries. Myles Brennan of St. Stanislaus was 11- of- 15 passing for 59 yards and Braden Smith of Northwest Rankin was 7-of-9 for 23 yards.
Akers completed two passes, one for 38 yards to Jordan Murphy of Hattiesburg. Murphy had seven catches for 78 yards.
Willie Gay of Starkville and J.J. Russell of Grenada had seven tackles each to lead Mississippi.