Cen­tral plays for Alabama Class 7A cham­pi­onship

Ledger-Enquirer - - Front page - BY MARK RICE [email protected]­quirer.com

AUBURN, ALA.

On a frigid Wed­nes­day night in Jor­dan-Hare Sta­dium, the Cen­tral Red Devils were try­ing to warm the hearts of their fans and bring home to Phenix City the foot­ball pro­gram’s first state cham­pi­onship in a quar­ter cen­tury.

Their game against the Thomp­son War­riors of Alabaster wasn’t fin­ished be­fore press time. The game story, pho­tos and video are at ledger-en­quirer.com.

The Red Devils came into the cham­pi­onship game un­de­feated at 13-0 and ranked No. 1 in Alabama Class 7A. Thomp­son was 11-1 and ranked No. 2. The Red Devils had outscored their op­po­nents by an av­er­age of 41-8. The War­riors’ av­er­age mar­gin was 37-18.

Cen­tral won the 1993 Class 6A state cham­pi­onship with a 12-7 vic­tory over West End. Thomp­son won 1982 Class 3A state cham­pi­onship with a 14-11 vic­tory over Ox­ford.

The only other time the Red Devils fin­ished their foot­ball sea­son un­de­feated and un­tied was in 1944, when Alabama didn’t have a state play­off.

This was the first time Cen­tral and Thomp­son played in foot­ball.

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