AISA championship games held today
Published 11:00 pm Thursday, November 21, 2013
Veterans Memorial Stadium will host three AISA championship games today in the A, AA and AAA classifications.
A- Marengo v. Restoration 12 p.m.
The fourth-ranked Marengo Academy Longhorns of Linden come in to the game undefeated and unchallenged. Only AA Wilcox Academy has been within three scores of the Longhorns. Marengo cruised to victories in the first two rounds of the playoffs, a 51-14 win of Chambers Academy and a 43-14 win over Abbeville Christian.
The third-ranked Restoration Bulldogs head down to Troy looking to defend their state title. The Bulldogs are on a 12 game winning streak. Their only loss of the season was a 6-7 defeat to AAA Bessemer Academy. The Bulldogs knocked off Sparta Academy 47-0 and Lakeside Academy 26-10 to reach the finals. The Bulldogs beat the Longhorns last year 32-13 in the semifinals.
Prediction: Marengo 30-27
AA- Edgewood v. Clarke Prep 3:30 p.m.
The top-ranked Edgewood Wildcats from Elmore have made a habit of winning in Troy. The Wildcats have won the last three AA titles and will look to make it four straight this Friday. The Wildcats have not lost a game since 2010. Edgewood downed South Choctaw 45-6 and Wilcox 35-20 to advance to the finals. Edgewood beat Clarke 41-29 last year to take home the title.
Clarke Prep made a Cinderella run to the finals as the third seed out of Region 2. The Gators come in to the game with a record of 8-4 but have put up a healthy 38 points-per-game. The Gators will try to stop Edgewood’s domination and get a little revenge for last year. Clarke upset Autauga 52-27 and Patrician 36-30 to advance to the finals.
Prediction: Edgewood 45-28
AAA- Monroe v. Bessemer 7 p.m.
The second-ranked Monroe Academy Volunteers come in to the championship game against Bessemer with a perfect 13-0 record. The Volunteers have only played one close game all year, a 35-26 victory over Clarke Prep. The Volunteers score 45 points-per-game while only giving up 10. Monroe downed Lee-Scott 48-7 and Escambia 27-3 to reach the championship game.
The third-ranked Bessemer Rebels were routed by Monroe Academy 49-13 for their only loss of the season. They’ll have the opportunity for a little payback under the lights of Veterans Memorial Stadium. Bessemer beat Hooper 41-26 and Kingwood Christian 35-7 to advance to the championship game.
Prediction: Monroe 42-21