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Champions rise: State championships come to Troy

The Alabama Independent School Association held its Tripleheader Championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon and two familiar head coaches manned the sidelines.

Former Pike County and Pike Liberal Arts head coach Wayne Grant led Crenshaw Christian against Chambers Academy and former Charles Henderson head coach Hugh Fountain coached Escambia Academy against Autauga.

Grant and the Cougars began the tripleheader with a 22-12 loss to Chambers.

“Everybody wants to win,” Grant said. “We wanted to win and even though we had a great season, this kind of dampens the season. We had some people injured, we couldn’t go full speed. We didn’t win the offensive, defensive line war all day.”

Chambers quarterback Payton Allen completed six of his 14 passes for 63 yards and had one touchdown. Running back C.J. Lyons rushed for 64 yards on 13 carries. Allen added two rushing touchdowns.

Cougar quarterback Tristan Jordan completed seven of his 23 passes for 80 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Cougars finished the season with an overall record of 11-2, while Chambers finishes with an overall record of 13-0.

“I am extremely proud of this team,” Grant said. “They still won 11 ball games and 10 in a row. Not many teams this season have won 10 in a row. We have to regroup and rebound next year.”

Fountain’s Escambia Academy team struggled against Autauga in game two of the tripleheader and fell to the Generals 49-0. The Generals scored in all four quarters, including 20 in the first to get a comfortable lead.

General quarterback Tripp Carr completed nine of his 15 passes for 313 yards and had 3 touchdowns.

Turner Payton was his top receiver with 243 yards with six receptions and two touchdowns. Josh Kelsey added two catches for 67 yards.

Tre Cutler compiled 94 rushing yards on five carries and had two touchdowns, while Carr added 85 yards rushing with one rushing touchdown.

Escambia produced 134 yards compared to 535 by the Generals. Quarterback Jabe Dawe completed four passes for 41 yards. Patrick McGhee led Escambia’s ground game with 73 yards on 24 carries.

Monroe Academy held on to win a back-and-forth game against Bessemer in the night cap 41-35.