Meet Alabama’s most dominant HS football teams of the decade – AL.com


Despite being out of the Class 7A championship game for the past two seasons, Hoover still had the most dominant football decade of any high school in Alabama.

The Bucs topped MaxPreps’ list of most dominant high schools in the state over the course of the last 10 years.

Hoover won three straight crowns from 2012-2014 and back-to-back 7A titles in 2016 and 2017. All of those championships came under current coach Josh Niblett, who is 148-23 in 12 years at the school.

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The main factors for MaxPreps in determining the top teams in each state were state titles (20 points) and state title appearances (10 points). The group also factored in Top 25 finishes in MaxPreps state rankings (25 points for the No. 1 team, 24 for No. 2, etc.) and national rankings (50 points for No. 1, 49 for No. 2, etc.)

Here is the Alabama Top 10 based on that criteria:

Tre Nation

Leeds’ Tre Nation runs through a hole in the Fayette County’ defense during the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

10. Leeds

Total points: 125

State championships: (3) 2013, 2014, 2015

State runner-up finishes: (1) 2012

Final State Top 25: 8 (2010), 6 (2014), 9 (2015)

Final National rankings: None

Coaches: Keith Etheredge (2006-2015), Lee Gibson (2016-2018), Jerry Hood (2019-present)

Key players: Jonathan Rose, Charles Miller, Dedrick Forsythe, Javiere Mitchell, Ronnie Sheppard, Andrew Isbell, Jacoby Lockhart, Ronald Woods, Tre Nation, Isaiah Sharp-Perry, Tadarryl Marshall, Koi Freeman, Josephus Smith.

Jamey DuBose

Prattville Head Coach Jamey Dubose in the Class 6A State Championship football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium Thursday, December 2, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager)BN FTP

9. Prattville

Total points: 132

State championships: (1) 2011

State runner-up finishes: (1) 2014

Final State Top 25: 15 (2010), 1 (2011), 5 (2014), 11 (2019)

Final National rankings: 21 (2011)

Coaches: Jamey DuBose (2008-2011), Chad Anderson (2012-2017), Caleb Ross (2018-pressent)

Key players: Derrick Moncrief, Austin Golson, Justin Thomas, Kamryn Pettway, Kenny Thomas, Kingston Davis, P.J. Lucas, Taylor Thompson, Brandon Butts, Ian Jackson.

Jake Bentley

Opelika’s Jake Bentley calls for the snap against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa during the AHSAA playoffs Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Opelika, Ala. (Julie Bennett/ jbennett@al.com)AL.com

8. Opelika

Total points: 135

State championships: None

State runner-up finishes: (2) 2012, 2016

Final State Top 25: 5 (2012), 25 (2013), 10 (2014), 4 (2015), 5 (2016), 18 (2017), 19 (2018), 7 (2019)

Final National ranking: None.

Coaches: Brian Blackmon (2009-2016), Caleb Ross (2017), Erik Speakman (2018-present)

Key players: Jakell Mitchell, Stephen Roberts, Josh Johnson, Jake Bentley, Zo Bridges, Jaleel Heard, Rakavius Chambers, Omar Holloway.

Auburn High

Auburn’s Rashaan Evans stops Hoover’s Bradrick Shaw for a loss during the Hoover vs Auburn 6A AHSAA state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Thursday, Dec 5, 2013. (Vasha Hunt/vhunt@al.com)

7. Auburn

Total points: 136

State championships: None

State runner-up finishes: 1 (2013)

Final State Top 25: 16 (2011), 6 (2012), 3 (2013), 16 (2015), 14 (2016), 10 (2017), 9 (2018), 8 (2019)

Final National ranking: None.

Coaches: Tim Carter (2006-2014), Adam Winegarden (2015-present)

Key players: Rashaan Evans, Cameron Echols-Luper, Reuben Foster, Blaise Taylor, Sage Ledbetter, Garrett Morris, Mohamoud Diabate, Cally Chizik, Omari Porter, Aaron Diggs.

St. Paul's title

St. Paul’s celebrates after the second half of the St. Paul’s vs Briarwood Christian AHSAA class 5A state championship football game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt | vhunt@al.com)

6. St. Paul’s

Total Points: 153

State championships: (3) 2014, 2015, 2017

State runner-up finishes: None

Final State Top 25: 13 (2010), 19 (2011), 12 (2012), 19 (2013), 3 (2014), 10 (2015), 13 (2017)

Final National Ranking: None.

Coaches: Jimmy Perry (2009-2011), Steve Mask (2012-present)

Key players: Jacob Coker, Jordan Huff, Tre Williams, Kylen Towner, Josh Casher, Zavier Carmichael, Ostin McPherson, Jalen Thompson, Miller Mosley, B.J. Edmonds, Bryce Huff, Ryan Johnson, Jalyn Armour-Davis, Swift Lyle, Wilson Beaverstock, A.J. Finley, Jordon Ingram, Yates Grehan, Daniel Foster-Allen.

Central-Phenix City

Central-Phenix City’s Reggie Jackson (94) and Raylin Robinson (99) celebrate the victory over Thompson for the AHSAA Super 7 Class 7A championship at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (Mark Almond | preps@al.com)

5. Central-Phenix City

Total points: 177

State championships: 1 (2018)

State runner-up finishes: 1 (2019)

Final State Top 25: 4 (2011), 8 (2014), 13 (2015), 3 (2016), 4 (2017), 1 (2018), 2 (2019)

Final National ranking: None

Coaches: Woodrow Lowe (2010-2013), Jamey DuBose (2014-2019)

Key players: Jonathan Wallace, Traveon Samuel, Christian Campbell, John Broussard, Justyn Ross, Karon Delince, Markail Benton, Peter Parrish, Amontae Spivey, Javion Cohen, Eddie Williams, Joseph McKay.

McGill title

McGill-Toolen coach Caleb Ross puts on his championship hat after AHSAA Super 7 Class 7A high school football championship game, between McGill-Toolen and Spain Park, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt | vhunt@al.com)

4. McGill-Toolen Catholic

Total points: 183

State championships: 1 (2015)

State runner-up finishes: 2 (2016, 2017)

Final State Top 25: 25 (2010), 15 (2011), 8 (2012), 7 (2013), 2 (2015), 2 (2016), 5 (2017), 10 (2018), 17 (2019)

Final National Ranking: None.

Coaches: Mike Dean (2009-2010), Bart Sessions (2011-2013), Caleb Ross (2014-2016), Earnest Hill (2017-present)

Key players: Ito Smith, Harry Satterwhite, Carlton Martial, Bubba Thompson, Marlon Williams, Jason Smith, Philbert Martial, Paris Chambers, Terrell Kennedy, Darius Cox, Bryan Hill, Eric Garror, Sheldon Layman.

Ty Pigrome

Clay-Chalkville’s Ty Pigrome runs for a 51-yard touchdown against Spanish Fort during the AHSAA Super 7 Class 6A championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (Dennis Victory | preps@al.com)

3. Clay-Chalkville

Total points: 202

State championships: 1 (2014)

State runner-up finishes: 1 (2015)

Final State Top 25: 11 (2010), 3 (2011), 4 (2012), 18 (2013), 1 (2014), 3 (2015), 8 (2017), 5 (2018), 9 (2019)

Final National Ranking: None.

Coaches: Jerry Hood (2009-2016), Drew Gilmer (2017-present)

Key players: Jacob Thomas, Justin Burdette, Ty Pigrome, T.J. Simmons, Nico Collins, Nick McDaniel, D.J. Dale.

Tyler Johnston

Spanish Fort’s Tyler Johnston fires a pass during the AHSAA Super 7 Class 6A championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. (Dennis Victory | preps@al.com)

2. Spanish Fort

Total points: 238

State championships: 4 (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015)

State runner-up finishes: 1 (2019)

Final State Top 25: 5 (2010), 2 (2012), 2 (2013), 9 (2014), 1 (2015), 21 (2016), 14 (2017), 16 (2018), 16 (2019)

Final National Ranking: None.

Coaches: Bryant Vincent (2007-2010), Mark Freeman (2011-2014), Ben Blackmon (2015-present)

Key players: Reese Dismukes, Tyler Johnston, Thomas Johnston, Blaine Crain, Johnny Cook, Joel Poe, Javon Brown, Kris Abrams-Draine, D.J. James, Matthew Quinn.

Hoover title

Hoover celebrates after the Hoover vs McGill-Toolen AHSAA class 7A state championship football game, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Hoover won 48-20 to repeat as state champions. (Vasha Hunt | vhunt@al.com)

1. Hoover

Total points: 390

State championships: 5 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

State runner-up finishes: 2 (2010, 2011)

Final State Top 25: 2 (2010), 2 (2011), 1 (2012), 1 (2013), 2 (2014), 6 (2015), 1 (2016), 1 (2017), 4 (2018), 3 (2019)

Final National Ranking: 8 (2012)

Coaches: Josh Niblett (2008-present)

Key players: Marlon Humphrey, Bradrick Shaw, Tuck Borie, Jeremiah Moon, George Pickens, Shedrick Jackson, Barret Pickering, Darrell Williams, Christian Bell

4A: UMS-Wright vs. Jacksonville HSFB

UMS-Wright’s Jackson Graham, left, Edwin White and Blake Adams celebrate a threepeat after the victory over Jacksonville during the AHSAA Super 7 Class 4A championship at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Dennis Victory | preps@al.com)Dennis Victory | preps@al.com

THE NEXT 20

11. Daphne (118)

12. UMS-Wright (111)

13. Muscle Shoals (110)

14. Pinson Valley (109)

15. Madison Academy (107)

16. Oxford (101)

16. Thompson (101)

18. Vestavia Hills (100)

19. Mountain Brook (98)

20. Piedmont (82)


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