The Prattville (AL) Lions are 4-2 on the season (4-0 Region 4-6A) and coming off a 63-24 win vs Sidney Lanier. Prattville has also posted wins over Stanhope Elmore, R.E. Lee and Wetumpka with losses to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on national television and Opelika. The Lions were ranked 9 in the most recent ASWA 6A Top 10. Prattville has won 4 Alabama state championships (1984, 2006, '07, '08) and also reached the state finals in 2004 and '09 as well. Two of the Lions 4 Finals appearances have come vs Hoover, going 2-2 in those match-ups.
Prattville has also won 12 Region titles (including a streak of 9 straight that was snapped in 2009). Won 30 consecutive games with back-to-back 15-0 seasons in 2006 and '07 and also fashioned a state record 56-game regular season winning streak before it ended in 2008. The Lions finished 8-4 in 2010, reaching the 2nd round of the state playoffs. It was the most losses for Prattville since their last losing record in 1998. The Lions have gone 143-21 since that year. However Prattville has gone 12-6 since losing to Hoover 28-23 in the 2009 State Championship game.
The Lions are led by 4th year Head Coach Jamey DuBose (the cousin of former Alabama Head Coach Mike DuBose) with a record of 37-10, one state championship (2008) and one other state finals appearance (2009). Overall DuBose is in his sixth season as a head coach (47-21). He was the head coach at Susan Moore for two seasons, 2002-03 (10-11). DuBose took over for Bill Clark in 2008 when Clark left to become the defensive coordinator at the then-start up program at South Alabama. DuBose had been Clark's offensive coordinator for four seasons (2004-07). Clark led Prattville to a 106-11 record over nine seasons (1999-2007) two state titles and another appearance in the state finals.
Three Prattville alums have gone on to play in the NFL: Safety Roman Harper (AlabamaSaints), RB Kevin Turner (AlabamaPatriots & Eagles) and LB Zac Woodfin (UABRavens). Among the Lions alumni currently playing college football: Vandy QB Larry Smith, Alabama DT Nick Gentry and DB Nick Perry, LSU SAF Sam Gibson and UAB WR Kardeem Poole.
The Montgomery Carver (AL) Wolverines are 3-3 on the season (3-1 Region 4-6A) and coming off a heartbreaking 33-32 loss at Wetumpka when the Wolverines missed a PAT to tie with 10 seconds remaining. Carver's wins have come vs Jeff Davis, Stanhope Elmore and R.E. Lee with their other two losses coming to Opelika and Colquitt County (GA). The Wolverines have never won a state championship but have reached the state semi-finals twice in the last seven years (2004, '08).
The last nine seasons have been the best in Carver's 79-year football history. Since a dismal 6-year stretch (1998-2002) in which the Wolverines went 6-56 including a 34-game losing streak, Carver has gone 67-33 the last 9 seasons and reached the state playoffs six times, twice reaching the state semi-finals. In the last three full seasons (2008-2010) the Wolverines went 31-7. Carver was 8-4 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs last season. The Wolverines have won 5 region championships in school history, most recently 2008 when Carver enjoyed the best season in school history, going 13-1 before losing in the state semi-finals.
The Wolverines are led by first year Head Coach Billy Gresham, who is following in the footsteps of Alphonso Pogue who led the team through that aforementioned run of the last three seasons.
Montgomery Carver has seen 8 alums go on to play in the NFL including Aundray Bruce, the former Auburn Tigers All American who was the 1 pick in the 1988 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Other Wolverines who made it to the NFL: CB Willie Alexander (Alcorn St, Oilers), LBSAF Ceasar Belser (UAPB, Chiefs & Niners), DL Byron Braggs (Alabama, Packers & Bucs), OG Milford Brown (Florida St, Texans & Cardinals), TE Terry Hardy (Southern Miss, Cardinals), SAF Fernandus Vinson (NC State, Bengals), and LB Clarence Sanders (Cincinnati, Chiefs).
Among the Wolverines alumni currently playing college football: Mississippi State QB Chris Relf and Troy WR Jamel Johnson.
Prattville leads the all-time series 19-5 dating back to 1974, including a 36-28 victory over Carver last season. The Lions have won 13 straight in the series dating back to Carver's last win in the first round of the 1988 state playoffs. Prattville also beat Carver in the 2004 state semi-finals.
In the Huddle Hero Watch
4-star ATH Justin Thomas - committed to Alabama - rated by 247 Recruiting 10 Athlete in the nation, 93 overall prospect nationally, 5 in Alabama
4-star DT Justin Shanks - committed to Florida State - rated by 247 Recruiting 20 DT in the nation, 10 prospect in Alabama
4-star Jr OT Austin Golson - committed to Florida State
3-star OTSDE Caleb Gulledge - committed to Alabama
3-star CB LaRonji Vason - committed to Wake Forest
2-star SAF Derrick Moncrief - committed to Southern Miss
2-star WDE Jay Minor - committed to South Alabama
2-star DT Terrance Jones - committed to South Alabama
ATH De'Ante Lawrence - committed to Southern Miss
Pro Style QB Jalen Whitlow - committed to Arkansas State
OG Bradley Steele - committed to South Alabama
CB Lawon Debardelaben - offered Rice & Arkansas St Montgomery
4-star Pro Style Jr QB Jeremy Johnson - 'hot' offer from Auburn
3-star OLB Harding Harper - offers include Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Vandy