Jordan, Riggs favor AHSAA football changes

Published 10:26 pm Monday, August 3, 2009

By By Adam Robinson
Sports Editor

Both Brewton area high school football coaches like the changes made by the AHSAA concerning the Super 6 and region play.
AHSAA officials recently  voted to stay with the current format of region games versus area games.
Also, with the decision already made to move the Super 6 from Birmingham to the campuses of Alabama and Auburn, the AHSAA board voted to change the format from a three-day period to two days.
The  Super 6 championships, which were moved from Birmingham’s Legion Field to a rotation between Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn beginning this December, will be played Dec. 3-4. Since the Super 6’s inception in 1996, the championship series had been played over three days with two games each day.
The six state championship games will be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2009 with the Class 3A finals set for 11 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 3, followed by the Class 1A finals at 3 p.m., and the Class 5A finals at 7.
Friday’s schedule on Dec. 4 will feature the Class 4A finals at 11 a.m., the Class 2A finals at 3 p.m., and the Class 6A finals at 7.
The Central Board, meeting at the AHSAA office in its annual summer session, also voted 8-3 to keep the current region format for football for the next reclassification period, 2010-11 and 2011-12.
T.R. Miller coach Jamie Riggs was in favor of keeping region play as well.
As for the changes to the Super 6, Jordan said he thinks the move to Tuscaloosa and Auburn is certainly good for the universities.
While Jordan mentioned the recent renovations at Auburn’s basketball arena, he thought it would be great for one particular reason.
Riggs said the move to the university campuses is a good idea.
Both T.R. Miller and W.S. Neal will begin practice on Monday for the start of the 2009 season.
Monday will be the official starting day of practice for all teams in the state of Alabama which is set by the AHSAA.
T.R. Miller will play a preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 22, in Montgomery against defending 3A state champion Leeds.
W.S. Neal will take on Atmore on Thursday, Aug. 20 in Atmore.
Both teams will start their seasons the next week.