TUSCALOOSA, AL -
Junior running back Jermarcus Brown set a Super 6 record with 329 yards rushing on 26 carries Thursday afternoon to lead Pickens County (15-0) to a 38-18 win over Maplesville (14-1) in the Class 1A state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Brown, who finished the season with 38 rushing touchdowns, scored three times with runs of 2, 34 and 54 yards for Coach Patrick Plott’s unbeaten squad. His last TD came on a fake punt in the fourth period to break the game open and gave him the state single-season record for overall touchdowns (51).
Devonte Simon added 100 yards on 15 carries and scored on an 8-yard run. Plott’s son Patrick, an eighth grader, also scored on a 17-yard pass from Simon. The final TD was scored by Darrien Latham on a 6-yard run with 2:59 remaining.
Damian Mitchell led Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils with 130 yards rushing on 31 carries. He scored twice on runs covering 1 and 22 yards. Quarterback Colby Chambers added a 1-yard sneak for a TD. He finished with 82 yards rushing on 17 carries and was 8-of-14 passing for 114 yards. Stevonta Bradley caught two passes for 30 yards and Kendarius Bradley hauled in a 40-yard catch.
William Armstrong and Devonta Morrow had 11 tackles each for Maplesville. Anthony Moor and Mitchell also made interceptions.
Leading Pickens County’s defense were Rakwan Betts and Justin Barton with 10 tackles each. Simon also made one pick.
Pickens County finished with 414 yards rushing and 452 yards total offense and finished the season 669 points. Maplesville, which finished with 328 total yards, narrowly missed the state record for points in a season with 751. The state record (761) was set by Demopolis in 2004.