It was a true champion’s challenge between defending 7A champions McGill-Toolen and 6A champions Spanish Fort down in Mobile.
This game, however, was all Yellow Jackets as McGill-Toolen rolled over the Toros 24-3 to start the season off right.
On the surface, this doesn’t mean much for each team’s chances to repeat as champion. This game doesn’t affect playoff standings unless we go to the bottom of the tiebreaker list.
But it does affect pride.
Last season, many people pointed to Class 6A as being the superior classification with teams like Clay-Chalkville, Opelika, and Spanish Fort. McGill-Toolen has silenced that with a huge statement win to show they are the king of Alabama high school football for now.
Hoover had a big win over Central-Phenix City in the actual Champions Challenge, but until they potentially meet in the Super 7, McGill-Toolen continues to be the top dog in the state.
QB Bubba Thompson played well in the first start of his senior season, going 22-29 for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns. It doesn’t help that Chase White, the only returning defensive back for the Toros went down with an injury in the first half and never came back. That allowed Jalen Tolbert and USC commit Marlon Williams to have free reign over the defensive backfield.
For the Toros, they had the task of replacing Mr. Football Tyler Johnston at quarterback, and they tried three different options last night. Wyatt Wilkinson started things off, but no matter who was leading the offense, the Toros couldn’t find the end zone all night.
Both schools start region play next week, one week earlier than other regions due to 9-team Mobile area regions in both 6A and 7A. Spanish Fort takes on Daphne at home, while McGill-Toolen stays home and takes on Davidson.