Fyffe continues to be the leaders in Class 2A as they played in their fourth state championship game in five years. After missing the game last year and graduating many top players, Paul Benefield’s squad came in with a freshman quarterback and walked away with a state title.
After stopping Fyffe on their fist drive, Luverne got all the way to first and goal where they were stopped four straight times. After Fyffe took the ball back on the one, Payton Anderson capped off a 15 play, 99 yard drive with a 7 yard touchdown run. The drive took 6:50 in total.
Luverne answered with a drive of their own down inside the 10, but a touchdown was overturned when Satyler Wilson caught the ball in the end zone but bobbled it before eventually coming out. It was very similar to the AJ Brown catch in the Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt game a few weeks ago. Luverne settled for a 26-yard field goal and the score became 7-3.
On Fyffe’s next possession, the ball was fumbled and Luverne’s Arian Gregory was able to scoop it up. Still, Luverne got close, but had to settle for a field goal to cut Fyffe’s lead to 7-6, which is where the score stood at halftime.
To start the second half, Luverne took the opening kickoff and marched it down to the Fyffe 23 before stalling out, using up 5:21 on the clock, but coming away with no points.
Luverne eventually was able to put a drive together, taking it in to make it 14-12, but a failed jet sweep on the 2-point conversion kept it at 14-12.
Fyffe was able to open it up to a two score game with 4:18 left in the game after two deep passes from Zach Pyron to Payton Stoner, the second going for a touchdown, making it 21-12.
Luverne put together a drive an with 2:34 left in the game, scored to cut it to 21-19. The Tigers failed on the onside kick and Fyffe started at their 40. After getting the ball back, Luverne couldn’t get in range for a field goal and time ran out on their shot at a state title.
The win marks the third state title in five years for Fyffe, all three of them coming at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.
Paul Benefield wins his third state title as a coach, and has yet to have a losing season in 22 years at Fyffe.