Prattville gunning for a fourth 6A crown
PRATTVILLE – When the question of rings comes up around the Prattville area, odds are the subject has less to do about engagements or graduations and everything to do with championship football.
That is the Prattville Lions’ way, after all, and has been since winning the first of three consecutive state titles in 2006.
The Lions begin their march for an unprecedented fourth AHSAA Class 6A championship in a row with an unofficial test in their own backyard – literally. They face Montgomery-Carver in the Champions Challenge preseason game Aug. 21 at Cramton Bowl.
The game is a special one for both Prattville and Carver. The two powers in the Montgomery metro area did not play last season, as Carver moved to Class 5A while Prattville stayed in 6A.
For the Lions, a 13-game winning streak and local bragging rights are at stake.
“Every game counts for us,” Prattville safety and Alabama commitment Nick Perry said recently to the Montgomery Advertiser. “When we face an opponent, we treat it like a real game. We prepare hard, get focused and do the same things we do for a regular season or playoff game.
“Carver is a great team, and we’ve been thinking about them all summer. It’s a tough test for early in the season, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Prattville isn’t the only team eager to hit the field in this matchup. Carver saw an undefeated run through the regular season last year end a win short of the Class 5A title game as the Wolverines lost a 45-41 heartbreaker to eventual champ Vigor in the semifinals.
“It means a lot to us to have this opportunity because Prattville is such a great team,” Carver linebacker Leverdis Mack said to the Advertiser. “We didn’t play them last year, so I feel like we’re moving up as a program by playing them again.”
Coach Al Pogue’s Carver team starts the season as CoachesAid.com’s fourth-ranked team in Class 5A. Prattville is the No. 1 team in 6A.
Prattville has won 42 consecutive against in-state teams and 67 of its last 70 overall games.
Two more games will follow on Aug. 22 as defending 3A state champion Leeds (15-0 last season) faces T.R. Miller (13-1) at 5 p.m. Oxford (8-3) plays 6A runner-up Hoover (13-2) at 7:30 p.m. CBS 42 will televise all three games on the AHSAA TV Network.
All six Champions Challenge teams officially begin the season the following week. Prattville travels to North Gwinnett (Ga.) for its season opener, and Carver faces Jeff Davis at Cramton Bowl.
article updated on 08/19/09 10:34