Central’s Road to the AHSAA 7A Football State Championship


Under head coach Jamey DuBose, the Central high school football team has claimed five consecutive region championships, two undefeated regular seasons, and now four straight appearances in the semifinals.

What’s been missing, a 7A state title.

“It’s something that we’ve wanted to accomplish for three or four years and it’s just something that has eluded us every year. I mean we get to the third round, the demons come back, or whatever it is, and then Friday night we thought they were coming back again,” says Central high head football coach Jamey DuBose. 

With eight seconds left on the clock in the semifinal game against Lee Montgomery, score tied 27-27, a 49 yard touchdown pass from Peter Parrish to Kameron Mason would finally send the Red Devils to the state championship game.

“It’s kind of surreal you know I had dreams about this moment and it’s finally come true so,” says Central senior quarterback Peter Parrish. 

“This year we deserved it and we got it and I’m really excited for the guys here and I’m really excited for the guys that didn’t get there in the years past, because they set the foundation, they set the ground work to get us to where we are at,” says DuBose. 

The players on this year’s team have never been to a state championship. Their head coach has been there and has also had great success.

“They know I’ve had the ability to play in it and win it and we’ve won more than we’ve lost that’s the positive thing, but the state championship game is a little different than any other game and some of them though no matter what I say when that first time you run out there it’s going to be a shell shocker at first when you go out there, so we’ve got to get the nerves calmed down and once we get into it it’s going to be the team that can handle that big area that big arena the best early,” says DuBose. 

Central will face Thompson in the state championship who also hasn’t been to the title game in over 20 years.

“When I heard it wasn’t Hoover I was a little pleased, because Hoover has had so many kids and so many years they’ve been back and back and back and they have an advantage going into it because their younger kids that are now playing or their younger kids that are back-ups they’ve all been there they’ve seen it they’ve done it. You know who knows. The only other time we were there in 1993 we won it, so maybe the odds are you’ve got to get there and you win it, so we’ll see how that works,” says DuBose. 

Kickoff is set for 8pm eastern time on Wednesday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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