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The Bessemer Academy Rebels took on the Glenwood Gators for the AISA Class AAA Championship at Troy University on Friday, November 22, 2019. Bessemer Academy’s Joshua McMillon started off the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown run. Jackson Stewart made the extra point attempt to make the score 7 - 0. Bessemer Academy got their next touchdown of the game as L.T. Overton scooped up a fumble and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. Stewart made the extra point to give the Rebels a 14 - 0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Bessemer Academy increased their lead with less than two minutes to go in the first half on a 2-yard touchdown run from Christopher Pickens. The extra-point kick was good from Stewart, and Bessemer Academy went into the locker room with a commanding lead 21 - 0. With about 10 minutes to go on the clock in the third quarter, Bessemer Academy increased their lead again 28 - 0 on a 60-yard pass play from PJ McDonald to Josh McFarland and a PAT from Jackson Stewart. With 5 minutes left to go in the 3rd, the Glenwood Gators got their first score of the game to make it 28 - 7. Less than a minute later, with about 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Bessemer Academy increases their lead as PJ McDonald connects with Jacob Barry on a 74-yard pass for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was good to make the score 35 - 7. It only took Glenwood a minute to answer back with a touchdown of their own to decrease the gap 35 - 14. With under a minute to go in the 3rd quarter, Bessemer Academy increases their lead again on a 5-yard touchdown run by Joshua McMillon. Stewart kicked the extra point to make the score 42 - 14. With about 7 minutes left to go in the game, the Glenwood Gators found the end zone on a 5-yard run and completed a 2 point conversion to bring the score to 42 - 22. With less than 4 minutes to go in the ball game, Bessemer Academy’s Jarvis Dancy put the nail in the coffin as he broke out on a 34 rushing touchdown, and Stewart made the extra point to make the final score Bessemer Academy Rebels 49 - Glenwood Gators 22. With less than 3 minutes left to go in the game as Glenwood was trying to drive the ball down the filed, Bessemer Academy intercepted a pass on Glenwood’s 37-yard line. Bessemer Academy wins the AISA Championship by a score of 49 - 22.
The stars of the game for the Bessemer Academy Rebels on offense were PJ McDonald with 141 yards passing on 4 completions and two touchdowns, Josh McMillon with 155 yards rushing 65 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns, Jarvis Dancy with 118 yards rushing and a touchdown, Christopher Pickens with a touchdown, Josh McFarland with 65 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Jackson Stewart with 7 extra points. The Stars of the game for the Bessemer Academy Rebels on defense were Judson Hogeland with 13 tackles, Christopher Pickens with 11 tackles, Collin Timmons with 9 tackles and an interception, LT Overton with 7 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, Jarvis Darcy with 7 tackles, and Jacob Barry with 6 tackles and a caused fumble.
The Bessemer Academy Rebels had a total of 447 yards of offense, which included 306 yards rushing and 141 yards passing. The win gave Bessemer Academy its eighth state Championship in school history and is the third one in the last five years.
Bessemer Academy Rebels Winning AISA Class AAA Championship Highlights On Friday, November 22, 2019 @ Troy University’s Veterans Memorial Stadium