An historic season that produced the first state football championship in Tanner High history got a little bit sweeter Tuesday.
The Rattlers were voted No. 4 in a season-ending all-classification poll compiled by members of the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
The Rattlers beat Washington County for the Class 2A title last Friday and impressed voters in doing so. The only teams voted ahead of Laron White’s team were Class 6A champ Hoover, Class 5A champ Spanish Fort and Class 4A champ UMS-Wright.
Madison Academy, a team Tanner beat to open the season that eventually won the Class 3A title, was fifth in the final poll.
In the 11 polls during the 2012 football season, Hoover received every possible first-place vote except for one — after the second week of play.
Now that the season is over, the Bucs picked up every first-place vote but one in the Alabama Sports Writers Association Super 25 poll.
The ASWA’s second Super 25 postseason poll weighs a team’s final record and their class, but also takes into account its body of work within its own class — specifically, if a team did its best against other schools its size, or those larger classes when it had the opportunity.
At 15-0, there’s no doubt Hoover did that and more — stopping all comers and finishing with a 31-0 shutout of Opelika, which finished ninth in the poll at 10-5 after a surprising playoff run that saw the Bulldogs avenge two regular-season losses in the semifinals and quarterfinals.
State champions from the Alabama High School Athletic Association comprised six of the top seven spots.
Two teams from the Alabama Independent Schools Association cracked the top 25 — AA champion Edgewood Academy at No. 19 and AAA winner Tuscaloosa Academy in 22nd place.
Among the Super 25, Class 6A earned eight spots, with classes 5A and 4A grabbing four each. Class 3A had three spots, 2A, 1A and the AISA had two spots each.
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