Hartselle Stymies Vigor for 5A Title

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Hartselle's Gavin Marsh hit a 47-yard, go-ahead field goal with 1:59 left in the game to lift the Tigers to a 13-3 win over Vigor in the Class 5A state championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Thursday night.

It was Marsh's second game-winning field goal of the playoffs and Hartselle's fourth comeback win. Marsh had tied the game at 3-all with a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter. He made 19 of 20 kicks in five playoff games, including 8 of 9 field goals.

Blake Slayton added a 14-yard run with 1 minute left to give the Tigers (15-0) their first state championship. Vigor (12-3) took a 3-0 lead when Marlon Moore hit a 28-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.

Hartselle completed its first perfect season with a solid defensive effort. The Tigers held the Wolves to 57 rushing yards and forced five three-and-outs.

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