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December 11, 2012

PREP FOOTBALL: Bearcats receive 25 votes in ASWA’s Super 25 football poll

6A champ Hoover earns No. 1 spot

With the release of the ASWA's Super 25 poll, the Cullman Bearcats found themselves with 25 total votes, leaving them outside of the top 25 after a terrific 10-3 campaign that ended with a loss to eventual 5A state runner-up, McAdory.

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.  Spanish Fort, the 5A champion, was second, 4A winner UMS-Wright  was third, 2A champ Tanner was fourth, and 3A titlist Madison  Academy was fifth. The only other team to crack the winners was  5A runner-up McAdory, which was sixth. Class 1A winner Brantley  finished seventh and was the only team other than Hoover to  receive a first-place vote.

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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