The Dragons, led by Alabama signee Justin Coleman, squeaked by 154-56. Yes, Wenonah won by 98. It was 80-28 at halftime.
According to state records listed at ahsaa.com, no Alabama high school team has scored more points than Wenonah did against Hayden.
Raise your hand if you’re picking Wenonah to win its fourth straight 5A state title, which would tie a state record. Only Francis Marion (1988-91) has won four straight state titles in Alabama.
Certainly games can get out of hand, especially in postseason when the state’s mercy rule isn’t in effect. Under the mercy rule, if one team is ahead by 30 points or more after three quarters, a running clock is used for the rest of the game.
Not sure even that would’ve helped in this one.
Perhaps Wenonah forgot to read the part in the August 2012 AHSAA newsletter discussing the implementation of the mercy rule, which included this comment from AHSAA director of officials Greg Brewer: “Still, the best ‘mercy rule’ has always been common sense and consideration of one’s opponent.”
Or maybe Wenonah simply is that good. Maybe the chance at a record was too much to ignore.
No matter the case, if Wenonah doesn’t win another state title this year, do you think the folks at Hayden High will be too broken up about it?
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