TUSCALOOSA, AL (WSFA) - Prattville overcame a 14-point second-half deficit, rallying with 21 unanswered points, then stopping Hoover's 2-point attempt in the final minute to win the 6A championship, 35-34 Friday in Tuscaloosa.
Justin Thomas ran for two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass to earn MVP honors. Thomas has committed to play for Alabama next season.
Trailing 28-14 in the third quarter, the Lions benefited from a personal foul penalty when a Hoover player ran into Prattville's punter.
The penalty kept Prattville's drive alive, allowing Thomas to find Brandon Smith for a 47-yard touchdown pass that trimmed Hoover's lead to 28-21 miday through the third quarter.
Prattville's defensive line turned up the heat on Hoover, forcing the Bucs to punt.
The Lions drive stalled at the Hoover 4, but Prattville coach Jamey Dubose elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal. Thomas delivered his second touchdown run of the game to tie it at 28.
Again, Prattville's defense, led by Terrence Jones, sacked Hoover's quarterback.
With the ball at midfield, DuBose gambled again, calling for fake punt. It worked, with Prattville picking up a first down. Stanley Mays then scored the go-ahead touchdown for Prattville.
Dallas Powell intercepted Hoover's pass, but the Bucs got the ball back again.
Hoover scored a touchdown in the final minute, but instead of kicking an extra point which would've tied the score at 35, Bucs coach Josh Niblett elected to go for the win with a two-point try.
Prattville forced an incomplete pass, securing the Lions fourth championship in six seasons.
It's the second state crown for DuBose at Prattville.