Russell County’s tie Friday marked the first for an Alabama team in almost 20 years.
The Warriors played at Northside of Columbus, Ga., on Friday and left with a 14-14 tie without an overtime.
Under Georgia rules, which were used for the game that was played in Georgia, overtime in a non-region game is optional. The coaches must agree to it before the game. The issue was not addressed, both coaches told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
According to Advertiser files, the last time a state team tied was Jackson Academy in 1995. According to an Alabama high school football history website, Jackson Academy tied Mississippi’s Wayne Academy 7-7 on Oct. 13, 1995.
The last Alabama High School Athletic Association team to tie, according to AHSAA files, was Ranburne in 1992. According to the history website, Ranburne and Mount Zion (Ga.) played to an 8-8 tie on Sept. 11, 1992.
Jackson Academy is a member of the Alabama Independent School Association.
Both the AHSAA and AISA apparently adopted overtime policies after the 1983 season.
The AISA had three tied games that year and the AHSAA two. In 1982, the AHSAA had 14 and the AISA 10 tied games.