A week ago, the Central High Red Devils football program was named one of the Most Popular ion Alabama by Maxpreps.com. Now the Red Devils have earned another honor. The program was selected as one of the Top 10 Most Dominant in the state over the last decade by the same online site.
The Red Devils were selected as the No. 5 program among the Most Dominant in Alabama in the last 10 years in a list of teams covering all classifications.
In a story released over the weekend by AL.com, a point system used by Maxpreps.com was explained as the following: The main factors in determining the top teams in each state were state titles (20 points) and state title appearances (10 points). The group also factored in Top 25 finishes in MaxPreps state rankings (25 points for the No. 1 team, 24 for No. 2, etc.) and national rankings (50 points for No. 1, 49 for No. 2, etc.)
Central finished with 177 total points. The Red Devils reached the Class 7A championship game in 2018 and 2019 and won the state title in the classification in 2018. Seven times over the past 10 years, the Red Devils finished in the Top 25 rankings of Alabama teams. They finished 4th in 2011, 8th in 2014, 13th in 2015, 3rd in 2016, 4th in 2017, 1st in 2018 and 2nd in 2019. The team had no national rankings by Maxpreps.com.
Former coaches Woodrow Lowe and Jamey DuBose helped the Central earn its place on the list. Lowe coached the Red Devils 2010-2013 and DuBose coached them 2014-2019. Patrick Nix became Central’s coach in January following DuBose’s retirement from coaching in Alabama. DuBose is now coach at Lowndes County High in Valdosta, Ga.
Maxpreps.com listed impact players who were Red Devils during the decade. The organization listed Jonathan Wallace, Traveon Samuel, Christian Campbell, John Broussard, Justyn Ross, Karon Delince, Markail Benton, Peter Parrish, Amontae Spivey, Javion Cohen, E.J. Williams and Joseph McKay.
Listed over Central are No. 1 ranked Hoover High with 390 points which includes five state titles and two runner-up finishes in the decade; Spanish Fort with 238 points at No. 2 with four state titles and one runner-up finish; Clay-Chalkville with 202 points at No. 3 and with one state title and one runner-up finish; and McGill-Toolen with 183 points and one state title with two runner-up finish. Hoover and McGill-Toolen are Class 7A teams while Spanish Fort and Clay-Chalkville are both Class 6A teams.
Behind Central at No. 6 is St. Paul’s with 153 points in Class 5A with three state titles. Auburn in Class 7A with 136 points came in at No. 7 and has one runner-up finish in 2013. The No. 8 team is Class 6A’s Opelika Bulldogs with 136 points and two runner-up finishes in the Super 7 playoffs. No. 9 is Prattville in Class 7A with 136 points with a state title and with a runner-up finish. No. 10 is Class 4A Leeds with 125 points with three state titles and a runner-up finish.
Central, Auburn and Prattville are all in the same area in football. DuBose coached Central and Prattville in the decade and won a state title with each team – 2011 with Prattville and 2018 with Central.
The next 10 teams listed by Maxpreps.com with points were: Daphne (118), UMS-Wright (111), Muscle Shoals (110), Pinson Valley (109), Madison Academy (107), Oxford (101), Thompson (101), Vestavia Hills (100), Mountain Brook (98) and Piedmont (82).
Nix coached Pinson Valley to two state titles in 2017 and 2018 before leaving the school after his 2019 team finished the season in the semifinals of Class 6A.