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November 30, 2017

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock
Saturday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

PULASKI ACADEMY vs LITTLE ROCK McCLELLAN

PULASKI ACADEMY BRUINS (13-0)
Head coach: Kevin Kelley
(178-25-1 overall in 15 years and at Pulaski Academy)
Playoff appearances: 26
Playoff record: 57-19
State championships: (6): 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2008, 2003
State championship games: (9th)
2016 defeated Wynne, 55-16
2015 defeated Little Rock McClellan, 50-30
2014 defeated Wynne, 38-28
2011 defeated Malvern, 63-28
2010 lost to Shiloh Christian, 61-40
2008 defeated Helena-West Helena, 35-32
2006 lost to Greenwood, 56-55
2003 defeated Rivercrest, 64-32
FEARLESS FACTS: Pulaski Academy has won at least one playoff game every year for the last 19 seasons. … The Bruins have won 15 straight playoff games and 22 of their last 24 post-season outings. … Pulaski Acadamy is playing its 76th playoff game and has never been shutout. … The Bruins are going for their fourth straight championship, which has only been done by Barton from 1986 through 1989 in the modern playoff era which began in 1968. … Senior quarterback Layne Hatcher already owns state records for 15,059 career passing yards and 182 career touchdown passes, and 5,355 single-season passing yards, and 737 single-game passing yards against Little Rock Christian earlier this season. … Hatcher has thrown for 63 touchdown passes this season.

LITTLE ROCK McCLELLAN LIONS (10-3)
Head coach: Maurice Moody
(96-58 overall in 14 seasons, 32-26 in 5 seasons at LR McClellan)
Playoff appearances: 13
Playoff record: 12-11
State championships: (1) 1971
State championship games: (4th)
2015 lost to Pulaski Academy, 50-30
1994 lost to Pine Bluff, 25-21
1971 defeated Hot Springs, 27-12
FEARLESS FACTS: Maurice Moody is a graduate of Earle, where he began his head coaching career. … The Lions are making just their fourth appearance in a state championship game, losing to Pulaski Academy, 50-30, two years ago, losing to Pine Bluff in 1994, and beating Hot Springs in 1971. … McClellan and Pulaski Academy are both members of the 5A-Central but McClellan will move to the 5A-South next season. … McClellan played all three of its playoff games on the road, winning at Batesville, 16-12, in a defensive struggle, then at Alma, 60-52, in a high-scoring affair, and last week at Wynne, 22-14, last week.





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