After Tough Championship Loss, McGill-Toolen Reflects on Special Run

McGill takes the field in the 7A championship game.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Wednesday night the Super 7’s kicked off at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

The McGill-Toolen Yellow Jackets and Hoover Buccaneers met in the 7A State Championship Game on Wednesday, a rematch of the 2016 title game.

Much like 2016, it was Hoover that came out on top, beating McGill 48-20.

After the loss, the Yellow Jackets reflected on the special run the program has had over the last three years. McGill-Toolen has played for a state championship each of the last three seasons, going 1-2 in those games.

“It’s very fortunate to make it to this thing 3 times, a lot of coaches and players play for four years and coaches coach for 25 years and never get to this point. And for them to make it three years in a row, I mean I can’t ask for anything better,” said head coach Earnest Hill.

“My senior year and myself, we were able to make it three times in a row,” said senior Bryan Hill. “And a lot of people aren’t able to do that. That’s something we can hang our hat on.”

“At McGill that’s all we know is to get to this point. I know in two or three weeks we’ll be in the weight room, we’ll start grinding. I know Coach Hill, the coaching staff will have a great plan for us and we’ll go from there,” said Sheldon Layman.

They Yellow Jackets finish the year with a record of 13-1.

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