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Greatest on the Gridiron: ’01 Vicksburg vs. ’06 Porter’s Chapel

The Porter’s Chapel Academy Eagles punched above their weight in 2006, finishing 10-4 and reaching the MAIS Class AA semifinals after getting to the Class A semifinals a year before. They showed the same kind of grit in the Greatest on the Gridiron tournament by beating the 1977 St. Aloysius Flashes on a coin flip tiebreaker.

The teams traded the lead several times over six days of online voting, and PCA wound up with a one-vote lead when polls closed at noon on July 9. One paper ballot with a vote for St. Al, however, was received on July 8 and brought the matchup back to a 129-129 tie. PCA won the coin flip to advance.

(3) 2001 Vicksburg vs. (7) 2006 Porter's Chapel

  • 2001 Vicksburg (78%, 80 Votes)
  • 2006 Porter's Chapel (22%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 102

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The reward for the survivor of that grueling first-round showdown is the 2001 Vicksburg Gators. Led by quarterback Justin Henry and two 1,000-yard running backs in Phelan Gray and J.J. Brown, the Gators finished 10-4 and reached the MHSAA Class 5A semifinals.

In the first round of the Greatest on the Gridiron tournament, the 2001 Gators dispatched the high-powered offense of 1957 Culkin Academy by a score of 75-45.