On Friday morning, the Handley High School Tigers (Roanoke, AL) defeated the Gordo Greenwave by a score of 35-20 to secure their school's second AHSAA Class 4A state title in just five seasons.

Gordo's dynamic offense, led by junior quar Tanner Bailey, was held to just three scores in the loss, a true testament to the Handley defense. This defensive showcase was in full effect for the second half of championship play as Gordo was only able to gain 41 yards of total offense, with no points to show for it, while giving up three sacks on the four-star Gordo gunslinger.

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It's difficult to talk about Handley's defensive efforts without mentioning the work from their four-star Tennessee commit Dylan Brooks. The 6-foot-5 senior outside linebacker was a menace to the Greenwave offense and helped control their time of possession while earning himself 3.5 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks on his way to a championship ring.

According to 247Sports, Brooks is a four-star prospect with 29 total offers from Division I schools, including 12 of the 14 SEC member schools. Listed as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Alabama, the 6-foot-5 250-pound senior defender attended the Volunteers' "junior day" in March prior to his commitment on April 26, 2020. Brooks' other notable offers include Alabama, Auburn, Florida, UGA, LSU, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

After an impressive junior season, Brooks was named as an Under Armor All-American and selected for both the Polynesian Bowl as well as the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. While it's unclear whether the new champion will enroll early at the University of Tennessee, what's almost certain is the fact that both Alabama and Auburn let an in-state defensive weapon slip away.

Here are a few pictures of the Vols' commit in the 4A State Championship for the Handley Tigers:

Handley - OLB Dylan Brooks

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