Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Coming off an MVP performance in the Class 1A title game as a sophomore when he ran for 241 yards, Maplesville running back Terence Dunlap did himself one better on a cold Thursday at Bryant-Denny Stadium as he ran over, around and through Cedar Bluff on the way to 260 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-24 win. Adding a 35-yard touchdown catch as well to finish with 295 yards of total offense and five touchdowns it was once again the Dunlap show, something that didn’t surprise Coach Brent Hubbert.
“Every week that’s what we see from Terence,” Hubbert said. “It’s the same thing we see at practice We’ll scrimmage and go red vs. white and we can’t tackle him either. It’s nothing that we don’t see. We’ve got a lot of good players and Terence is just one of them.”
Helping share the load was quarterback Nicholas Spencer. Completing 11-15 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns, Spencer combined with Dunlap and a very good Maplesville offensive line to give them an easy win over a game Cedar Bluff squad.
Early on it looked to be a stalemate with Cedar Bluff’s size allowing the Tigers to go toe-to-toe with speedy Maplesville, but it was a special teams mistake that opened the door for the defending champions. Punting from its own 22 with just over five minutes left in the first quarter Cedar Bluff made the first big error of the game as the snap to punter Ross Johnson sailed over his head and into the end zone for a safety.
While things didn’t turn immediately it didn’t take long for the Red Devils to add to the lead and it was Dunlap at the center of things. Starting a drive on its own 24-yard line with 3:12 left in the first quarter, Maplesville turned to Dunlap and he delivered with a touchdown on his fifth carry of the drive to make it 9-0.
Early in the second quarter Dunlap again struck paydirt for Maplesville as his 35-yard run put the Red Devils up 16-0 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. Showing some signs of life Cedar Bluff responded with a touchdown drive of its own set up by a Maplesville fumble. Taking over at the 31 of the Red Devils it took the Tigers eight plays to score with quarterback Josh Decker hitting D.J. Chapman from seven yards out for the touchdown.
Getting the ball back with under two minutes remaining Maplesville wasn’t content to run out the clock as Nicholas Spencer completed three passes with the last going for a 12-yard touchdown to Trevor Wallace with just six seconds left in the first half.
Holding a sizable 23-6 lead at intermission Maplesville kept the pedal down in the second half as Spencer connected with Dunlap on a 35 yard pass to make it 30-6 Red Devils. That play started what would become back-and-forth scoring action in this one as Decker hit Jamie Abernathy for touchdowns of 30 and 75 yards for Cedar Bluff. In between Dunlap added his third rushing touchdown of the game and fourth overall as he scored from five yards out. Spencer’s third touchdown toss finished off the third quarter scoring as Maplesville led 44-18 going to the fourth.
It was easy sailing from that point forward as the Red Devils finished off the Tigers convincingly by the score of 59-24.
The title is the third for Maplesville overall and second in a row for Hubbert and the Red Devils.