Auburn, Ala.--Maplesville standout Terence Dunlap finished off his career with the Red Devils in style on Thursday at Jordan-Hare Stadium 180 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries while adding an interception in a 40-12 win over Pickens County to win the Class 1A title.
The performance earned Dunlap his third-consecutive MVP in the finals and Maplesville a fourth state title overall and third in a row for Coach Brent Hubbert’s team.
Clinging to a 6-0 lead following a Dunlap touchdown in the first half, Maplesville came out firing in the third quarter and it was the defense of Dunlap that put the Red Devils in business.
Receiving the kickoff, Pickens county tested the Maplesville secondary but pressure off the edge from junior linebacker Nathaniel Watson forced an errant throw that Dunlap picked off for his seventh interception of the season.
Quarterback Brent Schoener quickly hit Watson for a big gainer down to the Pickens County two-yard line before Kevin Mims dove over for the touchdown. A toss to Watson for the two-point conversion made it 14-0 Maplesville early in the third quarter.
Another Maplesville interception set up Dunlap’s second touchdown of the game with 5:41 remaining in the third quarter to make it a 20-0 lead, but that’s when the fireworks took place on a cold evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Taking the kickoff on his own 16-yard line, Pickens County’s Demetrius Windham ran left before reversing his field to the right. Running out of room near the right sidelines, he broke back left and was able to turn the corner. After that it was smooth sailing for him into the end zone to break up the shutout and put the Tornadoes on the scoreboard.
Just 10 seconds later Pickens County would add six more when Elliott Perry stepped in front of a Schoener pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown.
Just like that it was a one score game with Maplesville up just 20-12, but the two stars for the Red Devils would come up big. First it was Watson with an 11-yard run just five seconds into the fourth quarter. Back in front 26-12, Maplesville took over on downs after Pickens County failed to convert on a fourth down from their own one-yard line. Dunlap took just one play to find paydirt once again and make it 33-12.
Schoener finished off the scoring with a two-yard touchdown run with just over a minute left as Maplesville cruised to the victory and another state title.