AHSAA SUPER 7 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class 1A Finals: Maplesville 59, Cedar Bluff 24
TUSCALOOSA – Maplesville High School captured its second straight Class 1A state championship Thursday afternoon beating Cedar Bluff 59-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus.
Coach Brent Hubbert’s Red Devils (14-1) and Coach Jonathan McWhorter’s Tigers (13-2) combined for 129 offensive snaps, 788 total yards and 83 points in the championship game. Terrance Dunlap rushed 24 times for 260 yards and scored five touchdowns to earn Championship Game MVP for the second consecutive year.
The AHSAA Super 7 state championships will conclude Friday with state finals for Classes 2A, 4A and 6A. Defending 4A champ Leeds faces Fayette County at 11 a.m., followed by defending 4A champion Leeds vs. Fayette County at 3 p.m., and defending Class 6A state champ Clay-Chalkville vs. Spanish Fort in a battle of unbeatens at 7 p.m.
Maplesville, playing in its third straight championship game, opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when Cedar Bluff’s first punt attempt saw the snap sail over the kicker’s head into the end zone and Coty McClellan was there to tackle the punter for a safety..
Dunlap then capped Red Devils’ drives of 76 and 71 yards with touchdown runs covering 3 and 35 yards. Cedar Bluff quarterback Josh Decker, wo finished 14-of-28 for 240 yards passing, then connected with D.J. Chapman for a 7-yard TD pass. Decker threw four touchdown passes for the game.
Trevor Wallace hauled in a 12-yard pass from Nicholas Spencer with six seconds left in the half to give Maplesville a 23-6 lead at intermission. Dunlap took over in the third quarter snaring a 35-yard TD pass from Spencer. He added a 5-yard TD run and closed out with his fifth TD of the night with a spectacular 61-yard run with 8:44 to play.
Stevon Bradley caught a 15-yard TD pass from Spencer and Jeremy Williams returned a Cedar Bluff fumble 40 yards for Maplesville’s final scores. Decker fired TD passes covering 75 and 20 yards to Jamie Abernathy and Chapman to close out the scoring for Cedar Bluff, which had 76 offensive plays.
Chapman finished with seven catches for 104 yards and Abernathy had four receptions for a game-high 115 yards. Freshman running back Ivory Starr had 101 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Spencer was 11-of-15 passing for 148 yards and three touchdowns for Maplesville. Wallace was the leading receiver with six catches for 71 yards. Dunlap finished with 295 total yards.
Maplesville’s defense was anchored by Corey Hall and Nate Watson with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively. Issaiha Jones had 12 stops and Ross Johnson had nine for Cedar Bluff.