Maplesville struggled early, only up 6-0 on Pickens County at halftime. However, behind Terence Dunlap’s 231 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, Maplesville ended up rolling over the Tornadoes 40-12 to win their third straight state championship.

Pickens County held tough in the first half, stopping multiple Maplesville drives where the Red Devils just couldn’t put any points on the board. The first scoring finally happened with 4:11 left in the first half when Dunlap punched it in from one yard out.

After a pair of Maplesville touchdowns, Pickens County scored twice in ten seconds to bring it to 20-14. First, Demetrius Windham ran the kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown after Maplesville made it 20-0. It was the fifth longest kickoff return in Super 7 history. The record is 91 yards by Carnell “Cadillac” Williams from Etowah back in 1999.

Then on Maplesville’s first play on the next drive, Elliott Perry got a 39 yard pick six to bring it within a touchdown.

After that though, it was all Maplesville as they put up three more touchdowns to close it out.

Dunlap broke the previous 1A record of most rushes in a game with 38. The record before was 37 by Lee Cagle from Lynn back in 1996.

JoxPreps Offensive MVP: Terence Dunlap (Maplesville)

Is there really any other option? Nate Watson is an honorable mention in relief of Dunlap, but Dunlap is just on another level. He very well may be the best 1A player ever. He also had one tackle, one interception and a forced fumble on the night.

JoxPreps Defensive MVP: Elliott Petty (Pickens County)

Petty ended up with five solo tackles plus a pick six and a forced fumble. He also had two catches for 25 yards on offense.

JoxPreps Final Top 5 Rankings

1. Maplesville
2. Linden
3. Pickens County
4. Georgiana
5. Addison